Mayor David E. Weiss
Dear Residents,

Summer is a wonderful season in Shaker Heights and I hope you've been able to get out and enjoy all it has to offer. I've had the pleasure of meeting many of you at block parties and other events and I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks, including at the next event in the District called BBQ@VAD on July 27. You'll find details on the event below.

Yard waste is a concern that I've heard from many of our residents, including new residents who may be unfamiliar with the City's guidelines for preparing yard waste for collection by our Public Works Department. Shaker recycles yard waste into mulch and compost, which requires us to ask residents to follow certain guidelines. You'll find a summary of those below. Thank you for following these guidelines so we can support our recycling efforts and keep our City looking beautiful.

Lastly, happy Independence Day! Whether you are celebrating at the annual Thornton Park pool party, at a block party, or in your backyard with neighbors, I hope it is a safe, relaxing and fun holiday for everyone.

David E. Weiss
City News
Yard Waste Reminders
Some friendly reminders about the City's yard waste program:

  • Yard waste bag season runs from mid-April to mid-October. During this period, residents should use yard waste bags to dispose of all yard waste except brush (for example, branches from trees and mature shrubs). These brown, recyclable bags are sold at area stores (including Shaker Hardware).

  • Include only leafy, organic waste in your yard waste bags. Yard waste bags are for leaves, grass clippings, and other leafy yard waste (for example, weeds and plant cuttings). Bags should never contain non-organic items (for example, flower pots or mulch bags) or brush. View a video of what belongs in the yard waste bag.

  • Due to the requirements of our hauler, we are unable to collect yard waste bags contaminated with non-organic materials. Crews will place stickers on contaminated bags indicating that they could not be picked up. Residents may remove the contamination and place the bag out for collection the following week.

  • Yard waste bags are collected from the tree lawn on your regularly scheduled trash day. Residents should place bags on the tree lawn the evening before, or by 7:30 am the morning of, their collection day. This helps keep our community looking great!

  • Brush does not belong in the yard waste bag. Brush should be placed directly on the tree lawn for pick up every other week. Brush is not picked up on your regular trash day, but rather as City crews move through neighborhoods.
Important News About the Dam at Horseshoe Lake
After a recent inspection of Horseshoe Lake, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has concerns about the structural integrity of the dam. It is a Class I dam, which means it is critically important to insure that it is sound and operable since a breach could result in property damage and significant risks to resident safety. 

To undertake repairs, ODNR has directed the City to lower the water level in the lake by three feet. On June 19, the City opened a valve to begin lowering the water level, which took about six days.

With the water level lowered, you will notice that mud flats have developed along the edges of the lake. Do not walk on or play near these mud flats. They are dangerous and you will sink into the mud, which could require a rescue operation.

Now that the lake is lowered, a portion of the masonry spillway will be removed to safely control the water elevation during rain events. While this work takes place, the concrete sidewalk over the spillway will be closed to pedestrian traffic. This means you will be unable to complete a loop around the lake using the path at certain times during this work.
The City has consulted with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) about the effects of lowering the lake elevation on wildlife. Since there are deep pools in the lake, there should be minimal impact to the turtles and fish.
NEORSD is currently designing a long term solution to the structural deficiencies of the Horseshoe Lake Dam. Until the construction project is completed, the lake elevation has to be kept three feet below normal level. We anticipate that the total project duration will be two years.

If you have questions, please call Public Works at 216-491-1490.
2018 Resident Deer Survey Now Available
Please take a moment to complete the 2018 Resident Deer Survey on the City's website. Your input will help the City determine whether, and the degree to which, the deer population continues to be an issue for residents, as well as the level of control needed to address it.
Free Summer Fitness in Shaker Parks
Woman doing yoga in park
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department's free fitness-in-the-park programs continue throughout July with Yoga in the Park, Boot Camp Conditioning and Health Seekers. Download schedules using the button below or view them on the Recreation Department's Facebook page (under Events) .
Art in the Park Program for Children 6-12
Monday-Friday, June 18-July 27
10 am-2 pm
summer camp stock photo
The Shaker Heights Recreation Department is offering a free drop-in Art in the Park program at Chelton Park throughout July. The program meets Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm. Art, games, and the great outdoors! Adults are not required to stay.

The Recreation Department hopes to expand the program to Horseshoe Lake Park in the coming weeks. Check the Recreation Department's  Facebook page  for location updates and cancellations due to inclement weather. No session on July 4.
Annual Independence Day Pool Party
Wednesday, July 4
2-6 pm
Picture of Flag of USA
Celebrate the holiday with friends and neighbors at Thornton Park pool (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.). Activities include:

  • Dance party with Rock the House Entertainment.
  • Euclid Beach Rocket Car
  • Bounce house
  • Noodle games, tie-dye, and more

Regular admission fees and pool rules apply. Proof of residency required. Non-Shaker residents must be accompanied by a Shaker resident. Lap swim ends at 2 pm.
Loganberry Books Author Alley
Saturday, July 7
12-4 pm
Authors from throughout Northeast Ohio will be at Loganberry Books ( 13015 Larchmere Blvd.) to chat with readers and sell and sign copies of their books. This annual celebration coincides with the Larchmere Festival.
Shaker Heights Community Band
Wednesday, July 18
7 pm
Bring a chair or blanket to the Colonnade (adjacent to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building at 3450 Lee Rd.) and delight in the music of the Shaker Heights Community Band. The band will return on Wednesday, August 15, 7 pm.
Family Movie Night
Saturday, July 21
Take a dip in Thornton Park pool (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.), while watching the family favorite Zootopia. Cost: $3 for ages 13 plus, $2 ages 12 and under. Regular pool policies apply.

Family movie night returns on Friday, August 10, with the hit animated film Coco. Location: The Colonnade (adjacent to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building at 3450 Lee Rd.). Movie starts at dusk. Free.
Celebrate Summer with BBQ @ VAD
Friday, July 27
6 pm-Sunset
Over the past seven months, we gathered, we chilled, we toasted. We celebrated spring blooms and buzzed about all things Shaker. Now we’re anticipating what’s to come at the Van Aken District – Shaker’s vibrant urban hub coming to life through the connections of
residents, small business owners, artisans, shopkeepers, and restaurateurs.

Celebrate summer Shaker style at BBQ@VAD at the corner of Van Aken and Farnsleigh - our last hurrah together in the west end of the parking lot. Members of Shaker's Fire and Police forces will fire up the grill and cook delicious barbecue for purchase, with proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The beer and wine bar will be staffed by the Lomond Association, which will benefit from the proceeds of the beverage sales. Food trucks and the music of Wesley Bright & the Honeytones will be the perfect complement. Vegetarian/vegan options will also be available.
Public Meeting: Lee / Chalfant / Van Aken Traffic Study
Monday, July 30
6-7 pm
Residents are invited to this informational meeting to review a recently completed traffic study and plan to improve traffic operations and safety at the Lee Rd./Van Aken Blvd. intersection and at Chalfant Rd. The meeting will be held at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building at 3450 Lee Rd.
Public Meeting: Warrensville Center Corridor Traffic Study
Monday, July 30
7:30-8:30 pm
Residents are invited to this informational meeting to review a recently completed traffic study of the intersections at Warrensville Center/Shaker Boulevard and Warrensville Center/South Woodland Rd. The meeting will be held at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building at 3450 Lee Rd.
From the Schools 
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A Community Homecoming Celebration: September 28 & 29

All Shaker residents are invited to "Come Home to Shaker" for a community homecoming celebration! The weekend includes a party at The Dealership (3558 Lee Rd.) on Friday, September 28. On Saturday, September 29, it's the big game against Elyria High School, including a free pre-game festival on the Oval. And on Saturday night, the Alumni Association hosts a dinner to celebrate the newest inductees to the Shaker Heights High School Hall of Fame. Visit for details or email to find out how to get involved. 
Save the Date
Moreland Roll 'N Stroll
Saturday, August 4
9:30 am-2 pm
A neighborhood-centered walking/biking tour and scavenger hunt in southern Moreland. Everyone is invited to this fun, interactive, intergenerational event to learn about the history of the neighborhood. Event begins and ends at The Dealership (3558 Lee Rd.). Registration 9:30 am; tour starts at 10 am. Stay for games, art, and other activities following the tour.
Computer RoundUp
August 11-12 & 18-19
8 am-4 pm
Recycle old computer equipment and cell phones at the Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.). Acceptable items include CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, cables, software, ink cartridges, cell phones, and cell-phone accessories.
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