Mayor David E. Weiss
Dear Resident,

It's a beautiful spring in Shaker Heights and I'm sure we're all thankful for the opportunity to get out and enjoy all that our community has to offer.

This month, the Shaker Heights Recreation Department kicks off its popular #ShakerPlays series of summer pop-ups. These free activities take place in community parks and playgrounds and there's truly something for every age and stage. Find the current line up on the Department's Facebook Events page (and check back often as more #ShakerPlays activities are added in the coming weeks).

I also hope you'll join me and members of City Council on Monday, May 27 to honor those men and women who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our nation at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade. As in years past, the ceremony begins at 9 am at the War Memorial in front of City Hall and the parade kicks off immediately afterward. You'll find more details below.

Respectfully,

David E. Weiss
Mayor
City News
Lomond Alley Will Permanently Close to Through Traffic Effective May 6
Lomond Alley runs along the parking lot behind District South (the block from Juma to Lucy’s) and co nnects Lomond Boulevard to the Wendy’s parking lot (at the intersection of Warrensville Center and Chagrin). T he road will be permanently closed to through traffic on May 6 and will no longer connect to the parking lot at Wendy’s.

Closure of that access will significantly improve safety. With planned demolition and new construction of the Wendy's, an improved intersection and site plan, this access creates unnecessary congestion and safety concerns.

The Wendy’s site will be readied for new construction in the days following the Lomond Alley closing, with demolition scheduled for May 13. Construction of the new building is estimated to take approximately 120 days, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
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Sign Up for the New CodeRED Alert System
Cuyahoga County has re-launched the Ready Notify emergency alert system on a new platform called CodeRED. This is a FREE community notification system available to residents. The County and City will use this system to send alerts concerning time-sensitive and/or emergency information impacting the community.

Residents can sign up to receive text, email, or voice alerts. Once registered, residents can also download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app from the App Store or Google Play.

 Even if you’ve registered for ReadyNotify in the past, you must re-register for the new CodeRED platform in order to continue receiving alerts.

When registering, please:

  1. Select the General Alerts option.
  2. Select Shaker Heights under Additional Notifications.

By selecting both options, you'll receive not only emergency alerts, but also general notifications from Shaker Heights about road closures and more.
Preservation Month Photo Contest
The 2019 Preservation Month Photo Contest continues through the end of May. Entering is simple. Take a photograph of what makes Shaker "Shaker" for you and submit it on Instagram at the hashtag  #preserveSH19 . For inspiration, check out this photograph by resident Raleigh Elizabeth, who wonderfully captures the beauty of the community in spring and was a runner up in 2018. It sure says Shaker to us!
Reminders
Lock It, Light It & Trim It to Reduce Crime this Spring & Summer
A friendly reminder that when neighbors work together to Lock It, Light It & Trim It, crime goes down. Please be sure to:

  • Lock your windows and doors, including in the garage.
  • Lock your car doors.
  • Use outdoor lights, including those with motion light sensors or dusk-to-dawn light detectors.
  • Remove places to hide by keeping shrubs low and trimmed.
Get Construction Updates at Shakeronline.com
Warm weather means construction season is underway. Residents can visit the Construction Zone on Shakeronline.com to learn about and get updates on construction projects impacting public infrastructure (e. g. streets, sewers, etc.) and City facilities. Residents can also follow the City on Facebook and Twitter for construction alerts.
Please, No Furniture or Household Items on the Tree Lawn
Spring cleaning? Placing furniture, toys and other household items on the tree lawn for removal is not permitted by City ordinance. Here are some alternative ideas for passing on what you no longer need:

  1. Use the What to Do With … search engine at cuyahogarecycles.org to find organizations that can use your stuff.
  2. Post it in a local Facebook group, like Shaker Hand Me Down, and arrange for interested parties to pick up the item. Consider using the City's Safe Exchange Zone in the lobby of the Police Station (3355 Lee Rd.) to hand off items.
  3. Bring furniture and construction items to the City's Habitat for Humanity Restore collection event at the Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.) on Saturday, May 19, 9 am-1 pm.
Events
Saturday, May 4
1-4 pm
Get hands-on experience with window and plaster/drywall repair at a Shaker home that is under renovation by The Cleveland Restoration Society. Presented by the Home Repair Resource Center. $25 for Shaker residents; $35 non-residents. Registration is required.

Location: 18520 Winslow Rd.
Household Hazardous Waste Roundup
Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5 & May 11-12
8 am-4 pm
Safely dispose of oil or solvent-based paints, sealers, primers, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, spray paints, automotive fluids, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paint thinners, mineral spirits, turpentine, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, and mercury. NO latex paint or materials from businesses will be accepted.

Location: Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.)
Bloom & Buzz
Friday, May 10
6-10 pm
Celebrate spring in the Van Aken District with the 2nd Annual Bloom & Buzz. Yes folks, patio season has (finally) arrived. Follow the Van Aken District on Facebook for updates.

Location: Tuttle Rd. in the Van Aken District
Annual Plant Sale at Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Saturday, May 11
9:30 am-1 pm
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Select from a variety of affordable herbs, vegetables, perennials, annuals, natives, and hanging baskets. The sale includes the always popular homegrowns section featuring plants grown and donated by local gardeners. Experts will be available throughout the day offering selection guidance.

Location: Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 S. Park Blvd.)
ReStore Collection Event
Saturday, May 18
9 am-1 pm
Habitat for Humanity logo
Donate usable household and construction items to Habitat for Humanity. The organization will take furniture, as well as construction/renovation materials, tools, kitchen cabinets, sinks, doors, vanities, plumbing and electrical materials, appliances, countertops. Please no paint, clothing, or bedding.

Location: Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.)
Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade
Monday, May 27
9 am
Join the Mayor and members of City Council at 9 am for the annual wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial in front of City Hall. This year's speaker is Nancy Lyon-Stadler and the officiant is the Rev. Mack Rice, Jr., Associate Pastor, East View UCC.

Immediately following the ceremony, the parade will progress down Van Aken Blvd. in the westbound lane. Please note: This year the parade will end in the Van Aken District (not at Thornton Park as in years prior).

Location: City Hall (3400 Lee Rd.)
From the Schools 
Each issue of this ENews highlights an important school-related topic. To stay informed about all the school news and events, sign up for the District's monthly ENews.

Meet & Greet with High School Principal Candidates
Shaker Heights Schools has announced two experienced educators as finalists for the next principal of Shaker Heights High School: Eric R. Juli and Patrick D. McNichols.  Mr. Juli  is head of school at the Design Lab Early College High School in Cleveland.   Mr. McNichols  is principal of Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights, where he has served in a variety of administrative capacities.  

The two finalists will participate in full-day visits to the District and final interviews this week. The visits will include a Meet-and-Greet session for the community to meet both candidates. Mr. Juli’s community session took place Monday, April 29. Mr. McNichol’s community session will take place Wednesday, May 1 at the High School upper cafeteria from 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm. The sessions will be videotaped and posted on  www.shaker.org  by Friday, May 3. An electronic form will be provided for community feedback. The District expects to announce its selection of the new High School principal on May 10, 2019. Visit the  High School Principal Search  website for more information on this process. 

Playground and Principals: A Fernway Forward FUNdraiser
Saturday, May 4 from 6 -9 pm at Juma Gallery   
All Shaker residents are invited to a fundraiser in support of the enhanced play space at Fernway Elementary School. Sip, shop and socialize with former Fernway principals Donald Coffee and George Cannon and current principal Chris Hayward. Sample design concepts will also be on display. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds support the new outdoor space. For tickets: https://one.bidpal.net/fernway/ticketing . If you're unable to attend but would like to donate:  https://shakerschoolsfoundation.org/donation-form/
Save the Date
Flyways Not Highways: Annual Benefit for Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Saturday, June 1
6:30-11 pm
Enjoy an evening under the stars at this strolling street party in the heart of the Shaker park lands. Proceeds benefit the Nature Center's environmental education programs and public grounds. Various ticket options and donation opportunities available.

Location: Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 S. Park Blvd.).
Good Neighbors Art Exhibit
June 5-27
Opening reception: Saturday, June 8, 5-7 pm
The Shaker Arts Council and Beachwood Arts Council present Good Neighbors, a juried art exhibit featuring the work of four Beachwood and four Shaker Heights artists. The Shaker Heights artists are: Leslye Discont Arian, Karen Mehling-DeMauro, Kathleen McKenna, and Tatiana Tate. Works will include landscapes, abstracts, and portraits, created in various media, such as pastels, oils, acrylics, and charcoal.

Location: Beachwood Community Center (25225 Fairmount Blvd.)
Celebrate Hildana Park
Sunday, June 9
2-5 pm
Join friends and neighbors to enjoy recent upgrades to Hildana Park, including the installation of Strength in Unity, a permanent public art work by Shaker resident Scott Goss, one of the winners of the 2018 Moreland Call for Artists. On tap for this family-friendly event: dedication of the new Little Free Library, games, crafts and lots more!

Location: Hildana Park (Chagrin Blvd. between Hildana and Ludgate roads).
Forward Together: Future of Facilities Open House
Wednesday, June 12
7-9 pm
Please attend to learn the results of the visioning process and provide feedback on the draft recommendations for the master plan for Shaker's community facilities.

Over the past months, the City, Schools and Libraries have worked together to develop a coordinated master plan for Shaker's facilities. This has included input from residents and other community stakeholders.

Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.)
DadsDay Run
Sunday, June 16
Registration: 7:30 am; 5 Mile Start-8:30 am; 1 Mile Start-9:30 am
Join Family Connections for the 17th Annual DadsDay Run. This race is for everyone, not just Dads. Runners, walkers and strollers are encouraged. It features a beautiful 5 mile and a 1 mile course through Shaker Heights, which starts and ends at Shaker Family Center (19824 Sussex Rd.). Race participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and awards are given to top finishers of both races, and in honor of Father’s Day everyone receives a "tie" when crossing the finish line. Also featured is a FREE Kidsprint (ages 3-12) and balloon twisting by Flower Clown. Food and refreshments, including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, will be available after the race. Registration required. $20 per entrant if registered before noon on June 15; $25 thereafter.
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Shaker Life is available online. Visit shaker.life to catch up on all things Shaker, including news and features on the City's residents, schools, and the stories behind some of our great homes — all from the pages of Shaker Life . You can also browse an archive of Shaker Life issues from the past 14 years. The spring 2019 issue is pictured here.
Cover of Shaker Life Spring 2019
Recycling in Shaker Heights
Recycling guidelines have changed for ALL of Cuyahoga County, including Shaker Heights. Now ONLY five core items belong in your recycling bucket: metal & aluminum cans, cartons, glass bottles & jars, paper/boxes and plastic bottles & jugs. Rinse and replace the caps and place loose in your recycling bucket. Please, don't bag your recyclables!

Learn more about the ins and outs of recycling in at Cuyahoga Recycles .
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