Dear Residents,

Engaging with residents about the fiscal opportunities and challenges facing our City and promoting transparency and collaboration in our fiscal decision-making process is a top priority for me as Mayor. To this end, I began the 2019 budget process earlier than prior years and am seeking your input on our budget priorities. I invite you to join in the conversation at any of the meetings (see below) as the budget is being developed and discussed. At each of these meetings, the public will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback. I hope you will join us. More detailed budget information is scheduled to be posted on November 9 and can be downloaded from the website.

As we head into election season, a reminder that the deadline to register to vote in Ohio is October 9. If you have moved since you last voted, you must update your registration. You can register online or view your voter information at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections . If you have voted at Fernway Elementary School in the past, you should have received a notice with your new voting location, or you can go to Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website and click on the Where Do I Vote tab.


David E. Weiss
City News
Public Input Welcome During 2019 Budget Process
Residents are invited to the following public meetings to learn more about the City's proposed 2019 budget and to offer input and feedback to the Mayor and City Council as the budget is prepared.
  • October 9: Presentation of preliminary 2019 Operating and Capital budgets and priorities
  • October 22: City Council to discuss preliminary 2019 Operating and Capital budgets
  • November 12: Presentation of updated 2019 Operating Budget
  • November 26: Presentation of updated 2019 Capital Budget
  • December 3: Presentation of the proposed final 2019 Operating and Capital budgets
  • December 17: Adoption of the 2019 budget ordinances

Time: 7 pm, except for the December 17 meeting, which is at 7:30. Check Agendas and Minutes before each meeting so you will know how much business will precede the budget discussion. This will help you plan when to arrive at the meeting.

Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.) through October, then check the City’s Sunshine Calendar at for the correct location.
Renovating? Consider the Heritage Home Loan Program
The next time your Shaker home needs some TLC or an update, consider reaching out to the  Cleveland Restoration Society . The Society’s Heritage Home Program offers a range of services to help repair, maintain, and rehab older homes, while retaining architectural features and increasing a home's value.

Shaker homeowners who live in a home that is at least 50 years old are eligible to receive technical assistance – including site visits from construction specialists, maintenance and repair recommendations, advice on energy efficiency, and more – and low-interest financing through KeyBank and Third Federal Savings and Loan.
Election Information
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The November 6 general election is around the corner. Here's what you need to know:

  • The deadline to register to vote is October 9. If you have moved since you last voted, you must update your registration. The deadline to request an absentee (vote by mail) ballot is three days before the election. Learn more at
  • Residents whose polling location was Fernway School should have received a postcard from the Board of Elections with their new polling location. You can also find your new polling location at (use the Where Do I Vote? tab).
  • A friendly reminder that residents should remove campaign yard signs after 45 days. Recycle signs at the Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.) on Saturdays and Sundays, 8 am-4 pm.
Free Fitness Classes in Shaker Parks
Woman doing yoga in park
The Recreation Department's popular free fitness classes continue in our beautiful Shaker parks through the end of October.

  • Yoga in the Park: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm at Winslow Park (17701 Winslow Rd.).
  • Tai Chi in the Park: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm at Gridley Triangle (at the intersection of Lomond Blvd. and Gridley Rd.).
  • Fall into Fitness: Saturday, October 6, 10-11 am (last session) at Southerly Park (on South Woodland Rd. between West Park and South Park roads).

Check the Recreation Department's Facebook Events page for details and follow the Department on Facebook for cancellation information in the event of inclement weather.
Sunset Market in the Van Aken District
Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25
4-7 pm
North Union Farmers Market
The North Union Farmers Market brings Ohio-grown produce, meat and dairy, along with fresh-baked breads and pastries, handmade goods, and more to the Van Aken District this fall. Free parking is available in the garage (enter on Warrensville Center Rd.) or in the surface lot on Farnsleigh Rd.
Painting the Town
Friday, October 5
6:30 pm
This gala celebration marks the 15th anniversary of the Shaker Arts Council and honors founders BA Green, Jan Thrope, and former Shaker Heights Mayor Judy Rawson. Proceeds go to a fund to wrap utility boxes in art throughout the City. Tickets: $125. Location: Shaker Heights Country Club (3300 Courtland Blvd.).
Police Auction
Saturday, October 6
9 am
The Shaker Heights Police Department's auction of unclaimed bicycles and other property takes place in the Department's garage behind the station at 3355 Lee Rd. Viewing and registration begins at 9 am. Auction begins at 10 am. Cash only.
Community Shredding Day
Saturday, October 6
9 am-1 pm
Residents may bring up to three bank boxes for shredding. No need to remove staples, clips or other binding devices. Stay and watch or leave items to be shredded. Driver's license and proof of residency (e.g. current utility bill) required. Location: Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.).
Bike Shaker Architecture Tour
Saturday, October 7
1-3 pm
Enjoy a guided tour of Shaker's Georgian-style homes from atop two wheels. The tour will depart from the Shaker Historical Society and Museum (16740 South Park Blvd.). Cost: $20 with bike rental; $15 without rental. Members of Shaker Historical Society receive a $5 discount.
Doan Brook Hikes
Doan Brook Watershed logo
The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will offer a variety of guided hikes in the gorge this month.

Tuesdays through October 30, 5:30-7:30 pm: Recreational hiking along the Doan Brook. Meet at Fairhill Partners (12200 Fairhill Rd.). No registration required.

Saturday, October 13, 2 pm: Guided hike with Dr. Roy Larick focused on the geology and history of the Gorge. Meet at the Fairhill Partners building (12200 Fairhill Rd.). $5.

Saturday, October 20, 9 am : Photographers hike with David Perelman-Hall. Meet at the western end of Lower Shaker Lake by the bridge near Coventry and North Park roads. $25, includes an optional digital photography workshop on Tuesday, October 23, 7-9 pm at Artful Cleveland (2768 Mayfield Rd). 
S.A.M.S Mothers Walk
Saturday, October 20
12-3 pm
Shaker's moms are invited to mingle, learn about Shaker resources, meet new moms, and get some exercise at the inaugural Mothers Walk sponsored by Shaker African American Mothers Support. Activities include a community art project, yoga (12:30-1:30 pm), a book discussion (2:15-2:45), including tips from Shaker librarians about helping reluctant readers. Light refreshments will be served. Location: Shaker Middle School (20600 Shaker Blvd.). Please RSVP to Kim Harris at .
The East Side Flea
Sunday, October 21
10 am-4 pm
East Side Flea
Enjoy the popular Cleveland Flea right here in Shaker Heights at this Sunday Brunch Market in the Van Aken District . Nosh on delicious food and drink, while shopping for your next treasure. Free parking is available in the garage (enter on Warrensville Center Rd.) or in the surface lot on Farnsleigh Rd.

Note: The East Side Flea has announced plans to extend its Van Aken District schedule with holiday markets planned for November and December. Stay tuned for dates and details.
Senior Housing Options: Planning for Your Future
Wednesday, October 24
2-4:30 pm
Learn how to plan for your golden years at this free event sponsored by the City and the Shaker Heights Public Library. Topics include making your current home more accessible; strategies for downsizing; financial and legal planning; and local assistance/support programs. Location: second floor of Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.).
Rain Barrel Workshop
Thursday, October 25
6-7:30 pm
Did you know the average roof generates more than 24,000 gallons of runoff a year? Rain barrels let you harvest that water for use in your garden, which saves you money and helps combat storm water pollution. Attendees at this workshop will construct a 60-gallon rain barrel to take home. A barrel, downspout diverter, and all materials are included. Cost: $60 for one barrel; $20 per additional barrel. Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.). Registration deadline is October 19.
Halloween Trick or Treating
Wednesday, October 31
6-7:30 pm
Have a fun and safe trick-or-treat from 6-7:30 pm.
From the Schools 
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"All American Boys" Author Visit
Monday, October 1

Bestselling authors of the Young Adult book “All American Boys” Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely will lead a community presentation on their book at the Shaker Heights High School Large Auditorium at 7 pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Shaker Heights Public Library, Shaker Heights Middle and High School PTOs and the Shaker Schools Foundation. This event is free and open to the public, however, registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited. Community members who are interested in going may register online .  

Shaker Homecoming Weekend
Everyone is invited to the second annual Shaker Homecoming Community Celebration. Events kick off with Raider Nation Night Out this Friday, September 28 and continue on Saturday, September 29 with a family-friendly festival on the High School Oval and the Homecoming football game. View the full lineup at .
Save the Date
Family Campfire Night
Friday, November 2
6:30-8:30 pm
Nature Center logo
Join in the fun at this favorite fall event at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 South Park Blvd.) . Hiking, crafts, campfires and s'mores. Bring camp chairs and marshmallow sticks. Cost: $5 person; $25 per family up to six people.
Read Shaker Life Anywhere, Anytime
Shaker Life is also online. Visit 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 or read the latest issue of the print edition.
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: cans, cartons, glass bottles & jars, paper/boxes and plastic bottles & jugs.

Get ShakeRecycles and stay on top of all things rubbish and recycling. You'll learn how and what to recycle and you'll get updates to your phone/email on collection delays, special collections, and more.
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