Dear Residents,

Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the many parks in Shaker Heights. One of Shaker’s favorite parks is Horseshoe Lake Park. While we encourage you to visit and enjoy Horseshoe Lake Park, I wanted to remind you to not venture out into the marsh or mudflat areas of the lake, which are accessible from the park. The mudflats are dangerous as you will sink into the mud if you walk out onto this area. This is especially true now as the water level in Horseshoe Lake has been lowered for the next two years while the Ohio Department of Natural Resources makes structural repairs to the dam at Horseshoe Lake. While warning signs and fencing currently exist around parts of the lake to discourage access to the mudflats, more fencing and signs are being added due to the risk associated with the mudflats. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated to avoid the need for our safety services to assist those who become stuck in the mud.


David E. Weiss
City News
Landmark Commission Announces Photo Contest Winners
The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission announces the winners of the sixth annual Preservation Month photo contest. This year, the Commission selected a grand prize winner and four runners-up, for a total of five winners. In addition, a People’s Choice award was given to the submission receiving the highest number of “likes” at the Instagram hashtag  #PreserveSH18 .

Residents are invited to hashtag photos on Instagram for the 2019 Photo Contest. While the 2019 Preservation Month Photo Contest won't officially kick off until next spring, photos posted between now and then on Instagram at the hashtag #PreserveSH19 will be eligible. Fall is the perfect season to capture the beauty of Shaker Heights. (Please retain a high resolution version of the photographs you submit in case you're a winner!)
New Traffic Pattern Around Lomond School
A new traffic pattern around Lomond School is now in effect on school days between 8:30-9:30 am and 3-4 pm. During those times, some roads will be one way only and turning restrictions will be in place. The affected roads are Lomond Blvd.(near the school), Palmerston, Sherrington, and Strandhill roads. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in the area, observe the new signs, and obey the restrictions for the safety of students and other pedestrians.
November General Election Reminders
Ohio Voting Sticker
The November 6 general election is just a couple months away. Here's what you need to know:

  • The deadline for registering 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 is Fernway School will receive a letter 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.
Call for Artists
The Beachwood Arts Council (BAC) and Shaker Heights Arts Council (SHAC) announce Good Neighbors, a juried Spring 2019 exhibit. Artists age 21 and up who work in any 2D medium and live or work in Beachwood or Shaker Heights or the Shaker Heights School District are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is September 10.
Celebrate Italy at Shaker Library in September
It's a month-long celebration of Italy with activities and events for all ages at Shaker Library. Enjoy programming on Italian cuisine, music, travel, books, art, and more. Meet Anna Boiardi, granddaughter of Chef Boyardee, who will visit the library to talk about her book, Delicious Memories: Recipes and Stories from the Chef Boyardee Family.
Doggie Dip
Saturday, September 8
10 am-1 pm
Thornton Park goes to the dogs for the annual Doggie Dip. Admission is $5 for Shaker Heights resident dogs. Proceeds benefit the Lynn Ruffner Recreation for Youth Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 216-491-1295.
Sunset Market in the Van Aken District
Thursdays, September 6-October 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.
Bike Shaker Tours
Sundays, September 9, 23, and October 7
1 pm
Learn more about the history and architecture of Shaker Heights from atop two wheels. Themed tours 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.
September Home Repair Classes
Tuesday, September 11 & Monday, September 17
6:30 pm
The Home Repair Resource Center will offer two classes in Shaker Heights.

  • Faucets – Repairing and Replacing (Tuesday, September 11): Participants will learn to repair or replace different kinds of faucets. Cost: Free. Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.),

  • Hands-On Tuckpointing (Monday, September 17): Back by popular demand, this class teaches participants how to repair crumbling or missing mortar in brick steps, walls, or chimneys. Cost: $18.75 for residents; $25 for non-residents. Location: The Colonnade, adjacent to the STJ Community Building.
 Registration required for both classes. Register below or call 216-381-6100 ext. 16.
Hazardous Household Waste Roundup
Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16 & 22-23
8 am-4 pm
Bring your household hazardous waste to the Service Center (15600 Chagrin Blvd.) for safe disposal. Items accepted: 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.
Shaker Lakes Hike, Run & Explore
Sunday, September 16
Registration, 7 am; Hikes, 8:45 am; Runs, 9 am
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Celebrate fall in the beautiful Shaker parklands with this annual fundraiser for environmental education programming at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes . Select from a variety of runs and hikes for all ages and fitness levels. Or grab a beverage from the beer garden and a bite to eat, then enjoy free tree climbing, archery, and other nature-inspired activities.
The East Side Flea
Sunday, September 16
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, enjoy a beverage from HiHo Brewery, and find your next treasure. The East Side Flea returns on Sunday, October 21. Interested vendors may apply on the Cleveland Flea's website.
How to Use the U.S. Census for Research and Planning
Thursday, September 20
The Shaker Library presents two events by U.S. Census expert Tim Sarko.

  • Finding and Using Census Data, 3-4:30 pm. Learn what types of data are available from the U.S. Census and how to access that data, including how to use the America's FactFinder tool. Participants may bring a laptop to follow along.

  • Shaker Heights City & School District: What the Census Tells Us About Today and Tomorrow, 7-8:30 pm.

Both events take place at Main Library at 16500 Van Aken Blvd. Tim Sarko has worked for the U.S. Census Bureau for more than 20 years. Currently, he is a Data Dissemination Specialist covering Ohio.
Meet the Mayoral Candidates
League of Women Voters logo
This month, residents have two opportunities to attend forums featuring David E. Weiss and Julianna Johnston Senturia, the candidates appearing on the November 6, 2018 ballot for Mayor of Shaker Heights.

Wednesday, September 5, 7-8:30 pm at The Dealership (3558 Lee Rd.). Sponsored by the Democratic Club of Shaker Heights .

Wednesday, September 26, 7 pm at Shaker Heights Middle School Auditorium (20600 Shaker Blvd.). Sponsored by Shaker Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters .
County Programs to Support Taxpayers and Homeowners
Thursday, September 27
6-8 pm
Cuyahoga County is co-hosting an event with the City of Shaker Heights to promote services available for taxpayers. Homeowners can learn about saving money on taxes through “Homestead Exemption” eligibility; easy ways to pay property taxes; how to prevent delinquency and foreclosure; how to recognize and fight back against scammers. Staff from the Cuyahoga County Treasurers Department and Fiscal Office, along with representatives from the Office of Consumer Affairs will be on site to answer questions and help residents navigate county services. Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.).
From the Schools 
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Shaker Homecoming Weekend: Fun for Everyone!
All Shaker residents and alumni are invited to the second annual Shaker Homecoming Community Celebration on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 . Events include:

  • Raider Nation Night Out at The Dealership (3558 Lee Rd.) on Friday from 6-11 pm. (Adults only.)
  • Free, family-friendly festival on the High School Oval (15911 Aldersyde Dr.) from 11 am-1 pm on Saturday, followed by the Homecoming football game with kick-off at 1 pm. (Purchase tickets at the gate.)
  • Shaker Alumni Hall of Fame induction dinner at Shaker Country Club (3300 Courtland Blvd.) on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Purchase tickets by September 21 at
Save the Date
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 throughout the City. Tickets: $125. Location: Shaker Heights Country Club (3300 Courtland Blvd.).
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.).
Rain Barrel Workshop
Thursday, October 25
6-7:30 pm
Did you know the average roof generates more than 24,000 gallons of run off 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.
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Recycling in Shaker Heights
Recycling guidelines have changed for ALL of Cuyahoga County, including Shaker Heights. 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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