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Cleveland Heights mayor presents 'first cut' draft of ARPA projects

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A $1.8 million "complete rebuild" of the Community Center's north ice rink tops Mayor Kahlil Seren's list of city spending recommendations for federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Seren presented eight program proposals to City Council last week totaling $7 million.

Other “big-ticket items” include Cain Park Village infrastructure ($1.5 million), a Lead Safe grant program ($1 million), a business relief fund and residential housing violation grants ($750,000 apiece).

The mayor’s “extremely preliminary proposed draft” would still leave $10 million to $12 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. These include some “revenue replacement” discretionary set-asides for the city, as well as $4 million split between the Noble and Taylor neighborhoods as geographic target areas as devised by Councilwoman Davida Russell...


Taylor Tudors Project Receives $5.95 Million in Ohio Historic Tax Credits

Two Northeast Ohio projects win surprise state historic tax credits, as officials correct misstep

In a surprise move, the Ohio Department of Development has awarded $17.5 million in historic tax credits to six projects — making up for a misstep that occurred late last year.

The winners include a former Cleveland elementary school and the Taylor Tudors, a trio of Tudor Revival buildings on a key commercial corridor in Cleveland Heights.

The state agency announced the awards late Tuesday, March 7. A news release said that the projects should have been included in a round of awards announced in December, but they were "inadvertently left off" the previous announcement...

The Taylor Tudors won just over $5.95 million, which will help finance restoration of the buildings into apartments over retail and live-work spaces...


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Historic buildings in Cleveland Heights are the catalyst for a potential $100 million project

An Additional Congratulations

To Cleveland Heights resident Meran Rogers, Founder and Executive Director of Global Ambassadors Leadership Academy (GALA). GALA's project renovating the old McKinley School on W. 125th Street in Cleveland was also awarded $1.2 million in historic tax credits on Tuesday.

City Opposes Ohio HB 1, which Would Eliminate $1.2 Billion Going to Local Governments

The Ohio General Assembly is considering a proposal, House Bill 1, which would eliminate $1.2 billion in state funding to local governments by cutting and flattening Ohio’s income tax rates.

At its March 6, 2023, meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council passed a resolution sponsored by all seven Councilmembers and Mayor Seren opposing House Bill 1 and its damaging consequences.

The resolution quotes Guillermo Bervejillo, Ph.D., a state policy fellow at Policy Matters Ohio, in saying, “Ohio families making less than $30,000 per year will get nothing from this bill, families making $50,000 a year will see a tax cut of $3 or less; meanwhile an individual making half a million dollars per year could see a tax cut of more than $5,000.”

Current state income tax rates range from 2.765% for people making between $26,051.00 and $46,100.00 to 3.99% for Ohioans making more than $115.300.00. House Bill 1 would create a flat state income tax rate of 2.75% on incomes above $26,050.00.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates this flat tax will cost the State of Ohio more than $2 billion per year, which would be made up by slashing funding for schools, libraries, park districts, community colleges, mental health, developmental disabilities boards, and other local services.

Click the image above to read the resolution.

Cleveland Heights dog walkers, take your marks -- in all city parks

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Ten years after allowing dogs to be walked through Cain Park, City Council has extended the leash to the rest of the town’s own emerald necklace.

Council voted Monday (March 6) to lift the prohibition on dogs in all other city parks -- although there will still be conditions.

These include requiring all dogs to be on leashes not exceeding 6 feet in length, cleaning up after your pet and keeping them off playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, sports fields, pools and poolside, as well as out of city picnic shelters...



Nominate Amazing Women of Cleveland Heights, Women in Business, and Inspiring Young Women for Recognition by City Council

Do you know someone here in Cleveland Heights who is doing her part to serve others, transform her community or change history? Whether she is out in front leading the charge or quietly working in the background, ensuring everyone is taken care of—Cleveland Heights City Council would like to honor her for Women’s History Month.


To celebrate Women’s History Month, City Council will recognize five (5) Amazing Women of Cleveland Heights, three (3) Women in Business, and two (2) Inspiring Young Women at its Women’s Day Ceremony at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Boulevard.


For more information or to submit nominations, please visit the Women’s Day event page. You can also download and fill out a nomination form and return it to the Clerk of Council at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 20 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118.


The deadline for nominations is March 13, 2023.

See Judy Collins at the Evans Amphitheatre

Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 8:00 pm

In 1966, Judy Collins’ not-yet-famous friend Leonard Cohen had stopped by her apartment to play her his new song, Suzanne, and ask her a question. Judy had released five albums in five years and released her first charting single, Hard Lovin’ Loser, earlier in the year. What Cohen wanted to know was why Judy wasn’t writing her own songs.


It was a question that changed the direction of her career. That same day, Judy sat down at her Steinway and wrote Since You Asked, which became one of the three original songs on her milestone 1967 album Wildflowers.


Wildflowers went Gold and reached No. 5 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. Its version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now earned Judy her first Top-10 hit and her first Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance.


On May 20, 2023, Judy Collins, accompanied by a full orchestra, will present Wildflowers in its entirety to a Cain Park audience. Her performance will also highlight selections from her six-decade, 55-album career.


It will be an evening you’ll never forget.


Save Money and Receive Discounts

By Buying Cain Park Tickets at City Hall!

Cain Park tickets are available online through etix, but purchasing tickets through the Cain Park box office is the only way to receive Senior, student, or military discounts. It also saves you the cost of the online processing fee.


To take advantage of these benefits, you no longer need to wait until Spring when Cain Park’s box office opens. A Cain Park ticketing station is now open on weekdays at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle.


Please call ahead to make an appointment at 216-291-3669.


Premium seats are still being held for Cleveland Heights residents and Friends of Cain Park members. Information about their release will be made at a future date.

Register for Women Out Walking

Beginning Monday, March 13

This year’s Women Out Walking program will run from May 7 through September 3.

Women Out Walking is a FREE initiative to encourage adult women (age 18 to senior citizens) to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle, one fun step at a time. The group will gather at the Community Center every Sunday at 2:00 pm for a walk in Forest Hill Park.

Click to download the WOW flyer

Registration opens Monday, March 13, at The first 125 Cleveland Heights residents who register will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Register by April 7 to reserve your t-shirt and size.

In 2022, participants submitted a total of 21,848,621 steps, totaling nearly 9,829 miles.

The person with the most steps at the end of the program will be awarded a FREE, YEAR-LONG ADULT FITNESS PASS.

Meet Your Police

Thursday, March 16, 2023

The next Meet Your Police will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 6:00–8:00 pm in the Lower Level of Cleveland Heights City Hall. 40 Severance Circle

Residents are encouraged to attend and speak with an officer about any questions, concerns, or complaints.

The Cleveland Heights Spring Egg Hunt Returns!

Saturday, April 1, 2023, at 10:00 am

The City of Cleveland Heights will hold the Annual Spring Egg Hunt for children ages 1-9, Saturday, April 1, at 10:00 am (SHARP!) at the Forest Hill Park Meadow near the playground

This is a FREE event, but we ask that families please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Heights Emergency Food Center.

Children should wear old clothes and boots in case of poor weather. Please bring your own bags or egg baskets. 

Click image to download the Egg Hunt flyer

If the weather is severe on April 1, the program may be moved to the Forest Hill Tennis Courts or inside the Community Center. Please call 216-691-7373 on the morning of April 1 for information).

To participate, please register by March 31

Egg Hunt Volunteers Needed!

The Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department needs volunteers for the Spring Egg Hunt.

Volunteers will gather at Forest Hill Park at 9:00 am, an hour before the hunt begins, to help spread plastic eggs and collect and pack food drive items. Volunteers are also needed at the end of the event to help hand out the extra candy and clean up.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Dee Marsky at (216) 691-7372.

City Council Meetings—Week of March 6, 2023

Cleveland Heights City Council convened on Monday, March 6, 2023, for a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:30 pm and a City Council Meeting at 7:30 pm.

Committee of the Whole Meeting

City Council Meeting

Please click here for the meetings' agendas and legislation.

Next Cleveland Heights City Council Meetings

Cleveland Heights City Council will hold a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 6:00 pm, on Monday, March 20, 2023, in the Executive Conference Room of Cleveland Heights City Hall.

The next full meeting of the Cleveland Heights City Council is scheduled for the same day at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers.

These meetings will be streamed live and may be viewed on the City's YouTube channel. The agendas for the meetings may be found on the City's website.

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Next Week at Cleveland Heights City Hall


Board of Zoning Appeals

7:00 pm

Council Chambers


Racial Justice Task Force—Housing and Economic Opportunity Subcommittee

7:00 pm



Meet Your Police

6:00 to 8:00 pm

City Hall Lower Level

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2023

Commission on Aging

9:30 am

Senior Activity Center


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Spring Classes at the Community Center

JUST ADDED—Youth Bike Safety Program

This program is for students in grades 3–8. Participants must know how to ride a two-wheel bike. Bikes and helmets are available, but participants can bring their own bikes and helmets. Maximum enrollment is 12 students.


Participants will ride at Forest Hill Park and, as part of the last class, on local streets. If weather is hazardous, accommodations will be made inside the Community Center. The curriculum will include:

  • Learning how to fit your helmet and bicycle
  • Doing a bike safety check before riding
  • Proper starting and stopping
  • Maneuvering skills
  • Rules of the road for bikes
  • How to ride in a group
  • Hand signals; and
  • Road hazards.

Instructed by:   Alice Stratton

Day:                 Saturdays

Time:                10:30–11:30 am

Dates:               Five weeks between April 29–May 27

Cost:                $40 for Cleveland Heights and University Heights



Preschool Open Gym

For parents and their little ones, ages 1–5.


Parents/guardians must stay with their children.

Day: Wednesdays

End Date: Friday, May 24

Time: 10:00–12:00 am

Location: Gymnasium

Cost: $5.00 per family for one time

$20.00 per family for a 6-class pass

Adult Fitness

NEW! Thursday Morning Mat Pilates

Pilates is a series of targeted exercises that strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility generated from the core.


Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own exercise mat, towel, and a spill-proof water bottle. The maximum class size is 15 participants.


Instructor: Pia Alesci

Day: Thursdays

Time: 10:30–11:30 am

Dates: March 2–April 13 (no class 3/30)

Location: Aerobic Room

Cost: $38 CH RES/$44 NON-RES

Indoor Cycling

This class includes 45 minutes of cycling, a warm-up, a cool-down, and 15 minutes of abdominal work and stretching.


Be sure to bring your own spill-proof water bottle and exercise mat.


Instructor: Alisa Henry

Day: Saturdays

Time: 10:30–11:30 am

Dates: March 4–April 15 (no class 4/1)

Location: Aerobic Room

Cost: $38 CH RES/$44 NON-RES


Add a Zumba® class to your weekly routine!


Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba® uses a variety of styles in its routines, including Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Mambo, Rumba, Flamenco, and Hip Hop. Music selection includes both fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body. You'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.


Wear comfortable workout clothes and shoes that you can move in. Bring a spill-proof water bottle and a towel because you will sweat!


Instructor: Gigi Roney

Day: Fridays

Time: 6:00–6:45 pm

Dates: April 14–May 19

Location: Aerobic Room

Cost: $35 CH RES/$40 NON-RES

Yoga for Any and Everyone

This class covers the fundamentals of Yoga and is intended for beginners, those returning to yoga, or anyone looking for a gentler approach to yoga. We will emphasize the basics of poses, along with breathing and relaxation of the mind and body.

Instructor: Michelle Gore, CPA, RYT 200

Day: Thursdays

Time: 6:30–7:30 pm

Dates: March 9–April 20 (no class 3/30)

Location: Aerobic Room

Cost: $38 CH RES/$44 NON-RES

Evening Barre Workout

The Barre class is back! For those who have not taken a Barre class, Barre combines dance with the principles of strength and safety from Pilates.


This is a barefoot workout. Wear comfortable workout clothes and bring an exercise mat, towel, and spill-proof water bottle. The maximum class size is 12 participants.


Instructor: Pia Alesci

Day: Mondays

Time: 6:00–7:00 pm

Dates: March 13–April 24 (no class 3/27)

Location: Aerobic Room

Cost: $38 CH RES/$44 NON-RES

Mat Pilates

Pilates is a series of targeted exercises that strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility generated from the core. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own exercise mat, towel, and water.


The maximum class size is 15 participants, who must register a week prior to the start date!


Instructor: Pia Alesci

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 6:00–7:00 pm

Dates: March 9–April 20 (No class 3/30)

Location: Aerobic Room

Cost: $38 CH RES/$44 NON-RES


A blend of Dance with Pilates, Yoga, Kickboxing, and Strength Training. The results? Long. lean muscles and an instant mood boost. Burn up to 800 calories in this 55-minute class. Try 2 weeks for $22 and see why our average customer stays 7 years!


Register at the Jazzercise table outside of the class.


Instructor: Mary Beth McCann

Days and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Classes are in the extra-large Multipurpose

Room on the first floor.

Martial Arts

Tai Shin Doh Karate

Youth—Beginners Self-Defense/Tai Shin Doh Karate

Ages 6 & up.


For beginners to yellow belts. Children are taught control, discipline, awareness, responsibility, and consideration in a martial arts environment.


Instructor: David Jones, 7th Degree Black Belt

Day: Fridays

Dates: 9 classes between April 22–June 24 (no class 5/27)

Time: 6:30–8:00 pm

Location: Activity Rm 7

Cost: $64 CH RES/$73 NON-RES

Youth—Advanced Self-Defense/Tai Shin Doh Karate

For students who have achieved a green belt in Tai Shin Doh and above. Students will learn to master the art of Tai Shin Doh.


Instructor: Roan Adognravi, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Day: Saturdays

Dates: 9 classes between April 22–June 24 (no class 5/27)

Time: 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Location: Activity Rm 7

Cost: $64 CH RES/$73 NON-RES

Men’s and Women’s Tai Shin Doh Karate

Using Tai Shin Doh Karate as a base, this class provides practical knowledge of how to protect yourself from a variety of real-world situations. From physical altercations to tripping and falling unexpectedly, you will learn how to react in a way that preserves your physical health. By the end of this class, you will improve your fitness, balance, flexibility, and mobility, while also having a better understanding of how to keep yourself safe.


Instructor: Roan Adognravi, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Day: Saturdays

Dates: 9 classes between April 22–June 24 (no class 5/27)

Time: 9:00–10:30 am

Location: Activity Rm 7

Cost: $64 CH RES/$73 NON-RES

Kuk Sool Won™ (WKSA)

The Traditional Martial Art of Korea


All classes teach Etiquette (Respectful Behavior); Rolling & Acrobatics; Safety Falls; Meditation Practice; Hand/Foot Striking & Blocking; Forms Training (Hyung); and Self Defense Techniques.

Mini Kids Kuk Sool Won™ (WKSA)

Ages 5 & 6


Instructor: David Pritts, 3rd Degree Black Belt and School Owner

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 6:00–6:30 pm

Dates: 15 classes between March 6–May 3

(no class on 3/27, 3/29, & 5/1)

Location: Senior Center (NOTE: 5/1 class will be upstairs

in room 7)

Cost: $51 CH RES/$58 NON-RES

Youth Kuk Sool Won™ (WKSA)

Ages 7-13


Instructor: David Pritts, 3rd Degree Black Belt and School Owner

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 6:30–7:30 pm

Dates: 15 classes between March 6–May 3

(no class on 3/27, 3/29, & 5/1)

Location: Senior Center (NOTE: 5/1 class will be upstairs

in room 7)

Cost: $100 CH RES/$105 NON-RES

Adults Kuk Sool Won™ (WKSA)

Ages 14-75


Instructor: David Pritts, 3rd Degree Black Belt and School Owner

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 7:30–8:30 pm

Dates: 15 classes between March 6–May 3

(no class on 3/27, 3/29, & 5/1)

Location: Senior Center (NOTE: 5/1 class will be upstairs

in room 7)

Cost: $100 CH RES/$105 NON-RES


Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong and is designed to be played by people of all ages.

Recreational Indoor Pickleball

This program is for ages 18+.


Participants should wear clothing that allows movement and court shoes or athletic shoes. There are six courts available for play. We have a few beginner Pickleball paddles for those who do not have their own paddle. Water, locker rooms, and restrooms are available.


Day: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Time: 10:00 am–2:00 pm

Dates: October–April

Location: Gym Courts 1 & 2

Cost: Daily Fee:  $3.00/CH Res; $6.00/Non-Res

10 Session Pass: $25.00/CH Res; $50.00/NON-RES

Recreational Outdoor Pickleball


Outdoor Pickleball is played at Dennison Park, which has six lined Pickleball courts. The group plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays although the courts are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and are lighted for evening play. Bring water, a hat and balls. Restrooms and a drinking fountain are available.


NOTE: The Denison tennis courts are scheduled to be resurfaced sometime in May this year, weather allowing.


Day: Monday–Friday

Time: 9:00 am–12:00 pm

(Group play may start earlier than 9:00 am

during the hot weather)

Dates: May–September

Location: Dennison Park

1015 Quarry Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44121

Each Cleveland Heights-University Heights elementary schools host Kindergarten Information Nights in March so families can learn about their neighborhood school.  

Attendees can meet school principals and teachers, ask questions, and tour the buildings. 

The schedule for Kindergarten Information Night at each elementary school is listed below. Each Information Night will be held from 6:00–7:00 pm. Click on the image below to download an informational flyer.

Boulevard: Tuesday, March 14

Canterbury: Wednesday, March 15

Fairfax: Thursday, March 16

Gearity: Tuesday, March 21

Noble: Thursday, March 16

Oxford: Thursday, March 16

Roxboro: Wednesday, March 15

This year, families can register their children for the 2023-2024 school year right at Information Night. 

From 5-6 pm and 7-8 pm, before and after each Kindergarten Information Night, registration staff will be on hand to enroll new kindergartners. 

Appointments are required; please call 216-371-7430 to schedule a time slot. Parents MUST bring all the necessary items. If all items are not available, the appointment must be rescheduled.

Kindergarten in CH-UH is tuition-free and full-day. Specials include Music, Art, Spanish, Physical Education, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

To find your child's elementary school, visit CH-UH's interactive boundaries map and enter your home address into the search field.

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Heights United Opens Registration for Two Programs

Heights United has opened registration for two programs:

  • Their Pre-School (ages 2.5–5) Spring Tiger Cub Soccer Academy at Dennison Park, which will be held at 10:00–11:00 am on Saturdays, April 15–May 13; and,

  • Their Summer Day Camp and Summer Soccer Academy for ages 6-12, which will be held weekdays from 9:00 am–3:00 pm, June 5–July 28 at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.

To register for either program, please visit Heights United’s webpage.

RITA Offices Now Open in Cleveland Heights City Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Last Chance to Apply March 15

Grants of Up to $5,000 are Available to Retailers to Help Eliminate Plastic Checkout Bags

The Cuyahoga County Departments of Consumer Affairs and Sustainability, with support from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, invites retailers to apply for the Sustainable Stores Grant.

The grant was developed to help local retail stores be more environmentally sustainable and comply with the Disposable Bag Ban.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to:

  • Support retailers’ efforts to eliminate plastic checkout bags from their operations;
  • Educate consumers and retailers about the County's Disposable Bag Ordinance; and,
  • Establish a consumer culture of reusable woven bag use for all shopping trips in Cuyahoga County.

For more information, please visit the Sustainable Stores Grant Program.

Applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.


The City of Cleveland Heights is Hiring!

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Job openings in the Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and other departments may be found on the Cleveland Heights Job Opportunities webpage.

-- All Are Welcome --


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