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City Hall Atrium Named for Susanna Niermann O'Neil
For Her 46 Years Serving the City of Cleveland Heights
Monday, May 2, 2022, was Susanna Niermann-O’Neil’s last day before retiring as a Cleveland Heights employee.

Susanna’s career at Cleveland Heights City Hall began in 1976 and encompassed nearly half of the city’s 101-year history. She began as an activist fighting for fair housing in Cleveland Heights. She created the Community Services Department, helped create the Heights Fund, led the effort to build the community center, and oversaw the restoration of the Veterans Memorial. She served as Vice City Manager for 15 years and as Cleveland Heights City Manager—twice.
Monday night, Susanna wrapped up her final responsibility—serving as a substitute Clerk at Monday’s City Council meeting. As she left the Council chamber she was greeted by co-workers, community members, neighbors, friends, and family—all gathered in the newly renamed “Susanna Niermann O’Neil Atrium” to wish her well and see her honored for her lifetime of commitment to Cleveland Heights.

“Around the time of my swearing-in, my wife started the conversation around how to honor Susanna. She thought that naming the atrium after her would be a fitting tribute to her service,” Mayor Kahlil Seren said. “There must have been something in the zeitgeist because shortly after we settled on the idea, I received an email from one of Susanna’s long-time neighbors making a similar suggestion.”
“My administration spent weeks planning and tip-toeing, laboring over the details, Mayor Seren added. “Our sign maker, Kurt Munger, fabricated the shamrock by hand using magnetic material from the city’s sign shop.”
On Friday, April 29, the City held a private unveiling with her children and former colleagues who traveled to celebrate her. Mayor Seren personally drafted the legislation naming the Atrium for Susanna and introduced it to Council to create an official, lasting declaration of the recognition. The physical sign was a surprise for City Council after their meeting.

In her remarks at the event, Susanna talked about what makes Cleveland Heights so special and what she hoped for the city:
“At the very core of Cleveland Heights is a commitment to diversity, civil rights, and social justice. And my wish, my thought for the future, is that all generations who come along will remember and understand that. Because without it, we’re just another city.”
Cleveland Heights City Council Meetings: Monday, May 16

The next City Council meeting will be Monday, May 16, at 7:30 pm, following the Council Committee of the Whole at 6:30 pm.

Both meetings will be streamed live and may be viewed on the City's YouTube channel. The agenda may be found on the City's website. For more City meetings and event listings, please visit the City's calendar.
Looking Forward to SUMMER

The Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department is working hard to ensure a fun and exciting season for all residents!
Summer Learn-to-Skate
Registration for summer learn-to-skate opens Monday, May 9, online and in-person. Programs for all skill levels are available. Visit chparks.com for more information.
Summer Basketball RETURNS!

The Basketball Development Camp will be held over two weeks, June 6-10 and June 13-17. The program is designed for students grades 3 through 8. The camp will give each camper the opportunity to learn and develop their basketball skills within their age group. Online registration is now available.
The Summer Youth Basketball League tips-off June 20 and continues through July 28. Boys and girls grades K-8 may register online. Registration spots are limited at each grade level and determined by the child's grade level for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Stay Cool at the Cumberland Pool

Pool passes for this summer are now available for purchase Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Community Center, One Monticello Blvd.

Registration for our water aerobics program is also available in-person and online.
For more summer programs , please visit chparks.com
New Class—Kemetic Yoga 101
Begins May 12

During this six-week class, students will study the fundamentals of Kemetic Yoga, a system of yoga combining physical movement, deep-breathing techniques, and meditation.
The instructor will concentrate on proper posture for Asana (poses) and Pranayama (breathing exercises) and focuses on Yin Yoga, a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise. It is suitable for beginners and is a soothing practice for anyone.
Instructor: London Hightower
Day: Each Thursday
Dates: May 12-June 16 
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Aerobic Room, Cleveland Heights Community Center, One Monticello Boulevard
Cost: $38 for Cleveland Heights residents/ $44 for non-residents
News You Can Use
Cleveland Heights Blood Drive: Tuesday, May 10

As summer nears, blood donations are critically important to maintain a stable blood supply.

During this time of the year, the American Red Cross typically sees a decline in donors, often leading to a seasonal blood shortage.

Please sign up today to donate blood and help save as many as 3 lives!

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, May 10, from 12:00 pm to 6:00pm at Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road.

To sign up, go to RedCrossBlood.org & enter sponsor code: HEIGHTSBLOODDRIVE, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Donors may receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice or an assortment of gifts, including: a Free Red Cross T-shirt, a flashlight, notebook, or a Mitchell’s Ice Cream Scoop coupon. For questions about eligibility, please call 1-866-236-3276.
Employment Opportunities
The City of Cleveland Heights is Hiring!

Job openings in the Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and other departments may be found on the Cleveland Heights Job Opportunities webpage.
-- All Are Welcome --