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Cleveland Heights scores $300,000 U.S. Justice youth grant for Peacemakers Alliance


The federal Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded a $300,000 grant to the city to help establish a youth violence prevention program with the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance (CPA - pictured).

“In this new relationship with the CPA, we will embark on what will be one of the more impactful programs in the city to create the non-violent community we want to live in,” Mayor Kahlil Seren announced at Monday’s (Oct. 2) City Council meeting.

The grant award through the branch of the U.S. Justice Department will also free up qualifying funds the city already planned to request through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), reducing Seren’s original $500,000 federal pandemic recovery funding recommendation for the CPA.

“To avoid violent attacks starting a spiral of violence and retaliation, people need two things: trust in our institutions to pursue justice and the tools and commitment to solve our problems without resorting to violence,” Seren added.

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Cedar Hill undergoes 7-week construction project, dropping lanes in each direction


Cedar Hill will soon become a bottleneck for several weeks, leaving many drivers to weave through smaller side streets to avoid construction hassles.

On Monday (October 9) traffic on the road, also known as Cedar Glen Parkway, will be reduced from three lanes in each direction to one as the city works on a sanitary sewer replacement. The street runs from University Circle to Cleveland Heights and serves as a major artery for East Side commuters, college students and residents...

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Cleveland Heights to play host to world roller derby championships October 21-22

The Cleveland Guardians will host the 2023 MRDA Western Hemisphere Cup, a postseason roller derby tournament, on October 21 and 22 at the Cleveland Heights Community Center in the South Rink.

The top ten roller derby teams from across eight states and two countries will be coming to Cleveland to compete for the cup. This is the highest level of competitive roller derby in the world.

Established in 2013, the Cleveland Guardians are a 501(c)3 sports organization founded here in Cleveland, Ohio.

Flat-track roller derby has evolved from the days of scripted roller derby. It is a full-contact sport with real bouts (games), and real hits, complete with rules and penalties.

The Cleveland Guardians are a member of the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) and compete against teams across the country and the world. Their team mission is to provide the opportunity for all people to participate in the challenging, competitive, and exciting sport of flat-track roller derby. To foster teamwork, leadership, and philanthropy, as well as provide a safe, active, and thriving community for all.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Guardians have a special offer for Cleveland Heights residents: A FREE day pass to the roller derby championships. Present your ID at the ticket booth at the Community Center. One per customer, please.

Cleveland Heights takes steps to protect LGBTQ+ students at their city's Catholic schools

From WEWS News Channel 5

The Mayor of Cleveland Heights is seeking to add protections for students who are under the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland's revised policy around gender identity and sexuality...

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Future of historic Cumberland Pool in Cleveland Heights part of new feasibility study

From WEWS News Channel 5

Cumberland Pool in Cleveland Heights opened in 1927. It’s a city landmark that Mayor Kahlil Seren said is “past its useful life."

“We've got leaks in the system. We've got issues with our wading pool,” Seren said.

The city also pointed to a failing boiler and other outdated facilities including restrooms and locker rooms.

The city said minimum repairs are estimated to cost at least $100,000, which doesn't take into account a failing boiler and upgrades needed to the bathhouse.

Seren has authorized two feasibility studies being conducted by architecture firm GPD Group, looking at the future of aquatics in the city...

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Community Center Update

The Indoor Cycling class will not start this Saturday. The class is now scheduled to start on Saturday, October 14.

Open House for Lower Shaker Lake Dam project

October 7, 2023 | 10:00 am–2:00 pm

Residents are invited to learn more about Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Lower Shaker Lake Dam Reconstruction Project at an open house this Saturday, October 7, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Lower Lake.

The Sewer District is funding a restoration project that is expected to bring the dam up to safety standards, address downstream flooding, and restore a stretch of Doan Brook. The open house is outdoors, so please dress accordingly. For those who prefer to attend via Zoom, a meeting link is available from the Register button below.

Parking is available on Brook Road and South Park Boulevard.


Upcoming Open House at Cain Park

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 6:00–7:30 pm

Parking will be available at Cain Park in the staff lot behind the Colonnade. Please enter through the staff gate at Superior Park Drive and South Compton Road

The next City Council meeting will be held on October 16, 2023, at 7:30 pm, in the Council Chamber.

It will be preceded by a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:00 pm in the Executive Conference Room. Both meetings may be viewed live on YouTube.

University Heights and Cleveland Heights make plans for Taylor Road grant application


For Cleveland Heights, the grant application culminates a series of meetings in 2018-19 with NOACA and shareholders along the street, including the proposed Cain Park Village and the Taylor Tudor restoration, as well as the segment heavily populated with Jewish synagogues and schools.

While the plan provides for at least two traffic options on the east that would be further explored through the TLCI -- one proposal (has) a designated parking lane on the east side of Taylor, and the other with dedicated and protected bike lanes on either side -- there are features that would be included in both configurations.

Both proposals would also reduce motorists’ tendencies toward “lane-jockeying” along Taylor, a safety hazard for other drivers as well as the large number of pedestrians crossing the street.

Safety would also be enhanced with the proposed center left-turn lane that is incorporated in both options.

“Not only will this lane improve traffic flow by allowing turning vehicles to wait without blocking traffic, center left-turn lanes are proven to reduce vehicle crashes,” the initial Cleveland Heights study states...

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Heights AP Scholars come roaring back in 2023

The CH-UH City School District congratulates the fifty-seven Heights High School students (classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025) who were recognized by The College Board for their outstanding performance in their 2022 Advanced Placement classes. This is an increase compared to the previous year and is the highest number of scholars recognized in the last seven test administrations.

The College Board, a non-profit organization that administers Advanced Placement tests, honors students who score at a consistently high level on the annual exams. Twenty-nine Heights High students were named AP Scholars for earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams.

In addition, eleven students were recognized as AP Scholars with Honor for earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams.

Seventeen Heights High students were named AP Scholars with Distinction for receiving an average score of 3.5 or higher on all exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. This represents the second-highest number of scholars since 2017 to be named an AP Scholar with Distinction.

Congratulations to the students who stepped up to the challenge of enrolling in AP classes!

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Seven Heights High Seniors Named National Merit Scholars

Heights High School Seniors Niko Bell, Natalie Bier, Laurel Buescher, Sean Egbert, Caleb Green, Marcus Holland, and Mason Spieth have been named National Merit Scholars.

Caleb and Niko are Merit Scholar Semifinalists in the 2024 competition and have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. 16,000 Semifinalists were recognized nationally, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school students.

Laurel, Marcus, Mason, Natalie, and Sean are Commended Students, placing among the top 5% of the students who entered the competition but will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards.

About 34,000 Commended Students are recognized nationwide for their exceptional academic promise.

More than 1.3 million students entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of their junior year...

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Cleveland artist Jasmine Golphin is forging her own path, helping other 'outsider' artists

From The Land

Jasmine Golphin, the associate artistic director at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, experiments with video, photography, VR, and performance in her own artistic career.

After graduating from Cleveland Heights High School, needing an affordable way to achieve her childhood dream, Jasmine began looking into several colleges and decided to attend Cleveland State University, entering the School of Film and Media Arts, only in its third year when Jasmine enrolled. It felt right, since she knew she wanted to stay in Cleveland to make her art. 

Jasmine was deep into film studies when she discovered that what she wanted to do went beyond filmmaking, but didn’t know what to call herself. “I didn’t know how to articulate all the things I wanted to do, so I used ‘filmmaker’ cause I knew it covered everything – the music, the collaborations with actors, and people behind the camera,” she explained. “That encompassed all the other things I wanted to do artistically...” 

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Put down your phone: New fines kick in Thursday for distracted driving in Ohio


The state’s ramped-up enforcement of new distracted driving laws begins in earnest Thursday.

In April of this year, Ohio’s new law restricting texting and other phone use while driving took effect. Besides phone use limitations, it gave law enforcement officers newfound authority to initiate traffic stops if they see drivers swiping, tweeting, scrolling, or texting from behind the wheel. Previously, they couldn’t pull a driver over solely for a phone-related offense.

The soon-to-be fully implemented law puts Ohio on a growing list of states cracking down on ever more powerful electronic devices in the hands of distracted drivers, who kill an estimated nine Americans each day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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Coventry PEACE Park:

A Local History Celebration

October 8 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Coventry Village Branch of Heights Libraries

Join Heights Libraries for a celebration of the history and future of Coventry PEACE Park. The program will feature a presentation from Korbi Roberts, a trustee of the Cleveland Heights Historical Society. Refreshments will be provided.


Shredding Day

October 14 | 9:00 am - noon

Cleveland Heights City Hall

40 Severance Circle Drive

Cleveland Heights offers residents document shredding on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 am to noon in the City Hall parking lot.

Bring your unneeded financial statements, receipts, invoices or other unwanted personal documents to be shredded onsite. Limit of 10 boxes per person.

Heights Chamber Orchestra Concert, October 15

Sunday | October 15, 2023 | 3:30 pm

First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, 3630 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland, OH, 44118

The evening's program includes "Anthem of Hope" by Anthony DiLorenzo, "El Amor Brujo" by Manuel De Falla, Vivaldi's "Concerto for Violin" and Bizet's "L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2".

Guest Conductor Travis Jürgens has conducted the Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, and Denver Philharmonic, among others.

Violinist Emily Cornelius has served as concertmaster of the Heights Chamber Orchestra since 2011. An active freelancer and a passionate performer, she is currently a member of the Canton Symphony, the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra.

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Future Shades in Medicine Youth Summit is an exciting day designed to inspire black, brown, and other youth to consider careers as doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professions. Students in grades 3 - 12, parents/guardians, educators, healthcare professionals, and community leaders are welcome to attend.

Cleveland Heights to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am–2:00 pm

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. DEA will again be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at sites nationwide.

The Cleveland Heights Police Department will again participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please bring prescription drugs you wish to discard to our drop box in the lobby of the CHPD Headquarters, Cleveland Heights City Hall–Lower Level, 40 Severance Circle.




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