This time of year brings much change and excitement as we enter the holiday season and final weeks of 2023. The temperature has dropped, falling leaves surround us, and we prepare to spend time with loved ones throughout the upcoming holidays.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the opportunity to continue serving as your Mayor for the next four years. I am humbled to serve our great community and look forward to the positive collaboration with City Council and Administration.

I am pleased to share that the Highland Heights Fire Department won the Judge's Award for Best Chili at the Community Partnership on Aging's Famous Fire Department Chili Cook-off held at the end of October. We are extremely proud of this recognition, and all credit goes to the chefs in the Fire Department who made the delicious chili.

Now that the Police and Fire Department staff have moved back into their respective buildings, the city will officially host an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, December 1, 2023, to showcase the renovation of this building. This event will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please see full details in this e-newsletter.

One of my favorite events of the year also takes place on December 1st, and it is the City of Highland Heights' Annual Community Holiday Lighting. Please join me and my friends, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty, as we light up the Municipal Complex on Friday, December 1st from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

As we celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, enjoy the company of loved ones and friends that surround you at the table, and cherish the memories and blessings that this day brings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chuck Brunello, Jr.
Mayor/Safety Director
More Information from City Hall Departments
From the Highland Heights Police Department
Special Needs/Attention Notification

The Highland Heights Police Department has a Special Needs/Attention registry designed to enhance our level of service when assisting and communicating with members of our community who have special needs.

This notification program provides an opportunity for the police department to work directly with parents and caregivers to provide exceptional service to those who have special needs and find themselves in a situation where they need help.

Parents and caregivers may voluntarily enroll a person with a medical condition or disability, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Bipolar Disorder, and Down Syndrome. Adults with special needs may also enroll themselves. Residents may notify our communications center and advise of household members that have special needs. Once enrolled, Highland Heights Police Officers will have access to important information regarding individuals with special needs. This will allow the officer to gain insight into the best way in which to interact with the person who is in need of help. This will then allow the officer to better understand how to communicate with the person and connect with parents or caretakers. Please contact our Communications Center, 440-442-1221, to enroll.
From the Highland Heights Fire Department
From the Highland Heights Service Department
The Service Department is currently running on a two week cycle for leaf collection. Please ensure leaves are placed on the tree lawn for collection, not in the street. Do not place grass clippings, twigs, or branches in the leaf pile, as they will clog and block the leaf machine.

Trash pickup on Thanksgiving Day will be collected on Friday, November 24th.
The season of charitable giving...

The Highland Heights Fire Department is once again a toy drop-off location for the annual Olivia's Dream Toy Drive. All toy donations must be new and unwrapped and will benefit Toys for Tots. To learn more about Olivia's Dream, visit their website.

The City of Highland Heights Police and Fire Departments have partnered up again this holiday season with a fundraising drive to benefit Providence House. Providence House is located in Cleveland, whose mission is to keep children safe and families together, supporting families through crisis and strengthening communities.

A giving tree is located inside the Highland Heights Police and Fire Department vestibule with ornaments on the tree that you can take to fulfill Providence House's items most in need.

These include:
Toys and Activities for children (ages 6 - 12)
Gift cards
Grocery items
Household items

A collection box is located within the Highland Heights Police and Fire Department vestibule. You may stop by any time to select a giving ornament or drop off a donation item from Providence House's most needed items until 12/20/23. The City of Highland Heights Police and Fire Departments thank you for your consideration of this worthy cause.

For more information about Providence House, please visit their website.
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