Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Cleveland Magazine released its annual Rating the Suburbs issue. Find out how Cleveland Heights compared to the 76 other communities on the list.
Cleveland Magazine may not have ranked Cleveland Heights as one of its top 20 cities in the annual “Rating the Suburbs” issue, but the community did top the charts in some categories. Cleveland Heights provides the most services of any of the 77 suburbs ranked in the list at 15. And the city is one of 11 where 100 percent of the streets have sidewalks, according to the magazine. Police are also plentiful in the city. Cleveland Heights has more officers than any other suburb on the list at 109. The second highest was Parma at 99. Cleveland Heights also secured a top spot in another area — property taxes. The city was ranked No. 3 behind Shaker Heights and University Heights, which landed first and second place respectively. Residents pay $3…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Neil Slobin created Sweet Memories, a deck of cards with questions and sentimental photos meant to bring people together during tough times.
Neil Slobin isn’t used to running out of things to say. The lifelong Cleveland Heights resident likes a good conversation and telling stories. But in 2008, when he went to visit his friend’s mother who had moved to a nursing home, he froze. “She was so depressed and so aggravated to be there, and I’m pretty sure she knew her time was drawing near. When I went to visit her one of those times, she did not want to talk,” said Slobin, who went to see her three or four times a week and said they were extremely close. “I left after probably 15 minutes. There was nothing to say.” He felt terrible. While driving home, he had an idea. What if he had a prompt, questions to ask her during those awkward moments? Something more than, “What did you eat …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Shelly Johnson one of only 20 nationwide to win scholarship to University of Phoenix.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Academic success is a key priority for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and with partners like University of Phoenix, youth are receiving education opportunities to help them graduate from high school and prepare for college. However, many adults long for additional education opportunities and Boys & Girls Club staff, parents and alumni like Shelly Johnson are getting that chance. Johnson was one of 20 recipients nationwide to receive a full-tuition scholarship from BGCA and University of Phoenix to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree. More than 200 Boys & Girls Club staff, parents and alumni applied for the scholarship opportunity. “Serving youth is the number one priority here at BGCA, and it’s great to see such a wonderful …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Last year, the city sold a little more than $159,000 in recycled materials.
The City of Cleveland Heights has raised more than $26,500 from selling recycled materials so far this year. The city hosted a recycling fair last week to educate residents about the importance of recycling and to gather input. Councilwoman Bonnie Caplan, who often talks about the recycling program at council meetings, said last year the city sold a little more than $159,000 in recycled materials. "Not bad for the little city that could," she said in an email. In 2011, nearly 60 percent of the city's waste was recycled, which saved $699,700, as it costs $25 per ton to take it to the landfill, said Alex Mannarino, Cleveland Heights public works director, by email. He added that recycling usually picks up in the spring, summer and fall. "It …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Vero Bistro wants to bring Italian favorites back to the Cedar Fairmount Business District — with a new twist.
A popular pizza and gelato shop that closed last year will soon be replaced by a, well, pizza and gelato shop. The owner, Cleveland Heights resident Marc-Auréle Buholzer, worked for La Gelateria in the Cedar Fairmount Business District off and on for many years. The experience inspired him to create his own store, and he plans to open sometime this month. “The community loved this place,” he said. But he says he'll offer something a little different. The restaurant, Vero, which means true or real in Italian, will stay open year-round, all the time. Buholzer, 28, is redecorating the interior to look more like a café or bistro and adding more tables. He covered the light blue walls with olive and rust tones. He’ll also serve a specific type…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Police are still searching for two others involved in a robbery on Redwood and Lee.
Cleveland Heights Police arrested one suspect in an armed robbery near Redwood and Lee roads that occurred early Sunday morning, and the department is searching for two others. A group of men robbed two men at gunpoint around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police. The suspects stole their personal belongings and a car. Bratenahl Police found the car and chased the suspects, but the men bailed from the vehicle and police didn't find them. Police recovered the car and some of the victims' belongings. On Monday, Cleveland Heights Police located and arrested one suspect, Justin Artis, 20, of Cleveland, and charged him with aggravated robbery. Police are still investigating. Cleveland Heights Patch will continue to update this article.
The garage fire started just before 4 p.m. April 25.
Updated 5:30 p.m. Wednesday A fire that began in a garage just before 4 p.m. April 25 on the 3100 block of Sycamore Road was ruled arson, according to Cleveland Heights Police. A neighbor said she saw a teenager walking down the driveway just before the fire started. There were no injuries, said Shane Cartmill, spokesman for the State Fire Marshal's office. He said he did not have any information about potential suspects, and that they are still investigating. Anyone with information about the fire should call 1-800-589-2728.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The event will feature a panel that includes Joyce Brabner, Pekar's wife, and several people who worked on the graphic novel.
This article was originally published April 12. Before acclaimed American Splendor comic book creator Harvey Pekar died in 2010, the Cleveland Heights resident was writing a graphic novel about Cleveland. That book, Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, was shipped to Mac's Backs — Books on Coventry in April. And the bookstore and Big Dog Theater are joining forces to celebrate. A book release party is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Big Dog Theater, which is in the former Centrum Theater on Coventry. The free event will feature an informal panel of Joyce Brabner, Pekar's widow, Joseph Remnant, who illustrated Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, Josh Frankel, president of Zip Comics, which is co-publishing the book with Top Shelf Productions, and Jeff Newelt, editor …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Yasmina Reza’s play of unmannerly suburban manners was a 2009 hit on Broadway.
It’s embarrassing when your child hurts another classmate during a fight. That’s why the parents of both children usually come together to work things out. But when that happens in God of Carnage, the bad behavior is only beginning. The adults begin acting more and more like children and, with nobody around to give them a time-out, the comedic barbs reputedly fly hot and heavy. The San Francisco Chronicle called it, “over-the-top funny.” Playwright Yasmina Reza, who wrote the popular and much-produced Art, constructs the four-person liquor-fueled conflagration that won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. At Dobama, the dueling parents will be played by John Hedges, Tracee Patterson, Scott Miller and Derdriu Ring. Artistic director of Dobama…
The Neighbor to Neighbor group in the Grant Deming Forest Hill Historic District organized the newest type of "mob" to spruce up streets on Earth Day.
Cleveland Heights has seen its fair share of mobs. Most recently a "cash mob," organized to help support locally-owned businesses by shopping at their stores, hit Coventry. The crowd of about 50 people filled Big Fun and spent $1,454 in just an hour and 15 minutes. And we all know what happened at the end of the Coventry Street Arts Fair last June, when the term traditionally applied to positive gatherings of people — "flash mob" — acquired a very negative connotation. Now the newest mob in Cleveland Heights will hit the streets Sunday afternoon. Residents of the Grant Deming Forest Hill Historic District have organized a "trash mob." Armed with plastic bags, rakes and gloves, the crowd will pick up trash, branches and clean out sewer …