Happy hyperlocal holidays

Courtesy of In the 216 on Coventree
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When did holiday shopping become a contact sport? There is an entire class of websites dedicated to Black Friday deals. If I’m to believe what I see in the media, people map out chain-store floor plans weeks in advance. And before the Thanksgiving gravy has congealed, they motor from doorbusters to blockbusters in a wild […]

ShopCLE: An onslaught of litter every Wednesday

Desota Ave., Nov. 17. There are at least 11 copies in this photo, of which only one made it onto private property. Can you find them all?
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Video and photos of the streetscape after weekly distribution of the ShopCLE “shopper” throughout Cleveland Heights. Week after week after week, they drive through our neighborhoods and toss thousands of bagged papers out the window without regard to where they land. Complaints to the Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group, which publish this product, are ignored. […]

What comes after the tax increase

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Congratulations Cleveland Heights. We’ve voted ourselves a tax increase. Nobody wants to pay more taxes, but by a vote of 7,573-5,135, the select group of residents who bothered to go to the polls on election day determined that it’s in the best interest of the city. I happen to agree. But here’s a message for City […]

Positive crime trends continue through first half of 2015

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Crime data from the Cleveland Heights Police Department for the first seven months of 2015 indicate a positive trend is continuing, as year-to-year crime rates declined in all but two categories. The only categories that didn’t show a decrease in the number of crimes were murder and rape. Through July of this year, there has […]

Update on CH water system from City Council Member Jason Stein

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The water system in Cleveland Heights is in need of significant repair, estimated at $20 million. It also owes more than $3 million to the Cleveland Water Department, which supplies water to Cleveland Heights through a “master meter” (i.e. Cleveland Heights pays for all the water it uses, and then distributes the water to residents […]

Crime trends downward in Cleveland Heights

Trend in serious crimes committed in Cleveland Heights, Full-year / 2011-2015. Copyright Heights Observer 2015. Data from CHPD.
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Here is a series of charts using crime data from the Cleveland Heights Police Department. All of these have been published previously in the Heights Observer. I’m providing them as a quick visual to see crime trends. For information on how the data are gathered and managed, read the original article in the Heights Observer series, […]

Pardon our dust

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The Heights Observer blog site is under construction. As with everything at the Observer, it’s being done on a volunteer, part-time basis. We’re doing our best to keep it functional while we fiddle. And the end result should be a site of locally oriented blogs that is more interesting, easier to navigate and more visual. […]

A walk in a whiteout

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At this time of year, even those who embrace winter the most begin to get tired of it – the cold and gray, shoveling, shivering, trudging and salt-encrusted everything. But when a new snow storm comes in, I don’t care how long or cold the winter has been; I head out for a walk with […]