Happy hyperlocal holidays

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Citizens Police Academy – Part VII: Wrapping It Up

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I had every intention of wrapping up my experience with the Cleveland Heights Citizens Police Academy back when it ended last fall. But I didn’t know what to say. That is until a Cleveland Heights resident named Samuel Taylor allegedly led police on a brief car chase through a residential neighborhood here. Then, after he […]

Sycamore Trees

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The side streets in my part of the Heights were developed in the early 20th century and lined with sycamore trees – notable for their sloughing bark and brittle wood. In winter, their trunks are classic winter camo – a mix of white and heather and brown. In fall, they still wear the olive version. […]

Citizens Police Academy – an inside look at the CHPD

The Cleveland Heights Police Academy is filled with recognition of past police successes, and memorials to fallen officers.
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Background: The Cleveland Heights Police Department has launched a Citizens Police Academy for members of the community who are interested in learning more about how the police department operates. The first course runs 6-9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday evenings, for seven weeks beginning Aug. 11 and ending Sept. 30, 2014. This blog post is […]

A tragic wakeup call for taking control of our own story

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We’re going to be OK. The June 30 murder of Jim Brennan was wrenching in so many ways, but within a couple days I knew, as I watched the community circle around those closest to the tragedy, this is still the kind of place I want to live. The impromptu memorial that formed immediately outside […]

Cool people I know: Daniel Stashower

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Daniel Stashower, author of The Hour of Peril, was in town this weekend on a publicity tour scheduled tighter than the subject of his new book: Lincoln’s perilous 1861 train trip from Springfield, Ill. to his inauguration in Washington. About 200 people packed the Beachwood Public Library on Sunday to hear Stashower – an accomplished […]