Citizens Police Academy – Part IV: The Heavy Equipment

Inv. Jeff Mecklenburg and K-9 unit Argos. The same week, Mecklenburg was injured while tracking with the dog.
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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 […]

Cleveland Heights City Hall is now a bank.

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I was very pleased to hear that Milliken School was sold to Mosdos. But, I am confused as to why the sale is contingent on the city of Cleveland Heights financing the purchase. What is the justification for Cleveland Heights City Council offering to finance this sale? (I imagine that the school board members were very happy that Cleveland […]

Citizens Police Academy – Part III: Narcotics

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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 […]

Citizens Police Academy – Part II: To shoot or not to shoot

Light reading: Ohio Criminal Law & Motor Vehicle Handbook
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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 […]

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 […]

The problem isn’t really winter walking; it’s lack of commitment to public safety

As bad as walking conditions have been, the real problem isn't snow removal; it's lack of commitment to public safety. Photo by Jim Miller.
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Social media has been filled over the past few weeks with complaints about walking throughout Cleveland Heights as the snow piles up. This Facebook post by Jim Miller sums up the frustration, but – to use the appropriate cliche – it’s only the tip of the iceberg. While I continue to clear boulders of ice […]

Residents have questions for Cleveland Heights City Council candidates

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At the Oct. 8 Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and FutureHeights, I moderated both the CH-UH Board of Education and the CH City Council sections. There were so many questions directed to the candidates for CH City Council that we didn’t have time for them all so I’m posting all of […]

Millikin should not be sold. It is valuable public property and should remain public property.

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The CH-UH School Board recently released a statement about Millikin School. Their complete statement is at the end of this blog. The short version is that Mosdos says it does not want to follow through with their plan to lease the building for 30 years for $1 a year and to put $1.5 million in […]

Golden Hour: A Wine and Sign evening at Luna Bakery

Author Bridget Thibeault signs books at Luna Bakery
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This past evening or ‘golden hour’* I found myself sampling the most amazing new cupcake flavor – caramelized apple  with blue cheese frosting, topped with crushed walnuts. Yes, it was a multi-layered experience. Delightful and yes,  you have to try them. Luna Bakery owner Bridget Thibeault joined forces with local foods expert Kari Moore of […]