Library Saving Money through Efficient Building Design

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Heights Observer blogger Fran Mentch recently shared her perspective on Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Facilities Master Plan and building a new South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch. Cuyahoga County Public Library appreciates the opportunity to respond to the issues she raised and share information about the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch project, which has the full support of Mayor Welo […]

Otter To Flounder: ‘You (messed) up, you trusted us!’

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“Walmart Supercenter may be headed to Oakwood Commons in South Euclid” – Plain Dealer, February 22, 2012 As you can see from this headline and the linked article, there’s a new branch of science: South Euclidean Geometry. Test yourself on how well you know this all-too-important subject matter. Each question is worth 10 points. You can tabulate […]

What to do with Millikin: If you listen, you can hear the community’s voice

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In rejecting a $550,000 offer for the decaying Millikin School building by Orthodox-Jewish school Mosdos Ohr Hatorah, I think the CH-UH School Board might be making a mistake. Millikin hasn’t been used as a public school since the ’70s; it was left vacant in 2006 when the Heights Parent Center moved out. The facility sits […]

Fun with Google maps

Cumberland Park 'flyover'
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Every now and then I’ll do a “flyover” of the neighborhood. It can reveal some interesting details that a lifetime here hasn’t otherwise made known. For instance, this view of the area surrounding Cumberland Park offered an intriguing bare spot, just west of the pool, through the otherwise dense canopy of trees.   On closer […]

Oakwood Requiem

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I am finally able to write something about Oakwood. I have been struggling to come to grips with the loss of the referendum which will lead to the destruction of the last large greenspace in our community; this generation will leave no Metropark. If you only want to hear positive and comfortable things about our […]

Oakwood moves forward: Now prove that it’s really a win-win

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South Euclid voters have had their say, and by a 55%-45% result, have approved commercial rezoning of the portion of the former Oakwood golf course that lies within their city. In a year or so, we’re all going to have another large plaza to visit, filled with minimum-wage employees and merchandise manufactured in Chinese sweat […]

Psst! Do you want to see some campaign literature from First Interstate?

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FISE_door_hanger (2) A referendum about rezoning the South Euclid portion of the former Oakwood Country Club will be on the ballot in South Euclid in November. This referendum campaign is the community’s effort to stop a big box value-oriented retail development from being built on Oakwood by First Interstate. We thought you may be interested […]

Locavesting means putting our money where we live

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Like many Americans, I have my retirement savings in 401 (k), 403 (b) and other investment accounts, and every once in awhile, I meet with my financial planner to assess performance and make adjustments. “Diversify,” “invest for the long-term” is the mantra. As I look at my portfolio, there’s very little that seems tangible to […]

If you care about taxes you should care about Oakwood

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The fight to save Oakwood kicked up a notch this week when South Euclid City Council voted unanimously to rezone it to make way for big box and “value-oriented”retail. If you have followed the news about Oakwood, it documents South Euclid City Council doing the developers bidding. At the last meetings council asked First Interstate […]