University Heights names annual Civic Awards winners: Press Run –

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- University Heights Civic Awards winners: The city of University Heights held its annual Civic Awards event virtually on Dec. 21, during which Dr. Alicia Stone was named Citizen of the Year.

For years, our city was known as the City of Beautiful Homes, said Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan, in a release about the award winners. And while our houses help make our city special, its the people who live in them who truly make University Heights exceptional. The Civic Awards are one way we say thank you to the residents and people who work here for all they do.

A busy woman, Sloan was chosen the winner of the big 2021 University Heights Citizen of the Year Award for her many activities. Dr. Sloans volunteer work, according to the city release, is impressive, and reflects a generous spirit. She serves on board for the Vision of Angels Youth Foundation and volunteers at the Cleveland Food Bank. But she also contributes to University Heights and Northeast Ohio as an owner of two small businesses.

Dr. Alicia Sloan was named on Dec. 21 University Heights' 2021 Citizen of the Year.

The first is Novas Performing Arts Center, where she teaches dance as well as Spanish. Novas has participated in the first two University Heights Fall Fests. She also runs a notary business. Dr. Sloan also finds time to work as an actress and model, having appeared in runway shows, commercials and movies. She has two children, five higher education degrees, and one book coming out in 2022. And Dr. Sloan has accomplished all of this prior to turning 40.

Other awards went to: Retired Shaker Heights Municipal Court judge K.J. Montgomery, for Public Servant of the Year; Cleveland Heights High School chemistry teacher ODasha Blue, Educator of the Year; Housing Director Geoff Englebecht, city Employee of the Year; and Stephen Tizzano, of the citys maintenance department, University Heights Co-Worker of the Year.

Good Neighbor Awards are presented to those who go above and beyond to benefit the University Heights community. This years recipients are: John Carroll Universitys Kate Malone; Hillcrest Hospital pharmacist Allyson Wexler; musician Emma Shook and MusicCLE Yours, , a small ensemble of Cleveland Orchestra musicians; Congregation Zichron Chaim; longtime resident Faye Benson; fifth grade Gearity School student Sofia Mejia; resident Derwin Martin; and, for her sponsorship of large-scale menorahs displayed at local medical facilities, Michele Joseph-Kaminsky.

Covering Jewish news in Akron: The Cleveland Jewish Publication Company, publisher of the Cleveland News, announced Dec. 21 that it has reached an agreement with the Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) to publish a new Akron Jewish News, a monthly newspaper to serve the Akron Jewish community.

The new Akron Jewish News will publish during the first week of February, 2022, replacing the existing Akron Jewish News, published by the JCBA.

Temporary curbside library service: In response to COVID-19 cases among staff and a current staffing shortage, Heights Libraries announced that beginning Dec. 21 it temporarily returned to curbside services and limited hours for a period of two weeks. It is hoping to return to normal hours and services on Monday, Jan. 3. This will allow time for staff under quarantine to return to work, and for staff schedules to be reconfigured to best use available staff.

Additionally, all branches will be closed for the Christmas and New Years holidays on the following days: Dec. 24-26; and Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.

Hours at all branches will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the following services will be available: Curbside pick-up of materials, including current holds.

Before going to the library, call the branch circulation department and confirm that your materials are ready at your branch. Do not arrive before you call.

Branch phone numbers are: Coventry 216-321-3400, ext. 1310; Lee Road 216-932-3600, ext. 1213; Noble 216-291-5665, ext. 1320; University Heights 216-321-4700, ext. 1302.

The University Heights Library branch, 13866 Cedar Road, like other Heights Library branches, will be providing curbside service for the next two weeks.

No New Years fireworks in Cleveland Heights: Even though Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a law allowing the public to use fireworks in Ohio on certain holidays, effective July, 2022, the city of Cleveland Heights is putting out the word that it is still unlawful for residents to set off fireworks within city limits on any occasion, according to Section 1509.04 of the citys ordinances.

Even after the new state law is enacted, it is expected that Cleveland Heights will continue to ban the discharge of fireworks. The state law allows communities to ban fireworks within their limits, if they so choose.

Mandel JCC to host free vaccination clinics: The Mandel Jewish Community Center, in partnership with the Jewish Family Service Association, will offer free COVID-19 vaccination clinics on a monthly basis, starting Sunday, Jan. 9. The clinics will be held from 9-11 a.m. in the Community Room at The Js Beachwood location, 26001 S. Woodland Road.

Community members ages 12 and older must register to attend the clinics to receive Pfizer or Moderna first- and second-dose vaccines and booster shots. Monthly clinics will run January through June on the second Sunday of each month, with the exception of May, when the clinic will be held on the third Sunday of the month, May 15.

To register for the vaccination clinic, visit Once signed up, registrants should contact Nata Mendlovic at, or Michelle Eisenberg at, for a consent form to complete and bring to the clinic.

Menorah Park Awards: Each year, Menorah Park, the provider of health and wellness services to seniors located at 27100 Cedar Road in Beachwood, uses the occasion of its December meeting to honor its community leaders.

Taking this years Harley I. Gross Award was the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. The award, established in 1992, recognizes a trustee or community leader who has displayed extraordinary leadership, involvement, vision, and devotion to Menorah Parks mission and success, or to broader community services that are aligned with that mission. Accepting the award was Jewish Federation of Cleveland Board Chair J. David Heller.

The Dr. Arnold L. Heller Memorial Award, named for Menorah Parks first full-time medical director, went to the entire Menorah Park staff for its bravery, dedication and patient care during the past pandemic year, and to geriatrician Dr. Amanda Lathia. The Heller Award honors his tradition of highly skilled, compassionate geriatric medical care.

Martin (Marty) Marcus

And The Irving I. Stone Award, known as the highest honor the Menorah Park Foundation bestows, gives tribute to a Menorah Park supporter who has demonstrated commitment to its mission of supporting and/or leading projects that enhance excellent service. The Stone Award was taken home this year by Martin (Marty) Marcus.

Upon accepting the award, Marcus said, Menorah Park holds a very special place in my heart. Its been part of my family for as long as I can remember. The award is particularly meaningful to me because I knew Irving Stone very well. He was a special person. I learned a great deal from him about philanthropy and service to the community.

Holiday light recycling: From Dec. 27 through Jan. 21, Cleveland Heights residents can take advantage of a drop-off bin to be located in front of the citys service garage, 14200 Superior Road, to deposit for recycling used strings of holiday lights.

Also, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31, thanks to the CH Green Team, residents can drop off broken, non-working, or used strings of lights and extension cords at any of the four Heights Libraries branches. A box to deposit holiday lights for recycling will be clearly labeled in all locations. Items recycled at the Library will benefit the Cleveland Zoos Lights for Lions conservation initiative.

College news: Sadie Jacobson, a film and media studies major from Cleveland Heights, earned a spring, 2021 deans award with distinction from Colgate University, in Hamilton, N.Y. Jacobson, of Colgates Class of 2023, is a Hawken School graduate.

Whats new at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque?: The answer to that question is that eight film noir classics by major filmmakers, and the institution of expanded COVID protocols for all moviegoers.

The eight crime dramas will play between Jan. 8 and Feb. 26 in the series Night and the City: Film Noir by Master Moviemakers. Revered directors like Fritz Lang, Max Ophuls, and John Huston will be represented.

Weve shown a lot of film noir classics over our 35-year history, said Cinematheque co-founder and director John Ewing, in a release. So the challenge posed by this series was to find eight major noir titles that we had never screened before. Happily, we found not only eight major works that are Cinematheque premieres, but also eight major works by important filmmakers. All will show in new digital restorations or vintage 35mm film prints.

In all, 15 dates have been scheduled for screenings of the eight films. It all begins at 5 p.m. Jan. 8 with John Hustons The Asphalt Jungle, from 1950. The same film will be shown again at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Next up will be Jules Dassins Night and the City, also from 1950, at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 6:30 p.m. Jan.16.

For more information about the schedule, visit here.

Starting Jan. 6, all Cinematheque moviegoers will have to show a photo ID and proof of COVID vaccination to Cleveland Institute of Art security guards upon entering the building. This is in addition to the Institutes already-in-place COVID protocols of wearing a mask while on the premises and having your temperature checked via a touchless device. Complete details can be found at

Also showing theatrically in January and February at the Cinematheque are 14 new movies in their exclusive Cleveland premieres (including such best of 2021 titles as Drive My Car and The Souvenir Part II); 19 film classics or second-run movies ranging from Rear Window and The Wizard of Oz to Do the Right Thing and The French Dispatch); and three restored silent films with scores by the seminal composer of silent-movie music J.S. Zamecnik, who was born in Cleveland in 1872.

All programs will show in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave. in University Circle. Unless noted (and there are many exceptions, including all the film noir titles), admission to each program is $10. For Cinematheque members, CIA and Cleveland State University I.D. holders, and those age 25 and under, the cost is $7.

Free parking for filmgoers in available in Lot 73 and in the Institutes annex lot, both located off of E. 117th Street, south of Euclid Avenue. Entrance to the building is through Entrance C, off Lot 73. For further information, call 216.421.7450, visit, or send an email to

Egg donation: Eisner Gohn Group, or EGG, an insurance company that specializes in life, extended care and disability solutions, donated more than 12,000 fresh eggs during the past year to Hunger Network, one of Cuyahoga Countys largest emergency food providers.

EGG has an ongoing partnership with Hunger Network and will increase its efforts to provide more than 4,000 dozen eggs (nearly 50,000 fresh eggs) in 2022.

Covering Jewish news in Akron: The Cleveland Jewish Publication Company, publisher of the Cleveland News, announced Dec. 21 that it has reached an agreement with the Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) to publish a new Akron Jewish News, a monthly newspaper to serve the Akron Jewish community.

The new Akron Jewish News will publish during the first week of February, 2022, replacing the existing Akron Jewish News, published by the JCBA.

Teens Can Compete in Maccabi Games: The Mandel JCC is seeking Jewish teens to compete in the North American Maccabi games this summer, from July 21 to Aug. 5, in San Diego. Teens must submit an interest form by Jan. 23.

A program of the Jewish Community Center Association, the games bring together thousands of Jewish teens for several days of competition, and the unique opportunity to come together in the name of sportsmanship, while experiencing many Jewish values, such as compassion, giving and life experiences.

Athletes must be 13-16 years old on July 31, 2022, have at least one Jewish parent, and be fully vaccinated.

For details and to submit an interest form, visit Those with questions should contact the Cleveland Delegation Leader, Kelly Millstone, at, or at 216-926-7640.

Maltz Museum announces free MLK Day celebration: The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will be free and open to the public on Monday, Jan. 17, with the special event, Hear Our Voices: Annual MLK Day Celebration.

Rooted in the Jewish value of respect for all humanity, the Museum will honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an all-day celebration, including free museum admission, virtual family activities, and an online program featuring special guest Khalid el-Hakim, founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. All activities are free. Advance registration is required. You are asked to reserve tickets. To do so, visit

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