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We are still taking indoor soccer (aka Futsal) sign-ups this weekend!  It's not too late!  We need a few more players, especially 5-7 year olds!
Please call 216-475-7272.

Help For Homeowners

Do you have questions about your recent tax assessment? Not sure if you can afford the new payment? Have you had issues in the past? Do you have other questions about your mortgage? Join us on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Civic Center. For a flyer, please click here.

Harvest Fest 2018

Summer Fest 2018

As the summer season simmers down, hundreds of people had the chance to enjoy the 2018 Summer Fest Sunday at the Garfield Heights Civic Center.

The annual event was successful due the support of generous sponsors including NOPEC, Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital, OHM Advisors, Inc., 1-888 OHIOCOMP, Specialized Construction, Inc., FirstEnergy Corp., Royal Landscaping, Hans’ Freightliner, Tomlinson Industries, Sterling Professional Group, Terrace Construction Co. Inc., St. Monica Catholic Church, Peter J. LTD, The Fedeli Group, Garfield Heights Firefighters Local #340, Golubski Deliberato Funeral Home, ACE Hardware, Turney Auto Parts, Turneytown SUBWAY, Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice, Broadview Multi-Care Center, Pleasant Lake Villa, Pleasantview Care Center, Beachwood Pointe, Oak Street Health, Northfield Village Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Momentum Church, Aaron Sign Shop, Bedford Heights Airgas, Inc., Fire Chief Kenneth Strope, Jr., Police Chief Robert Byrne, Service Director Tim McLaughlin, Building Commissioner Mark Moro, Economic Development Director Noreen Kuban, Assistant Law Director Kevin Weiler, Judge Jennifer Weiler, Ward Two Councilman Joe Lamalfa and Mayor Vic and Jeannie Collova.

The Summer Fest 2018 prize winners were:

  • Ace Hardware T-Shirt, Turney Auto Parts Cap, Subway Gift Certificate packages: Brooke Johnson, Freida Feher, Angela Frizek, Queenie Brown, June Krohmer, Jenn Sopkovich, and Damita Walker.
  • All-Kar Service Center Gift Certificate, Turney Auto Parts Cap, Subway Gift Certificate packages: Michael Nenadovich, Stephanie Lutz and Debbie Spranger.
  • Walgreen’s Gift Certificate donated by Northfield Village Skille Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Karen Redmond.
  • Margarita Party Basket donated by Pleasant Lake Villa: Betty Svobada.
  • Baker’s Treat Basket donated by Pleasantview Care Center: Maya Kennedy.
  • Going Green Basket donated by Oak Street Health: Marlene Kalish.
  • Kitchen Makeover Basket donated by Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice: Sean Fitzgibbon.
  • Snack Happy Basket donated by Beachwood Pointe: Khristina Bartunek.
  • Go Tribe Basket donated Broadview Multi-Care Center: Sandy Gannon.
  • Patriotic Party Time donated by Economic Development Director Noreen Kuban: Danielle Walker.
  • Grand Prize 43-inch television donated by Mayor Vic and Jeannie Collova: Laurie Dawson.
  • Putt-Putt Tournament 39-inch television donated by Ward Two Councilman Joe LaMalfa: Sharon O’Brien.
  • 50-50 Raffle $500 cash prize: Chris Slaby.

Mosquito Bite Prevention

The warm weather we are experiencing this summer will allow the public to go outdoors and enjoy the nice weather during the morning and evening. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) encourages the public to take precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. These include:

  1. Utilizing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow label instructions.
  2. Disposing of containers that collect water (buckets, tires, cans, flower pots, etc.) and eliminating areas of standing water
  3. Emptying and refilling bird baths at least once a week
  4. Cleaning, draining and covering pools or hot tubs if not in use
  5. Unclogging all gutters so they drain properly
  6. Filling tree holes with tar or cement
  7. Tightly screen all doors/windows of your home
  8. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when possible
  9. Keeping children indoors during times of peak mosquito activity (1 hour before and after sunrise/sunset)

The CCBH has recently received a report from the state health department of a few traps that have turned up WNV positive mosquitoes in Cuyahoga County. It is normal this time of year to have some infected mosquitoes in northeast Ohio. It is important to note that historically, we start to see more infected mosquitoes later in July and peaking in August. Now, is the time that insect repellent should be used to prevent mosquito bites. Symptoms of WNV include high fever, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite. If symptoms persist two to 10 days after a mosquito bite, you should seek medical attention and advise your doctor of the prior exposure to biting mosquitoes.

Please contact the Board of Health to report areas of persistent standing water or heavy populations of biting mosquitoes at (216)201-2000. For additional information please visit their website at Let’s all work together to help Fight the Bite!

City Hall Office Hours Changed

The Garfield Heights Civic Center administrative office hours have changed.  Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Property Survey Indicates Properties are in Good Condition

The cities of Euclid, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, South Euclid, and Warrensville Heights participated in a Cleveland Foundation funded property survey and developed an updated snapshot of the condition of properties. All five inner ring suburbs endured high rates of mortgage foreclosures, having had between 29 and 41 percent of their housing stock in foreclosure at some point since the housing crisis began nearly a decade ago, it seems. Sally Martin, Housing Director for the City of South Euclid noted, "By teaming up with other municipalities facing similar issues of vacancy and abandonment and collecting property data, we will better be able to make strategic and cost-effective decisions to support each of our communities."

The survey, conducted by the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy, was completed in 2017. Matt White, director of GIS and information services for the Land Conservancy, said surveyors worked in teams of two and gather information while on sidewalks and public rights-of-way. Information about each parcel, including whether it is vacant, the condition of any structures on it and a photo, was recorded. Leveraging the survey results and the existing data resource of Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEOCANDO), Dynamo Metrics created a web-based property intervention decision support tool for these communities.

"Our previous property survey work in places like Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Lorain and Sandusky has proved the importance of having this valuable information," emphasized Jim Rokakis, Land Conservancy vice president and director of its Thriving Communities program. "City officials and community development officers are able to use survey results to make data-driven decisions to prioritize rehabilitation and demolition of structures with available funds."

According to the survey, 98 percent of the housing inventory is rated excellent or good condition in all five municipalities. Most severely blighted properties have largely been addressed. There are few blighted, abandoned structures awaiting demolition. Mortgage foreclosures and sheriff sales have declined dramatically and the number of vacant structures has decreased. Median home sale prices are on the increase, although they have not regained peak levels.

The Communities at the Crossroads Survey is available through the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and at Garfield Heights City Hall. For a copy of the report, contact Pat Salemi at 216-475-1100, Ext. 2425 or

About Western Reserve Land Conservancy: Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The Land Conservancy preserves natural areas and working farms in 17 counties in northern and eastern Ohio; its urban program, Thriving Communities, works statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated by the foreclosure crisis. To date, the Land Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 670 properties totaling greater than 50,000 acres; worked with municipalities to create more than 140 public parks and preserves; led the efforts to create more than 40 county land banks across Ohio; and planted thousands of trees in the city of Cleveland.

Transportation Boulevard Widening Project

The City of Garfield Heights and the Ohio Department of Transportation will be widening Transportation Boulevard to improve traffic flow in the area.

Transportation Boulevard Improvements includes -

  1. Widening the pavement along Transportation Boulevard from Granger Road (State Route 17) to the I-480 Bridge
  2. Widening the Transportation Boulevard Bridge over I-480
  3. Minor modification of the I-480 west-bound ramp at the intersection
  4. Improve Transportation Boulevard's traffic signal coordination from Granger Road to I-480 interchange

Construction should begin late 2017 and be completed the fall of 2018.

Comments may be directed to David Krock, City Engineer, 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH 44125, or (330) 350-0521 or

Clothing Recycling Encouraged in Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights residents can recycle clothing, shoes and household textiles using a free curbside program. Garfield Heights officials are working to reduce the amount of recyclable material that ends up landfills. Clothing and shoes are 100 percent recyclable, yet 85 percent still ends up in landfills. Garfield Heights residents have the Simple Recycling program available to them to help change the statistics and improve the environment. This program is separate from the Kimble curbside collection, yet occurs the same day.

Once a resident determines that items are no longer useful, they can place them in a green Simple Recycling bag, provided by the company at no cost, and put it on the curb the same day as their regular rubbish pick up. Bedding, belts and ties, hats and gloves, stuffed animals and more can be recycled.

Collected items are sorted and graded for condition. Top quality materials, approximately 20 percent of what residents no longer want, are sold to local thrift stores. The vast majority of clothing collected, about 80 percent, will not be resold in the United States, so it is further sorted for international export or broken down for raw materials. Only five percent ends up as waste. The other 95 percent is exported as secondhand clothing, converted to other materials such as cleaning rags for industrial and residential use, or recycled into fiber used in home insulation, carpet padding, etc.

Residents can pick up Simple Recycling bags at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. For additional information about the program, contact Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068 or e-mail Residents also can contact Pat Salemi at Garfield Heights City Hall, 216-475-1100 Ext. 2425, or e-mail Simple Recycling also benefits the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center.

Garfield Heights Info Line Reactivated

Garfield Heights has reactivated its original info line, 216-475-6607. Callers can listen to a recorded message and will be prompted to contact the appropriate city department for assistance.

Municipal Court Website Has Useful Information

Four letters: g-h-m-c hold an abundance of information about the workings of the Garfield Heights Municipal Court. That information is just a click away by logging onto the court’s website:
The website has the latest information regarding both criminal and traffic cases.  One can search the docket by name to see the status of cases to be heard in the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.  The website also has information on which offenses require a court appearance and those that can be paid on line.

There is also information on how a person can file a small claims case.  The Garfield Heights Municipal Court hears cases involving money damages up to $6.000 in value in Small Claims Court.  Claims over $6,000 but less than $15,000 are heard in Civil Court.

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court also handles landlord and tenant disputes.  The most common procedure involves evictions.  The website also has information on Rent Depositing.  This is when the rent is held by the court when a tenant believes the landlord is not fulfilling the obligations outlined in the rental agreement.

A person can also get the necessary documentation to get various court proceedings started. Printable forms are available on the website regarding Small Claims, Evictions and Driving Privileges..

If a wedding is in your future, a marriage ceremony can be performed at the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.  The website has information on what needs to be done before the couple says “I do.”

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays.  The court website: is always available.

The court jurisdiction covers eight neighboring communities: Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Newburgh Heights, Brecksville, Independence, Valley View and Walton Hills.

9-11 Memorial Service

On Sunday, Garfield Heights honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack with the dedication of a new memorial monument at the Garfield Heights Civic Center Complex. Located adjacent to the city’s Veterans Memorial plaza, the 9-11 Memorial “Never Forget” was designed by the Johns Carabelli Company, designers and builders of quality, spectacular-looking memorials throughout greater Cleveland since 1879. Program speakers included Mayor Vic Collova, Fire Chief Tom Nemetz and Police Captain Bruce Thailing

The project is being funded 100 percent through donations. To make a donation, send a check payable to the city of Garfield Heights, 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH, 44125. Attn: 9-11 Memorial Project.

The memorial site also includes the city’s engraved brick Walkway of Recognition. Brick orders are still being accepted. Forms are available at the Garfield Heights Civic Center. For additional information, call 216-475-1100.

Eviction Mediation Pilot Program

The Garfield Heights Municipal Court has launched a pilot program to find more amicable solutions to landlord / tenant problems.  The Eviction Mediation Program began August 2nd and has already shown some positive results.  “It’s like seeking a peaceful divorce,” Garfield Heights Municipal Court Presiding Judge Deborah Nicastro said.

According to Judge Nicastro, about 30 to 40 evictions are filed with the court each week. The standard procedure is to have an eviction  hearing between the landlord and tenant scheduled in two weeks. That is followed  by a second hearing in 30 days. But with the new program, instead of two hearings, a mediation session is scheduled in a week.

The court sets aside 90 minutes and a mediator with the Cleveland Mediation Center works with the landlord and the tenant to work out the dispute. Both parties leave with a written agreement.  Sometimes the lease is re-negotiated, the rent is reduced, a payment plan for back rent is made or an agreed upon move out date is set.    

The goal is to keep police from having to remove people from their homes and all their belongings thrown to the curb. It would also help landlords who would be left with damages and no way to recoup lost rent.   

The Court has funding to handle ten to 14 mediation sessions a week.  “I am surprised how well the program is working.  We have met our initial goals, reached agreements and no one had to be evicted,” Judge Nicastro said.

Currently, a landlord or tenant could request a mediation session instead of an eviction hearing.   The Eviction Mediation Program will continue until the end of the year.

The court jurisdiction covers Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Independence, Brecksville, Newburgh Heights, Valley View and Walton Hills.

Lead Poisoning Protection

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health offers up to $8,000 to repair windows, doors and porches at homes located in target cities including Garfield Heights. The goal of the program is to prevent lead poisoning that can cause learning and behavior problems. For more information, call 216-201-2000. For additional details about the program click here.

Garfield Heights & the Family Resource Center

Published on Feb 16, 2016

Ruth Pollack talks about the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center, located inside the Civic Center at 5407 Turney Road. She helps people of all ages with many different problems and situations and loves what she does. Ruth is also an author of the book "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in a Dysfunctional Family," where she talks about her past and what she has gone through that made her who she is today.

If you or a loved one is in need of help, please call (216) 475-1103 or walk in to Ruth's office at 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio.

Yearlong Paper Drive

Support the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center by recycling your paper products in the River Valley Paper Company bin at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. The Resource Center helps at-risk families and youth and offers referral services. Items accepted include newspaper, mail, phonebooks, office/school paper, magazines, catalogs, paper bags, hard and soft bound books and cardboard. All proceeds generated from the yearlong paper drive will benefit the Resource Center. For information about the resource center, call Ruth Pollack, center manager, at 216-475-1103 or e-mail For information about recycling, call Pat Salemi at 216-475-1100, ext. 2425 or e-mail

Unique Gift Items and Cards for Sale

A variety of unique gift items and inexpensive greeting cards are available for purchase at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. Talented crafters meet daily to crochet scarves, hats, baby blankets and booties, etc, and also to create unique decorative and household items.

These items are sold for reasonable prices in the Craft Room store at the Civic Center. There are cards for 25 cents; gift bags and wrapping paper prices range from 25 cents to $1; and bows are 75 cents and $1.

Shoppers will be impressed with the selection of items inside the Craft Room store. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Telephone Scam Alerts

Garfield Heights officials have received reports of telephone scams demanding immediate payment for taxes and utilities.Regarding the tax scam, the caller states he is from a tax collection agency and claims the person answering the phone owes taxes. The potential victim is told if they do not pay within one hour, they will be arrested. There is no authorized tax collection procedure of this type, said Police Chief Robert Sackett. He said if anyone receives a call and believes they owe taxes, the person should contact the tax collection agency directly. No personal information, such as bank information or social security numbers, should be given to someone saying you owe taxes.

The Illuminating Company is warning customers about a scam involving a telephone caller posing as and electric company employee threatening to shut off power unless and immediate payment is made using a pre-paid debit card. Although the utility company reminds customers of past due accounts, a variety of payment options would be presented.

Anyone who receives a call they are uncomfortable with taking, should hang up. Suspicious calls also can be reported to the police.

Information Notification System for Garfield Heights Residents

The city of Garfield Heights is partnering with Cuyahoga County to bring an information notification system to residents. ReadyNotify is a mass notification system that alerts residents to emergency situations, water boil alerts, utility outages and other important messages. Participation is voluntary.

To sign up, residents need a valid e-mail address or phone number. Messages will be delivered via cell phone, text messages, home or work phone numbers or FAX.

Residents can utilize the computers at the Garfield Heights Public Library where staff is available to assist with requesting email addresses and registering for the program.

To sign up for this new messaging system, offered at no cost to the city, visit

Properties available to Purchase and Renovate

To view the properties available through the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp.’s Land Bank program, click here.

Latex Paint Disposal

Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District campaign reminds residents to dispose of latex paint curbside with their regular trash. For details about disposal, click here.

Food Bank Days and Times

Garfield Heights offers two monthly food banks for residents only at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. Pre-registration is required. The daytime food bank is from 1-2 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. The evening food bank is from 6-7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

People needing assistance can register between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Civic Center. Proof of residency, income and birthdates of all household members must be presented at registration. Food bank participants can not register on distribution day. They must be pre-registered.

Donations to the Garfield Heights food bank can be made at the Civic Center. Food and money are accepted.

Unused and expired prescription drugs can be disposed of safely at the Garfield Heights Police Station

This county-wide Prescription Drug Drop Box program is helping keep prescription drugs out of landfills and water sources. The drop box is located in the lobby of the police station and is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

“Anyone can drop off any unneeded or outdated prescription medication, no questions asked,” said Police Chief Robert Byrne.  Needles, liquids or other medical waste is not accepted. Cuyahoga County purchased the boxes for any police department that requested one. The Cuyahoga County Sheriffs department helps collect and weigh the drugs and is responsible for record keeping of what is being disposed.

For additional information about the program, visit or

Help and Resources for Families Just a Phone Call Away

Ruth Pollack answers calls for help at the new Garfield Heights Family Resource Center.

Located at the city’s Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, the center offers information about drug treatment, counseling, support groups, prevention and other assistance to troubled families.

“We are offering all sorts of local resource information that can assist our families and their needs,” Pollack said.

A longtime Garfield Heights resident, Pollack has many years of experience working with children, teens, adults and their families. For many years, she was employed by the Garfield Heights City Schools district where she worked as a truancy prevention specialist, prevention coordinator, program coordinator and learning support specialist.

Pollack implemented programming to reduce learning barriers in the classroom and dealt with topics such as bullying, character education and improving social skills. She also worked with school personnel responding to student discipline concerns by facilitating conflict mediations and crisis intervention. She has spent much of her career working with at-risk students to help them create and achieve personal goals.

“It is with honor and zest for our community that I take on my new role as manager of the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center,” Pollack said.

Pollack and her husband, Gary, have been residents of the city for 22 years. They have three adult children. Pollack has donated many volunteer hours to the community. She also chaired the community relations board, and is a former member of the zoning board of appeals and the planning commission.

The Resource Center is maintained with grant funding obtained by the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.

Confidential messages can be left at the Garfield Heights Help-Line, 216-475-1103. People in need are encouraged to schedule an appointment, but drop-in visits to the Family Resource Center are also welcome.  To view the news article, please click here

Domestic Violence Advocate Will Assist Victims
Garfield Heights Domestic Violence Advocate Karen Gordon is available to help victims.
Call 216-229-2420 Ext. 254
Click here for the 2014 Annual Report

Family Resource Center Accepting Donations

The Garfield Heights Family Resource Center is accepting donations to support efforts to help at-risk youth and families. The program was developed with grant funding to provide resources to families in crisis. “We have been able to help many residents in need through the resource center and are already making a difference in our community,” said Manager Ruth Pollack.

Located at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, the resource center offers non-therapeutic, non-clinical services to youth and families including family mediation, drug and alcohol dependency and mental health referrals, as well as support groups for teens and parents. Anyone who contacts the center will be linked to resources provided by various agencies and programs in Cuyahoga County.

Pollack also works with young people assigned to the Garfield Heights Municipal Court Youth Diversion program, which provides a second chance for non-violent offenders, along with students at the Garfield Heights Learning Center.

Help is just a phone call away. To be connected to resources provided by the Family Resource Center or to make a donation to support its programs, call (216) 475-1103 or e-mail