Harvest Fest on October 25

The 2014 Harvest Fest to benefit the Community Garden program is set for 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road.

The event includes pumpkins, hayrides, crafts and face painting, a bake sale, prize raffles and refreshments. Tickets will be sold for all the activities, food and prizes the day of the event.

Raffle prize tickets for baskets, Cleveland Browns tickets and electronics will be sold in advance at Civic Center. The tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

CDC Ebola Information

The Center for Disease Control has posted important information about the Ebola virus. Please go to the following link to access a fact sheet on Ebola.

If you have any specific questions please call your local heath department.

  • For Cuyahoga County Board of Health: 216-201-2001
  • For Cleveland Department of Public Health: 216-664-2324
  • For Shaker Heights Health Department: 216-491-1480

To register for the free Cuyahoga County Ready Notify alert program, visit

Garfield Heights Trick or Treat

Halloween Trick or Treat will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. Residents passing out candy should turn on their porch lights.

Halloween Skate 2014

The annual Halloween Skate, for Garfield Heights residents only, will be from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  For additional information, visit the recreation department page.

Issue 97 Charter Change Explanation

On the Nov. 4 ballot is a city charter change proposal that will affect the Average Pay Fund Garfield Heights uses to pay police and fire salaries.

  • This section of the charter was established in 1972.
  • It created a formula to determine the salaries of the police and fire departments.
  • Presently, the salaries are based on a formula that averages the police and fire salaries of cities that border Cleveland with populations of 25,000 or more.
  • Since 1972, population changes have greatly affected the way this average is computed.
  • The Charter Review Commission recommended the city lower the population number to 15,000 so it is more reflective of 2014.
  • The recommendation was presented to council and members voted to place the charter amendment on the ballot.
  • If you vote YES on Issue 97, the formula for determining police and fire salaries will be based on cities with populations of 15,000.
  • If you vote NO on Issue 97, the charter will remain the same and the formula to compute the police and fire salaries will continue to be based on cities with populations of 25,000.
  • Based on present calculations, if the charter amendment passes, property taxes will remain at current levels for the next two to four years.

Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Garfield Heights is having its second annual Pancake Breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Garfield Heights Middle School Cafeteria, 12000 Maple Leaf Drive. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children over age five. Children under five are free.

For advance sale tickets, call Mary at 216-663-0238. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Garfield Heights Historical Society Tea

The Garfield Heights Historical Society will have its Annual Tea from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. The benefit luncheon will include a presentation titled “Icons of Fashion,” featuring a multimedia show and discussion of the influence famous people have made on clothing and fashion throughout the years. Donation is $25. For tickets, call Chris at (216) 587-2786.

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

Walkway of Recognition

Create a memory that will last a lifetime by purchasing an engraved brick to be placed on the city's new Walkway of Recognition at the Turney Road fire station. Orders are now being accepted.   Brick Walkway construction to begin in Spring 2015.

For more information or to access the brick order form, click here.

Voter Educational Information from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

To view the this voter guide, please click here.

Birthday Bash 2104

Garfield Heights residents had a great time celebrating the city’s founding in 1919 at the 95th Birthday Bash on Aug. 24, 2014. More than 700 people enjoyed a car show, music, food, games and fun.

Volunteer Gardeners Needed for Green Up Project

Additional volunteer gardeners are needed for the Garfield Heights Green Up project, an important effort to improve and maintain public areas throughout the city.

Individuals and groups can adopt specific sites. So far, generous volunteers have joined the effort and beautified areas throughout the community, including the Civic Center, Fire and Police stations and the Veterans and Safety Forces memorials.

Volunteers maintain the areas throughout the summer and fall on their own schedules with their own tools. Ongoing maintenance includes weeding, watering and picking up trash when necessary.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Chris Piazza, Green Up project coordinator, at 216-587-2786.

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.

OverDrive Inc. In the News

To view the article from Crain's Cleveland Business, please click here.

OverDrive Company Making News

To view the article from Crain's Business Cleveland, please click here.

NRP Group Founder Announces Retirement

To view the article from Crain's Business Cleveland, please click here.

Turney Road Waterline Replacement Project

Work on the Turney Road Waterline Replacement Project is expected to begin in July. Lane closures during the construction will cause delays for motorists. The waterline replacement and repair of Turney Road to follow will take approximately two years. For information on the project presented during a public meeting click here.

New Garfield Heights Quarterly E-Newsletter

“In the Know” will be created quarterly and includes a variety of news stories about city programs and services, as well as a message from Mayor Vic Collova.

A limited number of printed copies also will be available at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road.

To view the Spring 2014 edition of the “In the Know” E-Newsletter, click here.

To view the archives, please click here.

GH Chamber Office Relocates

The Garfield Heights Chamber of Commerce office has relocated to 5522 Turney Road (next to Curves). For information about the organization or upcoming events, call (216) 475-7775 or visit

Families Anonymous

Does someone in your family have a problem with drugs or alcohol?  A new Garfield Heights Families Anonymous Meeting offers free help to people whose loved ones are struggling with addiction. Families Anonymous is a 12-Step Program for anyone concerned about the drug and alcohol abuse or behavioral problems of a relative or friend.

Many recovery programs are available for addicted loved ones when they are ready to seek help and recovery. However, Families Anonymous is for you - the parent, spouse, brother, sister, or any other emotionally involved relative or friend. Your identity is protected at all meetings as anonymity is an underlying principal of the program.

Families Anonymous meetings are every Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center, located in the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road.

For information, send an e-mail to, or call 216-475-1103.

Fun and Informational Activities Planned for Seniors

Garfield Heights senior citizens can participate in a variety of activities at the Senior Center located in the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, including:

  •  News and Views – A group discussion about current local and global events at 1 p.m. each Monday.
  •  Movie Mondays – One Monday each month, seniors will travel to the Cinemark movie theater in Valley View to take advantage of the $5 senior citizen discount. The date of the movie will be listed in the monthly issue of the Garfield Heights Senior Center Hi-Lite Newsletter, which is available at the reception desk inside the Civic Center.
  • Coffee with the Mayor – At 9:30 a.m, the fourth Monday of each month, seniors can enjoy coffee and an informal discussion with Mayor Vic Collova who will update the group about recent city council action. There also will be a question and answer period.
  • Shopping – Transportation to local shopping areas will be provided from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday. Registration is required. 
  • Bingo – Games are at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Exercise and Fitness Classes – Flexibility class is at 10 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday; Aerobic Exercise and Strength Training class is at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Zumba - Class is at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. There is a fee for the Zumba class.

The city encourages seniors to get involved to improve their quality of life. For more information about Senior Center programs or activities, call 216-475-3244.

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. For information, call the Civic Center at 216-475-1100 or visit

Marymount Hospital Community Service Award

Garfield Heights Family Resource Center Manager Ruth Pollack received the 2013 Marymount Hospital Community Service Award during a recognition ceremony Oct. 1.

“Ruth is a longtime Garfield Heights resident and well recognized advocate for the underserved, particularly children,” said Marymount Hospital President Joanne Zeroske.

“Ruth literally answers calls for help at the family resource center.”

She assists area residents with a variety of problems including drug addicts seeking rehabilitation; people needing financial assistance; adults and seniors who are scam victims; domestic violence victims; and youth from the court diversion program. She has facilitated the expansion of the food bank; creation of Heroin anonymous meetings; development of education programs for parents; and is working to establish a Boys and Girls Club for area youth.  

Ruth previously worked for the Garfield Heights City Schools helping students and their families through crisis intervention. She recently published a book, Everything I Need to Know I learned In a Dysfunctional Family, her personal story of growing through a painful childhood that included abuse, mistreatment and neglect. She sincerely hopes sharing her story will help others. Ruth has volunteered countless hours feeding and distributing items to the homeless population in Greater Cleveland; empowering women experiencing domestic violence; motivating and encouraging young people; and inspiring addicts to face their demons and challenges. In 2004, Ruth received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

“Those who know Ruth know she is the gold standard for service,” Zeroske said. “We in the Marymount community are so fortunate to count her among our ranks.”  

Ruth and her high school sweetheart, Gary, have been married for 35 years and they have three children and six grandchildren.

Ruth Pollack and guests at the
Community Service Award presentation ceremony.

Ruth Pollack with Joanne Zeroske.

From left, Marymount Hospital Community Outreach
Program Manager Lacey Zimmerman, Garfield Heights
Family Resource Center Manager Ruth Pollack and
Marymount Hospital President Joanne Zeroske.

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.

Prescription Drug Drop Box Located at Police Department 

Garfield Heights residents now have a place to dispose of their unused and expired prescription drugs. Police Chief Bob Sackett said the city is participating in a county-wide Prescription Drug Drop Box program. A box now is located in the lobby of the Garfield Heights Police Department, 5555 Turney Road, and will be accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

“Anyone can drop off any unneeded or outdated prescription medication, no questions asked,” Sackett said. 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 will help collect and weigh the drugs and will keep records of what is being disposed. Creation of the county program was spurred by a successful Drug Take Back Day sponsored twice yearly by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

For additional information about the program, visit or

Paper Recycling Bin at GH Civic Center

A paper recycling bin, open to the public, is now located at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, near the Historical Society parking lot across from the new library.

Accepted items include newspaper, catalogs, magazines, office paper, mail, phone books, cardboard, brown paper bags, and hard and softbound books. Bins also are located at all of the Garfield Heights City Schools. Residents also can recycle their paper curbside.

Help and Resources for Families Just a Phone Call Away

Ruth PollackRuth 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 crate 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 Fox 8 news article, please click here

Heroin Anonymous Meetings offer help and hope for those suffering from addiction and there are now two weekly meetings in Garfield Heights.

Heroin Anonymous Meeting
Every Tuesday 8-9 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
14600 Turney Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137
Meet in the school next to the church

Heroin Anonymous Meeting
Every Friday 1-2 p.m.
Signature Health
5410 Transportation Blvd. Suite 4

Garfield Heights, OH 44125

Domestic Violence Advocate Will Assist Victims
Garfield Heights Domestic Violence Advocate Karen Gordon is available to help victims.
She can be reached through the website,, or by calling 216-391-HELP.
Click here for the 2012 Annual Report

Family Resource Center Accepting Donations

The newly established 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. Since it began in September, hundreds of people have contacted coordinator Ruth Pollack for assistance.

“We have been able to help many residents in need through the resource center and are already making a difference in our community,” Pollack said.

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, and 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. They are assigned community service and participate in a youth support group with Pollack and Diversion Manager Jennifer Huncharek.

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