Public Meeting for Turney Road Project April 25

A meeting to discuss the plans for the Turney Road Waterline Replacement Project is scheduled for 9-10 a.m., Friday, April 25 at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road.

The project includes the replacement of nearly 3 miles of water main. For additional details, click here.

G.H. Community Garden Meetings

Organizational meetings for the Garfield Heights Community Garden Program are scheduled for Monday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road.

Gardeners are welcome to attend either meeting.

Garden plots are available at HyCourt and Crudele parks and the Garfield Heights Board of Education.

For additional information, contact Karyn Andel at 216-475-5384 or

Girls Softball Registration Deadline April 26

This is the last week to register for the Garfield Heights Girls Softball program to avoid a late fee. The program is for girls ages 7-17.  Register at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, 5411 Turney Road. A birth certificate is required for registration. All players must also pay an additional Booster Club fee.

Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday. For additional information, call (216) 475-7272, or click here.

Regional Income Tax Agency (R.I.T.A.) Press Release

To view the press release, please click here.

Due to the increased volume on R.I.T.A.'s website we are attaching Business and Individual down loadable PDF forms that may be used as another option for you to have access to these forms.

Spring Household Hazardous Waste Roundup

Our Spring Household Hazardous Waste Roundup will be At the Service Garage located at 13600 McCracken Blvd starting Mon. May 5, 2014 – Fri. May 9, 2014from 7:30am - 3:00pm. Then again on Mon. May 12, 2014 – Fri. May 16, 2014 from 7:30am - 3:00pm, and on Sat. May 17, 2014 from 8:00am - 12:00pm. For additional information, please contact the Service Department at (216) 475-3373.

Community Shredding Event

Sat. May 17, 2014 from 9-12 at Service Garage located at 13600 McCracken.

As a way to prevent identity theft, we will be offering a personal shredding service for our residents! On Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Service Garage, any Garfield Heights resident will have the opportunity to dispose of old financial statements, tax forms, bills, medical recordsand other paper without worrying about identity theft of the effect of dumping paper into the environment!

An All Ohio Secure Shred Truck will provide quick, confidential destruction and recycling of up to 4 bankers/file boxes or bags. Staples and paper clips are acceptable. This program is for Garfield Heights residents; therefore proof of residency will be required. The shred truck will be located in Service Garage parking lot. The program will proceed rain or shine.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Seither at (216) 475-3373.

“Save the Dream” foreclosure assistance program

Registration deadline for the “Save the Dream” foreclosure assistance program is April 30. For details about the program and how to seek financial assistance to avoid foreclosure, please click here.

May 6, 2014 Primary Election Dates and Deadlines for Voters

Vote by Mail in the May 6th Primary Election:

  • Ballot applications are no longer automatically mailed to voters prior to each election. Ballot applications are available on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website:, local public libraries, or by calling 216-443-VOTE (8683).

April 1, 2014 - Vote by Mail Opens:

  • The Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots to voters who have requested a ballot and voters may begin to vote early at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Early Voting Hours:

  • Tuesday through Friday, from April 1st through April 4th 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday, from April 8th through April 11th 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday, from April 14th through May 2nd 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3rd 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

April 7, 2014 - Close of Registration:

  • The Voter registration and change of address deadline for the May 6th Primary Election is at 9:00 p.m. Voters who have not registered, have moved, or have changed their name and not yet updated their registration, must do so by this date. Registration cards are available at public libraries and at the Board of Elections website:

May 3, 2014 - Vote by Mail Ballot Application Deadline:

  • The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections must receive ballot application requests by noon on May 3rd for voters to be eligible to Vote by Mail.

May 5, 2014 - Ballots Mailed in the U.S. Must be Postmarked on or Before this Date:

  • Include proper postage on your ballot return envelope. Ballot envelopes are not postage-paid.

May 6, 2014 - Election Day: Polls Open at 6:30 a.m. and Close at 7:30 p.m.

  • Bring proper identification when voting: a current and valid photo identification card, driver's license or state issued identification, military identification, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address.
  • Voters need to know their ward, precinct, and voting location. Voters may check this at: or call the Voter Information Hotline at 216-443-VOTE (8683).
  • Voted Absentee/Vote by Mail ballots returned in person must be received at the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m.
  • Voted Absentee/Vote by Mail ballots CANNOT be dropped off at a voting location.

For additional election information visit: or call 216-443-VOTE (8683).

Safety Town Classes Scheduled for June

Safety Town classes for children ages five and six years old will be offered in June. The program is being coordinated by the Garfield Heights Police and Parks and Recreation Departments. Residents will receive registration priority and non-residents will be put on a waiting list. Fee for the class is $30.

Morning and afternoon classes are scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m., and noon to 2 p.m., June 9-13; and at the same times June 16-20.  Classes will be held at Garfield Heights Middle School, 12000 Mapleleaf Drive where there will be a mini town to practice the safety rules children learn in class.

Registration is scheduled for May 19-June 2 at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, 5411 Turney Road. Residents should bring the child’s birth certificate and two proofs of residency. For additional information about the program or registration guidelines, call 216-475-7272.

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.

New Garfield Heights Quarterly E-Newsletter

The city of Garfield Heights now has a new 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.

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

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

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

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 behind the Welcome Wall at the Turney Road fire station. The initial order deadline is April 30.

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

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

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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