Disco Days at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center

The City of Garfield Heights Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join us for Disco Dayz on Friday, November 21st from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

For the low admission price of $5.00 which will include rental skates, children 3 and under are free with a paying adult and all children need to be accompanied by an adult.  

If you don’t skate – come anyway and enjoy the fun (there is no admission fee if you are not skating)!  Bring out your “bell bottom pants and tie dyed shirts” and join us for a throw back evening full of fun and entertainment.  We will have songs from the disco era for you to skate to in our ice arena by Smooth Moves Live Entertainment, and you can do some Holiday shopping in our lobby, where various vendors will be selling their products.  Pick up some fresh homemade bakery while you are here at our bake sale table.

This event is open to everyone!

Come and join us for some "Disco Fun" at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center.  For more information, please click here or call 216-475-7272.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony Nov. 30

The annual Garfield Heights Holiday Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30 with music in the main dining room at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. The Unique Gift and Card Shop inside the center will be open throughout the event. Guests will head outside about 5:30 p.m. when the holiday decorations at City Hall will be turned on. The event also includes a visit from Santa Claus who will arrive on a Garfield Heights fire engine. Santa will be available for photographs inside the Civic Center following the lighting session. Residents and recreation season pass holders will be admitted to a free skating event from 6 to 8 p.m. the same evening at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center. Santa also will visit the skating rink.

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.

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.

Garfield Heights Office Building Goes for $5 Million

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Telephone Scam Alerts

Garfield Heightsofficials 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.

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 Figure Skater Katie McBeath with Coach Sally Tasca. McBeath recently won first place at the Eastern Sectional Championship and is hoping to qualify for the 2105 U.S. National Championship.

Garfield Heights Figure Skater Earns Recognition
Could Compete in 2015 U.S. National Championship

Garfield Heights Figure Skater Katie McBeath is the first local skater to advance to the United States Junior Figure Skating Championships and has now won a silver medal in the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championship and the North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Senior Ladies Championship. The skater has advanced to the Eastern Sectional Championship in the hopes of qualifying for the 2015 U.S. National Championship.

Katie began skating at age six in the Garfield Heights Learn-to-Skate Program and now serves as a coach and teaches private skating lessons at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center and in other communities. She has performed in numerous Garfield Heights ice shows and is a former Mayor’s Trophy and Betty Bosell Outstanding Skater Award winner. She competes nationally, and is a four-time regional medalist and two-time sectional competitor. Katie began training with former Garfield Heights coach Samantha Goliet and is now training with Sally Tasca and Jacqueline Henry.

She is a 2013 Honors Graduate of Ohio Virtual Academy and is majoring in psychology at Cuyahoga Community College. She hopes to one day earn a Doctorate in child psychology. She is a volunteer at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Case Medical Center.

Katie is the daughter of Decino and Diana McBeath and has one sister, Annie.

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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.

Birthday Bash 2014

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.

To view the pictures from this event, please click here.

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

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OverDrive Company Making News

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NRP Group Founder Announces Retirement

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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

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.

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