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December 2019

Sewer drain

Proposed Sewer Fee Increase

City Council is considering legislation authorizing new sewer fees to be phased in over four years starting in 2020. The fees will generate a funding stream for long term planning and continued maintenance of existing sewers and capital costs related to infrastructure, such as new laterals and connections from the sewer main to private property, sewer linings and replacements. This will ensure that the sewer system remains viable for the next 50 years and beyond.

Mayor David Weiss further explains the increase in his monthly video report. Watch and learn more.

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ShakeRecycles Mobile App
To Be Discontinued in 2020

Starting next year, the City will no longer offer the ShakeRecycles mobile app. The decision to eliminate ShakeRecycles was made because the City’s new website can provide most of the features offered by the app. In addition, changes to recycling guidelines have made the Waste Wizard feature on the app obsolete. 

Here’s where to find the features previously provided by ShakeRecycles:

Reminders: Reminders for trash delays and recycling events will be published in this ENews, on the City’s website, and on the City’s social media channels.

Collection Calendar: Visit Trash-Pick Up Schedule to find your collection day.

Missed Trash Pick-Up: Email Public Works at public.works@shakeronline.com to report a missed trash collection or call 216-491-1490.

Waste Wizard: For questions about recycling, please use the “What do I do with?” database at CuyahogaRecycles.org. This database is maintained by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and provides the most up-to-date information.

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East Side Bike/Scooter Share Survey 

Earlier this year, Cleveland launched a six-month pilot of an electronic scooter share program, which will eventually expand to include electronic-assist bicycles. It allows these vehicles to be used throughout Cuyahoga County. Shaker Heights is among five cities now exploring the possibility of having these vehicles in their local community. Tell us what you think about this by taking a 10-question survey.

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Shaker Historical Society
2020 Calendars Now Available

The Shaker Historical Society now has 2020 calendars in stock for those looking for a unique holiday gift. Calendars are $20 and feature photographs of the City taken by resident Shelly Frisch Small. They can be purchased online or at the Spirit Tree Gift Shop.

Proceeds benefit the Shaker Historical Society.

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S.A.M.S. Seeking Homework Volunteers For Elementary Students

S.A.M.S. (Shaker African American Mothers Support) is in search of volunteers with backgrounds in areas such as teaching, engineering and communications to help students in grades K-4 with their homework at Lomond Elementary School (17917 Lomond Blvd.) Mondays through Thursdays from 3:45-4:45 pm. Volunteers may select one or more days. Supplies (pencils, pens, paper, crayons, etc.) will be provided. If interested, email: sams.moms1@gmail.com

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Subscribe To Shaker Life

Give the gift of Shaker to out-of-town friends and family by purchasing subscriptions to the quarterly magazine, Shaker Life. A one-year subscription is $21. Checks are payable to City of Shaker Heights, and can be mailed to 3400 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44120, Attn: Kim Golem. For credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), please call 216-491-1419. 

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ESOP Can Help Seniors With Medicare Open Enrollment

Now that Medicare Open Enrollment is underway, and continues through December 7, some seniors may need help navigating their options, including with Medicare Part D. The Medicare Benefits Enrollment Center at ESOP,(Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People) can help free of charge. Learn more.

Shaker365 Videos

In case you missed the roll out of these videos on social media, we're providing them here. They're part of our Shaker365 marketing campaign highlighting delightful daily encounters and experiences in Shaker Heights. Follow the City on Facebook (@ShakerHeights) to see more videos in the future. Check out past Shaker365 videos on our YouTube channel.

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Abide Yoga in Larchmere neighborhood
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Serving On City Committees

Residents are invited to volunteer to serve on a variety of committees, boards, commissions and task forces alongside their elected officials and City staff. The Mayor makes appointments to these bodies when a term ends or a vacancy occurs. Terms range between two and six years. 

To be considered for a committee (or board, commission or task force), fill out this form.

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Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

Please note these holiday trash delays: 

Christmas Day: During the week of December 23, Wednesday to Friday pick-ups will be delayed by one day.

New Year's Day: During the week of December 30, Wednesday to Friday pick-ups will be delayed by one day.

When a trash delay is in effect, residents can expect their trash to be picked up one day later than their regular collection day (i.e. Wednesday's trash is picked up on Thursday).

Snow parking bans

Winter Parking Restrictions

Winter weather is here. Remember, there is no parking on residential streets when snow accumulation exceeds two inches. This allows our plows to clear the streets effectively and efficiently. Learn more.

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2020 Budget Meetings

The 2020 budget meetings are underway and the public is invited to attend and comment. The remaining schedule is:

Monday, December 2, 7 pm
Presentation of final Operating and Capital budgets.

Monday, December 16, 7:30 pm (note time)
Adoption of final budget ordinances.

The Budget Book is available on the City's website. All meetings take place in Council Chambers at City Hall (3400 Lee Rd.)
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Dance For Everyone
Holiday Open House at Verb Ballets

Saturday, December 7
8:30 am-1:30 pm

Dance your troubles away, or get a head start on New Year's resolutions, during the Verb Ballets Holiday Open House offering five free hour-long dance and fitness classes covering yoga, ballet and jazz. Classes are drop-in, and designed for ages 14 and older. Learn more.

Location: Verb Ballets Center for Dance (3558 Lee Rd.)

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'Holidazzle' Holiday Market

Saturday, December 7
4-8 pm

Saturday, December 14
10 am-4 pm

Come enjoy an afternoon and evening of festive music, food and drinks, as well as shopping to find those unique holiday gifts. It's the perfect way to spark the holiday mood! Presented by the North Union Farmers Market.

Location: The Van Aken District

Family Connections Toy Drive

Family Connections 
Used Toy Donation + Sale

Donation: Wednesday, December 4-Friday, December 6
9 am - 6 pm

Sale: Sunday, December 8
10 am-3 pm

Donations of gently used or like-new children's toys, books, games, etc. will be accepted December 4-6. Donated items must be clean, in working order and age appropriate. Please, no stuffed animals or car seats. Then, stock up on holiday gifts for a fraction of the cost at the Used Toy Sale on Sunday, December 8. For more information, call 216-921-2023.

Location: Shaker Family Center Gym (19824 Sussex Rd.)
Graphic novelist Christopher Appling

Graphic Novelist Christopher Appling Book Signing at Shaker Library

Tuesday, December 10
7-8 pm

The author of the graphic novel "Afro-Archetypes" will discuss the history of African-American superheroes in comics and his own contribution to the genre. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Location: Shaker Main Library (16500 Van Aken Blvd.)

Senior Holiday Luncheon

Senior Holiday Luncheon

Wednesday, December 11
1-2:30 pm

Enjoy a festive meal and celebrate the holidays with friends and neighbors age 50 and up.  Admission: $9. Registration information.

Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Center, Room 114 (3450 Lee Rd.)

Skate Night at Thornton Park

Final Friday Night Skate of 2019

Friday, December 20
7:45-9 pm

Get your skate on one last time this year as a live DJ provides the tunes at this family-friendly event.

Admission and skate rental fees apply.

Location: Thornton Park Ice Rink
(3301 Warrensville Center Rd.)

From the Schools
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Save the Date: MLK Day Of Service is Jan. 20

The community is invited to participate in the Shaker Heights High School CommUnity Builders MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 10am-noon. More details will be posted on shaker.org as the event draws closer.

Save the Date:  'A Night for the Red & White' is March 7

Come for the fun and support Shaker students at A Night for the Red & White on March 7, 2020, 7 pm at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. This party with a purpose provides enrichment for all Shaker students in every school, with a particular focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). To purchase tickets and for more information, visit shakerschoolsfoundation.org/events. For questions: 216-295-4319 or verderber_e@shaker.org

Save the Date

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Family Fireside Night

Friday, January 24
6:30-8 pm

Who loves a winter adventure? Spend an evening, both indoors and out, at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes  exploring winter animals of the region. There will be hands-on crafts and activities, as well as snacks and hot chocolate. $5 per person, or $25 for a family of six. Learn more.

Location: Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 South Park Blvd.) 

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Recycling in Shaker Heights

ONLY five core items belong in your recycling bucket:
  • Plastic bottles & jugs
  • Metal & aluminum cans
  • Cartons
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Paper & cardboard
Rinse and replace the caps and place loose items in your recycling bucket. Please, don't bag your recyclables! Learn more about the dos and don'ts of recycling at Cuyahoga Recycles.

Read Shaker Life Anywhere, Anytime

Shaker Life is available online. Visit shaker.life to catch up on all things Shaker, including news and features about the City's residents, schools, and the stories behind some of our great homes — all from the pages of Shaker Life. You can also browse an archive of Shaker Life issues from the past 14 years.
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