Address

Address: 5661 Perkins Road,
Bedford Heights, Ohio 44146

Phone Number: 440-786-3200

History

Pre-1800's

The early history of our Bedford Heights community is synonymous with the history of Bedford Township. The Bedford area was once part of the old Western Reserve of Connecticut. The Connecticut Land Company purchased the land in 1795. The area was considered valuable because of lush timber and abundant waterpower. The area had obviously been selected by pioneers who brought with them a value of scholarly heritage as they named areas around Bedford Heights in classical references such as Solon, Aurora and Macedonia. The resource of the Lake Erie and resource off shoots such as Tinkers Creek and the Metro Parks helped identify our region as highly desirable and rich in resources.

1800's

The first settler, Elijah Nobles, settled near Tinker's Creek at the western edge of the area in 1813. When he fell into debt, Davis Hudson, a relative, sold his a tract of land at the center of Bedford, with the understanding that it would be improved.

Other settlers soon followed. Benjamin Fitch came from Independence in 1815. W. C. Taylor, his son-in-law, founded the Taylor Chair Company. (Property of the historical Taylor Chair Company is on display at the Bedford Historical Museum at Bedford Square.) Daniel Benedict arrived in 1821 and became the first permanent settler of Bedford. He was one of the original trustees of the township and owned a saw mill and a woolen mill on Tinkers Creek and named Bedford for his native Bedford, New York.

Bedford Township was formed on April 7, 1823 out of the area we presently know as Bedford, Bedford Heights, Oakwood Village, Maple Heights and Walton Hills. In 1830, Hezekiah Dunham arrived and surveyed the center and boundaries of Bedford. (The Hezekiah Dunham house remains as a historical landmark available for public viewing across the street from Bedford Square.) On March 15, 1837, Bedford became incorporated as a town. The Historical Museum has much of this community heritage for viewing.

The early Bedford area was mostly agricultural with many dairy farms. Examples in our community are the Laing farm on the ridge and the Forbes family homestead on Forbes Road to name just a few. The early 1900s saw large industry, such as McMyler Interstate and Best Foundry, move in. (Note: Interstate and Best are street names in a common area of the present Bedford community.)

1850 – 1950

Many young men from the Bedford area answered the call to fight for the Union in the Civil War. The soldiers’ monument at Bedford Square provides a tribute to their bravery and conviction to their principles. The American Legion post at the annual Memorial Day Parade reads the names of those who paid the ultimate price in this and other military conflicts each year. The Village of Maple Heights succeeded to form a separate village in 1915. The rest of Bedford Township remained a common community for about 35 more years before it also subdivided to the four communities that comprise our school system of the Cities of Bedford Heights and Bedford and the Villages of Oakwood and Walton Hills.

The City's Beginning

In September 1950, 91 residents petitioned the township trustees urging a vote on Bedford Heights becoming an independent village. With the vote opposed by the Bedford Township Civic League, the measure was defeated by a narrow margin, 239-231. A second vote was held on February 20, 1951, and this time the issue passed 244-220. Once an independent village, Bedford Heights elected Robert Willeford as its first mayor, defeating George Burrows. The long battle to keep the village form of government as opposed to being annexed to Bedford was successful with a favorable margin of 258-175 votes.

The Mayor and Police Chief were noted as uncharacteristically young for their positions, but they had much energy. At the time of the Township's dissolve, Bedford Township had assets totaling $122,962.31. Upon dissolution of the township in 1951, the money was divided between Bedford Heights receiving $39,429.72; Bedford $37,047.72; and Walton Hills $25,447.13. The population of Bedford Heights at this early time was 2,424.

Mayor Willeford's term was interrupted with a 2 year term of Mayor Ramsey, 1954-1955. Mayor Ramsey called for creation of new (present) City Hall site. This Mayor's office has recently acquired a land map of homesteads recorded via the Connecticut Land Company which plot properties and family settlements that later named some of our community streets such as Laing, Bartlett, Comstock and Forbes from James Laing (Laing farm).

The Charter which frames our government was adopted on November 4, 1958. The Charter was designed to transcend the village to city status. In effect, installing a voter approved Charter allows the "tailor making" of local government regulations to the specific requirements and needs of the locality, otherwise known as "home rule." Although passed by voters in 1958, the Charter actually took effect in 1960 prior to our city status.

In planning the new young community, special zoning codes were designed anticipating the creation of the Thompson Research Center. For such innovative planning, the community earned the reputation of being state of the art for business. Although the specific Thompson project never developed, it provided the means for the creation of the strong business community that formulated on the north end of town (Miles, Richmond Roads). The Thompson project was anticipated to locate in the area referred to as the "Ridge" (Eldridge, Laing, and Randolph) which was a division of the historic Laing family farmstead.

The Ridge did not sit idle with the disillusionment of the Thompson Research Center Plan. The Kimberly Housing Development took over with a $5 million dollar initiative, one of the largest planned residential community developments in the history of Ohio at that time. Down payments to receive a lot in this neighborhood cost $20.00 with a monthly payment of $89.00 to $105.00. Buyers had only to determine which of the six models they desired to join the rapid development of 250 pre-fabricated homes ranging from $18,950 to $24,000. The population more than doubled from 2,424 in 1951 to 5,275 in 1960.

Construction simultaneously sprouted 125 homes with a price from $16,000 to $21,000 in Heather Hill (street area of Cranfield, Comstock, and Fenlake) about where Bartlett meets Rockside and Libby. This mutual development helped the city status evolve in 1961. The presence of multiple high rise apartment complexes at Rockside Road at Perkins near Aurora was once the site of Gene Kunes Golf Course. A fire preceded other development that without a doubt changed our streetscape and community design.

Bedford Heights became a city on January 4, 1961. The 1960s were a fast and invigorating time for Bedford Heights. In 1960, the population was 5,275 but grew to 13,063 by 1970. These were the years of the addition of apartment buildings on the Bedford Heights horizon as well as the construction of I-271.

In 1966, Lucille J. Reed was elected Mayor of Bedford Heights as well as the first woman elected mayor of a city in Cuyahoga County. During her tenure, her administration was successful in acquiring $1.6 million from the federal government for the Reed Park Development (20 acres) off of Eldridge Boulevard. This is the site of our outdoor pool and picnic pavilion.

As an interesting quirk of culture 1966 was the year Star Trek used as its mantra "Go where no man has gone before." At the same time in Bedford Heights, Lucille Reed went where no woman had gone before as the first female elected mayor in any community of Cuyahoga County. Although she was elected from the Council body with other Councilmen with considerable experience, the first local newspaper articles describing the new mayor focused on what colors she wore and how she did her hair. However, just as Nancy Sinatra's simultaneously popular song "These Boots Are Made For Walking," the Mayor found a significantly bolder presence than the fashion reviews of her first interviews.

Bedford Heights also hosted some fame during this era as being the hometown of Cleveland Indians Baseball star rookie pitcher Jim Rittwage. The family lived on Columbus Road until recently. The City's most rapid expansion happened under the Reed administration, must probably as the coincidence of timing, the impact of the freeway and the completion of the several apartment buildings which nearly doubled the population. The present City Hall (1975) and the onset of the many programs that would transpire from here and Reed Park resulted in a long term for Mayor Reed.

During the mid-to-late 1970s, the once primarily Italian American community began to find a heavy flow of residents leaving and minorities replacing them in the neighborhoods beyond those located in Metro Estates. The City developed the position of Housing Coordinator designed to assure equal opportunity and witness against illegal practices of steering and redlining. Other groups such as the Bedford Heights Civic Coalition were designed to help the integration go smoothly and responsibly. About this time Mayor Reed decided not to run for Mayor for an additional term of office and passed her support to Councilman Robert Furlong for the position. This was an unsuccessful effort as Jimmy Dimora was elected to the Mayor's position instead (defeating Reed's candidate.)

Dimora, like Reed, had a significant tenure in the mayoral position for seventeen years. Unlike Reed, he managed to extend the two year term to four years and characteristically ran unopposed as he ran year to year. Dimora also ran and supported a slate of council members which were to become his team, joining in his opinions and his approach of cooperation and teamwork.

Most notable during Dimora's tenure in office was the creation (1984) and later (1994) expansion of the Bedford Heights Community Center. The Building would later be re-named the Jimmy Dimora Community Center as a tribute to his vision and his stature in the community.

Dimora's tenure also called for the first considerable municipal jail expansion, completed in conjunction with Chagrin Falls, Glenwillow and Moreland Hills. It also led to renovation of the outdoor pool, return of K-9 units (for Officers Kalavsky and Hagquist), and creation of a more defined senior and recreation staff amongst other things. The 10 year road repair program was established by Charter, and the acquisition of safety and senior vehicles were prioritized. Dimora ran twice for County Commissioner and was successfully elected in 1998 before he completed the last year of his mayoral term. He had also in the interim been named Chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, a position of influence to the state and nation, as well as our region.

As Dimora moved on to County Commissioner, Council President Debora Mallin was by Charter aligned to fill the mayoral vacancy. During her first year, Mayor Mallin instituted a new communication system for the safety forces, addressed the roof improvements necessary for all City buildings, and addressed repair and renovation needed at Reed Park. She also created many new programs such as the auxiliary police program and others which received "Best Practices" publication by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mallin was elected to serve in 1999 and again in 2003. Her contributions, trials and energies are amongst other postings on this website.

Perspective As we reflect on some milestones in our community's early development, we thought it might be insightful to post not only what was going on in Bedford Heights but what was happening on the national scene as well. The entries of national reflection, be they Political, entertainment, sports or otherwise referenced are not as the matters of greatest impact but simply listed...for perspective.

1950

In Bedford Heights, Election to create Bedford Heights as a separate community fails to gain enough votes for passage (to separate from Bedford Township.) The vote on October 2, 1950 failed to pass the proposal on the premise such separation "would only increase our taxes".

Political, (July 1) U. S. ground forces land in Korea.

Music, Nat King Cole sings "Mona Lisa" Technology, CBS began 1st color broadcast in November. Seeburg Company makes major technological advancement of "jukeboxes" to play 45 rpm records, soon to regularly appear in bars, bowling alleys and soda shops.

1951

In Bedford Heights, Bedford Heights established Robert Willeford 1st Mayor.

Dominic Meuti became Chief of Police, a position held until 2001(believed at the time to be the longest serving Chief in the nation.). The initial flash of victory was short-lived as there was an attempt by some residents to annex much of the new village back to the City of Bedford. This matter went to court and a vote of the people to maintain Bedford Heights as a separate community.

Phone numbers for area all began referenced to words instead of numbers. For example Merities Sunoco Station at 24301 Aurora Road had the number "Bedford 2 9393" written BE2 -9383. Bedford Heights headquarter for "Flowers, Plants and Vegetables" per an advertisement in Bedford Heights Informer was Rugan's Food Market on Aurora at Libby Road.

Politics, More than 300 Hollywood personalities were implicated as Communists, the majority of them blacklisted.

Movies, Hollywood puts out "The Day the Earth Stood Still" Marlon Brando gains fame in "Streetcar Named Desire" in which Vivien Leigh is named Best Actress. 17 million Americans now have their own Television sets on which "I Love Lucy" is one of the most popular reasons to stay home and watch it. "Fireside Theater", "Colgate Comedy Hour" and "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" also top the list.

Music, "Rocket 88" considered by many to be the first actual Rock and Roll song topped the Charts by Jackie Brenson and his Delta Cats, which featured a young Ike Turner at the piano.

Novelty, The first plastic lawn flamingo designed by Don Featherstone is marketed.

1952

In Bedford Heights, News of the Village was reported in local newspaper "Bedford Heights Informer" later joined by "The Suburban Newsbeat" (as well as the "Bedford Times Register).

National, UFO sightings reported across the country. (3/2) U.S. Supreme Court rules subversives can be barred from teaching in public schools.

Novelty, Habro's Mr. Potato Head made Television history as the first toy advertised on Television. Although at the time it was just plastic face features you could put on your own potato, advertising made it a hit. The plastic body was not added until 1964.

Political, (11/4) Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower was Elected President over Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson. Both men were popular but Stevenson was believed hurt by inferences of Democratic corruption in the White House. Additionally, Stevenson's reputation as an intellectual was believed to clash with country's anti-intellectual mood.

Business, Tired of lack of quality accommodations, Kemmon Wilson opened his first Holiday Inn which rapidly became a success.

1953

In Bedford Heights, Mayor Robert Willeford, after negotiating with Cleveland Water Department representatives, was successful in acquiring three take-offs from the new water line completed on Northfield Road. This was significant because original plans called for Bedford Heights to go to Maple Heights for water despite the 30" water main being installed on the Northfield side of the street. A petition drive in the Northfield, Louis, and Norton area hoped to conclude this issue on behalf of the Bedford Heights citizenry.

(3/15) Mayor Robert E. Willeford defended his actions concerning the now famous "tear gas" incident at a public Council meeting. Twenty residents in attendance announced sign truce ending the Korean their intentions of searching the facts and starting proceedings against Williford. Williford had fired a tear gas charge at 35 year old Saul Goldtone of Mantua Corners. Goldstone had to be transported to Marymount Hospital where there was fear he might lose his eye.

Goldstone had been halted by the Mayor who was in the company of Patrolman Walter Scott when he sped by in his red convertible. From the corner of Northfield and Aurora at the speed of 61 mph, the police chase ensued. The first car (Goldstone) was racing away. Williford and Scott caught up with Goldstone who tried to flee after this confrontation. It was at this time the tear gas was shot striking Goldstone in the face. Judge James Cornell freed the Mayor of assault and battery charges. The story received national coverage in Life Magazine. Angry villagers tried to oust the Mayor to which Ohio Governor Frank Lausche said he lacked the power to fire Willeford. The election due at that time had the voters removing him from office in favor of Thomas Ramsey, Jr. to serve as mayor.

Nationally, War and Peace - Communist and United Nations delegates War. 54,246 Americans were killed, 103,284 were wounded and 7,955 were reported missing in action.

Business, The first franchise with the golden arches (specifically designed to attract passing motorists) was opened in Phoenix, Arizona. "Speedee" the original McDonald's mascot lasted until 1960, when the hamburger loving clown Ronald McDonald was introduced.

Academy Awards, Best Picture "From Here To Eternity" while Best Actor goes to William Holden for "Stalag 17" and Best Actress to Audrey Hepburn for "Roman Holiday."

Technology, Cinemascope, the first shot using a wide screen process is viewed in "The Robe" (Richard Burton and Jean Simmons), "Julius Ceasar" (Marlon Brando James Mason) and "Calamity Jane" (Doris Day).

Fashion, Bermuda Shorts were the obvious fashion statement as businessmen actually would wear the big baggy shorts during the summer months. Whether combined with suit jackets, dress shirts, ties and knee high socks such garmented gents were making fashion statements.

Music, Patti Paige sings "How Much is That Doggy In the Window?"

Movie Queen, Marilyn Monroe has national attention from among other things her performances in "Niagara", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "How to Marry a Millionaire".

1954

In Bedford Heights, Under Mayor Ramsey's tenure, a $675,000 bond was proposed for contracting a sewage system. Food, A 1954 study found that the average American's ideal meal consisted of fruit cup, vegetable soup steak and potato, peas and pie for dessert.

1955

In Bedford Heights, Although the sewer bond issue was approved 578-303, Mayor Ramsey was defeated by former Mayor Robert Willeford 617-278 in the November 1955 election.

Music, New York band The Crows flew to the top of the charts in part because of Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed playing "Sh Boom".

Construction, 1,320,000 new homes were built thanks to the baby boom. America's first enclosed shopping mall is built in Appleton, Wisconsin Civil Rights, (12/1) 42 year old Rosa Parks arrested after refusing to give up her seat on the bus. Montgomery bus boycott begins under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. Disney, Mickey Mouse Club debuts on TV, and Magic Kingdom opens in California.

1956

In Bedford Heights, (11/17) Residents of Bedford Heights were invited to tour their new Village Hall located at 5661 Perkins Road.

Economy, The average teenager now had more money than ever before (minimum wage raised to $1.00). Music, 45 rpms were in great demand and Elvis topped the charts with "Don't be Cruel", "Hound Dog" and "Heartbreak Hotel". Little Richard was also a big hit. Dance, The Cha-Cha craze swept the country. Science, The USSR Sputnik I left the US far behind in the space race.

1957

In Bedford Heights, The Village Council approved purchase of a 16 acre tract on Solon Road to provide for adequate sewer facilities. The Issue passed on the ballot successfully. National, The average American production worker now making $82.32 a week could easily afford the estimated 5000 new grocery store products introduced in 1957.

1959

In Bedford Heights, The apartment complexes built in Bedford Heights first went up in 1959 - but continued to be built in additional locations through 1970. The Village Council showed itself to be ahead of the times in electing a lady, Mrs. Mary Szabo, as its President. Mr. Eugene Mould was honored by the Bedford Heights Progressive League as "Mr. Bedford Heights". Mr. Mould was honored for his vast contributions to the village recreation program at this time. In order to bring the City in line with state statutes and in keeping with the new charter proposal, the number of councilmen to be elected in the 1959 election was expanded from six to seven. The four candidates with the most votes were to begin four year terms while the three highest vote getters were to serve two year terms with their posts open for re-election in 1961.

Three housing developments simultaneously bring rapid growth to Bedford Heights. They are:

1. Bedford Heights Ridge Estates aka "The Ridge" formerly the Laing farm from John Laing's (1857) purchase from the Connecticut Land Company. 2. Kimberly Park housing program and 3. Heather Hill (Comstock, Cannon Millbrook, Fenlake).

The young community hungry for substance and progressive in initiative had a Bedford Heights Business and Industrial Association of which Ben Sachse served as Chairman, Mary Szabo Secretary, Al Ponyk Treasurer, and Albert Kondik and Dominic Meuti as Board of Directors.

Economy, As the average American now earns $91.53 a week, he is looking for new ways to spend it.

Despite a 116 day steelworker strike (longest in U.S. history); the U.S. is in good shape thanks to the government's "Buy American" campaign. The new leisure is here; for the first time, a civilization has reached a point where people are no longer preoccupied with providing food and shelter. There was now over 250,000 swimming pools at U.S. homes, an overwhelming degree of opulence, according to LIFE magazine.

National, The U.S. began to challenge Russia in the Space Race. (9/14) Soviet rocket rams moon surface and U.S. rejects Soviet flag planting as their legal claim of the moon.

Entertainment, Suburban women taking hula lessons in fascination of Polynesian culture, believed in part as welcome relief to the rampant repression of the Eisenhower Era. Barbie doll is introduced at the New York Toy Fair by Mattel Company co-founder Ruth Handler (named after her daughter). In Percepto, Theater seats were wired to emit mild electrical shock currents as to actually shock the audience. Hollywood jumps on beatnik bandwagon with "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (Dwayne Hickman and Bob Denver) Hawaiian Eye popular show on ABC TV. Also favorites: "Bonanza" with Lorne Greene as Pa Cartwright, "The Untouchables", Robert Stack as Elliot Ness, and the "Twilight Zone” with Rod Serling. ABC also scores with big cartoon hit "Rocky and Friends" which debut Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Bullwinkle Moose, and Boris and Natasha.

1961

In Bedford Heights, Bedford Heights becomes a City. The new city builds a service garage to house the department that will help Bedford Heights come to be known as "The Service City." The growth surge of the young city brought on many new families and therefore children to serve. Construction began at Aurora Road School in 1961 and Columbus School would be next in 1962. September of 1962 marked the date the State Chartered the Bedford Heights Jaycees which immediately launched a program of community activities. By 1961, the original 2 member police force had grown to a Chief, Captain and 8 policemen. Fashion, Jackie Kennedy set fashion trends for many American women with wraparound sunglasses, bouffant hairdos, two piece swimsuits and a-line skirts to the mid-knee.

Entertainment, "The Game of Life" introduced by Milton Bradley as an update of a popular 19th century game was released in honor of the company's 100th Anniversary.

Political, As relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba deteriorate, Kennedy encourages Americans to build their own backyard fall-out shelters. Kennedy accepted full responsibility for the Bay of Pigs Incident (April 24).

Civil Rights, Freedom riders protesting southern segregation are physically attacked in Anniston and Birmingham, Alabama.

1964

In Bedford Heights, Bedford Heights established its Fire Department which not only helped address safety concerns of the new community, but it also helped establish insurance ratings that assisted the fortification of the City's industrial tax base. Schools in the district at this time included Aurora, Carylwood, Central, Columbus, Ellenwood, Glendale, Interstate, Moody Jr. High and Bedford Senior High School.

Nationally, Advertisement "Thinking Young" is the not so subliminal message vibrating the nation; from Pepsi Cola advertising people to "come alive" and for "people who think young" to Ford's successful campaign for their sporty new Mustang (100,000 sold). The new Mustang was advertised as a "young people's car" or one driven by famous others (Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds) as well.

Entertainment, TV favorites include Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched. Playthings, Hasbro's GI Joe Doll and Kenner's Easy Bake Oven are favorite toys. Music, Louis Armstrong with "Hello Dolly", Supremes with "Baby Love", and "(Meet the) Beatles", "Hard Day's Night" Theatrical, Award winning movies include My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins and Sean Connery's 3rd Bond film Goldfinger. Political, (9/27) Warren Commission releases report on the Kennedy assassination concluding no conspiracy (domestic or international) affiliated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on 11/22/63. 11/3 Lyndon B. Johnson re-elected in landslide victory over Goldwater. Civil Rights, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

1965

In Bedford Heights, Dale Rittwage, Bedford Heights Native, is rookie pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. Bedford Heights' residents of all ages are especially proud of their Rittwage (Topps) baseball cards.

Nation, (2/21) Civil Rights leader Malcolm X assassinated by rival Black Muslims. (3/26) 25,000 Civil Rights marchers gather in Montgomery, Alabama.

Theater, The Sound of Music receives Best Picture directed by Robert Wise. Frankie and Annette's Beach movies and Sean Connery's Thunderball are among other favorites.

Television, Bob Crane in Hogan's Heroes, and Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie.

Music, Everyone's playing Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (Whipped Cream and Other Delights) and the Mary Poppins soundtrack. Novelties, Super Ball and Lava Lite introduced.

Sports Extra, Gatorade invented by Sports Physician Dr. Robert Cade, who was studying effects of heat exhaustion on Florida Gators college team.

Cars, Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed aims much of its criticism at Chevrolet Corvair but impacted the Oldsmobile and introduced the Toranado. This was noted significant having imposed heightened safety restrictions in American cars.

1966

In Bedford Heights, Lucille Reed becomes Mayor of Bedford Heights and the first female mayor in Cuyahoga County. With Moody Junior High School no longer able to serve the needs of the growing district, Heskett School was begun in 1966. This building was located on Perkins Road in Bedford Heights and named for (past) District Superintendent Dale Heskett. It would open in 1968 with a 400 seat little Theater, banquet facilities, gymnasium, and ample classroom space for instructional diversity.

12/1 Cleveland Press reports former Mayor Willeford will file for a recount in a local election option that resulted in two precincts "drying up". Willeford had planned to open a tavern on Northfield Road (Precinct C) but changed his mind when the voters placed the local option on the ballot. He now operates Barney's Inn at 24467 Aurora Road. Precinct K is the other area where Williford is considering recall. The fee is $10.00 per precinct but the filing deadline is in 2 days.

Music, "These Boots Are Made For Walking" is popularized by Nancy Sinatra while Sgt. Barry Sadler performs the "Ballad of the Green Berets" for five weeks on the top of the charts. "Cherish" by the Association is also popular.

Politics, Texas Gov. John Connelly's testimony for LIFE magazine calls for the assassination of JFK to be reopened; theory of second assassin beyond Oswald. Vietnam protest demonstrations.

Entertainment, Milton Bradley introduces Twister, the "game that ties you in knots". Television, "Batman" with Adam West. "To go where no man has gone before (23rd century).”Star Trek" with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock.

Dad's Still Hot, The same year Nancy Sinatra was rocking the Music world, father Frank Sinatra still tops the charts with "Strangers in the Night".

1968

In Bedford Heights, Fire Chief Rogers recommended purchase of a 100 foot aerial ladder truck to service the diverse challenges of the growing community. An additional bay added to the south end of the garage would house the vehicle. Meanwhile, Police Chief Dominic Meuti asked for 11 new men and a new station not affixed to City Hall. State officials told Bedford Heights that it could cut off sewer service to Warrensville Heights and Oakwood for continued negligence in paying their fees.

Nationally, Maxwell House coffee costs .69 cents a pound, and ice cream is .59 cents a half gallon.

Civil Rights, (3/28) Violence mars a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King led march in support of striking Memphis sanitation workers. Dr. King promises to return for another march. (4/4) The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated in Memphis. James Earl Ray arrested in London (6/6) for the shooting. (6/5) Senator Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles shortly after acknowledging his victory in the California primary. Sirhan Sirhan is arrested for the shooting.

1969

In Bedford Heights, The Wastewater Treatment Plant later to be named for Mayor Willeford (and his vision) was built to serve the City.

Bedford Heights gets much attention in the April 3 issue of the Cleveland Press:

1. for a spending increase of $200,000 this year ($1,313,000). Mayor Reed said the largest item was to cover ($65,000) police and fire personnel raises approved earlier.

2. The City was currently considering going from 16 to 19 police officers; 17 to 20 firemen.

The Council meeting of March 4, 1969 put Charter changes on the ballot which designated Council members to be 4 (one per) Ward and 3 at large. All boards and commissions host 5 members appointed by the mayor. Duties of the Clerk/Treasurer were separated to award financial functions to a Finance Director.

Nationally, Sesame Street premiers. (7/16) Apollo 11 mission launched; Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on surface of the moon as America tunes in on July 20.

Military, (4/3) U.S. deaths in Vietnam reach 33,641.

Gay Rights, Police raid the Stonewall Bar, a gay establishment in New York City's Greenwich Village. The "Stonewall Riots" are commonly considered the start of the Gay Liberation Movement.

Music, Beatles sang "Hey Jude" while Marvin Gaye does "I Heard it Through the Grapevine".

Election, (8/26) Humphrey nominated as Democratic candidate for President as Nixon (8/8) holds Republican platform and George Wallace announces (10/3) 3rd Party candidacy.

1975

In Bedford Heights, City Hall is built at 5661 Perkins Road. Residential property during 1970 was taxed at a rate of 55.40 mills or $55.40 per $1000.00 of the assessed value of property. At this time, (1970), residential property taxes contributed 26.7% of the real estate taxes collected. The balance essentially was provided by industry, commercial establishments, public utilities and personal property tax. (Since 1972) New clubs active In Bedford Heights include Bedford Heights Kiwanis Club, and The Citizens League of Bedford Heights.

Nationally, (2/21) Watergate participants Alderman, Ehrlichman and Mitchell each receive 30 months in prison.

Political, Vietnam War ended as U.S. pulled out April 30.

Civil Rights, Forced busing in schools is attempted to desegregate public schools.

Economy, (11/26) President Ford provides a short term loan of $2.3 billion to New York City to help the nation's largest city avoid bankruptcy.

Crime, (7/30) Jimmy Hoffa disappears Technology, Home Video games begin with Pong by Atari, video table tennis game connected to your Television. Novelty, Best sellers include Pet Rock which came with its own owner's manual for $4.00 each and mood rings, empowered by heat sensitive liquid crystals.

Theater, Best Picture is "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" as well as Best Actor Jack Nicholson and Best Actress Louise Fletcher. "Jaws" sells out at the box office.

Music, Captain and Tennille "Love Will Keep Us Together", Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffite" and Eagles "One of These Nights". Television, Chevy Chase gains fame with popular new comedy show (Saturday Night Live) in his merciless impressions of President Gerald Ford. "Sanford and Son" and "M.A.S.H." are also popular.

1976

In Bedford Heights, As the U.S.A. celebrated its 200th Birthday, the City of Bedford Heights also saluted its first 25 years. The simultaneous anniversaries are acknowledged with several special events and the red, white and blue painting of City fire hydrants.

Space, (7/20) Viking I lands on Mars after 11 months in space and announce the planet devoid of Martians.

World News, U.S. and USSR sign nuclear test pact.

Political, Jimmy Carter is elected President by a margin of 1.7 million votes over Gerald Ford.

Sports, Dorothy Hamill and Bruce Jenner become sports idols after the Olympics.

Music, Stevie Wonder - "Songs in the Key of Life", Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music", and Rod Stewart - "Tonight's the Night".

Novelty, C.W. McCall's song "Convoy" capitalized on the citizen band radio craze.

1978

In Bedford Heights, Jimmy Dimora elected to Council at large. The City of Bedford Heights begins to experience integration no longer limited to Metro Estates.

Civil Rights, (10/8) Congress extends deadline of the Equal Rights Amendment to 6/30/82; so far 35 of 38 states have ratified it.

Sports Craze, Major League Baseball popularity reaches an all time high record as 40 million attend games in 1978. In the same year the NFL extends its season from 14 to 16 games. Inflation continues to rise but does not affect cost of jogging suit/sportswear documenting renewal of interest in physical fitness. Leon Spinks regains Heavyweight Boxing Championship (from Muhammad Ali) for the 3rd time.

Entertainment, First legal casino outside of Nevada opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Disco craze hit the nation as noted by "Saturday Night Fever" and the onset of the Village People. The bizarre performances of Kiss also gain attention. Novelty, Pop Rocks, a candy product that fizzes in your mouth.

Theater, Best Picture is "Deer Hunter"; John Belushi, National Lampoon "Animal House” and John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in "Grease".

Television, Robin Williams airs in new show "Mork and Mindy", "Dallas", "3's Company", "Happy Days", "Charlie's Angels", "Fantasy Island" are favorites.

1982

In Bedford Heights, Jimmy Dimora becomes Mayor of the City of Bedford Heights at a considerably young age. 1980 Census population of the community is 13,214 persons. The Dimora administration initiated the Trash Bag program where residents can purchase 30 gallon trash bags for the reduced rate of $7.00. In September, Council authorized Operation Paintbrush, (Homeowners 60+ or in distressed situations may receive paint to help keep their home in repair). Winter weather and community interest led to the installation of an outdoor skating rink on Diamond #4. Water and electricity are installed at Metro Estates playground. A fence is added to the Columbus Road bridge to assist in kids' safe crossing. The City in conjunction with Bedford Heights Community Services applied for a federal grant to finance the purchase of a minivan for Seniors. Successful in the award, the van is expected to arrive in 1983. Three new glass enclosed bus shelters are installed.

Nation, Whether it was due to Reaganomics or just the result of Economy running its course, inflation dropped 6 points in 1982. Unemployment, nonetheless, continued to rise hitting 10.8 by the end of the year. A record 4.6 million people were unemployed by October. (1/26) State of the Union - Reagan defines New Federalism turning welfare and food stamps to state's authority. (2/26) Reagan proposed budget for upcoming fiscal year and asks for huge cuts in domestic spending while he increases military spending by $18 million. 35% - 40% of entire U.S. auto market were foreign cars.

Health, 20 million Americans believed to have AIDS.

Civil Rights, Equal Rights Amendment fails to meet deadline.

Travel, EPCOT Center latest addition to Disney World Theme Park in Orlando, Florida.

Sports, NFL strike cut season to 9 games per team (9/21 - 11/16).

Hollywood, Hollywood profits are up 9% from 1981. Steven Spielberg's "E.T.", Dustin Hoffman "Tootsie", Arnold Schwarzenegger "Conan the Barbarian" and Sylvester Stallone "Rocky IV".

Television, "Cheers" debuted.

Popularly Watched, Jane Fonda's Workout

1984

In Bedford Heights, The ribbon cutting is held on the new Bedford Heights Recreation Center facility, one of the first in the region. The original facility hosts a full gym with a raised running track, a (smaller) weight room, locker rooms with sauna and whirlpool. Additional opportunity for party room rental or day care services also became available with initiation of "The Rec". Planter boxes and drains are added on Northfield Road to enhance its image. The City becomes eligible for the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) program and plans its first application for road repair. A Citizens Advisory Cable Committee is initiated to survey public appeal and collectively work for identifying the best provider of Cable TV services for our residents.

Census, U.S. population swelled to 236,158,000 with most growth in the South and West.

Politics, Reagan is re-elected President on the strength of the Economy--healthiest since 1951. Reagan signs a bill (7/17) giving states until October 1 to raise legal drinking age to 21 or suffer 5% federal highway funds.

Sports, Fitness Industry continues to boom. Sales of home exercise equipment passed the billion dollar mark. Introduction of Nike's Air Jordan’s endorsed by Chicago Bulls.

Music, Michael Jackson "Thriller", Prince's "Purple Rain", and Bruce Springsteen "Born in the U.S.A.".

Technology, 8% of American households owned personal computers as Bell Laboratories announced development of the megabit memory chip, capable of storing more than 1 million bits of electronic data.

All the buzz..., "Where's the Beef" ads provided America a new buzz phrase.

1994

In Bedford Heights, City of Bedford Heights provides addition to the Community Center which essentially doubles the facility in square footage. At the same time, first prompted by the need to comply with State Jail Standards, the City of Bedford Heights adds on to its Police/Corrections facility also allowing for collection of fees from contracting communities and agencies. Voting City residents approve a 10 year levy specific for road improvement as a Charter Amendment which will reserve funds applicable for road repair in the next 10 years.

Entertainment, Music from "The Lion King" is heard everywhere, while "ER", "Friends", "Seinfeld" and "60 Minutes" are Television favorites.

Memorable, Much of America watched football star O.J. Simpson and former teammate Al Cowlings in a bizarre chase which led to Simpson's arrest in the death of his ex-wife.

Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor estimated 20% of American grads held jobs that did not require college education.

1999

In Bedford Heights, Jimmy Dimora moves on to serve as one of 3 County Commissioners. Council President Debora Mallin completes (his last) year (of unexpired term) as Mayor and in November wins a four year term of her own (2000-2003) as Mayor. As the year starts, City Council is changed by 3 seats in 2 months without an election: Bill Keslar seat to Barbara MacKenzie, Debora Mallin seat to Harvey Brown, and Paul DeFrancisco seat to Philip Saunders. Mayor Mallin and Police Department create City's first (10 member) Auxiliary Police program with approval of City Council. City works with technical experts to be sure all City computers and records are Y2K compliant. City changes to Computer Automated Dispatch service at start of the year 1999. Mallin holds an Inaugural Ball at Mediterranean Party Center to formally and publicly acknowledge change in City leadership. Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones ceremoniously swears in Mallin again as Mayor.

Y2K, Much panic to/by government agencies still uncertain of impact of Y2K bug expected to muck up computers not sufficiently prepared to transcend the millennium. Concern centered on affect of daily life, Economy, public safety, and record retention actually proved to be significantly overplayed.

Politics, Worsening situation exists in the Balkans. NATO begins strikes on Kosovo (March) but government officials and American public not sure to intervene. Nation tired of Monica Lewinsky story as Republicans fail to show majority support to convict Clinton of perjury or obstructing justice. Clinton's approval rating second highest in his tenure (66%) as he promises to focus his attention on "the people's business". There is a buzz to position First Lady Hillary Clinton as U.S. Senator from New York. Meanwhile, Vice President Al Gore and Senator Bill Bradley (NY) position for candidacy for Presidential Election.

Entertainment cartoons for amusement of adult viewers are heavily introduced among new Television shows including "The Simpsons", "King of the Hill" "South Park", "Futurama", "Family Guy", "Dilbert" and "Powder-puff Girls"

Famous folks

Music

Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1984 - 1956) was a musician believed to be instrumental in the design of the whole Boogie-Woogie (or Barrelhouse) movement which evolved into the sounds we now call "The Blues". Davenport's final resting place is in Bedford Heights at Evergreen Cemetery on Northfield Road. When Davenport first learned to play the piano and organ, it was with the intent of his following family example, to play for his father's church where his mother was organist. However, the Alabama Theological Seminary expelled him in 1911 because of the Ragtime tunes he played at a church function. Davenport and company toured the vaudeville circuit of Chicago and other cities writing and selling many songs for which he failed to get his rightful acknowledgement. Davenport recorded several of his signature pieces, but none brought him more fame than "Cow Cow Blues" which he first performed in many variations in 1928. In 1938, he suffered a stroke that affected his piano playing for the rest of his life with paralysis in his right hand. He kept his vocals active until he gained strength to again play piano in public. His "comeback" was often interrupted by sickness. Davenport died in 1956 of heart problems in Cleveland.

Science

Dr. Mary Ellen Weber (Bedford High School Class of 1980) was a Bedford Heights native. Dr. Weber earned degrees from Purdue University and the University of California at Berkley. In 1992, Dr. Weber was selected as an astronaut, logging over 450 hours in space. On one of her first missions she proudly wore her Bedford Heights City Pin on her NASA spacesuit. She has also made significant contributions as a research scientist at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas.

Communications

TV News Anchorman Dale Solly received his first major network anchor position even before he graduated from college. Although he had a number of news placements, he is best remembered where he spent most of his career in Cleveland, Ohio and Washington, D.C. Solly, who grew up on Holly Road, covered many Homeland Security assignments.

Sports

Bedford Heights' resident Jim Rittwage was a 1965 Cleveland Indians Baseball Star Pitcher. The community had special pride in the Tribe for this hometown boy whose family lived on Columbus Road. Eric Beverly may have gotten his start playing football in his Metro Estates neighborhood or the Carylwood School playground, but he evolved to playing pro football with the Detroit Lions in 1998. Beverly has played as tight end, left guard and offensive lineman. He has remembered his home school with donations and hosted a football camp in Allan Park, Michigan to enrich the lives of area children through physical fitness, academics and spiritual and life development.

Chris Chambers, part of the same Carylwood playground crowd, along with Anthony Byrd also became professional football players. Lee Evans had everyone's attention as Captain of the Wisconsin Badgers and went on to NFL status as a member of the Buffalo Bills.

Hollywood

Bedford Heights native Renee Faia went to Hollywood and found fame. She had roles in several popular TV shows, including "The Wonder Years" and "Seinfeld". Her talent was showcased when she was cast as Cher in the made for TV movie "The Beat Goes On-The Sonny and Cher Story". She was also featured in the box office hit "The American President" with Michael Douglas and Annette Benning. Halle Berry is a 1984 graduate of Bedford High School. Berry has received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and still only woman of African-American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman. She is attempting to expand into the production side of Hollywood.

Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing runner-up in the Miss USA (1986), and winning the Miss USA World 1986 title. (Under pageant rules in effect at that time, the first runner-up at Miss USA automatically competed at Miss World.) Her breakthrough feature film role was in the 1991 Jungle Fever. This led to roles in The Flintstones (1994), Bulworth (1998), X-Men (2000) and its sequels, and Die Another Day. She also won a worst actress Razzie award in 2005 for Catwoman, and accepted the award in person.

Honoring Our Servicemen

The City of Bedford Heights is proud to support the brave men and women of the Armed Forces.


With Special Remembrance to those who died in Battle

KOREA VIETNAM IRAQ
  David Hartley
Thomas C. Jonozzo
Richard A. Sablotny
Vernon K. Smolik, Jr.
Richard Soltis
John W. Stephenson
James Leo Stiles
James A. Tonen
Brandon Sloan

U.S. and Coalition Casualties

BH Business Listing

This is a continually updated listing of all the companies within the City of Bedford Heights. Please notice that many of the listed companies allow you to access their websites by clicking on the name.  Updated July 2017.

BUSINESS NAME ST # STREET NAME STE #
A & M FOOD MART 25600 AURORA RD
A.C. PLUMBING   HEATING & COOLING 5186 RICHMOND RD
A.L. PAINTING   AND REMODELING 24381 AURORA RD STE A2
ABC STAFFING,   INC. 5225 NORTHFIELD RD STE C
ACE CASH EXPRESS 24800 ROCKSIDE RD
ACE HOME HEALTH CARE 5225 NORTHFIELD RD STE C
ACE TUTORS 5225 NORTHFIELD RD STE C
ADDED EDGE ASSEMBLY 26800 FARGO AVE STE A
ADVANCED INDUSTRIES/S & M IRRIGATION 5353 MAJESTIC PKWY STE E1
AFFORDABLE AUTO WORKS & SERVICE 5178 RICHMOND RD
AIR GAS 23649 AURORA RD
AKRO RICHMOND LTD 5130 RICHMOND RD
ALARM CORE,   LLC 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 215&219
ALARMAX DISTRIBUTORS 5353 MAJESTIC PKWY STE B
ALERT STAMPING & MFG. CO 24500 SOLON RD
ALL AROUND CHILDREN 24200 AURORA RD STE B-SIDE
ALL BRITE ELECTRIC LLC 24850 AURORA RD STE D
ALL OHIO MOTORSPORTS 23361 AURORA RD
ALLIED DOOR SYSTEMS 23020 MILES RD
ALLSTATE 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 401
AMARA HOME HEALTH CARE 5285 NORTHFIELD RD MAIN
AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 408
AMERICAN SPRING WIRE CORP. 26300 MILES RD
AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS INC 23371 AURORA RD STE D
APEX CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT 24381 AURORA RD STE A7
APPALACHIAN HARDWOOD LUMBER 5433 PERKINS RD
ARBY'S 5445 NORTHFIELD RD
ARC SEALS LLC 24700 AURORA RD
AREO LEAGUE ENGINEERING 5372 BEDFORD ST STE D
ATLANTIC GUN & TACKLE 5425 NORTHFIELD RD
AUGUSTINE LANDSCAPING 24381 AURORA RD STE A3
AURORA BUSINESS PARK 24202 AURORA RD
AURORA CHILD CARE LEARNING CENTER 23840 AURORA RD
AUSTROCELL 24700 AURORA RD STE 5
AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS INC 25900 SOLON RD
AUTOMATIC BACTERIAL INJECTION (ABI) 26000 RICHMOND RD
B & B WOOD PRODUCTS 26555 RICHMOND RD
B & B WOOD PRODUCTS 26301 RICHMOND RD
B & M   MOTORS INC 5111 RICHMOND RD REAR
B.B.N. OIL RECYCLING, INC 6442 METRO CT STE J
BARGIN OUTLET 5357 NORTHFIELD RD
BASS SECURITY SERVICES INC 26701 RICHMOND RD
BASWA ACOUSTIC   NORTH 21863 AURORA RD
BEASLEY'S BARBER SHOP 25654 AURORA RD
BEAUTY CRAFT METAL FABRICATORS, INC 5439 PERKINS RD
BEDFORD CITY SCHOOLS MAINTAINENCE 25641 SOLON RD
BEDFORD HTS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 24816 AURORA RD
BEDFORD HEIGHTS DAY CARE 21881 LIBBY RD
BEDFORD HEIGHTS SUNOCO 24849 ROCKSIDE RD
BEETANICALS, LLC 23400 AURORA RD STE 1&2
BERMAN MOVING & STORAGE, INC 23800 CORBIN DR
BEST DRY CLEANERS 25618 AURORA RD
BHPD 5661 PERKINS RD
BLOOM LAW GROUP 24460 AURORA RD
BOBBY DE'S GATEWAY 25700 AURORA RD
BOGLES LLC 26901 CANNON RD STE 200
BOTZUM BROTHER'S HARDWARE 26050 RICHMOND RD
BOUNCE MOUNTAIN 5450 OMEGA AVE STE 4
BOUT TIME MEDICAL BILLING SVC 23660 MILES RD STE 105
BRANDCASTLE, LLC 5111 RICHMOND RD
BRIDGES REHABILITATION SERVICES 24200 AURORA RD
BUCKEYE GEAR CO 5333 PERKINS RD
BUCKEYE HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING 5075 RICHMOND RD
BUMBER TO BUMPER DETAIL 5353 MAJESTIC PKWY STE A
BURGER KING 25201 ROCKSIDE RD
BURTON & ASSOCIATES 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 410
CALHOUN FUNERAL HOME 22425 AURORA RD
CALHOUN FUNERAL HOME 23000 ROCKSIDE RD
CAMP BOW WOW 23380 AURORA RD
CANDOR TRANSPORTATION 26601 RICHMOND RD
CANINE UNIVERSITY 24850 AURORA RD STE G
CANNON BEVERAGE 25421 AURORA RD
CANNON SALT AND SUPPLY INC. 26041 CANNON RD
CARUSOS CABINET GRANITE & TILE 26050 RICHMOND RD
CASTLE METALS 26800 MILES RD
CASTLE ROCK ELECTRIC 6442 METRO CT
CATEROLGY 22950 MILES RD
CBF INDUSTRIES 23600 AURORA RD
CC CONTRACTING 5372 BEDFORD ST STE B
CD MICHAELS,   INC 5408 BEDFORD ST STE B
CECCHI CONCRETE 24206 AURORA RD STE B
CERAMIC ART DENTAL STUDIO 5180 RICHMOND RD
CHAGRIN VALLEY AUTO BROKERS 24204 AURORA RD BLDG 2
CHARLES MANAGEMENT INC. 24850 AURORA RD STE D
CHASE BANK SOUTHGATE 5435 NORTHFIELD RD
CHECK SMART 25780 MILES RD
CHIROPRACTIC CENTER, INC 24932 AURORA RD STE C
CHOICE CABINET 26200 RICHMOND RD
CIRON RUBBER INC 24381 AURORA RD STE B6
CLEAN PLATE INC. 22950 MILES RD
CLEVELAND BALLET & SCHOOL OF DANCE 23030 MILES RD  
CLEVELAND BOUNCERS 26800 FARGO AVE STE I/BOX #4
CLEVELAND COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO 25000 MILES RD
CLEVELAND CRANE & SHOVEL 26781 CANNON RD
CLEVELAND STEEL SPECIALTY CO. 26001 RICHMOND RD
COIT SERVICES 23580 MILES RD
COLE AUTO REMARKETING 26235 CANNON RD
COLLISION SERVICES 23380 MILES RD
COLUMBUS PARK TOWERS 5999 BEAR CREEK DR
COLUMBUS RD SCHOOL 23600 COLUMBUS RD
COMFORT ENVIRONMENTAL CO 5040 CORBIN DR
COMFORT SOLUTIONS HOME CARE SVCS 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 215
COMMERCE PLUMBING CO 5182 RICHMOND RD
COMMUNITY CENTER 5615 PERKINS RD
CRANBROOK CLAIMS MANAGEMENT 26691 RICHMOND RD
CRAZY HORSE MEN'S CLUB 25540 MILES RD
CROWN PACKAGING CORP 23350 CORBIN DR
CRYSTAL ILLUSIONS 5120 RICHMOND RD
CSI INTERIOR SUPPLY 25840 MILES RD
CUYAHOGA SUPPLY & TOOL INC 5340 PERKINS RD
D C EDWARDS & ASSOCIATES 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 200
DANZY LANDSCAPING 5399 BEDFORD ST
DAVE'S SUPERMARKET 5300 RICHMOND RD
DAVID MASSERIA   DRYWALL 5372 BEDFORD ST STE A
DECKER EQUIPMENT COMPANY, INC 5111 RICHMOND RD STE C
DENTAL EXCELENCE 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 215
DESIGN YOUR OWN, INC 23060 MILES RD
DIANNA'S STYLING SALON 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 309
DILIZIO AUTO REPAIR 26050 CANNON RD
DIMALANTA SIGN AND DESIGN LLC 5221 NORTHFIELD RD STE A
DLAURIN INC. 26200 RICHMOND RD
DR ANDREA J BELL DDS 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 110
DR JEFF BILFIELD DDS 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 209
DR PAUL DIVINCENZO 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 327
DR REGINA L. SAVAGE DDS 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 215
DR SONIA L. TANIO 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 8
DYNAMIC METAL SERVICES 23600 CORBIN DR
EDELMAN PLUMBING 26201 RICHMOND RD
EL SHADDAI HAIR SALON 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 2
ELECTRIC PARTS & SERVICES CO 5075 TAYLOR RD STE 2
ELECTRODATA, INC. 23400 AURORA RD STE 5
ELEGANT IMAGE NAILCARE STUDIO 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 5
ELITES TRANSPORTATION, INC. 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 215
EMBRACE BEAUTY HAIR STUDIO 5040 CORBIN DR STE 101
EMERALD CREATION MEDIA STUDIOS 24816 AURORA RD STE H&I
EMERINES TOWING 24204 AURORA RD STE B
ENERCO GROUP, INC. 23371 AURORA RD STE B&C
ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES 24816 AURORA RD STE B
ESSENTIALLY ORGANIC VENDING 23400 AURORA RD STE 9&10
ESSENTIALY YOU 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 401
EVERGREEN MANOR 26041 AURORA RD
EVERGREEN MEMORIAL CEMETERY 5505 NORTHFIELD RD
EXCEL TELEVISION INC 25421 AURORA RD
EXCEL TESTING   LLC 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 219
F & C RESEARCH 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 203
FADE AWAY BARBERSHOP 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 1
FAMILY DOLLAR 25061 ROCKSIDE RD
FAMILY SOLUTIONS OF OHIO 5198 RICHMOND RD SOUTH
FAMOUS SUPPLY COMPANY 26201 RICHMOND RD STE D
FAST SIGNS 5221 NORTHFIELD RD STE A
FASTENAL 23196 MILES RD STE C
FEDERAL EXPRESS 5313 MAJESTIC PKWY
FELLOWSHIP CHURCH OF GOD 24821 COLUMBUS RD
FEMC FOOD EQUIPMENT MFG CORP 22201 AURORA RD
FIBER-SEAL 23860 MILES RD STE D & E
FINN TIRE CO./BUDGET RENTAL 25700 SOLON RD
FIRST ENERGY COMPANY 26201 RICHMOND RD STE B
FISH FURNITURE (WAREHOUSE) 22101 AURORA RD
FIT CHALLENGE WEIGHT MGMT CENTER 5205 NORTHFIELD RD REAR
FITNESS SCIENCE 5450 OMEGA AVE STE 3
FIVE STAR MUFFLER 5297 NORTHFIELD RD
FORCE INDOOR SPORTS 26555 RICHMOND RD
FOUNDATIONAL COUNSELING SERVICES 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 250
FOUR STAR INTERNATIONAL 26840 FARGO AVE STE C
FRANK NOVAK & SONS 23940 MILES RD
FREQUENCY HAIR STUDIO 5044 CORBIN DR STE 202
FRIEDER ENTERPRISES INC. 26820 FARGO AVE STE H
FRIEDMAN AUTO LEASE 5100 RICHMOND RD
FRIENDSHIP MENNONITE CHURCH 21881 LIBBY RD
FUJI TO GO JAPANESE FOOD 25610 AURORA RD  
FURNITURE CORP 23140 MILES RD
G & S METAL PRODUCTS 26840 FARGO AVE
GASTRONICS, INC/GAS DETECTION SYS 23660 MILES RD STE 110
GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 26000 RICHMOND RD
GENERAL INSULATION CO. 25971 CANNON RD MAIN
GIANT EAGLE/RISER FOODS 26000 RICHMOND RD B-2 FRONT
GIANT EAGLE/RISER FOODS 5300 RICHMOND RD
GIORGI INTERIOR SYSTEMS INC 5075 TAYLOR RD
GOJRIA FINE CHEMICALS 5386 MAJESTIC PKWY STE 7
GREAT LAKES CROSSFIT 5075 TAYLOR RD STE 1
GREENSOURCE, LLC 24202 AURORA RD STE A
GREYFOX SERVICES, INC. 24700 AURORA RD STE 1
GUNTON/PELLA CORPORATION 26150 RICHMOND RD
GUTTER INSTALLATION SERVICE INC 5353 MAJESTIC PKWY STE G
GYROS AND WRAPS 25680 AURORA RD
HAIR 2 ENVY SALON 5040 CORBIN DR STE 103
HAIR'S 2 U BEAUTY BAR 5040 CORBIN DR STE 102
HALEX SCOTT FETZER COMPANY 23901 AURORA RD
HALPRIN INDUSTRIES INC 25840 MILES RD
HAMILTON SAFE PRODUCTS COMPANY INC 5386 MAJESTIC PKWY STE 8
HANCOCK CENTER LLC 5333 NORTHFIELD RD MAIN
HANDLE BAR/SADDLE INN 24951 AURORA RD
HASCO/GRAPHIX INC 23070 MILES RD
HATTIE LARLHAM FOUNDATION 26901 CANNON RD
HCP CONSTRUCTION 24381 AURORA RD STE B8
HEARING CENTERS INC 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 323
HEAVENLY PUPPETS 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE #9
HENLE BUILDERS, INC. 5182 RICHMOND RD
HERTZ CAR RENTAL 23196 MILES RD STE A
HERTZ EQUIPMENT RENTAL 21913 AURORA RD
HESKETT MIDDLE SCHOOL 5771 PERKINS RD
HIDDEN COVE LTD 25021 AURORA RD
HILLCREST MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY 26700 AURORA RD
HIRETECH GROUP 5180 RICHMOND RD STE 2
HM IMAGES 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 101
HOIST EQUIPMENT 26161 CANNON RD
I & A AUTOMOTIVE 24850 AURORA RD STE G
ICR CONSULTING 5386 MAJESTIC PKWY STE 10
IGN MEDICAL SERVICE, LLC 24849 AURORA RD
INDIA HOME FASHIONS 25701 RICHMOND RD
INDI'S AUTOMOTIVE 24620 AURORA RD
INDUSTRIAL FIRST INC. 25840 MILES RD
INFOSHRED, INC. 23800 CORBIN DR
INTELLIGENT BUILDING SYSTEMS INC 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 417
INTERSTATE WRECKING COMPANY 22151 AURORA RD
ITW BEDFORD WIRE 26101 FARGO AVE STE A&B
J. B. HUNT TRANSPORT 26235 CANNON RD STE A
JOHN PROCHAZKA PLUMBING & HEATING* 24001 AURORA RD REAR
JOHNS BEST GYROS 5309 NORTHFIELD RD
JORGENSEN STEEL 26400 RICHMOND RD
JUST U RELAX MASSAGE 24700 AURORA RD STE 3A
KDK GROUP LLC 24381 AURORA RD STE B4
KELDRIC COMPANION ADULT DAY CENTER 5615 PERKINS RD
KENCO HOMES,   INC. 24901 AURORA RD
KIMKO, INC 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 219
KINGS GYM 24775 AURORA RD
KLM CONTROLS 5475 PERKINS RD
KOMFORT KIDS ZONE 25580 AURORA RD
KONDIK ADVERTISING & PRINTING CO. 25400 MILES RD
KRASH METALS 25600 SOLON RD
L & M TOOL & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY INC 26800 FARGO AVE STE D
LALLY   CONSTRUCTION 23800 AURORA RD
LARA S. PODUSKA MEDICAL PRACTICE 24816 AURORA RD STE A
LAS AMERICAS 25650 AURORA RD REAR
LASTING IMPRESSIONS 26000 RICHMOND RD
LBW OUTDOORS 24300 SOLON RD
LEPPO INC 5095 TAYLOR RD
LIBBY AURORA TRAILER PARK 23381 AURORA RD
LIBERTY GLOVE INC. 26801 FARGO AVE STE A
LINCARE INC 23130 MILES RD
LIZARDVILLE BEER STORE 25380 MILES RD FRONT
LOCS, BRAIDS & NATURALS 5044 CORBIN DR STE 204
LOGRASSO DECORATIONS 24300 SOLON RD
LOWE'S 24500 MILES RD
LP TOOL SERVICE 24350 SOLON RD REAR
LUBE STOP* 5235 NORTHFIELD RD
MAC INSTALLATION AND CONSULTING 23400 AURORA RD
MACTECH MOTION & CONTROL 24381 AURORA RD STE A1
MADISON ELECTRIC PRODUCTS 26401 FARGO AVE
MAJESTIC STEEL SERVICE INC 5300 MAJESTIC PKWY
MARLEN MFG. & DEVELOPMENT COMPANY 5150 RICHMOND RD
MARS ELECTRIC COMPANY 23100 MILES RD
MARTIN CEMENT COMPANY 6442 METRO CT
MAXOUT SPORTS 23860 MILES RD STE C
MAYFIELD COLLISION CENTER 26001 AURORA RD
MB DYNAMICS 25865 RICHMOND RD
MCCARTHY,BURGESS   & WOLFF 26000 CANNON RD
MCDONALD'S 25640 MILES RD
MCU FASHIONS 24381 AURORA RD STE B5
MEDCO LABS, INC 5156 RICHMOND RD
MEDITERRANEAN PARTY CENTER 25021 ROCKSIDE RD
METRON INSTRUMENT INC. 5198 RICHMOND RD
MIDWEST GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION CTRS 23901 AURORA RD
MOBILEX USA 23481 AURORA RD STE A5
MONT GRANITE 23700 CORBIN DR
MOTHER TERESA MANOR 5700 PERKINS RD
MOTHER TERESA MANOR II 25031 COLUMBUS RD
MOVE FOR LESS 24202 AURORA RD STE C
MZ DEE ENTERPRISE 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 6
MR HERO 24932 AURORA RD
MYCESTRO 26901 CANNON RD STE 4
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN 5055 RICHMOND RD STE A
NATIONAL MATTRESS AND FURNITURE 5389 NORTHFIELD RD
NATIONAL PEENING 23800 CORBIN DR STE B
NATURE STONE 24300 SOLON RD STE 7
NEPTUNE PLUMBING & HEATING CO 23860 MILES RD STE F,G,H
NESCO RESOURCE 23198 MILES RD STE B
NEW AGE LOGISTICS 24455 AURORA RD
NEW YORK FROZEN   FOODS, INC. 25900 FARGO AVE
NEW YORK LIFE   INSURANCE CO. 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 418
NEXT 5221 NORTHFIELD RD STE B
NICHE TRUCKING   & SALVAGE 5135 RICHMOND RD
NIGHTWINE VALVES & ACTUATION 26820 FARGO AVE
NORTH AMERICAN SEAL & SUPPLY INC 26820 FARGO AVE
NORTH COAST TAPE & LABEL, INC 24300 SOLON RD
NORTHERN OHIO FINISHING, INC. 26800 FARGO AVE STE G
NORTHFIELD FOOD MART 5291 NORTHFIELD RD
NU URBAN TECHNOLOGY 23660 MILES RD STE 140
OCC HEALTH CONCEPT 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 308
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & MEDICINE 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 302
OCP CONTRACTORS, INC. 21863 AURORA RD
OHIO AUTO LOAN 5095 NORTHFIELD RD
OHIO MOTOCARS 5136 RICHMOND RD
OHM ELECTRIC, INC. 23400 AURORA RD STE 6
OIL PRODUCTS INC 6442 METRO CT STE Q
OLANA ENTERPRISE LLC 24850 AURORA RD STE C
OLYMPIC STEEL INC. 5080 RICHMOND RD
OPTI-VISION 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 3
OSBORNE CONCRETE & STONE CO 26481 CANNON RD
OWNERS MANAGEMENT 25250 ROCKSIDE RD
PALEY PLUMBING & HTG CO INC 23524 MILES RD
PAUL J. DIVINCENZO Ph.D. 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 327
PERKINS BEVERAGE & DELI 25630 AURORA RD
PERKINS GARDENS TOWNHOUSES 5568 PERKINS RD
PERKINS PLAZA 25700 AURORA RD
PERMANENT   SOLUTION STAFFING 24748 AURORA RD STE 101
PICONE EXCAVATING COMPANY INC 6442 METRO CT STE P
PINK GORILLA 23040 MILES RD
PINNACLE MARKETING INC 26381 CANNON RD
PLANNED PARENTHOOD/NORTHEAST OH 25350 ROCKSIDE RD
PLASTIC MACHINERY GROUP 5455 PERKINS RD  
PNC BANK 5279 NORTHFIELD RD
POST PAINTING, INC 24816 AURORA RD  STE E
PRECISION MACHINE AND SURFACING 5435 PERKINS RD
PREMIER AUTOMOTIVE 5116 RICHMOND RD
PREPPY BOYS AUTOMOTIVE 21860 LIBBY RD
PRESTIGE MOTORCARS 5166 RICHMOND RD
PRICE BUILDERS & DEVELOPERS 5055 CORBIN DR STE 1
PRIORITY ASSOCIATES, LLC 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 402
PROPERTY MART   USA 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 326
PUBLIC STORAGE 22800 MILES RD
PURE WATER TECHNOLOGY 5112 RICHMOND RD REAR
R & D LIMOSINE 5383 BEDFORD ST STE 1
R & S INSURANCE 25840 MILES RD
R. E. MICHEL 23600 CORBIN DR
R.J. MARTIN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING 22841 AURORA RD
RAPID CAR WASH 23198 MILES RD STE D
R-DEAL ENTERPRISES 6442 METRO CT STE G
REGAL CARPET 5411 NORTHFIELD RD
RELIABLE CLIMATE CONTROL 5180 RICHMOND RD
RENAISSANCE HOME HEALTH CARE 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 212
REPAK LANDSCAPING 24850 AURORA RD STE J
RESERVE HEARING CENTERS 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 4
RESERVE MILLWORK, INC. 26881 CANNON RD
RICHMOND INVESTMENT 5185 RICHMOND RD
RISING STARS ACADEMY OF CHEERS 24748 AURORA RD STE 100
RIVIERA BEVERAGE 23820 MILES RD
ROBERTS MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT 23524 MILES RD STE A
ROCKSIDE PARK TOWERS 25300 ROCKSIDE RD
RODON INC 23380 AURORA RD
R-SQUARE REALTY LLC 5222 RICHMOND RD
ROSE OF SHARON 24381 AURORA RD STE B2
ROSEN & COMPANY 26150 RICHMOND RD REAR
ROY'S MUELLER BOX 5140 RICHMOND RD
RSVP TECHNOLOGY 24850 AURORA RD STE F
RYBAK & ASSOCIATES 21821 LIBBY RD MAIN
S & H INDUSTRIES 5200 RICHMOND RD
S & M IRRIGATION 5353 MAJESTIC PKWY
SABER HEALTHCARE GROUP 26691 RICHMOND RD FRONT
SAFEBUILT 24850 AURORA RD STE A
SAFEWAY TRANSPORTATION 5040 CORBIN DR STE B
SAVVYGIRL HEALTHY HAIR BOUTIQUE 23198 MILES RD STE C
SCHOOL BUS GARAGE 25441 SOLON RD
SCORCHERS BAR & GRILL 5039 WESTLAWN RD
SEAGATE INVESTMENT CO 22901 AURORA RD
SECURE STATE LLC 23340 MILES RD STE C
SECURITY & POLYGRAPH CONSULTANTS 25200 MILES RD STE 3
SEEB INDUSTRIAL INC 5182 RICHMOND RD
SELF STORAGE DEPOT 5333 BEDFORD ST
SERVICE GARAGE 25401 SOLON RD
SHANNON ELECTRIC 26800 FARGO AVE STE L
SHERWIN WILLIAMS 26300 FARGO AVE
SHERWOOD VILLAGE APTS/LEASING OFC 22155 LIBBY RD
SHOP-N-GO 25480 AURORA RD STE A
SIMPLY MARVALOUS 5044 CORBIN DR STE 210
SK VENTURES INC 23400 AURORA RD STE 9&10
SKOK INDUSTRIES 26901 RICHMOND RD
SOLAR ELECTRICAL SERVICES 23400 AURORA RD STE 7
SOLARFLO CORPORATION 22901 AURORA RD
SOMRAK KITCHENS, INC. 26201 RICHMOND RD
SOUTH EAST GEARS & CHEERS 23333 AURORA RD
SOUTH EAST GOLF CAR CO 23165 AURORA RD
SOUTH EAST HARLEY DAVIDSON 23105 AURORA RD
SOUTH EAST METRIC MOTORCYCLES SALES 23233 AURORA RD
SOUTHEAST METALS, INC 5137 RICHMOND RD REAR
SOUTHEAST METALS, INC 5141 RICHMOND RD
SOUTHGATE GARDENS 21981 LIBBY RD STE 101
SOUTHGATE MANOR 5327 NORTHFIELD RD
SOUTHGATE OFFICE BUILDING 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 325
SOUTHGATE TOWERS 5303 NORTHFIELD RD FRONT
SPARTAN LOGISTICS 22801 AURORA RD BAY 1&2
SPECTRUM MP INC 5069 CORBIN DR
SPEEDWAY 25300 AURORA RD
SPIRIT AUTO SERVICES LLC 25840 MILES RD
ST MORITZ SECURITY SERVICE 23660 MILES RD STE 130
STAN MILLER AND ASSOC. 25955 AURORA RD
STAR LEASING COMPANY 24400 SOLON RD
STAR LION INC 24300 SOLON RD STE 13
STATE CREST CARPET & FLOORING 5400 PERKINS RD
STEAM PLANET CORP 22900 MILES RD
STEVE SPORTS 6442 METRO CT STE 2B
STEVENS WORLDWIDE VAN LINES 23600 CORBIN DR STE A
STINGER SYSTEMS, INC 23050 MILES RD
STOLARSKY LAW 5333 NORTHFIELD RD STE 250
STONEWORKS LTD, INC 5184 RICHMOND RD
STONEYBROOK APARTMENTS 21841 LIBBY RD STE 14
STOP N STARE HAIR 5040 CORBIN DR STE 101
STRATEGIC MEDICAL SALES 24381 AURORA RD STE B1
STYLES FROM ABOVE HAIR 5044 CORBIN DR STE 200
SUBWAY 25575 AURORA RD
SUNOCO GAS 24849 ROCKSIDE RD
SUNTROL & CUSTOM TINT, INC. 5075 TAYLOR DR STE D
SUPER CLEAN LAUNDROMAT 24932 AURORA RD STE B
SUPPLY ONE CLEVELAND 26801 FARGO AVE STE B 
SYNC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 26235 CANNON RD
TANG'S WOK 25780 MILES RD STE B
TAVENS CONTAINER 22475 AURORA RD
TED RYBES 24300 SOLON RD STE 9&10
THE CABINET CENTER 26901 RICHMOND RD
THE CAR WASH 5195 NORTHFIELD RD
THE FLEET DOCTOR 22801 AURORA RD STE 6A
THE FLOOR SHOW INC 23760 MILES RD
THE HAIR CHAMBER 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 1
THE ILLUMINATING COMPANY 26201 RICHMOND RD STE B
THE MAIDS 23480 AURORA RD STE 1,2&3
THE PAVING COMPANY 6442 METRO CT STE O
THE PERFECT SCORE 25801 SOLON RD
THE PLUMBING SOURCE 5042 CORBIN DR
THE SHELLY COMPANY * 5444 PERKINS RD
THERMO TECH - FIRE SHOP 23860 MILES RD STE K
THRIFTIQUE 5055 RICHMOND RD
TRACER TECHNOLOGIES INT'L., INC. 26800 FARGO AVE STE B
TRANSCON BUILDERS 25250 ROCKSIDE RD
TRICO MACHINE 5081 CORBIN DR
TRINITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH 5323 BARTLETT RD
TRINITY TOWERS/K & D GROUP 25000 ROCKSIDE RD
TRUE DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS 26901 CANNON RD STE 200
U.S. COAST GUARD 25840 MILES RD
UNIQUE HEALTH SERVICES 5474 OMEGA AVE
UNITED TRUCK AND TRAILER REPAIR 22801 AURORA RD
UNITREX 5060 TAYLOR RD STE D
USED MOTORCYCLE PARTS 24202 AURORA RD STE A
VANTASTIC CRANES 24206 AURORA RD STE D
VDM BIOCHEMICALS, LLC 5386 MAJESTIC PKWY STE 9&10
VIBE RECORDING STUDIO 24381 AURORA RD STE A4
VICTORY CARE SERVICES LLC 5311 NORTHFIELD RD STE 405
VICTORY DESIGNS & PRINTING 24869 AURORA RD
VINTAGE MOTORCARS 5040 RICHMOND RD
VIP AUTO BODY 5178 RICHMOND RD
VIRCO VIRLON INDUSTRIES CORP 24700 AURORA RD STE 3-A
VITEC, INC. 26901 CANNON RD STE 100 SW
W.F. LANDSCAPING 20810 AURORA RD STE B2
WAITES MEDIA LLC 23660 MILES RD STE 208
WASH-N-GO 5183 NORTHFIELD RD
WASH-N-GO 5403 NORTHFIELD RD
WAXMAN INDUSTRIES 24001 AURORA RD
WAXMAN INDUSTRIES 24460 AURORA RD
WESTBROOK HAIR STUDIO 5044 CORBIN DR STE 212
WESTERN RESERVE BATTERY 7580 NORTHFIELD RD
WESTMINISTER MGT CO. 5999 BEAR CREEK DR
WESTON INC. 23371 AURORA RD
WET WILLY'S INDUSTRIAL AUTO WASH 21813 AURORA RD
WHIRLY BALL 5055 RICHMOND RD
WHITEHOUSE CONSTRUCTION CO 23660 MILES RD STE 76
WINKING LIZARD CORPORATE 25380 MILES RD
WINKING LIZARD TAVERN & PARTY CENTER 25280 MILES RD
WODIN, INC. 5441 PERKINS RD
WOLFF BROS. SUPPLY INC. 23350 CORBIN DR
WONDER GRO INC 26041 CANNON RD
XACTO SIGNS (NEON WORKSHOP DBA) 24300 SOLON RD STE 114
YUKON FITNESS INTERNATIONAL, INC 23700 AURORA RD
ZAVARELLA BROS. CONSTRUCTION CO 5381 ERIE ST STE B
ZENITH SYSTEMS, LLC 5055 CORBIN DR
ZEPPE'S PIZZERIA 25780 MILES RD STE C
ZEPPE'S RESTAURANT GROUP 25780 MILES RD STE A
ZION MEMORIAL PARK 5461 NORTHFIELD RD
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2016 State of the City Address