It's the season for block parties in Forest Hill~ Burlington has a traditional 4th of July lunch, Rumson/Blackmore had a great one recently, as did Hollister.  August 12, the Chelsea/Kew/Newbury/Rumson southwest quadrant held their first ever block party.  The weather couldn't have been better, there was a abundance of food, and a good turnout.  Newbury (Monticello to Forest Hills Blvd.) will be having one soon.  Eastwick has one every summer.


The Shawn Paul Hair Salon recently moved from further south on Lee.  The new Salon in the Rockefeller Building is a knockout!  And what a fun/attentive crew!  Also, while your color is processing, you can have tea, pick from jars of candy, work on a jigsaw puzzle or swing in one of for real swings!  Manicure, pedicure, waxing.  Fun!  Parking free on street of $1 in lot.


Keeping your property green and beautiful


Guidelines for beautiful plants in a fabulous garden, luring you to linger: Thinning is the operative approach and will let light and air into the interior encouraging new growth from inside. It also helps to have a time horizon of several seasons. Even a 15 foot tall rhododendron can be beautifully confined under a window over time, or a Legoland style mushroom shaped yew can revert to its natural look. Anticipation is fascination, week by week, and year by year.

1. Revitalizing almost always works: Rejuvenating our plants usually gives much better results than replacing them with new nursery grown plants. When we prune we prune above ground, the root system is supporting less than before, and will generate as much as before. (Likewise, divided perennials do better.)

2. Stems need light: Virtually all landscape plants depend on their own photosynthesis to nourish and sustain them. Leafy parts need light. Landscapers’ evergreen shrubs suffer when sheared, as they put out the new growth at the surface, shading the interior. Thinning opens the interior to daylight, and shrubs also need to be narrower at the top to allow light below. Growing parts need light and air.

3. Leave some green on each stem: Evergreens nourish their stems with food made by needles at the tips of each stem. When pruning evergreens, remember each stem needs some greenery on its own stem for sustenance. Thus, in pruning evergreens, i.e. yews, junipers, pines, spruces, and more, shearing often hurts the tree or shrub. Best to cut just above a fork leaving enough needles to support the remaining stem or branch. Shape one cut at a time, week by week, year by year.

4. Leave shoots heading in the right direction: While pruning, choose a fork with a sprout going in the direction that one wants to encourage, cutting just above the fork makes a side shoot the main shoot.

5. What to prune: Leave some of this year’s shoots. Many flowering shrubs bloom on the second year’s growth. Thin but don’t shear shrubs wanted for their flowers; shearing often removes the stems setting new flower buds, especially with lilacs and forsythia. Keep flowering shrubs within the size frame desired, find the fork below stems that have overrun the desired boundary and remove that stem at its branch point. Again – shrubs need to let light in from above and below; somewhat open and narrower at the top helps.

6. Where to prune: Cut one stem at a time just above a fork, often a third of the way back towards a main stem to stimulate growth where you want it. Many shrubs produce hormones at the twig tips to suppress sprouting of side shoots lower down on the same stem. If leggy, a plant that seems a little thin, can also be encouraged to grow more densely by pinching off stem tips.

7. When to prune: Often a little at a time is best. For dense overgrown deciduous shrubs winter is an easier time to take out old wood. The remaining stems will then generate more greenery.

8. Deadheading: Herbaceous perennials and flowering shrubs set seed after flowers are spent. To maximize bloom for the next season, remove the fading blooms together with the little fruiting pods as the seeds begin to form. (With rhododendrons, and also lilacs, it can be dramatic to see the side shoots sprout beneath a place where a spent bloom has been carefully removed.)

9. Or just cut out the dead: Shrubs that look terrible can suddenly look beautiful, if only a little dead wood is removed – remember light was always needed and stems die if they don’t have light – or maybe ice fell off the roof and broke a stem, or crossing stems wore off the bark.

10. Finally most important: Remember leaves will only grow where there is enough light for photosynthesis. Even hedges need light down into the middle. Some advise removing one third of a shrub each year. Naturally that depends on how vigorously the plant will grow, wherever it is sitting, and how happy it is there. Still anticipation is fascination, week by week, and year by year.

Questions welcome: Email: GLloplloyd@gmail.c



The dirt is soft.  On a warm day, dig out bothersome weeds.  Cut out deadwood in shrubs and cut out any volunteer trees trying to grow in your bushes.  Don't remove leaves from flowerbeds yet!  Wait until the end of March.  We can still get freezing weather for a while.



There are a few easy things to make your home look much better!
1) Use a weedwacker or pull the grass in the street gutter in front of your home.
2) Do the same for grass growing in sidewalk cracks.
3) Have your lawn service (or you) EDGE along your sidewalk.
These will make a big difference, quickly!

About those weeds in your front flower beds or other places in your front yard:
For anyone who has contributed to FHHO the suggested contribution or more,
I will help you for TWO HOURS, FREE to weed your front yard and learn what
needs to be done to keep it looking good. You will need clippers and a weed
digger (dandelion digger) when I come. Contact me here: Jan Milic (Chelsea)

Sometimes it takes years for a homeowner to "get the hang of it." Former
apartment dwellers may not even notice that they have a problem. Look at
the front view of your yard and let's make it look great!


Heights Rockefeller Building Houses nearby businesses:

The Heights Rockefeller Building opened in 1931 as the commercial center of the Forest Hill neighborhood. The first merchants included the Cleveland Trust Bank (in the beautiful space most recently occupied by Forest Hill Kitchen and Rockefeller's Restaurant), a beauty salon, a Kroger grocery store, and a pharmacy. These days you can find a few antique shops, beads & rocks, holistic pet services & products, Starbuck's Coffee, the newly opened handcrafted, culinary knife shop and a beauty salon.

As long-time merchants, Uptown Archeology and Artisan Antiques are well known at the Heights Rockefeller Building. In the past couple years, we've seen Animal Zen expand their services and products promoting a full and healthy relationship between people and their pets. In addition to offering healthy food for your pets, Adrienne Brockway and her team offer pet sitting, training classes and grooming services (thanks again Animal Zen for sponsoring the Forest Hill Monster Garage Sale!). Heights Rockefeller also welcomed Cleveland Rocks and Beads this past year. Jennifer Gerard opened her bead shop in the space formerly occupied by - another bead shop - when its owner retired. It has been a pleasure walking past the bead shop and checking out the rocks and minerals in the window. Jennifer and her staff also offer a variety of beading classes for adults and kids.

One of the newest Heights Rockefeller merchants is Cleveland Cuts. Dee Coker has opened a new shop selling handcrafted kitchen knives and cutting boards. Check out the Edible Cleveland story on Cleveland Cuts and stop by the shop to welcome Dee to the neighborhood.

The Shawn Paul Salon is also now going strong in the former space of Barle's Soup and Sandwich shop.

  You can read more about the historic Heights Rockefeller Building at Cleveland Historical.


If you're interested in connecting with your neighbors and engaging in neighborhood improvement activities, but don't know where to begin, you can explore creative ideas here - 25 More Ways to Make Your Neighborhood a Community. Also, reach out to Judy Charlick the new Forest Hill Homeowners (FHHO) Social Activities/Street Club chairperson. Judy is a recent resident to Forest Hill and we are very excited that she and her husband Bob have taken an active interest in the community. Judy is happy to assist anyone who would like to start organizing on his/her/their street to have a street party or a meeting with a City Council person or police rep., or a get-together of a few others to plan another activity. You can email Judy directly at

Additional resources for starting a street club or association in Forest Hill can be found on the Cleveland Heights city website.

From the Archives

It's been quite fun reading some of the Forest Hill newsletters from the 1950's. Although the Forest Hill Informer, is not a particularly good name for a newsletter (conjuring up images of Joe McCarthy and McCarthyism in 1950's America), there are some articles which seem timeless.

Here is one delightful tidbit from June, 1955 -


It is an honor to be selected by ones neighbors to the Board of Trustees or as an officer of Forest Hill Home Owners, Inc. A trustee or officer is busy with his own business affairs. But at best, a large amount of work is involved in looking after Forest Hill matters, and like many of the necessary chores of life, their doing goes unheralded and unsung.

A job requiring great care and consuming many hours a month is that of following up references and investigating families wanting to become residents of our community, so to speak, picking out our neighbors. Character and reputation are looked into as also is the financial responsibility of the prospect. Previous neighbors in the community where the prospect has lived throw considerable light on applicants. Of course, all matters must be held in greatest confidence.

Someone wants to build a fence or plant a hedge or put in an air conditioning unit joining the house or in the back yard. A permit for these from Forest Hill Home Owners, Ine., is required in the deed and by the city. Permits are issued only after study and consultation with neighbors. To do a job that is fair takes a lot of time of trustees and officers.

Every new house, or addition to existing ones, requires a building permit from the city. Members of our architectural committee care- fully study all building plans. If the proposed structure fits into Forest Hill, approval is indicated by stamping each set of plans. The city building department relies on this stamp. This job of scanning plans is a task that cannot and is not skimmed over lightly. The committee does not approve some plans and in other instances suggests changes all of which involves consultation with the owner, or builder and architect.

Many other chores fall in the lap of officers and trustees, some do not fall they are put there. Dog, cat, rat, rubbish, weed and other nuisances so called by some folks are in this list. These problems, When advisable, usually are channeled to proper places for attention.

Your trustees and officers gladly give their time to make ours a better community. Our hats are off to them!"

Let Us Know

Do you have an event you would like us to add to our calendar? Would you like to contribute to the Forest Hill blog? We are looking for neighborhood writers and photographers! If you have something to share, please let us know!


Again, welcome to the newly updated, FHHO website. Working on this website has been an interesting and rewarding project and it is far from done (with three memory sticks full of photos and documents still to review). It has been a pleasure meeting so many of the long-term residents of Forest Hill. Hearing the history of the neighborhood directly from some of the original home owners is really a rare treat and getting a lesson firsthand in both the history and the lore of Forest Hill has inspired some new sections of the FHHO website. It's been equally pleasurable meeting many of the newest residents too. Please explore this site at your leisure. We'll be holding a few sessions next month at the Blue Cottage for those who would like a tour of the updated website. Please check the calendar for dates and times. Quick tip: Clicking on the colorful text will take you to a new page.

In the next coming months, we'll be adding a lot more content to site, including new pages to the Distinctive Architecture section of the website. In addition to history and photo galleries, we'll be adding tools to help you research your own home and adding links to historical societies, preservation partners and community partners who are committed to architectural preservation.  If you have news you'd like to share, an event to add to the calendar or questions or comments about editorial content, please let us know.