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HHGTF Newsletters

Highland Heights Green Task Force – Serving the Greater Hillcrest Communities & Beyond

2021 Summer Newsletter

Judy Dearden, President


The end of winter this year brought heavy, wet snow to our area. With that storm came much damage to many of our landscape plants, including many trees. Some of us only lost a few branches, while others had to take down entire trees that became too damaged. Perhaps if you lost a tree (or more) on your property, you would consider replacing at least one tree. Not only are trees beautiful, but they are also our friends. It is wise of us to remember that we need trees to live, even if trees do not need us. With all things in nature, we should leave enough for the seventh generation.


I started picking up trash along Highland Road during my walks. In two days, going just 10 houses down in each direction from my starting point, I collected 3 bags of trash from along the sidewalk. It is often easy to tell when the trash has come off trash trucks or our garbage bins, or when it was trash thrown out of a vehicle window. Thinking about this, I am hopeful that we may form a community volunteer group to help with a city-wide clean-up in early spring, and perhaps beyond. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please send me an email. More details on this project should be coming soon.


Congratulations to Johnny Gaudio and Josh Davidson as the 2021 recipients of the Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship. Johnny will be pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering at The Ohio State University and Joshua Davidson will be pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. We wish both of these fine young men to succeed in their chosen careers.


Thank you to all who have been dropping off your batteries for recycling! The location of recycling boxes is in the reception area at Highland Heights City Hall as well as one at the Wildcat Fitness Facility at Mayfield High School. Over 400 lbs. have been collected and gone on to be recycled.


For those who do not know, there is a Little Free Library in our city park in front of the pool house. The box has been well used over the past 5 years since it was installed. More books were recently added, but we would like to ask everyone to help us keep it stocked during the summer months. Kids’ books are always a hit, but books appropriate for young adults and adults are also needed. We thank you in advance!

  • July 7, 2021 – Green Book Club Book Reviews
    7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Highland Heights City Park (Lower Pavilion near the pool)
    Everyone is invited!
  • September 1, 2021 – “Algae Blooms & Conditions of Lake Erie”, Christopher Winslow, Ph.D., OSU,
    Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Director
    6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Highland Heights Gazebo (if raining, the event will be moved to the Highland Heights Park Barn)
  • September 26, 2021: Freecycle/E-Waste Drive
    10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Highland Heights Park Barn

Volunteers needed – please contact Judy Dearden at 440-646-9820 if you are available to help.

Thank you to all for continuing to be interested in our shared environment and how to keep it and ourselves healthy. Please visit or email or call Judy Dearden @ 440-646-9820 for more information.