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Dec 21


Posted on December 21, 2016 at 3:27 PM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

In this blog, I periodically feature our colleagues in government so you can get to know us better. Today, we are talking with Councilman Melvin Jacobs.  

Councilman Jacobs is a Beachwood resident of 55 years who has served on Beachwood City Council for nearly two decades. He is a retired Cleveland Public School teacher, an avid sports fan and enjoys the company of his four grandchildren who live nearby.   Please take a few minutes to learn more about Councilman Jacobs as he shares more about himself in this interview.  


 You are closing in on two decades serving on Council. What has inspired you to stay over the years?

Beachwood is a special community. I truly can’t think of a better place to live or work.  I am devoted to the ongoing success of the City and the well-being of its residents— that’s what it inspires me to keep serving.   

How long have you lived in Beachwood? 

I have lived in Beachwood for 55 years.  My parents moved here when I entered 10th grade – it was a village in those days.  We picked up our mail at the corner of my street.  It has been remarkable to watch the City flourish over the years.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or spot to hang out?

There are so many fantastic places and restaurants it’s hard to name a favorite. I do especially enjoy having breakfast with friends and family at Jack’s and Corky’s.  

Where did you attend college and what did you study? What do you do for a living?

I attended Ohio State University and graduated with a BS in Finance.  I also attended Cleveland State completing graduate work in education.  I served as a teacher for Cleveland Public Schools for 36 years and am now retired. 

Tell us about your family.  

I have been married to my wife, Stephanie (“Stevie”), for 47 years.  My college roommate’s mother- in-law and Stevie’s mother played cards together and they fixed us up.  Over the years, Stevie has worked numerous part-time jobs at the Beachwood Schools.  Her main job, however, was to care for our children.  We have two beautiful daughters.  My daughter Jackie has a set of 13-year-old  twins and Sheryl has a five-year-old and two-year-old.  We are so fortunate they both live within close driving distance.

 If you could pack up and leave for a vacation tomorrow, where would you go?

I would love to go on a Mediterranean cruise.  Stevie and I have been on a number of Caribbean cruises. We have also been to London, Paris and Rome.  We would like to continue to travel to places like Spain, Greece and Germany.

 What do you do for fun? Hobbies, etc. 

Beyond travel and sightseeing, I enjoy being outside.  I like beaches and pools, especially the Beachwood Family Aquatic.  I enjoy sports. I played in the Beachwood men’s softball league for over 20 years and enjoy attending Cavs, Indians and Browns games. If I’m not headed to a game, I’m likely headed to the theater.  Stevie and I are season ticket holders to the Broadway Series at Playhouse Square.  

Are you involved with other community or charitable activities? 

I am a founding  member of the Beachwood Fraternal Order of Police Associates (FOPA) as well as a trustee of the Beachwood Arts Council.  

What do you believe is the most important issue facing Beachwood right now?  

I think it is imperative that we continue to attract young people and couples who will raise their families here. Part of the way we do that is making sure our housing stock, and particularly rental properties, are well maintained. 

What advice would you have for others seeking public office?

You have to have thick skin.  You cannot always satisfy everyone, but you must look out for what is best for the whole community. You must take into consideration the people living here as well as the businesses that help support this community through their taxes.

Dec 19

Grab Your Skates! Beachwood's New Ice Rink is Open

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 2:13 PM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

IMG_0125We are excited to announce that the Service Department has completed the installation of Beachwood’s first outdoor ice rink. The temporary rink is located on the basketball courts, just behind the tennis courts on Fairmount Blvd. 

This fun family attraction is open dawn until dusk, weather permitting.  When the rink is open a sign will be posted.  Just bring your own skates and enjoy this FREE new amenity open to the public. 

Please stay safe and adhere to the following rules/guidelines:

 -  Use at your own risk.  No supervision is provided. 
 -  Safety helmets and protective gear is recommended.
 -  Parents are responsible for children.
 -  Use caution when skating and be considerate of others.
 -  Rink must be shared by everyone.
 -  Balls, pucks, hockey sticks, brooms, etc. prohibited.
 -  Open sunrise to sunset weather permitting.
 -  In case of emergency, call 911.

Hope to see you out on the ice!



Dec 02

What to do if your vehicle is struck from behind....

Posted on December 2, 2016 at 2:01 PM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

There have been several recent instances in the area where cars were struck from behind and the incidents appeared to be intentional.  In one case, when the driver of the car that was rear-ended got out of her car to communicate with the driver of the other vehicle, someone entered her vacated car and drove off.  

Local Police are investigating.

In the meantime, if you are the driver of a car in Beachwood that is struck from behind, Chief Winebrenner recommends these steps:

Put your car in park, lock your doors, put on emergency flashers and put your windows up.  Do not exit your vehicle (note:  most cars will automatically unlock when your car is placed in park - therefore you must lock your doors after putting it into park.)

If someone from the other vehicle approaches, put your window down slightly in order to communicate with them.  If you have not already called Beachwood Police, ask them to do so.

3)      Make sure Beachwood Police are called, give them your location and remain in your car until they arrive.

4)      If at any time you do not feel comfortable remaining at the scene of the incident, you can drive to the nearest Police Department and report the accident there.  Without leaving your vehicle, attempt to get license plate number of the other car. 

Always be aware of your surroundings and report anything suspicious.