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Oct 20


Posted on October 20, 2016 at 10:16 AM 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 Alec Isaacson.   

Councilman Isaacson is an active public servant. In addition to his role on Council, he serves as a member of the Beachwood School’s PTO’s scholarship committee and the Destination Imagination program steering committee. He and his wife Cheryl are past co-chairs of the Park Synagogue committee to engage young families. Please take a few minutes to learn more about Councilman Isaacson as he shares more about himself in this interview. 



What is your favorite thing about living in Beachwood? Do you have a favorite restaurant or spot to hang out? 
My favorite things about Beachwood are the amenities – great neighbors, strong schools, and wonderful city services.  That’s why my wife and I moved here.  When the weather is nice I like hanging out at the pool or riding my bike in the park.

Tell us a bit about your childhood.
I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland – a suburb of Washington D.C.  I lived in a nice neighborhood, with lots of nearby friends and things to do.  My mom still lives in the house I grew up in, so I get to go back and visit it from time to time.

Where did you attend college? 
I studied physics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

How did you end up in northeast Ohio?
I was working as the IT support person for a large law firm in Cincinnati.  I was promoted to a new position which moved me to their headquarters here in Cleveland.  Shortly after I moved to Cleveland, I met my future wife, Cheryl, a Lyndhurst native.  We moved to Beachwood shortly after we were married in 1999 and we’ve been here ever since. 

Outside of Council, what do you do for a living?
I am a technology consultant for CA Technologies, a Fortune 500 software manufacturer.  I work with CA’s customers to identify the best solution for their technology and business problems.

If you weren’t in technology, what would be your second choice career?
I’d probably be working in the theater.  In high school I was on the school theater lighting crew and I worked my way through college building theatrical sets in the college theater’s scene shop.

How many kids do you have and ages? What do you enjoy most about being a dad?
My wife Cheryl and I have two children.  Noah is 10 and Emily is 13.  I enjoy watching my kids grow and discover new things.  They approach everything with an open mind and few preconceived notions and I try to learn by their example and do the same myself.

 What unique perspective do you think you bring to Council and what is your favorite part about serving?
With a scientific and technical background, I think I bring a more analytical and problem solving perspective to Council.  I think it’s important that we have many different perspectives within our City’s leadership.

My favorite part of serving is getting to meet lots of people and hearing about their Beachwood experiences.  That helps me keep in touch with our community – direct feedback like that is critical.

What advice would you have for others seeking public office?
Be ready to work hard.  As elected officials, we need to lead our community into a vibrant future.  Achieving those goals takes careful planning, cooperation, and perseverance.  You need to keep your eye on the ball and not get distracted.

If you could pack up and leave for a vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
The beach!!  Every summer my extended family goes to the beach in Delaware and we have a great time. 

What do you do for fun? Hobbies, etc. 

I enjoy riding my bicycle.  Each year, I participate in a ride called the Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) – it’s a 210 mile ride over two days from Columbus to Portsmouth and back.  My daughter started to participate in the ride two years ago and my son is looking forward to riding next year. 

I also enjoy doing small building projects around my house, growing vegetables in my garden, and reading. 

What involvement in community, charitable activities? 
I am a member of Park Synagogue, where my wife and I are past co-chairs of the committee responsible for engaging young families.  

I also participate in the school’s Destination Imagination program.  I was a coach for three years and I’m now part of a steering committee that works to keep that program strong. 

I’ve been a member of the Beachwood PTO’s scholarship committee for the past three years and I’m a brand new member of the Schools Foundation Board. 

Finally, I’ve had several volunteer roles in my children’s classrooms at Bryden and Hilltop.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people? 
I’m pretty handy – I can do basic carpentry, plumbing, and electrical.  I’m also pretty good at taking something that’s broken apart, fixing what’s wrong, and putting it back together.   A few years ago, I renovated our family room.  More recently, I fixed our 15 year old dishwasher – I figured out that a $30 part had broken and was able to replace it, rather than having to buy a whole new appliance.

Oct 14

Heritage Home Program continues to serve as valuable resource for Beachwood residents

Posted on October 14, 2016 at 2:41 PM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

You may have received, or if not, will shortly be receiving a postcard from our Partners with the Heritage Home Program (HHP).  

Several years ago, we became part of this valuable program in partnership with the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) that offers Beachwood residents with homes 50 years and older free technical assistance for home repair and maintenance projects.

Since its inception, this program has provided millions of dollars of free services to Beachwood residents. Last quarter alone (July through September 2016), HHP responded to 18 inquiries in Beachwood and offered more than $700,000 worth of complementary technical assistance.

HHP and CRS provide services including site visits to answer home repair, improvement and maintenance questions, advice on energy efficiency, access to information on local contractors, evaluation of bids and much more.

Qualified homeowners also have the option of obtaining a low-interest fixed-rate HHP loan with rates as low as 1.85% for up to 10 years. Eligible projects may include exterior and interior painting, kitchen and bath improvements, compatible additions and many others.

If you have a home that’s 50 years or older, you may qualify for this free resource. Consider taking advantage of it.  

If for some reason you did not receive a postcard and would like to learn more about the HHP program, please visit the website – – or call 216.426.3116.

Sep 14

UPDATE: Friday Night Lights Become a Reality for Beachwood

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 10:38 AM by Mari Conroy

It looks like Mother Nature has decided to be the star of the show this Friday, September 9th.  Instead of lights and a thundering herd of Bison, we are facing lightning and thunder.  Being upstaged by the weather was not in the plans, and so the Beachwood City Schools' celebratory "FLIP THE SWITCH" is being moved one week later: 

Friday, September 16th
Gates open at 5:30 pm

High School new stadium