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--Mayor Martin Horwitz

Oct 02

Halloween Update: Trick-or-Treat Scheduled in Beachwood

Posted on October 2, 2020 at 12:34 PM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

Pending any new orders from the State or County Department or Board of Health, trick-or-treating will take place in Beachwood on Halloween: Saturday, October 31, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

The safety of our residents is our top priority, but we will need your help to make this possible.

Trick-or-Treaters and their chaperones MUST:

  • Wear COVID-appropriate masks – incorporate it into your child’s costume. Masks are required for all participants over the age of 2-years old
  • Carry and frequently apply hand sanitizer
  • Only trick-or treat at houses with the porch light on
  • Only trick-or-treat with members of your own household
  • Observe social-distancing regulations

Door-answerers are advised to:

  • Hand out treats individually rather than using a group candy-bowl
  • Wear gloves while distributing candy and only have one household member handing out treats
  • Place candy in the child’s bag, not their hands
  • Other creative and social-distanced options include hanging treats from a wall, fence, or decorated board, or by using a candy slide made of PVC pipe
  • Mark 6-feet lengths on the walkway to your front door to promote social distancing

Residents who do not wish to participate in trick-or-treating this year are advised to leave off their porch lights and enjoy an age-appropriate scary movie on TV while munching on plenty of homemade or factory-wrapped treats.

The City reserves the right to rescind trick-or treat pending updated orders from the state or county Board of Health.

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Halloween flyer: Trick-or-Treating will take place in Beachwood on Saturday, October 31, 6-8 PM

Jun 04

Mayor's Statement of June 1, 2020

Posted on June 4, 2020 at 11:50 AM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

There is no place for violence or racial disparity in our world.  Tonight, we stand with the African-American community and the family of George Floyd to express our outrage at yet another senseless murder of a Black man. 

This list appears to be endless: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many more going back over the years.  Each person was someone’s son, daughter, father, mother, brother, or sister who was ultimately deprived of their civil rights, human rights, and ultimately their lives all because they were born Black.  We witnessed this murder in broad daylight and can only pray that the four officers involved are brought to speedy justice. 

Society must make a statement that the use of excessive force is unconscionable and inhumane.  I cannot pretend to understand what obstacles a person of color faces growing up in America.  But I do know that growing up I remember studying the Hough riots in the mid-’60s.  In the 50 years since then, I have tried to understand how this insidious problem of discrimination continues to be ignored in our country. 

As a mayor, an attorney, and a citizen of this world, I believe in the human rights that we all inherently share.  I also believe in our Beachwood Police Department and the training they receive.  We have set high standards and I routinely hear praise from those they assist.   They receive diversity training and de-escalation training. 

I once received an email from a person of color in Pittsburgh who told me a story of how he got lost looking for a friend’s house and accidentally missed a stop sign.  When asked where he was going, the officer warned him about the stop sign and the gentleman explained where he was going, but he did not know the street and the officer guided him to the address.  He wrote to me as mayor and said in another city that experience could have ended differently and he wanted to express his appreciation to this officer for his courtesy. 

I am just a mayor. I have made some positive changes, but I do not have all the answers.  But I know we can always do better and we can always learn from each other’s experiences.  I am always available to discuss a problem with a resident, but I would like to do more.  I would like to establish a online town hall and invite our community to share their ideas, complaints, concerns, thoughts, and anything else that will make us a more compassionate and respectful city.  Please watch our website and social media for information about the date and time. 

May 21

New Changes in the Health Orders

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 3:40 PM by Mayor Martin S. Horwitz

As we approach this holiday weekend, it is important for you to know that there have been several drastic changes in the Orders coming from Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health.  In order to avoid conflict with Governor DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio program, as of May 20, 2020 the Stay at Home Order has been rescinded, for the most part.  What this means is the following:

  1. Travel restrictions have been lifted.  Persons can travel in and out of Ohio with no restrictions, unless they are COVID-19 positive or exhibit signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, in which case they shall not enter the State.
  2. Elderly people and especially those with high-risk factors are still urged to take precautions and stay at home.
  3. The 10-person gathering rule is still in place.
  4. Traditional parades are not allowed, but drive-by parades are permitted with social distancing.
  5. All restrictions on opening businesses in various sectors continue to be in force.  These sets of mandated and/or recommended steps can be seen at

In the words of the new Orders, compliance is based on the concept that Ohioans will “rely on their sense of personal responsibility and accountability to others when leaving home.”  There is also a rationale that “our freedom to guide our own actions is an equal responsibility to each other to slow the spread of this deadly virus.”

The most frequent question I receive concerns the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings.  The rules for Responsible RestartOhio mandate that employees in a business, restaurant or other office setting wear a mask when they are not working alone.  However, there is no requirement, law or mandate in Ohio that a customer/patron/client or resident must wear a mask.  This is only a suggestion by the Governor; the wearing of a mask is voluntary.  If you see an individual or crowd gathered in a social or business setting and they are not wearing masks or face coverings, there is nothing our local police department can do to stop this.  In some larger situations, we can call the Cuyahoga County Health Department for enforcement.

This will be an unusual Memorial Day weekend.  With the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center closed and many other activities limited, we can’t rely on many of our usual traditions.  Nevertheless, we have opened Barkwood (by appointment), the tennis courts are open, most local restaurants and stores --including Beachwood Place-- are open and you are always welcome in our City Park.  No matter how you choose to spend this holiday, if you go out, please wear a face covering in public.  Stay healthy, Beachwood.