Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the Animal Protective League Present the Stray Games!

Homeless animals in Cuyahoga County are breaking out their rainbow gear and training hard in preparation for the Stray Games adoption event! As athletes from around the world visit Cleveland for the Gay Games 9, the Cleveland APL, City of Cleveland Kennel, and Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter are teaming up to help the homeless animals in our care win their gold medals – loving homes!

Cleveland Animal Protective League, City of Cleveland Kennels, and Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter to Host the Stray Games Adoption Event!

The Stray Games Event will be held in conjunction with the opening weekend of the Gay Games at each of the three host shelters on Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10. Adoption fees for dogs will be reduced to $50 at all locations (including the license fee) and cat adoption fees at the Cleveland APL will be reduced to $5 for adult cats and $10 for kittens.

“As we welcome talented athletes to our wonderful city for this exciting event, we hope the spirit of unity and acceptance that will be inspired by the GG9 will also open people’s minds and hearts to helping a homeless animal celebrate their ultimate victory – a new home,” shared Cleveland APL President & CEO Sharon Harvey, Cleveland Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison, and Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter Kennel Manager Mindy Naticchioni.

Learn how to adopt a dog from the Cleveland Kennel! 

Help us make history for hundreds of homeless animals by adopting a furry companion during the Stray Games. Also, make sure to follow along and share your posts on Facebook and Twitter during the Stray Games using #CLEStrayGames!

Stray Games


Locations and Hours:

Cleveland Animal Protective League
1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Friday 11am-6:30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-4pm

City of Cleveland Kennels
2690 West 7th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday noon – 4pm

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter
9500 Sweet Valley Drive, Cleveland, OH 44125
Hours: Friday 10:30am – 6pm, Saturday 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sunday noon – 4pm


Division of Streets to Perform Concrete Repairs on East 79th Street and Bessemer Avenue

The Division of Street Maintenance will be performing concrete repairs on the intersection of East 79th Street and Bessemer Avenue beginning Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The scheduled work will require westbound traffic on Bessemer Avenue and northbound traffic on East 79th Street to be detoured.


The following detours will be in place beginning Wednesday, July 30 and will last 3-4 weeks:

  • Traffic heading westbound on Bessemer Avenue will be detoured at East 80th Street and redirected northbound to Kinsman Road then westbound to East 79th Street and finally southbound back to Bessemer Avenue.
  • Traffic headed eastbound on Bessemer Avenue will be detoured at East 78th Street and redirected southbound to Union Avenue then eastbound to East 88th Street and finally northbound to Bessemer Avenue.
  • Traffic heading northbound on East 78th Street will be detoured at Union Avenue and redirected westbound to East 65th Street and then northbound to Bessemer Avenue.
  • Traffic headed southbound on East 79th Street will not be affected.



Mayor Jackson Swears-In New Chief of Regional Development

On Monday, July 28, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the Oath of Office to Edward W. Rybka, who will serve as the city’s new Chief of Regional Development. The position reports directly to the Mayor and is responsible for managing staff and providing leadership to several departments, including Economic Development, Community Development, City Planning and Building & Housing.


As Chief of Regional Development, Rybka will work to advance Mayor Jackson’s vision for regional development issues, and advise the Mayor on the planning of projects related to downtown and neighborhood development, lakefront development and major housing and community development projects.

Chief Rybka has been engaged in local government in Cleveland for nearly 30 years. Most recently he served as the city’s Director of the Department of Building and Housing and Interim Director of City Planning.

Chief Rybka previously served as a member of Cleveland City Council, President of the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan, Board of Trustees of the former St. Alexis Hospital, and former President of Lourexis, Inc.

Chief Rybka is a graduate of John Carroll University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland class of 1993. He has been a member of several Polish and Czech cultural organizations and received the Polonia Foundation Award in 1997.

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Cleveland Launches New Economic Development Website


Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson along with Tracey Nichols, Director of  the Department of Economic Development, unveiled the new Cleveland  Department of Economic Development business attraction effort and website:

The website is sponsored by the Cleveland Citywide  Development Corporation and will be the online platform for the City of Cleveland  Economic Development Department to showcase its services and provide assistance to  companies starting, expanding or relocating to Cleveland.

“Cleveland is a great place to do business,” said Mayor Jackson. “This website will make it  easier for businesses to find what they’re looking for in Cleveland, whether they need to find  available property in the city or need assistance with economic development tools.”

The website, developed by Atlas Advertising, a national economic development marketing  firm, was specifically designed to target business leaders, small business owners,  entrepreneurs, developers, business location decision makers, real estate brokers and site  selectors. It offers a customized-to-Cleveland real estate search tool, Insite, which allows clients to search properties by a variety of characteristics and print a report for decision  makers.

“The City of Cleveland competes with cities and counties across the United States as well as global destinations to gain the attention of companies and site selectors,” said Director Nichols. “Our goal is to not only market the high level of work that our team does to assist companies with expanding or relocating to Cleveland, but to also develop Cleveland’s image nationally and  internationally as great place to do business.”

The focus of this marketing effort is helping businesses and site selectors rethink Cleveland.  Market research indicates that once business leaders, site selectors and real estate brokers  get to know Cleveland, its development opportunities and economic environment, they  consider it to be a viable and competitive business destination. The tagline, “Built by Industry,  inspired by Innovation” pays homage to Cleveland’s industrial roots and focuses on the high level of  innovation happening in the Cleveland economy.

Pavement Repairs to Begin on Rocky River Drive – Traffic restrictions begin Monday, July 28

Via the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) -

GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Wednesday, July 23, 2014)On Monday, July 28, crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin pavement repair operations on SR 237 (Rocky River Drive) between Brookpark Road and Hogsback Lane in the city of Cleveland.


Operations will begin on southbound Rocky River Drive between Lorain Road and Munn Road.  Two-way traffic will be maintained.

Work at intersections may require temporary closures, however no two intersections will be closed at one time.  Details will be forthcoming. This work is being done in coordination with the city of Cleveland.

The project will resurface Rocky River Drive between Brookpark Road and Homeway Avenue and perform pavement repairs on Rocky River Drive between Homeway Avenue and Hogsback Lane.

Project Facts:
Project: Pavement Repairs
: Perk Company
Bid Amount:  $1,834,778
Estimated Completion Date: October 2014


PCU (Portable Camera Unit) Locations 07/23/2014 – 08/13/2014

The following will be active locations for the city’s Portable Camera Units (PCUs) beginning Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Legislation passed in May, 2013  increased the number of fixed camera sites from 24 to 49 and increased portable sites from 6 to 15. These locations will be active from July 23 to August 13, 2014.


  • 2300 Block of St. Clair
  • 1500 Block of West 25th
  • 3200 Block of West 65th
  • 800 Block of East 140th
  • 6600 Block of Fleet Ave
  • East 177th Block of Villaview Road
  • 2100 Block of Clark Avenue
  • St. Clair Avenue and Lancelot
  • 15900 Lorain Avenue
  • 7600 Clark Avenue
  • 2600 Block of N. Moreland Boulevard
  • 12500 Berea Road
  • West 104th & Madison
  • 2200 Prospect Avenue
  • 6800 Block of Franklin Avenue


South Side of East 71st Street Intersection at Cedar Avenue to Close on Monday

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the south side of the East 71st Street intersection at Cedar Avenue will close in order to fully reconstruct the south side intersection. Northbound traffic will be detoured east along Central Avenue to East 79th Street north. Southbound traffic will be detoured east along Cedar Avenue to East 79th Street south. Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction.  The detour will remain in place through July 26, 2014.


This Project extends along 1.40 miles of Cedar Avenue from East 55th Street to East 89th Street and includes pavement replacement, new curb, sidewalks, driveway aprons, drainage improvements, watermain replacements, pavement markings, and streetscape. The project is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2015.