City of Cleveland Welcomes 16 New EMTs and Paramedics

The City of Cleveland congratulates the 16 new Emergency Medical Service (EMS) staff who graduated on Feb. 24, 2017. They will serve as emergency medical technicians and paramedics and are part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s effort to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland neighborhoods by reducing emergency response times.

“The people of Cleveland expect and deserve the best trained and equipped emergency medical personnel and this graduating class is reflective of the training they received,” Mayor Jackson said.

Friends, family and city staff gathered to attend the graduation ceremony today at Cleveland City Hall. Along with Mayor Jackson, local officials included Councilman Matt Zone of Ward 15, Safety Director Michael McGrath, Dr. Thomas Collins and EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton.

Mayor Jackson, who announced his 2017 budget enhancements on February 1, promised Cleveland residents a renewed focus on critical services in area neighborhoods. Services such as police, fire and emergency medical services will all receive significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of Issue 32. Cleveland EMS plans to add 60 new paramedics, eight dispatchers to reduce response times, four new captains to oversee field operations and five new ambulances.

The 16 new cadets are not part of the 2017 budget, but as the City moves forward, the enhanced funding helps meet the needs of local citizens through increased manpower.

“The Cleveland EMS is committed to providing exemplary pre-hospital care in a professional and timely manner to the citizens and visitors of Cleveland, “said Commissioner Carlton. “The addition of our new first responders makes a significant difference in response time, performance and ultimately in saving lives.”

The 16 cadets will continue intensive field training following graduation, before release to full duty. The new cadets will help maintain the number of staffed ambulances available to handle medical emergencies at 18.

The full list of new cadets includes:

·         Vito Bellflower ·         Alyssa Belville
·         Nathan Brazytis ·         Justin Brick
·         Sean Dillon ·         Eugenia Frangias
·         Christopher Fuentes ·         Jonathan Gutermuth
·         Joseph N. Hongosh III ·         Ella Hymes
·         Mario Mileti ·         William Moore
·         Tiffany Mora ·         Katherine Porter
·         Monica Rutledge ·         Joshua Waddell

For more information about the Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service, or Mayor Jackson’s 2017 enhanced budget, visit

Construction Update: Pearl Road Traffic Pattern to Change March 1

The traffic pattern on Pearl Road, from State Road to Brookpark Road, will shift during construction beginning March 1, 2017.

Two-way traffic will be moved from the east side of Pearl Road to the west side of the street. The change will remain in effect through July 2017. The 3-mile road construction includes asphalt milling, pavement base repair, asphalt resurfacing, installation of ADA compliant ramps, curb and sidewalk replacement as needed, water main installation, new pavement markings and new streetscape between State Road and Wildlife Way.

The project is expected to be completed by December 2017. During construction, the public is urged to exercise extra caution for the safety of workers.

The City of Cleveland urges all travelers to use caution in construction zones. The safety of the general public and city staff are our greatest concern. Stay tuned to this blog for ongoing updates on the project.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Addresses Constituents Directly About Budget Enhancements in Facebook Videos


Mayor Frank G. Jackson presented to Cleveland City Council Tuesday morning an update on budget enhancements – which will improve city services and create new positions in critical areas like Building and Housing, Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Health, and more – from the funds generated by the voter-approved Issue 32.

Following the Mayor’s presentation to Council, he spoke directly to Clevelanders via Facebook and answered questions on topics ranging from youth violence to lead poisoning to safety. He also thanked voters for passing Issue 32, which allowed for a .5 percent income tax increase. About $80 million annually will be added to the budget as a result of the tax increase.

“I want to thank the public, the people who voted for Issue 32, for giving us the opportunity to have an enhanced budget that will allow us to deliver more and better services,” Mayor Jackson said in the Facebook video. “If you had not passed Issue 32, we would have been talking about laying off $40 million worth of people.”

Have more questions for the Mayor? Tweet at us @CityofCleveland or follow us on Facebook at

Cleveland Animal Care & Control Join Volunteers For Metroparks Hike with CITY DOGS Up for Adoption


CITY DOGS’ four-legged residents awaiting adoption will enjoy a four and a half mile hike on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 with Cleveland Animal Care & Control staff and volunteers.

The group of hikers, including the CITY DOGS’ Runners, will take adoptable dogs through the Cleveland Metroparks’ Deer Lick Trail in Brecksville Reservation.

CITY DOGS is a program of Cleveland Animal Care & Control. Its mission is to increase adoptions from the City Kennel by changing the image of the pit bull-type dogs who make up the majority of the kennel population, by preparing all adoptable dogs in the kennel for lives in loving homes and by creating as many opportunities as possible for the public to meet and get to know our dogs for the terrific pets they are meant to be.

“We expect to have just as many volunteers and dogs participating this weekend as we did in January. The group hikes are a great opportunity to include volunteers who want to exercise with the dogs but don’t like to run,” said Ed Jamison, Chief Animal Control Officer. “It’s also pretty remarkable to see twenty of our dogs all hiking together. It is good exercise and provides the dogs with a change of scenery.”

CITY DOGS’ Runners, a newly formed subset of the larger volunteer group at the kennel, takes adoptable dogs running, both in group and individual settings. CITY DOGS’ Runners organized the first ever group hike in January, which included more than 25 volunteers, and 20 dogs to demonstrate their hiking skills. The group plans to organize similar hikes every month this year.

Get Involved

Volunteers participating in the group hike have been trained to walk dogs at the kennel. Interested in volunteering? Email

CITY DOGS ready for adoption can be viewed at Meetings can be arranged by emailing Adoption includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, a microchip, license and a month of free pet health insurance.

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Follow CITY DOGS on Instagram and Twitter: @citydogscle

Base Cleveland Veteran News

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Prepared and distributed monthly to Veterans and supporters of those who served 

Special Events

  • Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County

 Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County Veteran of the Year and Officer Installation Luncheon – scheduled for 12 noon, Saturday, February 18, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Independence Hotel located at 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH

The program will honor the 2016 Outstanding Veteran of the Year.  The social hour will begin at 11 AM with the program – including lunch, beginning at 12 noon.  Tickets:

For further information, email or call JVCOCC at 216-373-7799

  • Vietnam Veterans Dayonce again, Vietnam Veterans Day will be commemorated at the City of Garfield Heights Civic Center.  A social hour will begin at 6 PM with the ceremony at 7 PM.  More information will be forthcoming.
  • The Veterans Service Commission will have a representative in the following Cuyahoga County Public Library branches on selected dates 9 AM – 3 PM to assist Veterans will filing for VA befits, temporary financial assistance and transportation (bus tickets) for VA appointments.
  1. North Olmsted Branch
  2. North Royalton Branch
  3. Solon Branch
  4. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

See the following link for further information: M:\BSD_Veterans Service Commission Poster (3) (3).pdf

  • Attention Veterans:  Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission Winter Clothing Program

Don’t get caught in the cold this winter.  The Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commissioner Winter Clothing Program is here.

Read the offer and requirements here:  M:\ATTENTION VETERANS!!!!! (3).pdf

  • Cleveland Auto Show honors military, veterans and first responders

The Cleveland Auto Show will host its inaugural Northern Ohio Hero’s Day, an event that honors America’s Warriors, Veterans and First Responders. Read the full story

  • Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade

The City of Cleveland will partner and host the annual Veterans Day ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017

Job Opportunity

Seasonal Job Opportunity:  The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission advertised for a temporary seasonal groundskeeper position for the period of May 1st through Sept 16, 2017.  If you or a fellow veteran are interested in applying, contact Tim Daley at

Did You Know? 


Base Cleveland Co-Chair Marvin Rogers recognized for excellence in Public Health and Preparedness

Cleveland Public Health’s Marvin Rogers will receive the 2016 BioWatch Award for Excellence in Public Health and Preparedness.  This award will be presented at the national BioWatch conference to be held in Washington, DC later in 2017.  Marvin has also been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the US Secret Service for his outstanding contributions to public health during the 2016 Republican National Convention.

In addition to his Public Heath duties, Marvin is co-chairman of Base Cleveland Veterans Committee Marvin.  He is a proud graduate of the United States Naval Academy and retired from active service prior to joining the Cleveland Department of Health.

Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017:

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Joint Veterans Council salutes Tom Sweeney and Fisher House campaign at annual banquet

The Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County will honor Tom Sweeney as its Outstanding Veteran of the Year and local efforts that he led to get a Fisher House for veterans’ families created in Cleveland. Read the full story

Cleveland Auto Show Northern Ohio Hero’s Day:  Honoring America’s Warriors, Veterans and First Responders

February 24 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, opening day of the 2017 Cleveland Auto Show, active military personnel, reservists, veterans and fire, police and other safety and security personnel will be admitted to the show free of charge with a valid I.D.

The offer is open to current and former U.S. Military personnel, including: reservists and retired members of the Coast Guard, National Guard, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy and the Department of Defense.

Must provide proof of service with a valid photo I.D. Veterans can show the U.S. Armed Forces designation on their driver’s license, a DD214, or a VA Medical Card, but it must be accompanied with a valid photo I.D.

Fire and police personnel who qualify for free admission include: firefighters, EMTs, police officers, state troopers, investigators, evidence technicians, firearms examiners, crime lab technicians, 911 dispatchers and correction officers and other employees of the aforementioned organizations.

The offer is also available for those working for national security organizations such as: the F.B.I., Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, National Security Administration, U.S. Customs, or U.S. Border Patrol.

Local, state and national safety and law enforcement personnel must show an identification card from their place of employment, along with a valid photo I.D. Badges, uniforms and fraternal and lodge cards will not be accepted as proof of service nor identification.

Free admission is limited to the Northern Ohio Hero with valid identification and will not be extended to spouses, children or friends of the Northern Ohio Hero. However, there is no geographic limitation to Northern Ohio Hero’s Day.  No matter where you served, when you served, or currently live, you are free to take advantage of the offer

Attention Military Veterans:  The Social Security Administration is awarding prior military service men and women credit towards their SSA earnings!  You don’t get it automatically, you have to apply.  For a certain period, you get $300 each quarter of a year you served in active duty or reserve. Here’s the link: Retirement Planner: Special Extra Earnings for Military Service


Here are some great opportunities to put your military experiences to work benefiting others in need.

  • Project GreenCare for Troops:  a national 10-year old program that provides free lawn, landscape and snow removal services for military families and veterans with a service-related disability needs your support.  There are more than 225,000 military personnel deployed in 150 countries and 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability needing day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance.

Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops provides complimentary basic year maintenance, and snow and ice removal services to military families and disable Veterans.  For more information contact Ki Matsko at 888.611.2955 or

  • The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways.  New volunteers: visit Click on “volunteer” tab.
  • Cleveland Municipal Court’s Veterans Treatment Docket needs volunteers – preferably military veterans to help Veterans transition to a successful life.  If you are interested in volunteering to help our veterans successfully re-enter civilian life, please contact Derek Moore at (216) 664-4712 or via email at moored@cmcoh.orgfor additional information.
  • Needed:  ‘A few good mentors’:  The Cuyahoga Common Pleas Veteran Treatment Court (VTC) is a judge-monitored treatment program for military veterans.  A key component of the program is volunteer Veteran Mentors who volunteer their time to help veterans re-adapt to civilian life.   For more information visit:

Employment Opportunities / Links

Veteran Job Search Assistance:  If you know a Veteran or Military Spouse who could benefit from FREE, UNLIMITED job search coaching, please have them visit to schedule a “First Call”.

Ohio National Guard Employment Enhancement Support

Free, Unlimited Military Veteran Job Search Coaching:  provided by






Ohio Federal Government Jobs

Stars and Stripes; Veteran Job Center:

USERRA:  The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects service members’ reemployment rights when returning from a period of service in the uniformed services, including those called up from the reserves or National Guard, and prohibits employer discrimination based on military service or obligation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers USERRA

Information Links 

            Welcome to MyVA.COM. . . . getting it right from the start

Enrolling for VA care is a life-changing decision for Veterans. Choosing your health care provider is a leap of faith that will impact your entire life. “Welcome to MyVA” (W2MyVA) starts that relationship right with a welcoming call from an informed, service-oriented VA representative.

Cleveland American Veterans Association:

Veteran Service Commission Meetings – are open to the public.   The Commissioners encourage members of the Veteran Community to come and see how the Cuyahoga County Veteran Commission works and the benefits available to our Veterans. The meetings are held at the Commission offices at 1849 Prospect Avenue, Suite 150, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 at 9:30 AM the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Free Parking:  The Veterans Service Commission reserved parking spaces in the lot just East of our building (on Prospect Avenue).  The lot has signs posted noting they belong to the Veterans Service Commission.  This will allow veterans to park for free.

Peer Advisors for Veteran Education:  Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities have come together to learn ways to support student Veterans who face two significant changes simultaneously: transitioning from the military to civilian life and the transition from the military to academia. Neither of these is easy.  Read more at

Get connected with V.E.T.S Program:  The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is sponsoring a series of job preparedness, career development, financial literacy and computer training workshops.  The program is designed to help veterans overcome barriers in order to transition from military life, prepare to compete for jobs in the civilian labor force.

The VETS Program is in collaboration with the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), Cuyahoga Valley Careers Center, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Veterans Program

Read it here:

VAntage Point:  the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

311VET – new app answers general VA benefits questions

Cuyahoga Community College Veteran Upward Bound Program:  Since 1973, VUB has provided comprehensive educational support services to eligible U.S. military veterans interested in pursuing a college degree or certificate.  Services include academic enrichment classes, math and English tutors, assistance with applying for federal student aid, and transition into a college or university of their choice.  All services are no cost to the veteran.  For information call 216-987-4938 or visit

Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio: regularly schedules recreational activities for amputees – Veterans and non-Veterans, including Yoga for Amputees, shooting events, and recreational swimming.  For more information, contact Robert Hass at (614) 288-5105 or

Department of Defense Media Center:

Veterans Business Support Center:

Ohio National Guard Employer Advisory Council:  The ONG Employer Advisory Council was developed to provide military-friendly employers with useful resources and guidance to help them success with military retention and recruitment initiatives.


Columbus Honor

Honor Flight

Veterans Crisis Line:  1 800 273 8255

Women of Hope, Inc:

Chase Bank Support for

Justice for Veterans

Google for Veterans:

Military Memorabilia Donations:

Ohio Veterans Memorial Park

Cold War Recognition Certificate:  the Cold War Recognition Certificate is a recognition certificate awarded by the Secretary of Defense to all U.S. Armed Forces personnel and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.  Anyone who served in the military or the Federal Government during this period is authorized to receive the certificate.

Congress established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of the fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act.  The Department of Defense designated the Department of the Army as the executive agent for the Cold War Recognition Certificate program.

Veteran Resources:

Cleveland VA Regional Benefit Office Home

Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga

Equal Honor for

Greater Cleveland Fisher House:  The Goal of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Organization is to raise $7,000,000 for the construction of a Fisher House (there are currently 62 houses in operation across the US, Germany, and England) that will be located on the grounds of the Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, the third largest VA hospital in the US.

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Greater Cleveland Veterans (GCVM) Memorial:

GCVM Honor Roll:  The Citizens of Cuyahoga County have served the nation well, and paid a heavy price.  When America needed defenders the men and women of Greater Cleveland have answered the call. From 1899 to 2014, a span of 115 years, 5,552 patriots of the county have fallen in military service during time of war. Search the honor roll:


Rewards for Justice Website:  The Rewards for Justice program continues to be one of the most valuable U.S. Government assets in the fight against international terrorism. Established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, Public Law 98-533, the Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Locating Veterans and Service Members

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics:

Military News:

The American Legion:

Veterans of Foreign Wars USA:

Stars and Stripes Veterans Link

Air Force Times:

Army Times:

Marine Corps Times:

Navy Times:

Defense News:

Veterans Benefits Administration:

GI Bill website:

Veteran Resources:

Explore VA

Ohio VFW:

Ohio Legion News:

National Marine Corp Business Network:

City of Cleveland Releases 2017 Pavement Management Study

February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the City of Cleveland released the Pavement Management Study and announced plans to implement the results of the study focused on worst first initially and then transitioning to the fix it first strategy.

The City hired Michael Baker International to conduct a pavement management survey of every road in Cleveland. The company, which started the survey in late-spring 2016, provided a grade for each road from A to F.

Although 60 percent of the streets received a passing grade, nearly 40 percent of local streets received a D or F grade. Based on the results of the study Chief of Operations, Darnell Brown said, “Michael Baker International has recommended the city continue with the worst first approach, fixing every F rated street first. Over the next 3 years, as these F streets are resurfaced, we will begin transitioning to the fix it first philosophy placing an emphasis on bringing the overall status of the City’s streets to a 75 PCR (Pavement Condition Rating).”

Report is linked cleveland-pavement-management-survey-2015-jan-2017

To view the press conference go to: