Sign Up Today for the 12th Annual Cleveland Senior Walk

Sign up today for the Cleveland Department of Aging’s 12th Annual Senior Walk! The Cleveland Senior Walk is a free, outdoor, community event that encourages good health and physical activity for older adults. Senior Walk participants receive a free t-shirt, healthy snacks, and valuable resources to maintain an active lifestyle.

Register for the walk at

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City of Cleveland Files Challenge to State Law in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced today that the City of Cleveland Law Department has filed a challenge to the recently enacted Ohio Revised Code Section 9.49 that prohibits Ohio cities from imposing hiring requirements on contractors for public improvement construction projects.

The city argues that the law enacted by the State impedes the city’s right to home rule and inhibits Cleveland residents from benefiting through public improvement contracts.

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 9.49 is the result of House Bill (HB) 180, which was signed by Governor John R. Kasich on May 31, 2016 and is set to become effective on August 31, 2016. ORC 9.49 restricts Ohio cities from imposing requirements on contractors to employ a certain percentage of individuals from the geographic area of the public authority for the construction of public improvement projects.

This legislation voids the City of Cleveland’s Fannie Lewis Law and abolishes a pathway out of poverty for many low-income Cleveland residents.

“For 12 years the City of Cleveland has used the Cleveland Resident Employment Law (Fannie Lewis Law) as an effective tool to both stimulate the local economy and connect Clevelanders to employment,” said Mayor Jackson. “There are billions of dollars of development happening in our city; yet special interests in Columbus are attempting to prohibit our residents from seeing a financial impact from that development.”

“We support the city’s action against the state, seeking to declare ORC 9.49 unconstitutional,” said Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland. “The Fannie M. Lewis Law, first enacted in 2004, has been successful in creating pathways for Clevelanders into the construction industry.”

The City of Cleveland’s Fannie M. Lewis Law requires that every public improvement construction contract entered into by the City of Cleveland have one or more residents perform 20% of the total construction worker hours and requires that a contractor and any subcontractors use significant effort to ensure that no less than 4% of total construction hours be performed by low-income persons.

The benefits of the law to Cleveland residents are clear. Since 2013, there have been 4,347,581 total construction hours of public improvement projects and of those construction hours, 897,870 were performed by Cleveland residents. This means that Cleveland residents worked a total of 21% of all construction projects financed by the city since 2013. In turn, the requirements have created over $34 million in resident wages.

“The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council and its affiliates stand with the City of Cleveland to challenge and defeat HB 180,” said Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Executive Secretary/Business Manager, David J. Wondolowski. “Since its passage the Fannie Lewis Residency Employment Law has helped to increase opportunities for city residents to not only become employed but also to learn a trade and build a career.”

“The Construction Employers Association supports the City of Cleveland’s Fannie M. Lewis Resident Employment Law, which helps the construction industry recruit a diverse, Cleveland-based workforce for local projects,” said Construction Employers Association CEO, Tim Linville. “The law was first enacted in consultation with the construction industry, and the industry has been involved in its evolution ever since. Private business groups and institutions have recognized the importance of the Fannie M. Lewis Law as well. In recent years, a public-private diversity effort including the City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland schools and several community-based organizations, has incorporated the Fannie Lewis Law as one of its central components.”

“Hard Hatted Women (HHW) Ohio supports the Fannie M. Lewis Resident Construction Employment Law,” said Chairwoman of the Cleveland Residential Advisory Committee and President of the Board of HHW Ohio, Terri Burgess Sandu. “In keeping with the dedication that Councilwoman Lewis brought to her many years of service, this law has improved the lives of city residents, and fostered unprecedented collaboration among elected officials, civic, employer and labor leaders and community- based organizations. This collaboration places the City of Cleveland in a place of leadership nationally through its use of the law as a springboard for innovative action.”

The City of Cleveland is seeking a declaratory judgment, temporary restraining order, and injunction in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Please find the lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order by clicking the link below:

Excitement and Anticipation Surround Browns, Indians, and McCartney Concert Goers Tonight

CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland is excited to welcome all dedicated fans to the downtown area tonight. The Cleveland Browns Preseason Home Opener against the Atlanta Falcons, which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. In addition, the Indians face off against the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m. while the Paul McCartney concert at Quicken Loans Arena gets underway at 8:00 p.m.

The combination of downtown Cleveland residents, visitors, and working professionals in the same area is expected to a busy time; therefore, the City of Cleveland and other downtown area partners would like to provide the following tips to make the experience memorable and enjoyable.

Expect traffic to be heavy in the downtown area and parking will be at a premium.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA):

Downtown is ready to host this influx of weekday visitors after a summer of activity, including the Republican National Convention and the Cavs Championship parade.

Driving? Use to find a convenient lot. Pricing listed may change due to events. Visit for real time traffic updates on the highway and download the Ohgo App for personalized alerts and travel delays.

If you need directions while walking or biking to any Downtown Destination, keep an eye out for DCA’s Ambassadors. The men and women in yellow shirts will be happy to give you directions, lend a hand or walk you to your destination. Ambassadors are also available to assist with lock-outs or flat ties, call the DCA operations center at 216-621-6000.


In preparation for the large number of Clevelanders and guests who plan to visit Downtown this Thursday evening, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) plans to ramp up rail service.


RTA is offering extra rail service before and after each game and the concert. Just park for free at any Rapid Station, buy a $5.50 All-Day Pass, and ride into the Tower City

Station. The All-Day Pass includes free transfers, and is good until 3 a.m. the next day. If you want to stay Downtown to celebrate a victory, remember that most Rapid services operate until midnight.

It’s a short walk outside Tower City to Progressive Field and the Q, or use the indoor Walkway for direct access. To reach the Flats or FirstEnergy Stadium, transfer to the Waterfront Line, exit at Flats East Bank or West Third Street Station, and you’re there.

Parking Restrictions:

There are no road closures but we do want you to be aware of some parking restrictions.

There will be no parking permitted along East 9th Street, Huron Road, Lakeside Avenue, and West 3rd Street. No parking signage is being emplaced and will remain in place until Friday, August 19th.  In addition, the 9th street exit ramps will be closed at end of Browns game.


Put your junk in the trunk and secure your valuables. Also, while walking around downtown, be sure to travel with a friend, stay alert and if you see something, say something.


Municipal Lot Tailgating Rules and Regulations

Municipal Parking Lot Tailgating Rules and Regulations

The following is the full list of rules and regulations for tailgating activities in the municipal lot for all 2016 Cleveland Browns home games. The list of rules and regulations will be distributed to all vehicles upon entering the lot as well as posted on various signs.


1. No open pit fires
2. Propane grills only (No charcoal)
3. No alcohol
4. Saving spaces prohibited
5. You will be charged for all parking spaces that you occupy
6. No in & out privileges
7. All litter must be dispensed in trash containers
8. Vandalism of any type will not be tolerated
9. Crossing the shoreway is prohibited
10. No private latrines.

Violation of these rules may result in fines and ejection from the premises. Additionally, below are answers to other common questions and information concerning tailgating activities in the lot:

Lot Operation and Fees 

This Thursday, August 18th, the eastern portion of the lot will open at 10:00 a.m. for gameday vehicles while the western portion of the lot will not be open to gameday parking until 5:00 p.m. No large vehicles (motorhomes, RVs, buses, etc.) will be allowed in the previously mentioned lots before designated start times. The municipal lot opens promptly at 7:00 am for all regular and pre-season season weekend home games. The fee to park in the municipal lot is $25 dollars. You will be charged for all spaces that you occupy. Cleveland Police will not permit vehicles to line-up or stage on the Shoreway before game time.


Alcohol and Safety 

Open containers, consumption of alcohol, and public intoxication are all prohibited inside the municipal lot. If you plan to consume alcohol during any sporting event, always ensure that you have a designated driver. Please exercise caution at all times and if you see something, please say something.


There will be 50 portable restrooms, 75 trash cans and 3 dumpsters in the lot during all regular season games. Private latrines are strictly prohibited. Please make sure all trash is disposed of properly before you leave any lot.


Parking restrictions are put in place in downtown Cleveland for each Browns home football game – typically for three hours before each game and until two hours after the game’s completion. Look for signs attached to posts, poles and parking meters in those areas affected by the restrictions. Violators will be ticketed and towed if parked in violation. All associated fines and fees to have an automobile released must be done at the One Stop Vehicle Impound Center located at 3040 Quigley Road.



City of Cleveland and United States Attorney’s Office Seek Applicants to serve on Community Police Commission

The City of Cleveland and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio are seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC).

Cleveland City Hall

The CPC is a 13-person body created as part of the agreement between the City and the Justice Department to foster police and community communication and understanding and to provide input on reform. It is made up of 10 civilian representatives and one representative from each of the three police unions: the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield.

The appointed members include representatives of faith-based organizations, civil rights advocates, business/philanthropic groups, organizations representing communities of color, advocacy organizations, youth or student organizations, academia and individuals with expertise in the challenges facing people with mental illness or the homeless.

Commission members are picked by an independent Selection Panel appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson, in consultation with the U.S. Attorney. The Selection Panel will recommend new CPC members, who will be appointed by the Mayor. The members serve in a volunteer capacity. Applicants to the CPC must live or work in the City of Cleveland.

Applications are due by noon September 6, 2016. For more information about how to apply to become a member of the Cleveland Community Police Commission, go to:

For more information about the CPC’s work, go to:

Residential Waste Collection of Storm Debris

The City of Cleveland Division of Waste Collection and Disposal has released the following rules for residential waste collection of storm debris.


Beginning Monday August 15th, Cleveland residents may place bundled tree limbs and branches in 4ft sections on their tree lawn for waste collection. This will occur only on regular scheduled waste collection days.

Residents are reminded that the City of Cleveland is responsible for tree lawn (street trees) only.


Base Cleveland Veteran News – August 12, 2016

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Special Events

Last Call:  Veterans Hiring Fair:  Veterans of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Guardsmen, Reservists and those transitioning from active duty are invited to attend 10 AM to 2 PM Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 at Woods-King Armory, 4303 Green Road, Highland Hills, OH 44128

Bring copies of your DD 214, resume and be prepared to interview on site.  For more information, call Dan Abraham (216) 308-8403 or Paul Lord (216) 701-3045

Law Enforcement Night at Progressive Field:  The Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball has teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to show our appreciation for the men and women of Ohio who serve as law enforcement officers, corrections officers and first responders.

Your 2016 Cleveland Indians and the Memorial Fund invite you, your friends, family and the general public to join us for the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 4:10 PM as the Cleveland Indians battle the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field.

Special Priced Tickets start at just $18.00 and choose from 4 ticket options. Arrive early for the pre-game ceremony as we honor area Ohio Law Enforcement personnel and organizations. $5.00 from every ticket will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Additional questions or to purchase tickets for a group, contact Cleveland Indians Representative Matt Gay at

Fox 8 News Fox Trot Race:  scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2016 in downtown Cleveland.  The funds raised will help support the VA’s efforts to provide services to our fellow Veterans that may otherwise not be available.    For more information on the event, please click here.

15th Anniversary Never Forget 9/11:  Sunday, Sep 11, 2016.  Refer to :

Cleveland Veteran Job Fair:  scheduled for 11 AM – 3 PM Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario, Cleveland

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Events Calendar

Ohio Veterans Memorial Park Events Calendar



Career Connection is a unique opportunity for those who would like to improve or ignite their career by establishing a connection with lead IT security organizations and engaged practitioners. Students, Veterans and all who seek to enhance their job status are encouraged to pre-register for a half-day of security insight, involvement, and introduction.

If you are entering the civilian information security industry after graduation, military service, or a non-encouraging career, you MUST attend this event for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with the area’s top IT security professionals. The 14th annual Information Security Summit convenes N.E. Ohio’s largest gathering of visionaries and practitioners and has asked this collective leadership to donate their insights for the career betterment of their next potential cohorts.

Within the afternoon of Wednesday, October 26th many of the Information/ Security Summit Week’s vendor partners will volunteer a half-a-day of their time to discuss career paths and possibilities with those interested in a role in IT security.

Attendance is by Pre-registration only, there is a $29 Registration Fee—scholarships monies are being pursued and will be available based on achieved corporate donation.

Veterans may secure a FREE resume and networking skills review ahead of the Career Connection from GunnyRet Consulting LLC. Bryan A. McGown, “Gunny”, is a successful Veteran job search coach, and is very involved in several non-profits that serve Veterans and military families.

The Veteran’s pre-registration and FREE resume-building site is:

College seniors, those who have recently graduated or who are looking to IT security as a new career, will have on-site support, are asked to bring ten copies of their resume and a multitude of business cards to share, need to pre-register by going to:

A networking ‘Pit-Stop Cafe’ will be accessible to aid all career-building attendees to sharpen their connection abilities during the event. The evening will close with an Xceptional Networking Reception open to all 21 years of age and older.



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

 VA JOBS Home:




Military Jobs.com

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

 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

 The Top 100 Military Friendly Employers:

 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: