City to Receive Additional Benefits from Cavs, Pending Admissions Tax Extension

“I am pleased to recognize the Cleveland Cavaliers’ commitment to continue and expand their community benefits in the City of Cleveland if Ordinance 305-17 becomes effective this week:

  • They have added to last year’s work at Fairfax Recreation Center by now agreeing to refurbish basketball courts in every City recreation center.
  • They have agreed to ensure—in  years 2024 through 2034—that the City’s General Fund will receive no less than an equal amount to the amount paid from Admissions tax to the trustee for the Q Transformation debt.
  • And they have agreed to invest the proceeds of their playoff watch parties in a Habitat for Humanity home program throughout the City of Cleveland.”

– Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Base Cleveland Veteran News – 4-15-17

DOD Military Emblems

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

Special Events

National Day of Service for our Veterans

United Way’s Day of Service for our Veterans event will connect veterans to much-needed United Way basic need services and other community resources. These services will include:

  • Health services
  • Housing services
  • Job services
  • Emergency assistance & benefits
  • Legal/ court issue services
  • VA benefits
  • Haircuts

Friday, April 21, 2017 9 AM – 1 PM at the Tri-C Metro Recreation Center Gym at 2900 Community College Avenue, Cleveland

Lunch and light refreshments for our Veterans.  For more information contact Shenise Johnson-Thomas, United Way of Greater Cleveland, 216-436-2130

USS COD Submarine Memorial:  opens for daily public tours May 1, 2017 10 AM – 5 PM

Fallen Comrade Ceremony

A ‘Fallen Comrade Ceremony’ will be held Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 1581 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus 2-3:30 PM

This special Fallen Comrade Ceremony honors living warriors and the resulting “soul injuries” that occurred from their military service and/or combat experiences. We thank them for their service and offer a safe place to remember those lost. Family members affected by their loved ones’ service are provided a safe place to remember. Caregivers and other civilians have the opportunity to show support.

Military currently serving, veterans, families and all civilian community members are encouraged to participate.

Child care will be provided.  A time of gathering and fellowship will follow.

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Events Calendar:

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Cleveland Senior Day
The Cleveland Department of Aging presents the 28th annual Senior Day Wednesday, May 24, 2016 at Cleveland Public Hall.  For more information, www.cleveland-oh-gov/aging

Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet
The International Exposition (I-X) Center and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association announced the 42nd annual MVPA International Convention will be held in conjunction with the Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet June 22-24, 2017 at the I-X Center.

USS COD Dutch Friendship Day
Join the COD as they reenact COD’s WWII rescue of 55 crewman from the Dutch Submarine 019 at 2 PM Saturday, July 8, 2017.

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.

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Cleveland to Host 2018 & 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group Championships

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The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC), in partnership with the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Metroparks, announced April 12 that the Cleveland will host the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

USA Triathlon’s largest annual event will take place on Aug. 11-12, 2018 and Aug. 10-11, 2019 at Edgewater Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in Downtown Cleveland.

“We’re extremely excited that Cleveland was selected to host the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships for two years in a row,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “This is USA Triathlon’s Superbowl. What better place to showcase their event than the City of Cleveland, which has successfully hosted many Olympic sport National Governing Body championships. We have an incredible lake, beautiful all-purpose trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks and a community who will welcome these athletes and spectators with open arms.”

USA Triathlon’s event will feature approximately 5,000 athletes and another 10,000 spectators from across the United States. We expect that 4,500 of those athletes and 8,500 spectators will travel to the Greater-Cleveland area from outside of the region. This event is projected to generate $6.5 million in revenue per event year, providing a total economic impact of $13 million for Northeast Ohio.

“USA Triathlon will be proud to bring our nation’s most dedicated triathletes to Cleveland, a city with a rich sporting history and countless attractions,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “We are encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment of the city, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks, and we look forward to excellent championship events in 2018 and 2019.”

The USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships feature a Saturday Olympic-distance triathlon, for which athletes must qualify to compete. The race, which covers a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, will qualify top athletes in each age group to represent Team USA at the International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships. The World Championships will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2019, and Edmonton, Alberta, in 2020.

The championship race will be followed by a Sunday sprint triathlon that is open to public competitors. Sprint athletes will cover a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run along the shore of Lake Erie overlooking downtown Cleveland.

The course is set to include a swim portion at the beach of Edgewater Park. The remainder of the Olympic-distance route may showcase the neighborhoods of Detroit-Shoreway, Downtown Cleveland, St. Clair-Superior and University Circle. Specific race routes are still being finalized with the City of Cleveland and USA Triathlon.

City Recycling Site at Ridge Road Accepts Bulk Drop-Offs

The City of Cleveland has completed its roll out of the curbside recycling program and has removed recycling drop-off bins around the city.

As residents take advantage of the convenience of curbside recycling, drop-off sites have seen a decline in usage. Many sites have become locations for illegal dumping.

The City will continue to to accept bulk recycling at its Ridge Road Transfer Facility, located at 3727 Ridge Rd. The facility is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Accepted items include glass, paper, plastic, metals and cardboard.

Have questions about the City of Cleveland’s recycling program? Contact the Department of Public Works at 216-664-3717.

City of Cleveland Welcomes 34 New Emergency Medical Service Cadets

Additional staff is a result of Mayor Jackson’s 2017 enhanced budget; will help improve critical services and response times to Cleveland neighborhoods

The City of Cleveland’s Division of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) today welcomed a new class of cadets. Thirty-four cadets begin their 14-week in-class training program, followed by physical agility testing and field training. The new class is a direct result of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s enhanced budget and the passing of Issue 32.

“With this class of 34 cadets and the one following, EMS will have the capability to staff 22 ambulances during the day and 19 at night,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

“Cleveland EMS is committed to providing the highest level of pre-hospital care to the citizens and visitors of Cleveland, “said EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton. “Our new class of cadets will make a significant difference in response time, performance and saving lives.”

Once field training is complete, the additional 34 employees will allow EMS to staff 22 ambulances during the day and 19 at night, starting in the third quarter of 2017. This is an increase over the current 18 ambulances staffed 24 hours a day. The Division of EMS is also receiving five new ambulances to support the additional staff. Academy graduation is tentatively scheduled for mid- July.

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 a total of 60 new paramedics, eight dispatchers to reduce response times, four new captains to oversee field operations and five new ambulances.

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


Cleveland Division of Fire Reopens Downtown Station

For the first time in more than 17 years, there is a fire company dedicated to serving Downtown Cleveland.

Fire Station No. 28 in the Gateway District reopened this week, as a result of City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s 2017 enhanced budget.

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Station No. 28 supplements and provides support to Station No. 1, which serves several nearby neighborhoods including Downtown. The reopened station allows neighborhood locations, which formerly supported Station No. 1 to focus on its own communities.

The reopened station was debuted this week in a press conference that included Mayor Jackson, Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo, Councilman Kerry McCormack, Public Safety Director Michael McGrath and others.


Mayor Swears in First Director of the Mayor’s Office of Quality Control and Performance Management

Mayor Frank G. Jackson issued the oath of office April 3, 2017 to Sabra T. Pierce Scott who will serve as the first Director of Quality Control and Performance Management. In this position she will monitor and assess program and service delivery to the citizens of Cleveland.

The mission of this office is to track departmental performance and incorporate efficient, effective and economically sound process improvement methods to ensure high levels of accountability, compliance and quality control, thereby improving service delivery to residents.

About Sabra T. Pierce Scott:

Scott began her career with the City of Cleveland in 1982 as a Neighborhood Planner with the Department of Community Development.

In 1986, she was appointed as Administrative Assistant to Cleveland City Council where she served two Council Presidents. She later joined the Cleveland Clerk of Courts Office, where she initiated a Records Management and Retention Plan and assisted with the computerization of courtrooms. In 2001 she was elected to Cleveland City Council and re-elected in 2005.

Scott was hired to run the CitiStat Plus office in 2014 where she serves as the Interim Program Manager of that office. In her role there she has streamlined reporting processes for six departments, resulting in improved employee efficiency and reporting standards.

The Office of Quality Control and Performance Management monitors and assesses program and service delivery to the citizens of Cleveland. It also tracks departmental performance and incorporates efficient, effective and economically sound process improvement methods to ensure the highest level of accountability, compliance and quality control, thereby improving service delivery to residents.

Scott is a graduate of Laurel School, Case Western Reserve University, and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.