Cleveland EMS Holds 2017 Recognition Ceremony

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The City of Cleveland’s Emergency Medical Service held its 2017 Recognition Ceremony May 25, honoring the heroic actions of paramedics and citizens who saved lives.

One of the citizen honorees, Marion Johnson, was recognized for saving the lives of two people – on two separate occasions – who overdosed on heroin.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” Johnson said. “It was a quick reaction. My instincts kicked in.”

Other honorees include Paramedic Gregory Hyde for Years of Service and Emily Metz, Program Coordinator of Project DAWN.

Congratulations to all honorees!


Cleveland Road Work News: May 26, 2017

road work ahead

Thanks to Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s enhanced budget, made possible by Issue 32, the City of Cleveland is embarking on more street improvement projects in 2017 than years past. Projects span all neighborhoods and wards throughout the city.

Here are some highlights about this year’s road work:

  • Street resurfacing began on April 27, 2017 and will continue through the summer, weather permitting. The first resurfacing project took place in Ward 4 on Parkview Avenue near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
  • Potholes are serviced year round, weather permitting. The Department of Public Works has increased its pothole crews from three to 10 as a result of the passage of Issue 32.
  • This year, with the completion of the Pavement Management Study we have a graded system that allows us to select the streets that are in the greatest need of resurfacing. We are using the worst first approach to road resurfacing.
  • We are projecting to resurface 95 streets this year.
  • Thanks to Issue 32 funds, the City of Cleveland has reinstated street sweeping services.

Click here to view today’s roads update.

Updates will be posted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

More Than 2,000 Attend Cleveland Department of Aging’s Senior Day

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Photos by Ruggero Fatica, City of Cleveland Photo Bureau

The City of Cleveland Department of Aging held its annual Senior Day this week, hosting more than 2,000 seniors at Cleveland Public Hall.

The event kicked off with an information fair to connect seniors to important resources around Cleveland. The fair was followed by lunch and remarks from Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City Council President Kevin Kelley and others. Each City Council member honored a senior in their ward.

The awards were followed by lively entertainment, mingling and dancing.

Mayor Jackson Announces Demolition Strategy to Remove Blighted Structures


Mayor  Jackson announced at a press conference today a comprehensive strategy to demolish blighted and abandoned homes in the City of Cleveland. The plan is part of the mayor’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, a series of legislation and programs focused on improving the quality of City neighborhoods. Read supporting documents.

“The demolition of these homes is a direct result of Issue 32 and I want to thank Clevelanders once again,” said Mayor Jackson. “When I launched the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative, I promised to stop decline, stabilize our neighborhoods and provide growth for our future – this is the next phase of that effort.”

The City’s demolition strategy follows identified ‘safe routes to school,’ with the intent of demolishing more than 500 structures along the routes by the end of 2017. The routes are near Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and the condemned structures are within 500 feet of the ‘safe routes.’ Thanks to the passage of Issue 32, the City has allotted $5 million from the General Fund to demolish the various structures.

The ‘safe routes’ are identified as part of the Safe Routes to School program, which helps Cleveland Municipal School District students in grades K-8 safely walk or bike to school. The Jackson administration has been engaged in the Safe Routes program since 2006. It expanded in 2014 when the City Planning Commission received a Safe Routes Grant to initiate a districtwide program.

While Safe Routes to School is a national program, the Cleveland model is distinct. It specifically addresses the issues children face in urban environments that threaten their health, safety and welfare.

The demolition of vacant, blighted properties has been a priority for the administration since 2006. During the past eleven years the city has completed nearly 9,000 demolitions and expended nearly $70 million to eliminate blight by razing vacant, nuisance, and abandoned structures.

These demolition efforts align with the recently announced Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI), a massive $25 million fund focused on neighborhood revitalization efforts. While the City is demolishing structures, it is concurrently working with several large financial institutions to support new construction and rehabilitation of homes, as well as down payment assistance programs for prospective homeowners.

Watch the full press conference below:

3 Pipeline Infrastructure Improvements Announced

As part of ongoing neighborhood enhancements, Dominion East Ohio pipeline infrastructure improvements are scheduled to begin soon on Cleveland’s East Side.

Improvement to infrastructure begins with the replacement of old steel mainlines.  One lane of traffic will be maintained with traffic control personnel in the work zone directing traffic.  In addition, access to adjacent driveways will be maintained and the work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Expect additional traffic notices as work progresses. Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. All travelers are urged to use caution in construction zones. Public safety and the safety of workers is a top priority.

Union Avenue

The first project begins May 25, 2017, weather permitting. It includes work on the following streets:

  • From Union Avenue south 180’ along (vacated) East 88th Street to connect service at house #3515
  • No work will actually take place on Crane (relocated East 88th Street)

Traffic revisions remain in effect until June 2017. This project is scheduled for completion in June 2017.

Harvard Avenue

The second project begins May 30, 2017, weather permitting, and includes improvements to the following streets:

  • From Harvard Avenue south on the west side of East 76th Street to Claasen Avenue

Traffic revision begins Tuesday, May 30 and remains in effect through July 2017. The project is scheduled for completion in July 2017.

Benwood Avenue & East 131st Street

The third project begins June 1, 2017, weather permitting, and includes improvements to the following streets:

  • On the north side of Benwood Avenue from East 131st Avenue to East 140th Street

The project is scheduled for completion in July 2017.

Grady Stevenson Named Interim Director of Cleveland Community Relations Board

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Mayor Frank G. Jackson this week swore in Grady L. Stevenson as Interim Director of the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board.

He will fill the position vacated by former director Blaine Griffin, who recently accepted an appointment to Cleveland City Council. Stevenson has been promoted from his position as a supervisor for the Community Relations Board, overseeing community outreach and crisis intervention. He also serves as the pastor of Damascus Road Ministries, C.O.G.I.C. in the Union Miles neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side. He has previously worked for the City of Cleveland in the Department of Public Utilities.

Stevenson is married to his wife Teresa and is the father of three daughters. He is also the grandfather of six.

Base Cleveland Veteran News

24 May 2017

Thank You Veterans

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

Special Events

  • Lakeview Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

Festivities begin at 10:30 AM Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Garfield Memorial and includes a spirited parade, a rousing keynote speech and a Sousa band concert.  Picnic baskets and lawn chairs encouraged!

 DIRECTIONS (To Garfield Memorial)

Via Mayfield Gates:

Stay to the left.

Continue along Garfield Road.

Garfield Memorial will be on the right.

Via Euclid Gates:

Go straight after the round-about and continue on Garfield Road.

After driving up a hill, Garfield Memorial will be straight ahead.

  • 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.

  • Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame seeks to recognize those Ohioans who have worn the uniform of this Nation’s Armed Forces, performed their military duties, and then continued to contribute to community, state and nation in an exemplary manner. These outstanding contributions may, for example, be in the areas of professional, civic, veterans’ advocacy, public service or significant contributions over the life of the nominee.  Nomination must be received no later than June 30, 2017.

Questions?  please call (614) 752-8941 or email

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  • USS COD Dutch Friendship Day: join the COD as they reenact the USS 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

Read More Here: Base Cleveland Veteran News May 24 2017