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Near West Design Review Committee tables MetroHealth park proposal

COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT TO DETERMINE FATE OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Sunday, March 19, 2022; St. Nicholas Belarusian Orthodox Church building, 3518 Scranton Road, SW: A proposal by neighborhood resident Bob Gardin seeks to save this building from demolition. MetroHealth medical center proposed to demolish the building as part of a plan to … Continue reading

Changes are coming to Ohio Medicaid: Update contact info now!

(Plain Press, March 2022)      Don’t forget! Families receiving public benefits should begin updating their contact information now for important changes coming later this year.       A flurry of changes in the Medicaid program are anticipated over the next few months with redeterminations likely to resume (eventually) and the transition to a new slate of managed care plan … Continue reading

Why has childhood lead testing plummeted in Cleveland, and what can be done about it?

Why has childhood lead testing plummeted in Cleveland, and what can be done about it? by El Jay’Em (Plain Press, February 2022)  Mayor Justin Bibb’s office recently posted a position for a senior strategist to oversee the city’s efforts to combat lead poisoning who would report to the mayor. The position aims to be pivotal in helping Cleveland … Continue reading

ADAMHS Board CEO Issues Statement Regarding Mayor Bibb’s Decision to Change City of Cleveland’s Diversion Center Policy

(Plain Press, February 2022)  “I’d like to thank Mayor Bibb for his swift action to eliminate the requirement for a Cleveland police officer to call a city prosecutor before taking a person to the Cuyahoga County Diversion Center,” said Scott S. Osiecki, Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board … Continue reading

Cleveland Board of Education meeting features a plethora of public comments

Cleveland Board of Education meeting features a plethora of public comments by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, January 2022)           The Cleveland Board of Education meeting at Garrett Morgan High School on December 14th featured several highlight events: including a proclamation and farewell video in honor of Mayor Frank Jackson’s 16 years of service to the school district; a … Continue reading

Utilities for All holds vigil at City Hall to remember those who died due to utility shutoffs

Utilities for All holds vigil at City Hall to remember those who died due to utility shutoffs by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, October 2021)           Seven deaths from hypothermia were reported during a single month earlier this year after utility companies shut heat off in the middle of the winter to customers unable to pay their bills. … Continue reading

Activists sleep out at City Hall to draw attention to the urgent need to address lead poisoning

Activists sleep out at City Hall to draw attention to the urgent need to address lead poisoning by Bruce Checefsky      Childhood lead poisoning has increased dramatically since COVID-19. Day care closures and stay-at-home orders have confined young children to their homes, increasing the likelihood of exposure to the toxic metal. Many medical centers where testing … Continue reading

Prevent Blindness Ohio issues report with data on prevalence of eye disease and its impact

Prevent Blindness Ohio issues report with data on prevalence of eye disease and its impact (Plain Press, September 2021)           Prevent Blindness Ohio’s 2020 Vision Problems in Ohio report says “The impact of vision loss on individuals, families, the public health system, and to the State of Ohio is a significant public health concern. While half of all blindness … Continue reading

COVID-19 cases on the rise again in Cleveland

COVID-19 cases on the rise again in Cleveland (Plain Press, September 2021)        Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration’s Cleveland Department of Public Health weekly COVID-19 Case Summary for the week of August 8-14 says “COVID-19 cases in Cleveland have steadily increased since July 1st. Cleveland had a 7-day incidence rate of 91.3 new cases per 100,000 residents this … Continue reading

Guarantee citizens the right to food, clothing, shelter, and medical care

Guarantee citizens the right to food, clothing, shelter, and medical care To the editor: (Plain Press, September 2021)      With all the debate recently for amending the United States Constitution in favor of certain issues and/or those constituencies, perhaps a more appropriate amendment should guarantee each citizen of the United States the right to food, clothing, shelter, … Continue reading

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