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Trinity Community Center increases access to resources with its new wheelchair ramp

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

Advocates for free eviction help urge increased commitment by the City of Cleveland to fully funding the program

Advocates for free eviction help urge increased commitment by the City of Cleveland to fully funding the program by Chuck Hoven      United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Legal Aid Society and CHN Housing Partners have teamed up in a public private partnership with the City of Cleveland to offer free help to qualified Clevelanders … 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

Participatory Budgeting Cleveland (PB CLE) to launch budget recommendations

Participatory Budgeting Cleveland (PB CLE) to launch budget recommendations by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, August 2021)     Town meetings were first established in the earliest New England settlements as a form of direct democracy in which most or all members of a community come together to discuss policies, laws, and budgets for their community. The first town meeting was … Continue reading

More cash means more stability for children and families

More cash means more stability for children and families by Will Petrik (Plain Press, August 2021)     All children and families, no matter where they live or what they look like, deserve stability, security, and basic human dignity. But for decades, certain state and federal lawmakers have prioritized tax giveaways for the wealthy while 46% of Cleveland children … Continue reading

Formerly homeless youth leads charge in Cleveland for affordable housing

Formerly homeless youth leads charge in Cleveland for affordable housing by Dan Polletta (Plain Press, August 2021)     When Kai Cotton offers advice to youth struggling with homelessness, they listen, because she was once in their shoes.       She’s no typical charity worker. She’s one who’s been homeless, who knows exactly what it is to have the rights and … Continue reading

Reader responds to the letter concerning noise in the Fulton/Denison area

Reader responds to the letter concerning noise in the Fulton/Denison area To the Editor:    As a resident of West 25th Street and Chatham Avenue, I can empathize with the fine people of the Fulton Road and Denison Avenue area! I too have endured countless hours of disruption from intentional motorcycle and automobile noise. The altered mufflers, … Continue reading

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