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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 421 First Vice President Cindy Boehnlein gets on her bike to raise funds for local veterans

(Plain Press, January 2021)    COVID-19 has made it difficult for the American Legion Auxiliary to hold their traditional fundraisers this year, so when Cindy Boehnlein learned about the “Hundred Miles for Hope” fundraising campaign proposed by American Legion National Commander Bill Oxford to raise funds for the Veteran and Children’s Foundation, she was eager to give … Continue reading

MetroHealth offers updates on its planning and development projects

MetroHealth offers updates on its planning and development projects by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2020)           At a September 30th virtual community meeting MetroHealth Medical Center offered an update on progress of construction of the new hospital building on its main campus, a progress report on the Institute for Health Opportunity Partnership and Empowerment (HOPE), and updates … Continue reading

Cleveland Community Police Commission works to reform Cleveland Division of Police

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October 2020)           Of late, much public discussion centers around the need for police reform. Here in Cleveland that effort is already underway. The Cleveland Community Police Commission has been working on reforming the Cleveland Police Department since 2015.    At its quarterly meeting held virtually on September 24th, the Cleveland Community Police … Continue reading

Boys & Girls Clubs opening sites on Cleveland’s West Side

Boys & Girls Clubs opening sites on Cleveland’s West Side (Plain Press, October 2020)           Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio (BGCNEO) is opening two new ClubSmart Learning Centers – places where kids doing digital schoolwork can get in-person help — on Cleveland’s West Side.             A ClubSmart Learning Center will open Monday, Sept. 28 at The … Continue reading

Local agencies hope to aid working parents by providing safe spaces for students during virtual school hours

Local agencies hope to aid working parents by providing safe spaces for students during virtual school hours This story is provided by ideastream as part of special community coverage of COVID-19 and funded by Third Federal Foundation and University Settlement. by Rachel Dissell (Plain Press, September 2020)       For some parents of school-age children, the decision … Continue reading

“He Loves to Fight for all the Little Guys”

“He Loves to Fight for all the Little Guys” (Plain Press, September 2020)       After 30 years as a MetroHealth doctor, and a number of years before that serving as a community organizer, Doug Van Auken is set to retire. Doug Van Auken’s mission in life was perhaps best captured in that headline from a 1984 … Continue reading

Coping with COVID Collaboration seeks stories and ideas about experiences of Clevelanders during pandemic

Coping with COVID Collaboration seeks stories and ideas about experiences of Clevelanders during pandemic (Plain Press, August 2020) Coping with COVID is a collaboration between 90.3 WCPN/ideastream and more than a dozen community news outlets, including the Plain Press. Our aim is to bring you more stories about the experience of Clevelanders during the pandemic. … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council has a chance to do the right thing as it reviews tax abatement policy

Cleveland City Council has a chance to do the right thing as it reviews tax abatement policy by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, August 2020)            Cleveland City Council announced in a July 23rd press release that it plans to hear a presentation from the Department of Community Development on a tax abatement study at its … Continue reading

The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County and T-Mobile create a Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund

The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County and T-Mobile create a Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund (Plain Press, August 2020)            The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on digital inequities in Greater Cleveland that bar students from accessing their education in an age of remote learning, prevent underemployed and unemployed adults from finding or applying for … Continue reading

MetroHealth mobile unit offers Project DAWN services during COVID-19 pandemic

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, August 2020)            Attention to the crisis of opioid overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County remains a priority during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The MetroHealth Cuyahoga County Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is using an expanded mobile unit to distribute its Narcan Kits and Safe Injection Kits, and to offer referrals … Continue reading

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