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New owner of the Variety Theater shares her vision for its future

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Saturday, September 10, 2022; Variety Theater, W. 118th & Lorain Avenue: Westown Executive Director Rose Zitello says the Variety Theater has new ownership. The new owner, Kelly Flamos, former co-owner of Mahall’s in Lakewood, is working on the restoration of the entire building with hopes of opening the theater as a … Continue reading

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program to host a virtual town hall on October 4th to prepare Ohioansfor upcoming Medicare open enrollment

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program to host a virtual town hall on October 4th to prepare Ohioansfor upcoming Medicare open enrollment (Plain Press, October 2022)   Ohio Department of Insurance director Judith L. French and Medicare experts from the department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program are hosting a free, virtual town hall on Oct. … Continue reading

November 8 Election set to change the Ohio Supreme Court

November 8 Election set to change the Ohio Supreme Court by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, September 2022)                         Earlier this year, the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated legislative district maps and sent them back to the Ohio Redistricting Commission for revision, rejecting their fourth attempt at a plan for state redistricting as unconstitutional and unfairly favoring … Continue reading

State enacts emergency expansion of low-income utility assistance program

(Plain Press, September 2022)           The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on Wednesday July 20th took emergency action to broaden eligibility for a state assistance program in the face of rising natural gas prices.      Hours later, the Ohio Department of Development did the same for low-income electric customers following an executive order inked by Gov. Mike DeWine.      Both … Continue reading

August 2, 2022 Primary Election official results

(Plain Press, September 2022) The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has posted the official results of the August 2nd Primary Election on its website. Below are some of the results from districts that have some precincts within the area served by the Plain Press. Cuyahoga County Turnout 10.53% of Cuyahoga County’s registered voters cast ballots … Continue reading

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) interim reports are back!

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) interim reports are back! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Plain Press, August 2022        Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Interim Reports are required for many households six months after an application or recertification. Interim Reports have been waived during the pandemic until now.      SNAP assistance groups that received an interim … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council passes new tax abatement legislation

Cleveland City Council passes new tax abatement legislation Plain Press, July 20220                             At a special meeting held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Cleveland City Council passed legislation that will restructure the City of Cleveland’s tax abatement policy.       A press release immediately following the meeting from Cleveland City Council Chief of Communications Joan Mazzolini explains the new … Continue reading

Local and state politicians show more empathy to developers than to Cleveland’s children

Local and state politicians show more empathy to developers than to Cleveland’s children by Chuck Hoven Plain Press, July 20220                             Cleveland’s new tax abatement policy set to start on January 1, 2024, while better than the current policy, does little to address the glaring need to substantially increase the flow of property taxes to the Cleveland … Continue reading

Primary Election set for May 3rd

Primary Election set for May 3rd Plain Press, May 2022             Registered voters may select a Democratic Party or Republican Party ballot when they vote in the Primary Election on May 3rd. For those voting in person the polls will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 3rd.       Early in-person voting can also be … 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

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