Thanksgiving Safety Tips

It’s Thanksgiving time and during this time of year many families travel, and gather together to celebrate the holidays. In addition to spreading holiday joy, some people may be spreading germs. Here are some tips to help prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses this holiday season.

The air is chilly and crisp, the leaves have fallen and soon snowflakes will begin to fall.  Yes, the holiday season is here!  This means it is time for Mayor Jackson’s Holiday Gala Celebration on Friday, December 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Hotcards World Headquarters, 2400 Superior Avenue.  Order Tickets Online

Clevelanders are invited to help make a difference by volunteering time with the Holiday Basket program. Assistance is needed at the Cleveland Foodbank as well as Zelma George and Michael Zone recreation centers. Volunteers can help pack and deliver baskets. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains a web page with frequent updates regarding the George V. Voinovich Bridge Project. News included on the page includes closures, work schedules, progress and more. 

The Department of Public Works WILL NOT pick up waste on Thursday, November 26, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. There will be a one day delay in the waste collection schedule. City Hall and all its offices will be closed in observance of the holiday. All emergency 911 services will be maintained. 

As the winter season rapidly approaches, the City of Cleveland released details from its 2015-16 winter weather plan that addressed aging fleet conditions and outlined proactive measures in place ahead of any major snow fall event. In addition to providing information on the plan, the city displayed 14 newly purchased snow removal vehicles that will be introduced into this year’s fleet.

Kids and teens are invited to submit original work for possible selection for public exhibition at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which has over 30,000 visitors daily. The Youth Art Gallery provides exhibit opportunities for Northeast Ohio’s youth. Submissions are reviewed by an Art Review Panel and winning artists are featured on the airport’s website as well as at the airport. 


Applications and resumes are being accepted online from now until December 21, 2015 for Board of Elections positions which vary in length from a few days up to 12 weeks or longer. All job offers are made with the understanding that prospective employees pass a drug test and a criminal background investigation prior to being hired.

Winter brings temperatures below freezing. Without proper preparation and care, home water lines and/or meters might freeze, leading to property damage and expensive repairs. The Division of Water encourages customers to act before winter weather sets in, and has tips on home protection, and info on winterization.

In observance of Thanksgiving, the Willard Garage located at 601 Lakeside Avenue will have reduced operating hours. It will close Wednesday, November 25th, at 8pm and be closed all day on Thanksgiving. On Friday, November 27, hours of operation will be from 5am to 8pm. Willard Garage will return to normal operating hours on Monday, November 30, from 5am to 11pm.

The State Route 2 eastbound (inbound) exit ramp to Edgewater Park and the Lake Avenue entrance ramp to SR2 are closed until mid-December for the Lakefront West project.  

Vaccines will be available at Dave's Markets and local health and recreation centers, and sponsored by the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Those having insurance are asked to bring cards, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

CFC, a community partner of City of Cleveland Departments of Community Development and Aging, is dedicated to financial empowerment, helping Clevelanders to improve personal finances by providing resources, advice, and guidance in forming and executing financial plans. 

This publication provides information on utility fee assistance programs for heat, electricity, water, sewer, as well as property tax reduction for qualified individuals. Also included are benefits information for Cleveland seniors and energy saving tips. 

Dan Williams, Director of Media Relations with the Mayor's Office of Communications has a message for all drivers to make sure vehicles are prepared for winter weather. Following these tips can help make Clevelanders safer and make driving through snow and ice less treacherous this season.

A Fisher House is for military family members to stay free-of-charge while their injured or ill loved one receives treatment, procedures, operations, or rehabilitation. The goal of the organization is to raise $7,000,000 to construct a Fisher House on the grounds of cleveland's Louis Stokes VA Hospital, the third largest VA hospital in the US. There are currently 62 houses in operation worldwide.

Reasons for exemption include property vacancies, conversions, servicing by a private hauler, and structure abandonment. Form and secondary documentation must be completed and submitted by March 31, 2016.

Cleveland’s SRP helps retail districts become attractive, economically viable, and diverse places to visit and shop by assisting in the design and funding of signage and the rehabilitation of traditional storefront buildings.

The Con Plan details how the Department of Community Development will spend approximately $27 million in federal HUD funds, from 6/1/2015 to 5/31/2016. Programs include: Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

The agreement marks a new way of policing, one built on a strong foundation of progressive change, sustained trust, and accountability. It is a reflection of ideas from people and groups across the community – including residents, civil rights organizations, activists, clergy, student groups, business and philanthropic organizations and elected officials, as well as the police unions and the Division of Police.

The Department of Aging is working with the National Council on Aging on the Flu + You campaign featuring its ambassador, two-time Emmy and Tony-award-winning actress Judith Light, who is educating older adults and those who care for them about the seriousness of the flu, importance of prevention, and available vaccine options.

11/25/2015 - MEDIA ADVISORY: Willard Garage Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
11/25/2015 - Cleveland WILL NOT Collect Waste on the Thanksgiving Day Holiday
11/20/2015 - Mayor Jackson Announces Leadership Changes to the Cleveland Department of Public Health
11/20/2015 - Major Frank G. Jackson Announces Changes in Leadership at Public Health
11/19/2015 - Photo Opportunity: Cleveland Division of Fire to Welcome Two New Fire Engines into Response Fleet
11/18/2015 - Media Advisory: City of Cleveland Encourages Tobacco Users to Quit During Great American Smokeout
11/13/2015 - Division of Fire Announces 30th Fire Academy Cadet Class Graduation
11/12/2015 - City of Cleveland Introduces 2015-16 Winter Weather Plan
11/12/2015 - A Statement from Mayor Frank G. Jackson on Mr. Joe Calabrese Selection as a Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine
11/11/2015 - News Advisory: City of Cleveland to Discuss Winter Weather Plan
11/10/2015 - Parade and Recognition Ceremony Planned to Honor Veterans
11/02/2015 - Gun Offender Registry to Help Law Enforcement Address Gun Violence
10/30/2015 - Notice of Public Meeting
10/30/2015 - Cleveland Division of Fire will Sound Alarm to Signal Need for Smoke Alarm Battery Change
10/29/2015 - Division of Animal Care & Control Receives “Bright Ideas Award” at Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference
10/28/2015 - News Advisory: City Of Cleveland Gun Melt Hosted by ArcelorMittal Cleveland
10/20/2015 - City of Cleveland Launches Cleveland Tree Plan to Rebuild Urban Forest
10/19/2015 - Cleveland Water Investments Create 0% Rate Increase
10/16/2015 - 134th Cleveland Police Academy Graduation
10/15/2015 - International Economic Development Council Elects Tracey Nichols as New Board Member for Two-Year Term
11/05/2015 - Ohio National Guard Fall 2015 Employer Advisory Council Meeting
11/05/2015 - Bed Bug Conference
11/07/2015 - Annual Fur Ball
11/09/2015 - Junior Achievement’s Online Auction Supporting Youth Education
11/11/2015 - Veterans Day Ceremony
11/11/2015 - Veteran's Day Parade
11/26/2015 - Thanksgiving Day