Cleveland’s Gun Buy-Back A Huge Success

Aimed at curbing the number of weapons on the street, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland Public Safety Division of Police launched the gun buyback programs 10 years ago in a strong effort to cut crime. Many citizens sold their guns to the City for cash with no questions asked in exchange for gift cards or ticket. This event allowed Cleveland's Division of Police to purchase hundreds of privately owned firearms from residents.

City of Cleveland recreation centers are currently serving after-school meals to children ages five through eighteen at all locations. Meals will be served Monday through Friday while the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is in session as well as during winter and spring breaks and during declared school snow days when students are not required to attend class due to inclement weather.

The Cleveland Codified Ordinance 3143.02 requires facade and exterior wall inspections on certain buildings including those which are taller than five stories and 75 feet, and those which are older than 30 years. Inspections must be performed by qualified inspectors. 

The Mayor’s Food Basket is generously supported by individuals, local businesses and City of Cleveland employees. It is the largest annual food giveaway in Cuyahoga County and helps to feed thousands of Cleveland families each year. Volunteers are needed at three locations: Michael Zone Recreation Center on Lorain Avenue; the Cleveland Foodbank on South Waterloo Road; and the Zelma George Recreation Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. This year's event will be held on December 10th, 2016.

Public hearings will be held at Collinwood and Estabrook Recreation Centers.  The Cleveland Department of Health, Division of Air Quality values the opinions of residents and the regulated community, and the hearings will provide an opportunity for public comment. 

The suburbs aren’t as suburban as they used to be. Shifts in market demand are driving redevelopment of vacant suburban properties into thriving sustainable places. Attendees can join in on a study that shows how the next generation of urban retrofits is helping larger communities address the challenges posed by the 21st century. Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones, Coordinator of the MS in Urban Design, School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology presents, and a book signing follows the lecture. Ticket costs vary.

One of the fastest growing crimes is Medical Identity Theft, a crime where someone illegally uses personal information to obtain medical and prescription care, including surgery and advanced costly procedures.  A thief may use someone's name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with an insurance provider, or get other care. This can affect the victim's treatment, insurance and payment records, and credit report.

The True2U program is an innovative mentoring and career awareness program that prepares eighth grade students for the transition from middle school to high school. Those interested in becoming adult mentors can apply now. Four hundred mentors are needed for the 2016 to 2017 school year. 

New Crisis Intervention Team policies developed for the Cleveland Division of Police were released on November 28 for public comment and feedback. Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams and William M. Denihan, Chair of the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee, welcome and encourage the public to participate in the feedback process.

Children Without Faces is a holiday tale which will be shown at Public Auditorium's Little Theater on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The address is 500 Lakeside Avenue. Doors open at 5pm for the play which begins promptly at 5:35. Cornell Calhoun III has more information via email or at 216.420.7624. 

This smoking cessation program for pregnant women includes prenatal and postpartum smoking cessation sessions using positive reinforcement to help promote a healthier lifestyle.

The goal of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Organization is to raise $7,000,000 for the construction of a Fisher House on the grounds of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, the third largest VA hospital in the US  There are currently 62 houses in operation across the US, Germany, and England.

Cleveland Municipal Court’s Veterans Treatment Docket needs volunteers – preferably military veterans- to help Veterans transition to successful lives.  Info: Derek Moore at 216.664.4712. 

City of Cleveland announced that it has launched a new online employment software system to improve the application process for City of Cleveland job seekers. Applicants are now able to quickly apply online to numerous positions. Potential candidates may apply for current vacancies, register to take a Civil Service exam or sign up to receive notifications when new openings become available. Job seekers can apply from their home computer, tablet, or mobile smart device.

Ninety percent of body heat goes out through the top of the head and hypothermia happens when a body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If stuck in a vehicle without heat for an extended period of time, warmth will not be the only concern to deal, with but it is very important.

Last year during flu season, Cleveland saw a sharp increase in influenza cases that resulted in hospitalizations. Online flu information is available, and the Cleveland Department of Public Health has a flu hotline with information for Clevelanders at 216.664.4621. 

The National Council on Aging educates older adults about influenza and prevention. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can be severe and life-threatening, especially for adults 65 years of age and older. A higher dose vaccine was developed specifically to address the age-related weakening of the immune system.

Cold winter temperatures can cause frozen water pipes and burst meters. These can damage property and be expensive to repair, and are the responsibility of the property owner. But there are simple steps that can be taken to protect homes and businesses and save money.

The Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio regularly schedules recreational activities for amputees – Veterans and non-Veterans, including Yoga for Amputees, shooting events, and recreational swimming.  Information is available from Robert Hass at 614.288.5105 or via email. 


New evidence in the 1989 murder of 10 year old Amy Mihaljevic has led police to appeal to the public for information on this unsolved crime.

The Goal of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Organization is to raise $7,000,000 for the construction of a Fisher House (there are currently 62 houses in operation across the US, Germany, and England) that will be located on the grounds of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (VAMC), the third largest VA hospital in the US. 

Exemptions require annual application for property that remains vacant at the end of the year.Exemption forms are available for owners of vacant homes, those who have vacancies in multi-dwelling properties and vacant/abandoned rental properties.

Bob Hope: An American Treasure tells the story of the Guinness Book’s “most honored” man through a series of themed modules that celebrate his comedic contributions, achievements in entertainment, relationships with US Presidents and his other passion – the game of golf. The exhibit, housed in the Western Reserve Historical Society's Entrepreneurship Gallery, features over 160 artifacts, 200 vintage photos and seven video displays. 

 Current lost and found pet listings for the City of Cleveland can be found on Petango.

12/08/2016 - City Trash Collection Schedule Changes for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays
12/07/2016 - News Advisory: Public Safety Winter Preparedness and Live Burn Demonstration
12/06/2016 - Mayor Jackson Announces Appointment of Duane Deskins as Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth & Young Adults
12/06/2016 - Mayor Jackson Swears-In Two Commissioner Level Positions for Cleveland Department of Public Health
11/30/2016 - Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams Urge Clevelanders to Participate in the 2016 Gun Buy Back
11/30/2016 - Workshop to be held on “Navigating the Hiring Process “of City Hall
11/28/2016 - Media Availability
11/23/2016 - Cleveland WILL NOT Collect Waste on the Thanksgiving Day Holiday
11/22/2016 - News Advisory: City of Cleveland to Discuss Winter Weather Plan
11/21/2016 - City of Cleveland Responds to Ohio Department of Health Infant Mortality Report
11/19/2016 - Mayor Jackson Congratulates Councilman Matt Zone on Being Chosen as President of the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities
11/17/2016 - Photo Opportunity: Cleveland Division of Fire to Welcome New Additions to Fire Response Fleet
11/16/2016 - City of Cleveland and GCRTA announce that Superior Avenue in Public Square will remain closed
11/16/2016 - City of Cleveland Files New Use of Force Policy with U.S. District Court
11/15/2016 - News Advisory: City of Cleveland and RTA to Make an Announcement Regarding Public Square
11/14/2016 - Mayor Jackson Swears In New Members of Community Police Commission
11/10/2016 - City of Cleveland WILL Collect Waste on Friday, November 11, 2016
11/10/2016 - Recognition Ceremony and Parade Planned to Honor Veterans
11/09/2016 - Mayor Frank G. Jackson Statement on the Passage of Issue 108
12/01/2016 - Tree Lighting Ceremony
12/01/2016 - American Femmes Fatales
12/02/2016 - Holiday Art Walk
12/02/2016 - Warehouse Sale
12/03/2016 - Navigating the Hiring Process
12/10/2016 - Sensory Friendly Time
12/12/2016 - Blues Jam Night
12/16/2016 - Afterschool Winter Festival