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Cleveland Lead Safe Network plans for lead safe ballot initiative

by Bruce Checefsky (January 2019, Plain Press)           Community activist Tazz Mays is impassioned about lead safe legislation. As a volunteer for the Cleveland Lead Safe Network, a small organization seeking to pass lead safe legislation in Cleveland, he’s committed to getting enough petition signatures to place legislation on the ballot in the November 2019 election. … Continue reading

Can our Cleveland neighborhoods find a way to have both amenities and economic diversity?

by Chuck Hoven (January 2019, Plain Press)           Residents of Ohio City, gathered to share their vision for the future of the neighborhood, made it clear they would like to see their neighborhood serve as a home for people of all income groupings. They also readily listed the amenities they like in their neighborhood and what … Continue reading

Ohio City Inc hosts Neighborhood Vision Community Meeting

by Chuck Hoven (January 2019, Plain Press)           About eighty Ohio City residents gathered at Franklin Circle Church on December 6thfor the first of three community meetings designed to gather input toward creating an Ohio City Neighborhood Vision. At the beginning of the meeting Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack said the Ohio City Neighborhood Vision Process … Continue reading

St. Ignatius High School to create Welsh Academy Middle School

St. Ignatius of Antioch’s new pastor, Rev. Fr. Kevin Estabrook, invites all to “Come Home”

(January 2019, Plain Press)           First time pastor, Rev. Fr. Kevin Estabrook’s message to the community of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church at West Boulevard and Lorain Avenue is a simple one – “come home.” “If there are any parishioners or folks from the neighborhood who haven’t been to church in a while, we’re here to … Continue reading

Ohio Immigrant Alliance responds to Report on FY18 Deportation “Statistics” by saying “We Are Deeply Disgusted and Utterly Ashamed”

by Lynn Tramonte (January 2019, Plain Press)           The Federal government just put out its deportation “statistics” report for Fiscal Year 2018 ( Link: http://bit.ly/Deport18) , but let’s be clear: this report is not about statistics, it’s about people. Each “statistic” corresponds to a living, breathing human being, with a job, a home, and loved ones who grieve … Continue reading

Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry Receives $1 Million Department of Justice Second Chance Act Grant

(January 2019, Plain Press)           The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry (OOR) announced on December 13, 2018 that it was awarded a $1 million Department of Justice grant through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) for Second Chance Act (SCA) funding. The SCA is a grant program that supports state, local and tribal governments, as well … Continue reading

Residents seek information on how to challenge property tax assessments

by Bruce Checefsky (January 2019, Plain Press)           Jordan Perme and Chris Lees bought a one-family home on Literary Road in Tremont five and a half years ago. Their property tax assessment increased 17% over the next four years. This year alone, it increased more than 25%. “I don’t think they did a thorough job with … Continue reading

Southside resident fears losing longtime family home

To the editor: (January 2019, Plain Press)           My family has made Tremont/or the Southside our home for over 100 years.  We have had 17 family members born from this home. This is our generational home. My parents, my mother being the eldest, had the birthright of living in the vacant apartment when they were … Continue reading

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