Sustainable Cleveland 2019: Year of Vibrant Green Space Kick-off

Recently, on Friday, January 20, 2017, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the new Chief of Sustainability, Matt Gray, welcomed visitors and guest to the annual Office of Sustainability’s kick-off event declaring this year as the Year of Vibrant Green Space held at Cleveland City Hall in the Rotunda. Vibrant Green Space can be defined as an accessible and active public space that connects people to place, nature and one another.

This report primarily focuses on the operations of City departments that report directly to the Mayor. A total of 25 departments and divisions are included in this publication. The report addresses fundamental services that have a direct impact on citizens. These activities, and their goals are identified in the “Key Public Service Areas” listed at the beginning of each department chapter.

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.

New volunteer orientation will be held from 10:30am-11:30am on Saturday, January 28th at the Jefferson Branch Library (850 Jefferson Ave. in the Tremont neighborhood). This is the first step to becoming a City Dogs volunteer! City Dogs volunteers work with adoptable dogs available from the Division of Animal Care and Control. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

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.

Requirements for the Campaign Finance Auditor position include High school diploma or equivalent and three years related experience including operations processes or financial auditing; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Must demonstrate command of Microsoft Office, proficiency in reading comprehension and math.

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. 


The Ohio Auditor of State’s office maintains a system for the reporting of fraud, including misuse of public money by any official or office. The system allows all Ohio citizens, including public employees, the opportunity to make anonymous complaints through a toll free number, the Auditor of State’s website, or through the United States mail.

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.

Hospice of the Western Reserve is seeking volunteers to assist in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living communities, Hospice House locations, and hospitals. Volunteers come from all walks of life and have a variety of skills, talents and abilities. The next series of volunteer classes will begin on March 20, 2017.

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.

01/19/2017 - Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Year of Vibrant Green Space Kick-off
01/13/2017 - Mayor Jackson and Chief Williams Announce Administrative Charges for Police Officers Loehmann, Garmback, and Cunningham
01/11/2017 - Mayor Jackson Swears-in the Director and Assistant Director of Port Control
01/10/2017 - Mayor Jackson Swears-In Cleveland Municipal School District Board of Education Leadership and New Board Member
01/05/2017 - The Willard Garage Lakeside Entrance Closure
01/04/2017 - Statement from Mayor Jackson on the Passing of Daryl Rush
01/03/2017 - Mayor Jackson Swore-in Matt Gray as Chief of Sustainability
01/03/2017 - Mayor Jackson Swore-in Duane Deskins as First Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth & Young Adults
01/02/2017 - News Advisory: Mayor Jackson to Swear-in Chief of Sustainability
01/02/2017 - News Advisory: Mayor Jackson to Swear-in First Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults
12/21/2016 - City Trash Collection Schedule Changes for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays
12/19/2016 - Statement Regarding the Monitor Filing the Equipment and Resource Plan
12/19/2016 - Statement Regarding the Monitor’s Filing of the Body Worn Camera Policy
12/19/2016 - Mayor Jackson Swears-in City of Cleveland Director of the Department of Aging
12/15/2016 - Media Advisory: City of Cleveland Winter Weather UPDATE!
12/15/2016 - City of Cleveland Winter Weather – UPDATE!
12/14/2016 - Mayor Jackson Promotes Cleveland Firefighters
12/13/2016 - Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, Cavs/Quicken Loans Arena Organization and Destination Cleveland Announce Collaboration for Transformation of The Q
12/08/2016 - City Trash Collection Schedule Changes for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays
01/16/2017 - Ice Fest
01/19/2017 - Digital Darkroom
01/19/2017 - Digital Darkroom
01/19/2017 - Who is Ali?
01/19/2017 - MLK Jr. Scavenger Hunt
01/20/2017 - Year of Vibrant Green Space Kickoff
01/21/2017 - Legal Aid
01/23/2017 - Resume Workshop
01/23/2017 - Lunar New Year
01/23/2017 - Duct Tape Maker
01/24/2017 - Bouncing Babies!
01/25/2017 - Lunar New Year
01/25/2017 - Year of the Rooster
01/25/2017 - Meditation
01/26/2017 - Paper Beaded Necklace
01/27/2017 - Monthly Movie!
01/28/2017 - Kwanzaa
01/28/2017 - Happy Lunar New Year
01/28/2017 - Sewing 101
01/28/2017 - Yoga
01/29/2017 - Ice Carving
01/30/2017 - Game Day