Jefferson Rocks concert series continues!


The (Jefferson Rocks) concert series continues this Thursday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 pm with the opening act of Stardrop Circus and then Carlos Jones, who takes the stage at 8 pm.

It all happens at Jefferson Park. It is a free music series sponsored by Councilman Brian Kazy and this week features the one and only Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band taking the stage with great reggae music at 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The opening act is Stardrop Circus with their acrobatic aerial silks, in addition to stilt-walking and bountiful hoola hoops for the kids.

The event also features Recess CLE with giant inflatables and fun, interactive games for kids and families.

There will be a beer garden, food, and community resource tables to keep neighbors in the know. This week Neighborhood Family Practice will be there with all three Covid-19 vaccines available including the Pfizer for young people 12 and older. 

Hope to see you there!

National retailer coming to Kmart site in West Park

National retailer coming to Kmart site in West Park, Cleveland, OH

By Jerry Masek   

“It’s exciting to know that a national retailer is coming to West Park,” Ward 17 Councilman Charles Slife says.    “Since I took office, the first question every resident asks me is — ‘What’s going to happen to the Kmart site?'”   

Today, Crain’s Cleveland Business and The West Park Times are releasing details of the project. Printed copies of Crain’s will be on newsstands Monday.   

The name of the retailer has not yet been released.   

Kmart, at 14901 Lorain Ave,, was a major player in West Park from 1982 until January 2018. That’s when Sears Holdings Corp, closed 45 stores, including 5 in Ohio. The store here had 89,000 square feet of selling space.    The store’s closing left a gap in West Park. The Kamm’s Corners Development Corp. (KCDC) and then-Councilman Marty Keane immediately began talks to bring a tenant to that site. Those talks continued last year with the West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development, and Slife, who replaced Keane on City Council. 

Project details

Crain’s talked with an attorney representing TLM Realty, owners of the site. He said TLM proposes:

  • Divide the vacant Kmart building’s 106,000 square feet among as many as three retail outlets.
  • Add retail uses in new buildings in the vast parking lot.
  • Demolish part of a largely empty building on the east side of the parking lot.
  • Demolish the Marquard Building. It contains first-floor retail space and apartments on Lorain Avenue.
  • Those moves would allow more space for free-standing retail buildings on the property.  

Two public meetings set

Residents will have two opportunities to learn about the project. At 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, the Far West Design Review Committee will hear four presentations, including one by Michael Oestreich of TLM Realty, The Committee is a neighborhood arm of City Planning Commission, which will hear the presentation later. The official agenda says the project will include “renovation and new additional buildings.” The project is still in the “conceptual” phase.    Slife said that although the Committee meeting is open to the public, there will be little or no interaction with residents.    That interaction will come a week later, in a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 14. Residents are encouraged to attend that meeting and bring their questions and comments. 


The Kmart site was formerly known as Herrington Farm. Before Kmart could build there, residents of a trailer park had to be evicted. 

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Cleveland Orchestra honors CMSD for supporting students, families

Cleveland Orchestra honors CMSD for supporting students, families


The Cleveland Orchestra has honored CMSD for working to remove barriers to education and meet families’ basic needs during the pandemic.

The District was among 11 recipients of the Orchestra’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards.

Watch a video announcement of the award winners.

CMSD was honored under the category of Improving Education. Other categories included Community Leadership, Promoting Social Justice and Racial Equity, and Promoting Greater Understanding through the Arts.

The recipients were “just a few of the hundreds of organizations who have stepped up for our Northeast Ohio community during this most challenging year,” said Jeffery Weaver, chair of the Orchestra’s Community Engagement Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees.

“Each one is working to meet the community’s most urgent and basic needs, address issues of systemic racism or use the healing power of arts to build community,” Weaver said. “Dr. King was a lifelong champion for racial equity, unity, and community strength — qualities that the recipients of this community service award exemplify.”

The Orchestra cited the District’s “massive effort to provide comprehensive support for learning and basic needs for students, families and teachers.” CMSD, forced to make a quick shift to remote learning, operated food sites, paid for technology and internet access and worked with other groups to develop “academic learning pods,” used by families who need assistance with child care.

The Gund Foundation, honored in the same category, approved a $1 million grant to fund digital access for CMSD students, including laptops, hotspots and high speed Internet. The Orchestra noted that the grant came on top of many other gifts benefitting CMSD students, including $14 million for Say Yes to Education Cleveland in 2019.

Other recipients included the Cleveland Foundation, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, Cuyahoga County government, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Black Lives Matter CLE, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre and a partnership of three CEOs: Craig Arnold, Eaton Corp; William Lacey, GE Lighting, a Savant company; and Fred Nance of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Cleveland Museum of Art

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The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) invites you to celebrate love in all its forms Sunday, February 14. Stroll through the galleries with your loved one and enjoy the NEW, highly anticipated special exhibition Stories from Storage. Other highlights include a love-inspired self-guided collection tour via the ArtLens App, which can be accessed on- and off-site, and sweet treats for purchase in Provenance Café.

For those who wish to cuddle up at home and visit the CMA virtually, a selection of high-level digital-engagement offerings—for which the CMA is known worldwide—is available online. Home Is Where the Art Is offers an abundance of online resources and activities to enjoy the museum’s collection and includes a host of engaging programs and events.

Share your CMA Valentine’s Day experience using #CMALoveStory.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays.

CMA Valentine’s Day Activities

Featured Exhibition

Stories from Storage

Sunday, February 7, to Sunday, May 16

The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall and Gallery

More than 4,000 artworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s permanent collection are on view in the galleries. However, many works remain in storage for various reasons: some are light sensitive, some have condition issues, some have contested attributions, or others simply do not fit into the narratives or finite spaces of the galleries. Stories from Storage reveals approximately 300 works of art from storage. Visitors will encounter 20 stories—told by the museum’s 17 curators, as well as the director and the chief curator—that highlight works seldom on view, spanning the museum’s encyclopedic collection, from the ancient world to today. The unifying thread is the glimpse into storage that each story provides.

Tickets on Sale Now

Adults $12; seniors and adult groups $9; students and children ages 5 to 17 $6; children 5 and under and CMA members FREE.

Tickets can be reserved online at, at the box office or by calling 216-421-7350. FREE general admission tickets are also required.

Museum Gifts

CMA Membership

Share your love of art by purchasing a CMA membership for someone special. Recipients can take advantage of exclusive discounts and free exhibition tickets. Shop online at choose the perfect level for your loved one.

CMA Store
Celebrate your loved one with something from the CMA store. Members receive a 15% discount.

Artful Treats

Provenance Café

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day cookie for you and your sweetie. Members receive a 10% discount. 

Self-Guided Collection Tour

ArtLens App Tour

First Date 

Dive into the CMA’s collection with works chosen to inspire conversation and provoke “getting to know you” questions.

For more information on using the ArtLens App, visit ClevelandArt.orgThe ArtLens App is free to download to iPads or iPhones (iOS9 or higher) or to Android devices (5.0+) from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Photo: Scott Shaw Photography. Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Public Utilities to resume disconnections on Dec. 1

Cleveland Public Utilities to Resume Disconnections on December 1


Beginning on Dec. 1, 2020, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) will lift the moratorium on shut-offs and reconnections. DPU will resume the regular process for collections and disconnection of service for delinquent water and/or electric accounts.

The City of Cleveland suspended utility disconnections for non-payment on March 13 as part of Mayor Jackson’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency to help customers during the coronavirus pandemic. The City’s suspension was in advance of Governor DeWine and the Ohio EPA’s order on March 31 and has continued well beyond the state order, which ended on July 1, 2020.

The decision to resume disconnections has been done with great concern and awareness of the financial difficulties and other vulnerabilities many of our customers are facing due to the pandemic.

Financial relief tools are in place to assist customers in need. In addition to our current affordability programs, we are offering extended payment plan options as well as coordinating with outside agencies to refer customers for additional services.

We continue to diligently notify customers with past due accounts, so they receive plenty of notice in addition to the regular multi-notice procedures.

It is always our goal to keep customers connected to utility service. We encourage customers who need assistance to contact Cleveland Water at (216) 664-3130 or Cleveland Public Power at (216) 664-4600 to discuss their payment options as soon as possible.

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents MIX: Amplify

The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents MIX: Amplify

In partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, free virtual event celebrates how music and visual artists promote social justice


Virtual MIX at CMA returns Friday, Oct. 2, from 8 to 9 p.m. with MIX: Amplify, a celebration of how music and art have promoted social justice and combatted racism through messages of rage, hope and empowerment. The event features a live DJ set from Vikter Duplaix, a showcase of different styles of street dance from hip-hop ambassador and choreographer Samuel McIntosh of 10K Movement, video art by Wil Frierson and appearances from surprise guests.

MIX: Amplify is inspired by and in partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, whose physical and digital exhibition It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment highlights Hall of Fame inductees and artists who use music as a platform for protesting injustice and fighting for equality. Amplified through artifacts, artist narratives and intimate images captured by influential African American photographers, the exhibition explores these important issues we face in 2020, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary year. 

Get ready for the event with a virtual MIX: Amplify kit featuring curated playlists from the DJ and the Rock Hall, virtual Zoom backgrounds designed by Frierson, restaurant recommendations for ordering takeout, themed cocktails you can make at home, artist bios and information about It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment. The kit also includes resources from community partner Cleveland VOTES to encourage everyone to amplify their voices by voting in this year’s election.

Share your photos of your MIX vibe using #MIXatCMA and #museumfromhome.

The CMA is a leader in the use of technology to enhance the visitor experience both on-site and online. 

MIX: Amplify is part of the museum’s free, dynamic digital initiative Home Is Where the Art Is, which showcases the museum’s globally recognized digital resources and offers a variety of newly created fun and engaging programs for people of all ages. With this initiative, the CMA has leveraged technology to bring works of art to people, responding to changing needs in new, enriching and innovative ways. These sustainable digital experiences continue to complement the in-person museum experience now that the CMA has reopened. 

How to Join MIX: Amplify:

Zoom (with “dance cam”) Join the party through Zoom for a chance to be featured in a live “dance cam” that will spontaneously occur throughout the hour. A link to join will be posted to or on the museum’s Facebook page. You can also send an email (subject line: “MIX: Amplify”) to to receive a link in your inbox.

Facebook Watch live on the CMA’s Facebook page from your smartphone, iPad or computer. 

Make a contribution to the Cleveland Museum of Art through The Eric and Jane Nord Family Challenge. Your gift will be increased fourfold by the Eric and Jane Nord Family who has offered a challenge match for donations received this calendar year. Your support will advance the museum as it creates new programs to engage the community. 


Text OURCMA to 44321

Community Partner: Cleveland VOTES, a nonpartisan democracy-building and mobilization entity that aims to strengthen and amplify equitable civic engagement to ensure we have a more informed, participatory and cohesive community.

The Cleveland Museum of Art would like to thank Chase Private Client for their generous support of MIX: Amplify.

Image caption: James Brown, 1966 Courtesy of the Chuck Stewart Estate.

Upcoming Virtual Events:

Desktop Dialogues

Every first and third Wednesday at noon

Listen as curators, educators, community leaders, artists and others offer new ways to look at and understand artworks, special exhibitions and museum-specific issues.

Close Looking at a Distance

Every second and fourth Wednesday at noon

Examine a work of art, ask questions and learn how art can frame our understanding of both the past and present.

About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 61,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship and performing arts. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is in the University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art receives funding from a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and northeast Ohio. The museum is supported in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and made possible in part by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. For more information about the museum and its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit

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Are you a worker? Do you feel #LostInTheSystem?

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ohio in early spring, most residents couldn’t have predicted the economic impact it would have. Like many others, maintenance technician Noah Bowler (name changed to protect client privacy) lost work when the state shut down and immediately applied for unemployment benefits.

Noah’s hopes for relief were dashed when Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services denied his application, claiming he did not meet the minimum amount of weeks worked to qualify. Noah knew this was not true, yet he felt helpless on his own up against a complicated administrative system. He contacted Legal Aid and a paralegal helped him file an appeal with all of the appropriate documents. The appeal was approved, and Noah now has the financial support to weather the pandemic.

“The Ohio unemployment compensation system was not set-up for the type of volume we’ve seen in 2020,” explained Tom Mlakar, deputy director at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. “Sadly, so many lives depend today on this safety net. The stability that UC brings helps people remain stable as they anticipate returning to work. UC benefits help pay for rent, food and other basic needs.”

Ohio’s unemployment system, operated by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, has seen unprecedented numbers of applications since the pandemic began. These issues have been further complicated by the complex system of multiple layers of programs being offered right now by both the state and the federal government. Legal Aid is encouraging people who have been waiting for five or more weeks to contact them.

“Our team is poised and ready to stand by the side of people who need help,” Mlakar explained. “Knowledge is power in this uncertain time, and our Legal Aid staff can do important problem-solving work.”

In early April 2020, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland launched a Worker Information Line, for people who were unsure about talking with an attorney and perhaps just needed a question answered. If a caller asks a question that needs legal action, they are immediately referred into Legal Aid’s intake system.

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is also available to help anyone who may have been denied benefits. “The appeals process can be intimidating, and sometimes, people can be wrongly denied,” Mlakar said. “Legal Aid can help people through the process of appeals.”

Think you need help? Contact the Worker Information Line or contact Legal Aid for legal help by visiting:  Online intake is open 24/7 and phone lines are open during most business hours.

Visit for more information Legal Aid’s work to extend justice throughout Northeast Ohio.

Good policies can protect workers during pandemic

Good policies can protect workers during pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing yet most of Ohio’s economy has reopened. People are going back to work without proper safety measures in place. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has failed to issue workplace safety mandates. Without federal leadership, state leaders must act to protect working people, their families and communities. Today, Policy Matters Ohio put forward recommendations to keep working people safe during the pandemic.

Gov. DeWine’s mask mandate has slowed the surge of COVID-19 cases, but with more than 5 million Ohioans back at work, more is needed. COVID-19 clusters are popping up at some workplaces. At least 323 cases of COVID-19 were linked to outbreaks in seven meatpacking plants in Columbiana, Holmes, Stark and Wayne counties, leading to 31 hospitalizations and three deaths. Before restarting on-site classes, OSU confirmed nearly 100 positive cases among staff and students, foreshadowing risks to come as schools and universities reopen.

“Everyone deserves a safe workplace, and overcoming the pandemic and recession depends on it,” said report author and Policy Matters Researcher, Michael Shields. “Ohio policymakers have implemented some guidelines, but enforcement is needed along with financial supports to help workers and businesses comply.”

Shields makes a slate of recommendations for state policymakers, including: 

  • Requiring employers protect workers by providing face masks and hand sanitizer; through social distancing and with regular cleaning.
  • Requiring businesses reduce risk with offsite work, staggered shifts, increased physical space, barriers, or reducing operations.
  • Creating additional safety guidelines for health care workers and first responders, similar to those in California.
  • Enforcing existing public health and workplace safety laws.
  • Certifying workers and unions as workplace safety monitors, as California has done.
  • Implementing anti-retaliation protocols for workers who report violations. 
  • Proving emergency paid sick leave to high-risk and sick workers.

Shields made several recommendations for local officials, including:

  • Using county health departments to enforce existing workplace safety laws, prioritizing high-risk industries.
  • Filing public nuisance lawsuits against employers that endanger public health.
  • Revoking licenses or government contracts from persistent violators.

“Restoring the health of Ohio’s economy depends on keeping the people who live here safe and healthy,” said Shields. “Ohio leaders must take all possible steps to ensure workers are safe on the job.”

Coronavirus cases now topping 1,000 in Ohio in one day

COVID cases rise in Ohio

According to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health, from Wednesday to Thursday (July 8 to 9) saw an increase of 1,122 new cases in just 24 hours.

Below are a breakdown of some of the newest numbers released by the Department of Health as of this Thursday :

Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,122. Today’s total= 57,506. Yesterday’s total= 56,384.

Below, the City of Cleveland has compiled this list of COVID-19 testing sites:

Testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 is available at the local federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) below:

Neighborhood Family Practice

o   W. 117 Community Health Center – 11709 Lorain Ave.

o   By appointment only

o   Tests are available regardless of one’s ability to pay

o   Call (216) 281-0872 for information or to schedule an appointment

o   Results are back in one to three days

Care Alliance

o   Central Clinic – 2916 Central Ave.

o   Drive-thru and walk-up testing, by appointment only

o   Tests are free of charge to the patient

o   Call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at (216) 535-9100 and press 6

o   Testing done Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

o   Results are back in 24 to 48 hours

The Centers

o   East Office – 4400 Euclid Ave.

o   Drive-thru and walk-up testing, by appointment only

o   Tests are free of charge to the patient

o   Call (216) 325-WELL (9355) to talk with an access specialist, be triaged by a nurse, and schedule your telehealth visit with one of our providers for screening for a test

o   Testing takes place on Wednesdays, following a Tuesday telehealth visit (required)

Check out ODH’s website for a map of testing sites:

Jobless claims still climbing, but fewer last week

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Courtesy of Policy Matters Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) today reported that Ohioans filed 109,369 initial jobless claims for the week ended April 18, down from 226,007 the prior week. Total new claims for the last five weeks approached 1 million, with 964,566 filings. Together these claims exceed all jobless claims filed for the prior two years by 249,054. ODJFS has distributed initial payments to 376,000 claimants thus far. Policy Matters Ohio Researcher Michael Shields released the following statement:

“Flattening the curve of COVID-19 means Ohioans need to stay home from work until our health departments get the tests they need to prevent a surge of infections once businesses reopen. That means ODJFS must work quickly to get unemployment compensation (UC) to those who need it. Ohio is falling behind other states in allowing many workers who haven’t previously qualified for benefits to receive them.

“ODJFS said it will begin processing newly eligible claimants by mid-May. For folks who have been out of work since March, that’s a long time to wait. It’s understandable that getting a new claims system up and running takes time. It is not reasonable that many now waiting for federal help were excluded from state benefits they should have been eligible for in the first place.

Ohio law excludes workers paid less than $269 per week on average – like many of the restaurant workers sent home by Gov. DeWine on March 15 – from state UC benefits. Ohio law completely excludes drivers employed by ride-hailing companies such as Uber. ODJFS needs to get benefits to these workers as quickly as possible, and Ohio policymakers must change eligibility rules so they will be eligible for UC going forward.

“Alleviating hardship for workers displaced by this crisis is critical, and getting it right is the way to prevent a short-term disruption from becoming a protracted recession. Forcing Ohioans back to work before our health departments have the testing they need to isolate coronavirus cases would endanger lives. Instead Ohio’s leaders in government need to make sure people can cover the rent and groceries while their earnings are on hold. Maintaining their consumer spending is going to be vital to keeping businesses afloat and preventing long-term job loss.

“Too many Ohioans never recovered from the last recession. In the recovery from this crisis, Ohio can rebuild our economy in a way that strengthens everyone. This time we’ve got to get it right.”

Out like a lion? March job report closed the books too early to see COVID-19’s toll

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The numbers: Seasonally adjusted data released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) show Ohio employers shed 39,700 jobs in March as Gov. Mike DeWine slowed the spread of the coronavirus by ordering many businesses to close. Total nonfarm jobs fell to 5,559,400, from a revised number of 5,599,100 in February.

March’s numbers lag weekly claims filings. They were gathered during the week ended March 14, a day before Gov. DeWine closed restaurants and bars, and eight days before his stay-at-home order shuttered many more businesses. Thus, they don’t yet reflect most of the effects of COVID-19. ODJFS reported yesterday that 158,678 Ohioans filed initial unemployment claims in the week ended April 11. Initial claims for the past four weeks of 855,197 exceed filings for all of 2018 and 2019 combined. Adams, Clinton, Logan and Union Counties experienced their highest filings last week. Policy Matters has tabulated initial filings for each county.

The numbers from the monthly jobs report:

  • Employers in goods producing cut 2,800 jobs in March as estimated over the week ended March 14. Manufacturers cut 1,200 jobs, construction firms shed 1,500, and mining and logging firms shed 100.
  • Private service sector employers shed 36,300 jobs. The biggest recorded losses were in leisure and hospitality (-27,000). Trade, transportation, and utilities cut 4,400, educational and health services cut 2,200, other services cut 1,600, professional and business services cut 400 and information cut 200.
  • Public sector employment fell by 600 jobs with cuts in state government jobs (-500) and federal government jobs in Ohio (-100). No change was yet reported in local government jobs.

Ohio’s unemployment rate for March reached 5.5%, up from 4.1% in February. During the stay-at-home order, the unemployment rate will understate the true scope of joblessness, because it only counts those actively seeking work.

What it means: “Last month’s jobless numbers don’t yet tell the story of COVID-19’s impact, since they were gathered so early in the month,” said Policy Matters Ohio researcher, Michael Shields.

“Many more workers are already off the job following Gov. DeWine’s ‘stay-at-home’ order. They’re the folks working in jobs not classified as essential, and who can’t do their jobs from home. We want those workers at home to keep them and others safe. But if ODJFS doesn’t move quickly to push unemployment comp to them, then even those who work from home could see their jobs at risk from a drop in consumer spending.”


Get Ohioans the support they need: “The DeWine administration and ODJFS must do everything they can to get unemployment compensation to these folks as quickly as possible,” Shields said. “Governor DeWine made the right decision to protect Ohioans by closing businesses, but now he must take action to alleviate the pain. Many of the restaurant and bar workers sent home by Gov. DeWine over a month ago won’t be able to get benefits for another month. Ohio law excludes workers if they are paid less than $269 per week. They’ll be covered now under temporary federal measures. ODJFS needs to move more quickly to get benefits to these and other newly eligible workers.”

“Supporting workers furloughed by COVID-19 is necessary to prevent a deeper contraction. Some workers are continuing to work because they can do their jobs at home. But if policymakers don’t ensure laid-off workers can continue to pay the rent and buy groceries, the livelihoods of those who are still working could be at risk as well.”

Fix the tax code: “Policy choices that prioritized the wealthy and corporations over families and workers have kept many Ohioans in a precarious position a decade after the last recession. Ohio leaders have misspent 10 years of prosperity on tax cuts for the wealthiest and tax breaks for special interests. In the recovery from this crisis, Ohio needs to rebuild our economy in a way that strengthens everyone. This time we’ve got to get it right.”

Visit some parks, not playgrounds, CDC recommends

While getting outdoors is important any time of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says do not visit playgrounds.

“Do not use playgrounds, including water playgrounds, located within local, state, or national parks,” says the CDC. 

The CDC states: “Using playgrounds might lead to the spread of COVID-19 because:

  • They are often crowded and could easily exceed recommended guidance for gatherings.
  • It can be challenging to keep surfaces clean and disinfected.
  • The virus can spread when young children touch contaminated equipment and then touch their hands to their eyes, nose, or mouth.”

Visiting a playground is advised against until further notice. However, select state and local parks remain open. Remember to practice safe social distancing practices no matter where you are, including at all public parks which remain open.

According to the Cleveland Metroparks, its ’18 reservations’ currently remains open and golf course hours are limited (9 a.m. to 5 p.m), depending on the weather. Find information regarding their updates here. To protect employees, they are asking individuals to ‘pack in, pack out.’ This means bring your own garbage container (bag) and bring any garbage with you when you leave.

The Cleveland Metroparks website does note: “Avoid playgrounds: all playgrounds and outdoor fitness stations are closed for safety.”

Swimming for now appears to be safe, given individuals continue taking appropriate measures to avoid shared spaces, etc. According to the CDC, there is no proof that currently exists indicating COVID-19 can be transmitted via water or swimming.

“There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the water. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (with chlorine or bromine) of pools should kill COVID-19,” states the CDC’s web page.

It is NOT recommended to use water parks or playgrounds, or hot tubs, says the CDC.

Getting out isn’t impossible during COVID-19 but it is still important to continue safe social distancing; practicing adequate hygiene habits, and additional precautions such as wearing a mask.

Find information from the National Parks Service regarding individual parks here. 


Coronavirus cases spike in Ohio, latest 24-hour total surpasses 1,300 new cases

In the last 24-hours, the Ohio Department of Health has reported 1,353 new cases of the coronavirus. 

This excludes the “CDC Expanded Case Definition (Probable)” amount. The overall coronavirus case total for the state reached 11,292 on April 19. For the last few days, a significant jump in 24-hour case increases can be seen (below): 

4/19: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,353 Today’s total= 11,292. Yesterday’s total= 9,939.

4/18: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,081 Today’s total= 9,939. Yesterday’s total= 8,858.

4/17: Today’s 24-hour increase= 619. Today’s total= 8,858. Yesterday’s total= 8,239.

4/16: Today’s 24-hour increase= 611. Today’s total= 8,239. Yesterday’s total= 7,628.

4/15: Today’s 24-hour increase= 475. Today’s total= 7,628. Yesterday’s total= 7,153.

4/14: Today’s 24-hour increase= 272. Today’s total= 7,153. Yesterday’s total= 6,881.

View more totals here.

According to sources, the U.S. currently tops the world in numbers of coronavirus cases. 

Ohio’s food assistance policy in the time of pandemic


No matter our differences, we all need to eat. We all want to support our families and live with dignity. Now is the time for our leaders to make policy choices that help all people — not just the wealthy and powerful few. In this moment of uncertainty, state and federal lawmakers need to do everything they can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and stabilize families, households, and the economy.

This brief examines elements of the federal stimulus packages and policy changes in Ohio that can help people access food during this difficult time. It also highlights additional recommendations to make sure all Ohioans have enough to eat.

A strategy to stabilize families and the economy

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the most effective programs during a recession. First, SNAP meets people’s immediate needs and allows people to keep feeding their families. Research shows that children whose families use SNAP are healthier and do better at school.[4] Second, SNAP can help stabilize the economy during a downturn by quickly supporting people who lose their jobs or income. As unemployment rises, more people get their food through SNAP, and research shows that people who use SNAP spend it quickly in their community.[5] Four-fifths of SNAP benefits are spent in the local economy within two weeks, and 97% within a month. SNAP also frees up resources for Ohioans to meet other basic needs, like paying for rent, diapers, medication, or toilet paper.

National steps taken to provide food to people who need it

Congress passed three major bills in response to COVID-19. The first provided funds for medical equipment, vaccine development and other research. The second, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, addressed immediate, pressing health and social needs. The third, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, addressed income support, business assistance, and aid to state and local governments, among other things.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides important flexibility and relief to meet emerging needs. The bill extends food assistance by:[6]

  • Allowing states to provide SNAP benefits to households with children who received free or reduced-price meals, if a school is closed for at least five days due to COVID-19.
  • Making it easier for people to access SNAP and freeing up administrative capacity to connect people to SNAP. The bill allows states to offer all recipients the maximum benefit amount, which many do not get. It also allows the interview, screening, and processing of benefits to be more streamlined for the applicant and the caseworker.
  • Suspending the three-month time limit. Adults without children were required to report 80 hours of work or training each month to receive SNAP for longer than three months. The act temporarily suspends this requirement.
  • Allocating $500 million in emergency funding for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, which provides nutrition education, and food for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to 5 years old. The bill gives states flexibility to waive certain administrative requirements to make it easier to serve WIC participants.
  • Allocating $400 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund food purchases through the Temporary Food Assistance Programs to support emergency aid for food banks.

These changes are all temporary and available only during the public health emergency.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third federal stimulus package. It includes several major elements to buffer Americans from the recession, such as expanded unemployment compensation (UC), payments to individuals and families, and financial assistance to states. By not increasing SNAP benefits, the CARES Act misses an opportunity to both stimulate the economy and help families make ends meet, like policymakers did during the last recession.[7]

Policymakers can temporarily increase the maximum SNAP benefit by 15% in the next stimulus package. This would provide roughly $25 per person per month, or a little less than $100 a month to help a family of four afford food and help stabilize consumer spending in local economies.[8] We urge federal lawmakers to include this in the next relief bill, which is being discussed now.

Steps Ohio has taken to support people in need

Food is the most basic human need. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act gives Ohio more flexibility to respond to the needs of the moment. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is taking important steps to make sure current SNAP participants don’t lose benefits and help newly eligible people apply and access benefits quickly.

The USDA has granted Ohio waivers toward these goals. The first waiver prevents Ohioans who participate in SNAP from losing access to benefits due to expiration or redetermination.[9] This means that SNAP benefits scheduled to expire in March, April and May 2020 will be extended six months until September, October and November 2020. This will keep Ohioans enrolled in SNAP and free up caseworkers to connect people with critical food assistance.

The USDA also authorized new, flexible guidelines for processing new SNAP applications.[10] Federal rules had required people to complete an interview to receive SNAP benefits. The new, temporary rules will allow ODJFS to waive the interview requirement as long as the applicant’s identity has been verified and other mandatory verifications have been completed.

ODJFS should establish procedures to guide county Job and Family Service (JFS) agencies to operationalize these changes. ODJFS has already developed temporary procedures for county JFS agencies to accept verbal signatures over the phone. These measures will make sure more Ohioans who need it get help affording food.

The USDA also approved a waiver to bring all households receiving SNAP “up to the maximum benefit due to pandemic related economic conditions for up to 2 months.”[11] This would infuse over $150 million into Ohio’s economy over two months and help households pay for food expenses. This will allow households to receive up to the maximum benefit based on their household size. Typically, households with higher monthly income receive less SNAP assistance, and households with the lowest or no income receive the maximum benefit. Federal lawmakers decided that households already receiving the maximum amount will not see a boost.

Policymakers are taking steps to help Ohioans safely use SNAP to buy food. The DeWine Administration issued an order to allow SNAP recipients to pay for curbside grocery pickup with their SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.[12] School districts across the state have also taken initiative to get food to students who need it. The USDA granted a waiver to Ohio for schools to package and distribute meals to students.

What else is needed

Metro County JFS agencies are reporting staff shortages all across the state as they transition to at-home or remote work environments. County JFS offices have reported being overwhelmed by calls for UC claims. Food banks across the state are reporting major increases in demand — 250% in Dayton and 300% in Cincinnati.[13] While schools are working to get food to students, the Plain Dealer reported that only around 10% of students in Cleveland are picking up free meals.[14]


While state and federal lawmakers have moved quickly, Ohioans in crisis need more support.

Federal policy makers can:

  • Increase the maximum SNAP benefit by 15%. This would provide roughly $25 per person per month for food and help the nation weather the emerging recession by boosting consumer spending in the economy.

State policymakers can:

  • Support Ohio’s emergency food distribution network. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks has asked for an additional $25 million to purchase, pack, and distribute over 1 million emergency food boxes that will be needed to feed hungry Ohioans over the next month.
  • Get resources to kids who no longer have access to free school meals. The Families First Coronavirus Act authorized Pandemic EBT to support children who were receiving free or reduced-price meals at school. ODJFS needs to get benefits to households that have SNAP EBT cards and develop a system to make sure households that don’t have EBT cards get them as soon as possible. Pandemic EBT will provide roughly $114 per child per month on the SNAP EBT card.
  • Make it easier for more households to access SNAP. Ohio can expand eligibility for SNAP from 130 to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level through broad-based categorical eligibility.[15] The state could also include the SNAP application on the UC website ( and add instructions for how to check for SNAP eligibility in determination letters that ODJFS sends to UC claimants. This would help more Ohioans get support through SNAP and help stimulate the economy.
  • Expand food options for people with SNAP. Ohio can request a “hot foods” waiver to allow SNAP participants to purchase a wider variety of foods in grocery stores. This will provide more options for populations with less capacity to cook at home.
  • Expand curbside pick-up options at grocery stores. While Governor DeWine authorized curbside grocery pickup with SNAP EBT cards, most Ohio grocery stores don’t offer online ordering and curbside pickup. The state should work with grocers to make this option available for all Ohioans, including SNAP participants.
  • Educate the public about how to access SNAP benefits. Food banks are being overwhelmed by demand. ODJFS Director Hall can use one of Governor DeWine’s daily press briefings to educate Ohioans about how to access food assistance through SNAP.

We are all in this together. While individuals, nonprofits, and businesses all play a part, only government can mobilize our shared resources to ensure all of us can eat. In the midst of the COVID-19 emergency, we need to remember what we learned during the Great Recession. A swift expansion of SNAP (as well as Unemployment Compensation and Medicaid) is one of the best ways to meet the emerging needs of kids and families, and stabilize our economy.

Current coronavirus cases in Ohio

Coronavirus in Ohio increases by 837 in 24 hours, Ohio, Cleveland, Coronavirus



05/16: Today’s 24-hour increase= 487. Today’s total= 25,836. Yesterday’s total= 25,349.

05/15: Today’s 24-hour increase= 549. Today’s total= 25,349. Yesterday’s total= 24,800.

05/14: Today’s 24-hour increase= 555. Today’s total= 24,800. Yesterday’s total= 24,245.

05/13: Today’s 24-hour increase= 436. Today’s total= 24,245. Yesterday’s total= 23,809.

05/12: Today’s 24-hour increase= 409. Today’s total= 23,809. Yesterday’s total= 23,400.

05/11: Today’s 24-hour increase= 509. Today’s total= 23,400. Yesterday’s total= 22,891.

05/10: Today’s 24-hour increase= 331. Today’s total= 22,891. Yesterday’s total= 22,560.

05/09: Today’s 24-hour increase= 591. Today’s total= 22,560. Yesterday’s total= 21,969.

05/08: Today’s 24-hour increase= 837. Today’s total= 21,969. Yesterday’s total= 21,132.

05/07: Today’s 24-hour increase= 507. Today’s total= 21,132. Yesterday’s total= 20,625.

05/06: Today’s 24-hour increase= 553. Today’s total= 20,625. Yesterday’s total= 20,072.

5/05: Today’s 24-hour increase= 463. Today’s total= 20,072. Yesterday’s total= 19,609.

5/04: Today’s 24-hour increase= 515. Today’s total= 19,609. Yesterday’s total= 19,094.

5/03: Today’s 24-hour increase= 557. Today’s total= 19,094. Yesterday’s total= 18,537.

5/02: Today’s 24-hour increase= 575. Today’s total= 18,537. Yesterday’s total= 17,962.

5/01: Today’s 24-hour increase= 677. Today’s total= 17,962. Yesterday’s total= 17,285.

4/30: Today’s 24-hour increase= 684. Today’s total= 17,285. Yesterday’s total= 16,601.

4/29: Today’s 24-hour increase= 473. Today’s total= 16,601. Yesterday’s total= 16,128.

4/28: Today’s 24-hour increase= 429. Today’s total= 16,128. Yesterday’s total= 15,699.

4/27:Today’s 24-hour increase= 339. Today’s total= 15,699. Yesterday’s total= 15,360.

4/26: Today’s 24-hour increase= 377. Today’s total= 15,360. Yesterday’s total= 14,983.

4/25: Today’s 24-hour increase= 402. Today’s total= 14,983 . Yesterday’s total= 14,581.

4/24: Today’s 24-hour increase= 439. Today’s total= 14,581 . Yesterday’s total= 14,142.

4/23: Today’s 24-hour increase= 533. Today’s total= 14,142 . Yesterday’s total= 13,609.

4/22: Today’s 24-hour increase= 359. Today’s total= 13,609 . Yesterday’s total= 13,250.

4/21: Today’s 24-hour increase= 734. Today’s total= 13,250 . Yesterday’s total= 12,516.

4/20: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,224. Today’s total= 12,516. Yesterday’s total= 11,292.

4/19: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,353 Today’s total= 11,292. Yesterday’s total= 9,939.

4/18: Today’s 24-hour increase= 1,081 Today’s total= 9,939. Yesterday’s total= 8,858.

4/17: Today’s 24-hour increase= 619. Today’s total= 8,858. Yesterday’s total= 8,239.

4/16: Today’s 24-hour increase= 611. Today’s total= 8,239. Yesterday’s total= 7,628.

4/15: Today’s 24-hour increase= 475. Today’s total= 7,628. Yesterday’s total= 7,153.

4/14: Today’s 24-hour increase= 272. Today’s total= 7,153. Yesterday’s total= 6,881.

4/13: Today’s 24-hour increase= 363. Today’s total= 6,881. Yesterday’s total= 6,518.

4/12: Today’s 24-hour increase= 331. Today’s total= 6,518. Yesterday’s total= 6,187.

4/11:Today’s 24-hour increase= 351. Today’s total=6,187. Yesterday’s total= 5,836.

4/10: Today’s 24-hour increase= 324. Today’s total=5,836. Yesterday’s total= 5,512.

4/9: Today’s 24-hour increase= 364. Today’s total=5,512. Yesterday’s total= 5,148.

4/8: Today’s 24-hour increase= 366. Today’s total= 5,148. Yesterday’s total= 4,782.

4/7: Today’s daily increase for #Ohio is 332 confirmed cases. This is up from 4,450 reported yesterday, for a total of 4,782 cases.

4/6: Today’s 24-hour increase is 407; numbers of coronavirus cases in Ohio have increased from 4,043 to 4,450.

4/5: Since yesterday, #coronavirus cases in Ohio have increased by 304; from 3,739 to 4,043.

4/4: Confirmed #coronavirus cases in Ohio have jumped to 3,739, according to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health.

4/3: Since last reported on March 31, the total #Coronavirus count for #Ohio has risen to 2,902, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Health. The average daily rate of infection is on the rise statewide. (Avg. 323 per-day).

3/31: In 12 days, the total #Coronavirus count for those in #Ohio has risen from 119 to 1933. That means there are an average of 151 new cases developing throughout the state, per day. In retrospect, states like New York are reporting increases per-day by the thousands.
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*All data extracted from the Ohio Department of Health.

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2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Induction Week postponed, facility temporary closed to public

2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2020 Postponed Cleveland, OH, Coronavirus Cancellations

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As of March 13, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is temporarily closed to the public.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Induction Week festivities have also been postponed until later this year, at a date that is to be determined.

According to the Rock Hall’s web site:

“Given this temporary closure, we have postponed the following events:

  • Wednesday, March 18 – Spotlight: Janis Joplin
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Film Series: Linda Ronstadt

If you have purchased a ticket for a postponed event, we will issue a full refund and alert you via email of the opportunity to purchase when the event is rescheduled.  If you have purchased a ticket for general admission, it will be honored at our Box Office upon your future visit or refunded.

We look forward to welcoming fans back to our Museum in the near future.

Meanwhile, we encourage teachers working to create plans for distance learning to explore our free online resources that help you engage students through the power of rock & roll.  Visit Rock Hall EDU (, our new digital learning platform, to create a free account and access professionally developed lesson plans, activities, presentations, videos, playlists and other digitized primary source materials from our Library & Archives.  Our resources meet national and state learning standards in a variety of subject areas, including music, social studies, English and more.”