TV20 News: Week of 6/17/19

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Police Awards Ceremony (0:55)

At a ceremony in City Council Chambers, Police Chief Calvin Williams, along with Mayor Frank Jackson and Safety Director Michael McGrath, handed out awards to those officers, and citizens, for their acts of heroism and dedication to duty.

EMS Recognition Ceremony (2:55)

In the City Council Chambers, the Cleveland Division of EMS recognized and honored those who were instrumental in saving lives of Clevelanders during emergencies. At the ceremony, Mayor Frank Jackson thanked those being honored for their service and commitment to the community.

Drug Court Graduation (4:50)

The Greater Cleveland Drug Court recently held its 61st graduation ceremony, helping those ready to start a new, sober life. Participants spent an average of 10 to 20 months in the program after being charged with a drug offense. 

Citizen Police Academy Graduation Ceremony (6:45)

Cleveland residents that went through the 7 week Citizen Police Academy recently graduated at a ceremony held at the City Council Chambers. Mayor Frank Jackson spoke to the class about why he thinks the program is important for our community.

City Council Fire Training Academy (8:55)

The members of the Cleveland City Council Safety Committee had a chance to get first hand training from the Cleveland Division of Fire at the Fire Training Academy on what they do to keep us safe. Councilman Matt Zone, Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, Councilman Joe Jones and Councilman Blaine Griffin shared their thoughts about the unique experience.

Victoreen Building Demolition (15:10)

As a part of the City of Cleveland’s “Safe Routes to School” Initiative; a vacant and dilapidated building is finally being torn down. Vacant since the 1980s, the Woodland Avenue building has become a symbol of blight in the neighborhood. Mayor Frank Jackson said that through the “Safe Routes to School” Initiative, thousands of buildings like the Victoreen have been demolished.

Riverside Park Groundbreaking (17:05)

Phase 2 of CMHA’s Riverside Park is officially under way! Located on the Westside of Cleveland, Phase 2 of Riverside Park will bring 203 affordable housing units to the community. Mayor Frank Jackson congratulated those for keeping the project going and spoke on the benefits of affordable housing;

Public Works Safety Open House (18:50)

The Cleveland Division of Water Pollution Control welcomed local students for an open house to celebrate the 2019 National Public Works and Safety Week. The students participated in a rain barrel contest, then had a chance to learn about the various jobs and tools used by Water Pollution Control, Cleveland Divisions of Police, Fire, EMS and the Division of Public Works.

Cuyahoga 50 Spot (20:00)

This year marks 50 years since the Cuyahoga River caught on fire. To mark the milestone, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and other area agencies will be hosting 25 different events over the celebration week- from June 19 through the 23rd, including the family-friendly all-day event on June 22nd at Rivergate Park. Also on June 22nd you can ride the RTA and Lolly the Trolly FREE all day. For a listing of events and additional information visit Cuyahoga 50 dot org.

Road Report (20:38)

There are road closures in the area that may already be impacting your commute, and those that are about to.

  • I-490 is currently closed between East 55th and I-77 from now through May of 2021 while construction crews work on Section 3 of the Opportunity Corridor.
  • Beginning Monday, June 17th 77 North will be reduced to 2 lanes between Pershing Avenue and I-490 through September for bridge and pavement work.
  • The West 45th Street ramp for the West Shoreway is closed now and for the next 5 months while the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District continues its construction of the Westerly Storage Tunnel. Drivers on the Shoreway can access Detroit Avenue and other nearby streets by using the West 73rd or West 25th Street exit ramps.

For more information including detours and additional closures, visit The Ohio Department of Transportation Website or call 216.581.2100.