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Today’s One Good Thing: Sidewalk Concerts

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Friday, March 27, 2020 Today’s One Good Thing: Sidewalk Concerts Posted By Vince Grzegorek vgrzegorek@clevescene.com> on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 3:52 PM Every day, while most things in this forsaken world suck, we’ll offer one thing, just one little thing, that doesn’t. Today: Neighbors coming together to provide and......
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Local COVID-19 Relief Fund Organized to Buy Gift Cards and Takeout From Local Restaurants to Distribute to Needy Families and Healthcare Workers

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Medworks, the Northeast Ohio non-profit that helps provide access to medical care for those in need, has launched the COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist families in need, as well as frontline healthcare workers and local restaurants. They are asking for donations, like so many other folks. The difference here is......
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KeyBank Instituting Moratorium on Foreclosures, Will Defer Payments During COVID-19 Outbreak

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A rendering of KeyBank’s signage at Progressive field, to remind us of baseball. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said Friday that in a conversation with KeyBank this morning, he was told that Key would be instituting a moratorium on foreclosures. Budish said he hoped other regional banks would follow suit.......
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Dave’s Markets Buys Cleveland and Columbus Lucky’s Market Locations

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Friday, March 27, 2020 Dave’s Markets Buys Cleveland and Columbus Lucky’s Market Locations Posted By Vince Grzegorek vgrzegorek@clevescene.com> on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 2:28 PM click to enlarge While Lucky’s Markets filed for bankruptcy and the majority of its stores earlier this year, the Cleveland location remained open. This......
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More than $3 Million for Cuyahoga County Small Business Loans and Grants Could be Available by Monday

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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, speaking at Friday’s City Club virtual forum, said that roughly $3 million had been raised to provide emergency relief for small businesses. Those funds could be available as early as Monday of next week. Budish, who appeared on the forum to address the various ways......
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Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Cuyahoga County by Zip Code

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Friday, March 27, 2020 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Cuyahoga County by Zip Code Posted By Vince Grzegorek vgrzegorek@clevescene.com> on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 11:21 AM click to enlarge Cuyahoga County this morning released a breakdown of confirmed coronavirus cases by zip code after being asked, by residents and by......
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Groups Say New Plan for Ohio’s Primary Falls Short, Voting Should Extend Into May

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click to enlarge COLUMBUS, Ohio – Civil-rights groups caution that Ohio’s new plan to address the state’s postponed primary could deprive people of their right to vote. To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine closed the polls for the state’s March 17 primary. House Bill 197 was......
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Meijer to Install Plexiglass Shields to Combat Coronavirus

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click to enlarge PHOTO: JONATHAN WEISS/SHUTTERSTOCK Michigan-based retailer Meijer announced Wednesday that it would be taking extra safety measures across its 248 supercenters as the coronavirus continues to sweep through the state. As an essential business, Meijer and other grocery stores are among those allowed to operate during Ohio’s stay......
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Trader Joe’s Confidential: Employee Worries the Company Isn’t Taking Coronavirus Safety Seriously

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click to enlarge Editor’s Note: As the coronavirus pandemic escalated into a national crisis, grocery stores have become unexpectedly risky places to work. A Texan Trader Joe’s employee, who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation, reached out our sister paper in San Antonio to offer perspective on what it’s like......
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Today’s One Good Thing: Stream ‘Saint Frances,’ Help Cleveland Cinemas

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click to enlarge Every day, while most things in this forsaken world suck, we’ll offer one thing, just one little thing, that doesn’t. Today: Cleveland Cinemas has partnered with Oscilloscope Films to stream “Saint Frances,” an award-winning comedy that took home an audience nod at SXSW last year and that was......
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Dr. Amy Acton: Ohio Could See 6,000-8,000 New COVID-19 Cases Per Day at Peak Surge

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click to enlarge Ohiochannel.org Dr. Amy Acton (3/26/20). Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton made a shocking prediction at Thursday’s COVID-19 press conference: During “peak surge,” she said, Ohio could see as many as 6,000-8,000 new cases of the coronavirus every day. Given the state’s limited testing capacity, in which......
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Metroparks Reminds You Not to Be an Asshole If You Visit a Park During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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click to enlarge Get outside, they say. Take a walk. Take a hike. Grab the dog. Get some fresh air. It’s good advice, and Gov. DeWine and Dr. Acton have mentioned it themselves. Fresh air is one of the few salves in this otherwise dire and stressful period of quarantine,......
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Ohio Beer Sales Were Up 38% in the Week Before Coronavirus Shutdown

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click to enlarge The Buckeye State saw the coronavirus pandemic coming and took, for the most part, necessary steps to provide for each other’s safety as Ohioans worked to flatten the curve. We worked from home. We skipped unnecessary social functions. We called our parents and told them to do......
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Ohio Clocks 187,000 Unemployment Claims in a Week as National Total Shatters Records

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click to enlarge More than 187,000 Ohioans applied for unemployment benefits for the week ending March 21, according to federal jobs data released today. The avalanche of jobless claims added to the more than 3.28 million claims filed across the country — an amount that crushed the previous record for......
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Ohio Lawmakers Extend Primary to April 28 with No In-Person Voting; Voter Rights Groups Protest

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click to enlarge Ohioans will have until April 28 to vote via absentee ballot in the primary, the Ohio General Assembly decided yesterday. However, most residents will not be given the opportunity to vote in person following the last-minute suspension of the March 17 election due to fear of the......
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First Energy Joined CPP in Halting Shutoffs, Has Restored Power to 600 Customers in Northeast Ohio

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click to enlarge It has been two weeks since the City of Cleveland announced that it would temporarily halt utility shutoffs and restore power and water connections to those customers whose service had been disconnected due to lack of payment. Since that time, the city reports, Cleveland Public Power has......
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Rock Hall, Art Museum, Science Center and Other Cleveland Cultural Institutions Announce Indefinite Closures Due to Coronavirus

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click to enlarge You’re not supposed to go anywhere anyway, as Gov. DeWine has ordered, and who knows when All Of This will be over, but just for official measure, a group of Cleveland’s largest cultural institutions issued a joint statement yesterday announcing their indefinite closures that will go beyond......
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Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Social Disconnecting

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click to enlarge COLUMBUS, Ohio — Feeling cut off from the outside world can be depressing and lonely, especially for older Ohioans, but social distancing doesn’t have to mean social disconnecting. With Ohio under a stay-at-home order and senior centers closed, AARP Ohio State Director Holly Holtzen recommends making a......
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This Shit’s No Joke: Waffle House Closes 418 Locations Due to Coronavirus, Including Some in Ohio

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click to enlarge Waffle House, whose penchant for remaining open even in cases of natural disaster is so consistent that FEMA uses its rare closures to determine the severity of such disasters, has announced that they will be temporarily closing 418 of their locations due to coronavirus, including several in......
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Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon Converting to “Virtual Event” for 2020

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click to enlarge The Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon announced Wednesday that its 2020 races, scheduled for May 16-17 downtown, will now be hosted as “virtual events.” Runners can log their miles at locations of their choice from April 15 to May 17. Shirts and medals will then be mailed in June. Runners......

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