The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee recently announced that it will host a post-Convention community-wide weekend celebration July 29-31 on the newly renovated Public Square and throughout Downtown Cleveland to recognize Northeast Ohio residents and volunteers for their contributions to Cleveland’s hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The primary elements of the weekend programming will be “A Community Thank You Party,” on Saturday, July 30, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Public Square, as well as free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. for residents of Northeast Ohio.

The party and the free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are made possible through the generous support of JobsOhio, The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, The Kulas Foundation and theJohn P. Murphy Foundation.

Those who attend the party, which is open to all, can enjoy family-friendly live entertainment, kid’s activities, giveaways, including Mitchell’s Ice Cream, and snacks for purchase from many of Cleveland’s great food trucks. Local visitors can also enjoy live music at the Rock Hall’s new outdoor beer garden and experience the museum’s featured summer exhibit “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics” – an experience of exclusive video interviews, interactives, photography and never-before-seen artifacts that explore how music has shaped and reflected our culture through the lens of rock music. Rock Hall admission on July 30 is free for Northeast Ohio residents who live in ZIP codes beginning with 440, 441, 442 or 443 and have a valid ID.

“Hosting this Convention requires an immense amount of collaboration, support from our community leaders, thousands of man hours from the Host Committee’s 8,000 volunteers and cooperation and patience from the residents of Northeast Ohio,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee. “We hope people from across Northeast Ohio will come Downtown throughout the weekend to commemorate the unprecedented effort that is going into hosting this Convention. Its impact far exceeds the economic benefits. It validates the strength of this community and what we can achieve when we come together in support of our beloved city.”

In addition to the Host Committee’s party, another highlight of the weekend celebration includes the return of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Star Spangled Spectacular concert to Public Square, which is scheduled to kick off the weekend of festivities on Friday, July 29, at 9 p.m. The Orchestra’s annual, free community concert in Downtown Cleveland will mark the first major activation of the restored space and is emblematic of the future programming that will occur in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.

In addition to The Cleveland Orchestra’s performance, many other activities will bring a vibrancy and excitement to the city’s core following the Convention:

  • Friday, July 29:
    • VeloSano Kickoff Party on Mall B, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m. (with post-game fireworks)
    • The Cleveland Orchestra Concert on Public Square, 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30:
    • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame open to public for FREE, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Cleveland 2016 Host Committee’s “A Community Thank You Party” on Public Square, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m. (with post-game fireworks)
  • Sunday, July 31:
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 1:10 p.m.

Those attending each of these events Downtown during the celebration weekend are encouraged to take the RTA Rapid; trips can be planned using Riders can park for free and buy a $5 All-Day Pass.

The Host Committee would like to thank The Cleveland Orchestra, the Group Plan Commission,Cleveland Clinic, RTA, the Cleveland Indians and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for their partnership in creating a cohesive and exciting weekend for Clevelanders.

To learn more about Cleveland 2016 Host Committee or to keep up-to-date on new developments, please visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Twice Monthly Base Cleveland Veteran News (August 1, 2016)

Straight from City Hall

Special Events:

  • Veterans Hiring Fair:  Veterans of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Guardsmen, Reservists and those transitioning from active duty are invited to attend 10 AM to 2 PM Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 at Woods-King Armory, 4303 Green Road, Highland Hills, OH 44128

Bring copies of your DD 214, resume and be prepared to interview on site.  For more information, call Dan Abraham (216) 308-8403 or Paul Lord (216) 701-3045

  • Law Enforcement Night at Progressive Field:  The Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball has teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to show our appreciation for the men and women of Ohio who serve as law enforcement officers, corrections officers and first responders.

    Your 2016 Cleveland Indians and the Memorial Fund invite you, your friends, family and the general public to join us for the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on…

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City of Cleveland Daily Media Update & Summary – July 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Straight from City Hall

This evening, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia from the Cleveland Division of Police and Assistant Chief Prosecutor Kimberly G. Barnett provided the media with an overview of actions that transpired in the event zone as it relates to the Republican National Convention. Click here to view the briefing in its entirety.

A brief summary follows.

Protest Safety and Security Updates:

  • Two officers, one a Georgia State Trooper and one with the Cleveland Division of Police, were treated for minor skin irritation. They are doing well. The incident is still being investigated, but it is confirmed that no needles or syringes were used. It is possible that it was coming from irritant on a sticker.
  • As a precaution, police are advising that if you received a sticker from a person that you don’t know, wash the area with soap and water. Do not take any items from anyone you…

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New Bike Given to Talented Young Rider

Cleveland Division of Police

image3The Cleveland Division of Police had the opportunity to team up with Volcanic Bikes and Tiger Mountain Tactical to give Tyquan Winn, a Cleveland youth, a new bicycle and helmet. During the first day of the Republican National Convention, our Bike Patrol Unit noticed Tyquan in Public Square riding his bicycle in front of them, showing off his skills. All of the officers noticed his talent but they also noticed that the back wheel of his bicycle needed some work. Instead of repairing his wheel, Tyquan was given a brand new bicycle and helmet from Volcanic Bikes and Tiger Mountain Tactical. Tyquan can now safely ride his bicycle and practice to possibly become a member of the Cleveland Division of Police Bike Patrol Unit in the future!

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RNC Impacts Beginning July 18, 2016

Straight from City Hall

Remaining 2016 Republican National Convention traffic restriction will begin on Monday, July 18, 2016. Below is a list of the restrictions in place.

Republican National Convention July 18-21

Innerbelt Freeway (Interstate 90)
The following traffic restrictions will be implemented beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 18  and will remain until 2:00 a.m. Friday, July 22.

Commercial Vehicles

  • Restricted from traveling westbound on the Innerbelt Freeway between East 21st Street and the Interstate 490 interchange.
  • Restricted from traveling eastbound on the Innerbelt Freeway between the Interstate 490 interchange and Prospect Avenue.

All Vehicles

  • Westbound lanes of the Innerbelt Freeway will be restricted to one lane from East  21st Street to just west of the West 3rd Street overpass.
  • Eastbound lanes of the Innerbelt Freeway will be restricted to one lane from just west of the West 3rd Street overpass to the East 14th Street interchange.

In addition, the Innerbelt Freeway will be closed in both directions nightly (Monday through Thursday)…

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Public Safety Officials Announce Launch of Tip Line

Straight from City Hall

Law enforcement agencies involved in preparing for a safe and secure community and activities surrounding the Republican National Convention have set up a designated tip line for the public to utilize for suspicious information or activity to be reported.

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The public is reminded that everyone needs to do their part. “If you see something, say something.”

This tip line number is 1-800-225-5324. 

What is suspicious activity?

We have our routines every day, going to work, going to school, interacting in our neighborhoods and our communities when we see something that doesn’t fit – we notice.

The Division of Police needs the public’s assistance in reporting things that do not fit, things that are out of the ordinary.

Examples could include:

  • A vehicle parked in an odd location, a package/luggage that is unattended, a window/door that usually is closed and now it is open, or any other out of the ordinary situations.

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Cleveland’s Public Square Renovated and Reopened to the Public

Straight from City Hall

Cleveland’s Public Square is once again open to the public. It has been closed since the reconstruction began in March 2015. The new design by internationally renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, has transformed The Square from four separate quadrants into a unified public space in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.

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The Square is a welcoming space that invites people in, encourages them to stay and will be used throughout the year for a wide range of programs and events.

The Square includes pedestrian pathways, green spaces for concerts and events, areas to sit and lounge, a café, a new public restroom and a water feature, which was ceremonially activated during today’s rededication.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument remains as an integral feature of the park and will become more accessible to the public.

“The new Public Square moves us closer to a pedestrian, cycling, and public transportation…

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