Shine a Light on Crime, one Block at a Time
The Cleveland Police helicopter will be on site just as it was last year when this young man was given a tour.
CLEVELAND – On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Cleveland residents are invited to participate in Mayor Jackson’s 31st annual “Night out Against Crime”. The “Night out Against Crime” is an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together in order to shine a light on crime, one block at a time and take a stand against violence and other types of crimes in their communities. Events will be held throughout the city featuring police and public safety vehicles, free health screenings, refreshments and activities for the entire family! The main event will occur at Kerruish Park on August 5, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. In addition to the main event, various locations throughout the city’s neighborhoods will hold their own “Night out Against Crime” from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Additional Neighborhood Event Locations:
- 1st District – Cudell Recreation Center, 1810 West Boulevard
- 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway
- 3rd District – Humphrey Park
- 4th District – E. 65th & Fullerton Avenue
For more information, call 216-664-3290. “Night Out Against Crime” events are sponsored by Cleveland Public Power (CPP), City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, Cleveland Airport System and Cleveland Water.
NEVER touch downed power lines. Photo Credit: City of Cleveland Photo Bureau
This weekend Cleveland Public Power experienced a few outages affecting about one thousand customers. The problem this weekend was unpreventable, but we are happy to note that as soon as we had isolated the problem, our crews worked quickly to restore power.
With high winds today and forecasters predicting more rain and possible thunderstorms we are providing information on what you can do when you lose power, not only to safeguard you, but also to help us get your service restored as quickly as possible.
The first order of business is to call our Trouble line at 216.664.3156 to let us know you do not have power. When making this call, be patient because just like you – your neighbors may be calling as well, resulting in busy signals or longer than usual waits for someone to answer.
Second, it is always good to have a traditional landline that just plugs into the telephone jack. As much as we all love cordless telephones if your electric service is interrupted and these are the only telephones you have you will be without telephone service. Cellular phones are great too – but if you haven’t charged it in recently you will soon be without it as well.
If you are having still having difficulty reporting your outage you can post a message on our Facebook page found here or send a tweet to @clepublicpower. We monitor these sites frequently during inclement weather.
Now for tips to keep you and your family safe:
- Downed power lines – Never touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. The first action is to call 9-1-1 or your local utility. CPP’s Trouble Line number is 216-664-3156.
- Do not put your feet in water where a downed line is laying
- Do not try to move tree limbs
- If you see someone who has come into contact with a downed line, do not touch them, again call 9-1-1
- If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities. The only time you should exit a vehicle with a downed line on it is if it has caught fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car. It is metal and therefore you could receive a shock.
- Power outage and food safety – Unless there is a major outage extending more than 4 hours, your food should be safe in the refrigerator as long as you leave the doors closed. After that point you may want to begin to prepare and/or eat the food.
- Food in the freezer will hold much longer. According to the USDA, “a full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.”
- If it appears the outage will last for a prolonged period of time, the USDA advises obtaining dry ice or block ice to keep the refrigerator cold. The USDA reports “fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot full freezer for 2 days.”
Summer in Cleveland is a time to get out and shake off the blues left after a long and cold winter. This summer has been a busy time with FREE outdoor concerts just about every evening along with community festivals every weekend. There’s never a dull moment!
So what are you planning for this weekend? Cleveland Public Power is gearing up to share tips on energy efficiency at the annual Burning River Fest on Whiskey Island. According to the Burning River Foundation this event is “Intended to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and Cuyahoga River ecosystem, the annual Burning River Fest features live music, fresh food and chef demos from local farms and eateries, educational exhibits, artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle, and a special appearance by Great Lakes Brewing Company’s® Christmas Ale™! ” If you’re coming down stop by and check out our Energy Bike.
This is the board from our Energy Bike, designed by the Ohio Energy project.
If Whiskey Island and environmental concerns are not for you, check us out at Family Unity in the Park, the annual festival, concert and fireworks show at Luke Easter Park. Stop by CPP’s booth and spin the Prize Wheel for a chance to win CPP swag, and see how much you know about energy efficiency and conservation!
We hope to see you enjoying summer in CLE!
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Cleveland Public Power customers urged to beware
Thieves are once again preying on utility customers to make a quick buck. This week a Cleveland Public Power customer was contacted with the threat of disconnection of electricity if they did not call an “800” number and make a payment to the Disconnection Department.
Fortunately the customer suspected something was amiss and contacted CPP’s Customer Service Center and reported the incident.
The Department of Public Utilities Police Department is looking into this matter, and Cleveland Public Power is urging its customers to disregard these calls.
“This scam is targeting commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact these customers about their bills, we would not refer them to a third party payment option. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.
Henderson also said, “When there is a threat of disconnection the only way to make payments would be in person in our Payment Center, by calling in and making a payment with our Customer Service representatives or making an online payment yourself.”
In business since 1906, CPP is the largest municipal power company in Ohio. Today, CPP boasts 36 substations throughout the city and serves more than 80,000 residential and commercial customers. Cleveland Public Power remains strong, safe and viable as it strategically positions itself for the future. As one of the most reliable systems in the nation, CPP’s employees want its customers to know that they are committed to continuing to provide quality service for the next 100 years… you can Count on it!
Mike Mitchell poses with CPP’s Bill Williams and Efficiency Smart’s Carl Andre. Photo Credit: Shelley M. Shockley
Mitchell’s Ice Cream received the “Energy Ambassador” award from Efficiency Smart in recognition of their extensive installation of energy efficient equipment resulting in major savings in their kilowatt hour usage. That savings is pretty sweet, especially for business owners Mike and Pete Mitchell.
The Mitchell brothers are the local duo behind this thriving ice cream chain and we are pleased that they have chosen to make Cleveland Public Power their electric power provider and Ohio City the home of their production headquarters, their biggest location yet! In accepting the honor, Mike Mitchell expressed the team’s commitment to Cleveland and their business philosophy of leaving a better world for generations to come. “We believe in Cleveland. It’s the only place we’ve ever called home. Our customers are our community; the life of Cleveland is our life. We buy from local suppliers, use local service professionals—from our carpenters to our accountant.”
Paying Homage to the previous occupant of this building, a sign in the Ice Cream Shop remembers the Rialto Theater.
Ivan Henderson, commissioner of Cleveland Public Power said of the honor, “Cleveland Public Power is pleased to once again have one of our customers receive the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award. This program has been a win-win for the utility and the customer. The opportunity to meet with an energy advisor during construction aided the Mitchell brothers in advancing their commitment to energy efficiency.”
The efficiencies are evident as you look throughout their store at 1867 W. 25th. The store is equipped with LED lighting throughout, skylights, windows with a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) rated better than standard ENERGY STAR level, efficient refrigeration compressors and controls, LED light fixtures that are controlled by daylight sensors, high efficiency HVAC system and large commercial fans to allow the cooling temp set points to be increased. The upfront commitment will add up to a savings of 182,200 annual kilowatt hour savings and an annual CO2 reduction of 341,300 pounds! Not bad.
As a Cleveland Public Power customer, Mitchell’s was introduced to Efficiency Smart in an effort to offer their business cost saving efficiency measures that helped their bottom line. The Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award recognizes entities that have completed substantial energy efficiency projects. To be considered for the award, companies must be an electric customer of a utility that partners with Efficiency Smart and complete a project that results in significant energy savings for the community.
In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day we are highlighting some of our local purveyors of this truly American treat. Join our Facebook Chocolate Chip Cookie Party with special guests Gust Gallucci’s Italian Foods and Market, Dave’s Markets and of course our friends at the Lakeside Doubletree Hotel!
Join our party here.
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