Display “Transforms” neighborhood

These action figures are all the rage - just in time for Halloween. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

These action figures are all the rage – just in time for Halloween. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

If you’re looking for an interesting Halloween display and you have little ones who love the Transformers; then you should visit this display on Wichita. The craftsmanship and creativity used in this display is awesome! We can’t wait to see it at night when it’s all lit up and the background music is playing.

Wichita is off of Fulton on Cleveland’s near west side and once you’re on the street you won’t miss the large structure as you drive. We salute the creator of this display!

Megatron and Microbot are on display too. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Megatron and Microbot are on display too. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

 

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CPP Solar Sprint is the highlight of Public Power Week Open House

 

Crowd shot

Crowd gathers for CPP’s Annual Public Power Week Open House. (Photo by City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Each year CPP’s marketing staff asks, “How can we make your local power company sexy, exciting and appealing to the public?” This year, we think we hit the mark and can unequivocally say, “The 2014 Public Power Week Open House was a success!”

Our goal when planning the event is to engage and educate the community and the addition of the CPP Solar Sprint seems to be just the spark we needed.  Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager explained, “Each year we have a pretty good event where our employees bring their families out and showcase their workplace, but we want to engage the entire community, especially CPP customers. This year we had at least one hundred new visitors if not more, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Team Pure Radiance representing Charles A. Mooney. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Team Pure Radiance representing Charles A. Mooney. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The CPP Solar Sprint is a solar powered car race for students in grades three through eight. Each team is provided with a model kit which they design and engineer to compete in timed trials. Teams were judged on design and overall best time.

Charles A. Mooney Science Teacher Tina Kovach spoke of the rewarding experience for her and her students, “the CPP Solar Sprint not only gave my students the opportunity to design and engineer, and it empowered them to move beyond traditional learning without fear of doing something the `wrong way.'”

The Junior Division teams get set to race! (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Junior Division teams get set to race! (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Twelve diverse teams entered the competition; from home-schooled to parochial students as well as children from the Westside Boys & Girls Club and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority youth groups.

Parent Shivankari Sanjeevan, sent us this message after the event, “My son and his friends enjoyed the competition immensely. It was good to see them spend time working on this solar car, learning new things and working as a team instead of spending their time together on Minecraft and other video games. Not one word was mentioned about a video game the past two weeks!!!”

Team U. S. Patriots make some last minute adjustments. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Team U. S. Patriots make some last minute adjustments. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Team Turtzilla racing to the finish. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Team Turtzilla racing to the finish. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

In addition to the Solar Sprint we also hosted our usual set up which bucket truck rides, a cable pulling station which taught the kids how to operate our heavy duty equipment, face painting, the kids were able to paint their very own light switch plates for their homes, and tons of free pictures were taken.  We also hosted our annual Corn Hole Competition in which Water Pollution Control enjoys entering and taking home the grand prize every year.

Some of the light switch plates on display as they dry. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Some of the light switch plates on display as they dry. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Despite the chilly temperature, this outdoor event was by far the most successful one yet.  The Open House was moved to the downtown administrative offices building in which contributed to this year’s success. Passersby stopped to see what all of the excitement was about. At one point in the day we boasted approximately two hundred people in attendance having a good time in our parking lot.

 

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There are only two days left! CPP Open House this Saturday, Oct. 11!

We are putting the finishing touches on a great day! We hope you’ll join us for the 1st Annual Solar Sprint, Power Pedal and all of the Open House festivities including Bucket Truck Rides, face painting and more! If that doesn’t excite you, this video should.

Here are some highlights from our week:

Celebrating Public Power Week with coffee and donuts.

Celebrating Public Power Week with coffee and donuts.

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CPP Celebrates Public Power Week

Alice Smith goes over the process for establishing service with a customer.

Alice Smith goes over the process for establishing service with a customer.

The celebrations continued today as our Customer Service Representatives offered coffee and donuts to customers!

Susan Roland assists customer.

Susan Roland assists customer.

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We’re celebrating all week, join us!

Cleveland Public Power celebrates Public Power Week, October 5-11

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power (CPP) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5 – 11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.

We are excited about Public Power week because it allows us a chance to articulate why public power is such a good fit for Cleveland.  This year we’re especially excited because we are hosting our first annual “Solar Sprint,” a car race for children in grades 3 through 8, and a “Power Pedal” bike riding event for bicycle enthusiasts.  At the core of Public Power are the employees and customers that keep us in business, so we are also showing our appreciation with coffee and donuts for the staff and customers. Cleveland Public Power takes pride in serving the residents of Cleveland and is dedicated to providing reliable and affordable service.

Scenes from Cleveland Public Power's Westside Service Center Employee Appreciation for Public Power Week.

This morning our crews were greeted with Coffee & Donuts in Appreciation of their service and in honor of Public Power Week.

As part of this commitment to serve our community, CPP will host a Public Power Week Open House event in the parking lot of its Administration Building, located at 1300 Lakeside Avenue on Saturday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The activities include the “Solar Sprint Race” which demonstrates the importance of renewable energy; “Pedal Power” which will show bikers how much man power would be needed to generate power for an entire house; along with demonstrations on how power is transmitted from substations into homes, rides in a bucket truck, face painting and more family friendly activities.

“Cleveland Public Power recognizes the importance of keeping the lights on for the people of Cleveland, and we strive to continuously find ways to do so with special dedication to reliability, safety and the environment… after all, this is our community – your power,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power.

In business since 1906, CPP is the largest municipal power company in the state of Ohio.  Today, CPP boasts 36 substations throughout the city of Cleveland and serves more than 70,000 residential and commercial customers.  CPP remains strong, safe and reliable 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!

Public Power Week is a national event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C.  APPA is the service organization for the community and state-owned electric utilities.

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Call 621-LITE for Streetlight Malfunctions and Outages

Cleveland Streetlight - if you see a malfunctioning light call 621-LITE

Cleveland Streetlight – if you see a malfunctioning light call 621-LITE

With more than 65,000 streetlights in Cleveland, we appreciate your help reporting those that are out or malfunctioning. This includes lights that don’t come on in the dark and those that stay on when it is light outside. You can help us conserve energy when lights are not needed and keep you safe when they are!

  • Call CPP’s automated streetlight outage line at 216-621-LITE (5483).

When you call our automated streetlight outage line you will be prompted to answer a few questions such as your name, phone number and the house address closest to the pole. You’ll also be able to call back with your confirmation number to track our maintenance progress.

 

When you submit a report on our website, we will ask for information regarding the location of the outage as well as your contact information in case more information is needed. Rest assured, this information is bound by our terms and conditions.

The information you provide helps us locate the streetlight and schedule it for maintenance so our crews can stay focused on your power needs.

As with any safety concern we ask, “If you see something, say something” and the same is true with streetlights – If you see a malfunctioning streetlight, report it! Call 621-LITE and together, we’ll keep our community safe and conserve valuable energy for all.

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Solar Sprint Workshop a success!

Workshop grid

Photo highlights from the Solar Sprint Workshop

This past weekend Cleveland Public Power hosted a Workshop in preparation for the 1st Annual Solar Sprint to be held as part of its Public Power Week Open House on Saturday, October 11th.

Twelve teams registered for the event, with the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles A. Mooney Mustangs entering four for the most from any organization or group!

During the Workshop CPP Electrician Austin Taylor went over the basic construction of the solar powered cars provided to the students and fielded questions.

At the end of the session the students were pumped and ready to begin designing their own vehicles.  In addition to CMSD the Sprint will feature teams from the Westside Boys and Girls Club, the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Outhwaite Homes, and St. Dominic School.

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