Tremont West e-news & updates
January 19, 2021
Tremont - Duck Island - Irishtown Bend Block Clubs Holiday Food Drive
Winners Announced

Cash & Check donations have tripled from this time last year:     $40,741 (2020/2021) compared to $13,567 (2019/2020) – an outpouring of generosity from our neighborhoods! This is an increase of 200% in the Donation Growth Rate from last season – and the most money raised in cash/checks in any of the Holiday Food Drives!
Food Items (canned goods & non-perishable items) are around 3/4 of last year’s:   1,099 (2020/2021) compared to 1,487 (2019/2020)historically most food items are gathered through Holiday Parties and door-to-door efforts – both precluded this year by COVID-19 concerns and restrictions
Super Bowl Squares Fundraiser for Near West Recreation
The Browns have made the playoffs! As we watch them fight their way to the Super Bowl, Near West Recreation is hosting a 50/50 Super Bowl Square Fundraiser.  No football knowledge is necessary. Squares are $5 each. Once all squares have been purchased, numbers will be randomly drawn. Half of all proceeds go toward winning numbers; the other half goes towards Near West Recreation’s financial aid fund. You can purchase squares here. The deadline to purchase squares is Thursday, February 4.
Tremont in the News
Pick Up Poop (PUP)
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has an informative webpage about why it is important to pick up after your pup even in your own yard. Let's be considerate neighbors and please pick up after your pup and place the bag in a proper garbage receptacle.
Eat & Explore CLE activities continue! This coming week, we're featuring the Jefferson Park area of West Park, along with our friends at Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation
Buhrer Pedestrian Bridge Overnight Closure
The Ohio Department of Transportation will be examining the Buhrer Pedestrian Bridge. As part of their fieldwork, they will need to take some 2” diameter cores through the bridge deck. In order to safely perform this work, they plan to close the bridge on the night of Wednesday, January 20th. The bridge will be closed from approximately 8 pm (1/20) to 5 am (1/21). There will be “Bridge Closed” signs and barricades put up on each end of the bridge. If any pedestrians trying to cross the bridge during this time, our staff on-site will ask them to use the Clark Avenue bridge instead.
Merrick House
Merrick House has Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) funding available to assist anyone with rent or utility payments. Payments are limited to $125.00 per household and will be paid directly to the vendor. Interested parties should call Merrick House at 216-771-5077 for an application.
Childcare Center
Please contact Merrick House Early Childhood Director Laurie Santos at 216-771-5077 extension 132 or e-mail her at 
Tremont Youth Council at Merrick House
 Please contact Jennifer Pullom at 216.771.5077 or for details.
Donations needed of Clorox wipes and Clorox/Lysol spray. We need them for the Pandemic childcare.
Cleveland Public Library
Thursday, January 21st, 4 pm, Virtually
Utilize CoUrbanize and give input before the meeting regarding the renovation and redesign of the Jefferson Branch Library.

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the county, Cleveland Public Library is making changes to protect staff and visitors. Starting Saturday, November 21, all Library buildings will close to the public. Curbside and walk-up services will still be available.

Follow Your Branch on Facebook

Grab and Go Meals for Youth 
M-F, 3-4 pm at all CPL locations
Fall CPL Newsletters

The State of Ohio Wants Your Input on the Draft Bike and Pedestrian Plan
Read Ohio’s draft bike and pedestrian plan at Then take our survey at
Rental and Utility Assistance
If you are struggling to pay your rent or are behind in paying your utility bills, apply today.
Internet Options for Grade School Students
The solution by Empower CLE:
First, supporting students with access to education:
For Cleveland public school families, you can receive free high-speed internet through the partnership with Empower Cle. The district pays your installation costs as long as a student lives in the home. That’s right, free! No hidden charges and no bait and switch. Moreover, the school system will provide your child with a computer.
That service is now available in the designated area on the map above. To participate in the program, you have to opt-in by calling 216-777-3859. Do not wait till the last minute, call today while supplies last!
For all other residents in the above designated map area:
Even though you do not have a child in the Cleveland school system, you can have high-speed internet in your home for less than $10 per month through Empower Cle. That’s right, no installation cost and no monthly fees. Call 216-777-3859.

There are two other low cost options for students not located in the EmpowerCLE service area:

Concerned about your housing or an eviction?
You may qualify for free legal representation, call Legal Aid at 216-687-1900.
Information for families.
MyCom is a network of people who believe youth development is a direct path to healthy, safe communities for everyone. We build strengths in young people and their neighborhoods by connecting existing programs and resources, and funding opportunities for positive growth.
Job Opportunities
Follow Near West Job Board Facebook Page for daily job postings.
Food Pantry Information
Tremont West staff put together this list of food access in Tremont, Duck Island and Irishtown Bend. Please email Dharma Valentin if you would like to see something changed or added.

Or dial 211
Pet food is available through the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Email or call (216) 255-5012 and leave a message.
Lost and Found Keys
Tremont West will accept lost keys from Tremont, Duck Island, and Irishtown Bend.
2021 Cleveland Waste Pick-up Schedule
As a reminder, cans are not to be placed outside earlier than 12pm the day before garbage pick-up and must be removed by 12pm the day following garbage pick-up.