E-News from Bay Village Mayor Koomar

COVID Vaccine Distribution Plan for Ohio Progress Update 

Phase 1A – began 12/28-12/30 (at Shaker, Independence, & Westlake locations) and has continued on select dates at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. This Phase includes those in the following groups who choose to be vaccinated:

  • Healthcare workers and personnel who are routinely involved in the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Residents and staff in nursing homes.
  • Residents and staff in assisted living facilities.
  • Patients and staff at state psychiatric hospitals.
  • People with developmental disabilities and those with mental health disorders, including substance use disorders, who live in group homes, residential facilities, or centers, and staff at those locations.
  • Residents and staff at the two state-run homes for Ohio veterans.
  • EMS responders.

Phase 1B – will begin on Tuesday, January 19th, and will include those in the following groups who choose to be vaccinated:

  • These will be available to those who are 80 years of age and older and who are not in long-term care facilities. The state expects to receive 100,000 doses that first week. With each following week the state hopes to open up vaccinations to those within the next five-year age group. For example, on Jan 25th, the state anticipates vaccinations will open up to those 75 years old and older. The following week it will open to people 70 and older, and the week of February 8th, vaccinations will be available to those 65 and older.
  • During the week of January 25th – younger people with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders that make them particularly vulnerable – such as cerebral palsy; spina bifida; congenital heart disease; type 1 diabetes; inherited metabolic disorders; severe neurologic disorders including epilepsy; severe genetic disorders including Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Prader Willi Syndrome, Turner Syndrome; severe lung disease including cystic fibrosis and severe asthma; sickle cell anemia; and alpha- and beta-thalassemia.
  • During the first week of February, the state’s goal will be to begin vaccination of school personnel with the goal of having children begin full person or hybrid learning by March 1, 2021.
  • Specific dates and locations for Phase 1B have not yet been announced, but updated information will likely be released to the press. All updated information is available at the State’s website: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-program

Bay Virtual Town Hall: Excesses in Social Media

Emotional, Technical and Legal Ramifications

Parents and guardians are invited to attend a virtual Town Hall webinar on Wednesday, January 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to learn more about ways to communicate with your students about social media, potential risks involved and establishing good online rules.

Moderated by Martha Patton, Bay Village Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Special Services. Panelists Include: Richard Bogielski, School Psychologist, Bay Village Schools; Brian Reynolds, District Technology Coordinator, Bay Village City Schools; Ben Kitchen, School Resource Officer, Bay Village Police Department; Jameison Pochatek, Detective, Bay Village Police Department

This event is free and open to all Bay Village residents. Register online at bit.ly/Jan20TownHall. Attendees must register first to be emailed the official webinar link. You may then submit a question for the panelists.

Click here to register.

Win a Chevy Trax!

Have you ever dreamed of winning a new car?! Now is your chance! The Bay Rockets Association is sponsoring a raffle to win a brand new 2020 Chevrolet Trax! All proceeds support athletic facilities, equipment, training, and events for the Bay Village schools.

Get in on the fun, support the student athletes in our community, and maybe win a new car while you’re at it! Get your tickets today at www.bayrocketsassociation.com/trax !

Good deal: 1 for $25 ~~~~ Better deal: 5 for $100 ~~~~ Best deal: 15 for $250

Thank you to Serpentini Chevrolet of Westlake for donating the Chevy Trax! For a limited time only, get your raffle tickets at www.bayrocketsassociation.com/trax.

Thank you for your support of One Rocket Nation!

Marc Lyons, Bay Rockets Association Trustee

Community Council – Citizen and Project of the Year

The nomination period for 2021 Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year awards is now open! The deadline to submit a person/project for consideration is Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

As a reminder, Citizen of the Year candidates must have provided “significant community service without monetary reward.” Projects will be considered “based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations.”

Citizen of the Year nomination form

Project of the Year nomination form

Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters On-line Forum

“The Addiction Disease and What We Can Do About It”

Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 pm

Although the recent opioid financial settlements are suggesting steps in the right direction, issues related to alcohol, drugs, and substance use disorders, continue to represent a major public health concern in our society, especially during the pandemic.

Join the Siegal Lifelong Learning Center of Case Western Reserve University and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland on Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm for an online forum, “The Addiction Disease and What We Can Do About It.”

A panel of medical, legal and addiction experts will share their understanding and experiences, with the hope of moving us closer to a more effective and permanent solution to this problem. The panelists will includeJim Joyner, LICDC-CS, ICCS, of Joyner and Associates LLC, Jennifer Kinsley, attorney, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Christina Delos Reyes, MD, Addiction Psychiatry Specialist, University Hospitals, and Judge Joan Synenberg, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. The forum will be moderated by Diana Pi, MD.

To register, click on this link.

A Message from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

TechCred Application Period Now Open

The seventh TechCred application period opened today, January 4th and closes January 29th at 3:00 p.m.

TechCred helps businesses upskill their current and incoming workforce with tech-focused credentials. Businesses can receive up to $2,000 for each tech-focused credential earned, up to $30,000 per employer each application period.

Since the program’s start, a total of 966 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 15,105 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

Businesses can learn more and apply at TechCred.Ohio.gov.

Bay Village Flags are here!

Just a few left! Bay Village flags are available for purchase. Size is 2′ x 3′. Cost is $40. Great gift idea! Available at City Hall.

Upcoming Red Cross Blood drives

  • Thursday, January 21st
  • Wednesday, February 3rd
  • Thursday, March 18th

At the Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Rd. From 10 am – 4 pm. Go to redcross.org to schedule an appointment.

Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Scams

The Cuyahoga County Office of Consumer Affairs offers tips to protect yourself from coronavirus scams. Click here to read.

Face Coverings/Masks Required Inside Municipal Buildings

The City of Bay Village requires all visitors to wear face coverings or masks while inside municipal buildings. This includes the Police Station Lobby, City Hall, the Recreation Dept., Dwyer Center and the Service Department lobby.

Thank you for making the City of Bay Village a safe place to work and visit!

Sincerely, Mayor Paul Koomar

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