Cincinnati, Ohio– The
Ohio Legislative Black
Caucus (OLBC) Found-
ation has been selected by
AT&T to receive a $40,000
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  1. 1. Cincinnati, Ohio– The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Found- ation has been selected by AT&T to receive a $40,000 contribution to support their Youth Development Program. The contribution was announced at the 2014 National Urban League Conference in Cincinnati at the National Under- ground Railroad Freedom Center. The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foun- dation’s Youth Develop- ment Program works with high school students through regular meetings, field trips and discussion groups to prepare them for job readiness and work- force development skills. This program supports innovative programs to support academic achieve- ment, civic involvement and contribute to the over- all success of participants. The program also covers topics from etiquette to active community services and helps students develop long-term goals and strate- gies for success as adults. “The OLBC Founda- tion is grateful to AT&T for this contribution to assist youth development programs in Ohio”, said Sylvester Patton, President of the OLBC Foundation. The OLBC Foundation will partner with the Ohio Council of Urban Leagues that have youth develop- ment programs, to admin- ister the program through- out the state. Through this partner- ship well over one hundred African American youth will learn job readiness and development skills. “Ohio will benefit from these students who will become future employees who are educated and inde- pendent learners with pow- erful problem solving skills, said Cincinnati Ma- yor John Cranley. “They will help build a stronger workforce that will aid the economic growth of Ohio.” “Keeping our teenagers in high school and prepar- ing them for success after graduation benefits our students and our communi- ties,” said Adam Grzy- bicki, president, AT&T Ohio. “The Youth Develop- ment Program provides an opportunity to help at-risk youth stay in school and succeed academically. We are proud to support this program.” Every Week, Now thru September 16 Take a Hike, Five Great Ways to see downtown. Cleveland Walking Tours: Wednesday at 6 p.m. Gateway District Tour; Every Saturday at 10 a.m. Warehouse District Tour; every Sunday at 10 a.m. Canal Basin Park Tour; every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Playhouse Square Tour; and every Thursday at 6 p.m. Civic Center Tour. All tours feature actors and actresses portraying important Clevelanders from the past. Each tour will last approx- imately 1 and 1/2 hours. Free admission Call 216/771-1994 for more information. Saturday, August 16 Cleveland Alumni Chapter of Central State University’s Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch, Tizzano’s Party Center, 1361 Euclid, OH, 11am - 2pm. Live Jazz Band $40 per person - $320 for table of 8 open bar. Contact Audrey Tidmore 262-3445 or Cheri Daniels 244-0100. Saturday, August 16 The Connecting Communities Festival bringing together three historic neighborhoods in Cleveland: Union Miles, Mt. Pleasant and Millcreek. This will be the third annual Ward 2 Connecting Communities Festival;, 1-7 pm at John Adams High School, 3817 Martin Luther King Blvd.. Featuring Street Club Bake off, Senior Bingo, Children Activities, Spoken Word, Spades Tournament and a live performance from a local band. Friday, August 22 Cavs host auditions for high energy free style dancers to join 2014-15 Scream Team. Open -call “Dance Party” Talent Search at 6 p.m. Finalists invited back on Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. The Bank Nightclub located in the May Co. building at 200 Euclid Ave. Admission is $5 per event,. For additional information on the audition process call the Cavs game enter- tainment hotline at 216- 420-2255 or email Saturday, August 23 15th Annual Kym sellers Foundation Multiple Sclerosis Benefit. Executive Caterers of Landerhaven 7 p.m. Special to the late Arnold R. Pinkney. Honorary Chairperson Betty T. Pinkney. MC is Rob Telecky, come- dian and auctioneer. Entertainment by The Benjaminz. Tickets $135.00. Black tie optional. For more infor- mation contact 216-780- 0099. Free - Educational Seminar, Saturday , 9 a.m. to noon at Landerhaven. Saturday, August 23 YMCA of Greater Cleveland celebrates its160thAnniversary with a black tie gala fundraiser beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $350 (tax-deductible $1820; corporate tables of 10 are $5,000 (tax- deductible $3,075) For more information or reservations for the event call Shironda Hancock at (216) 263-6835 or via e- mail at shancock@cleve- Thursday, August 28 Frederick Douglas Foundation, Cleveland Chapter presents an Assembly for “Truth, Justice and Quality”, Word Mega Plex in Warrensville Hts., 6 to 9 p.m. Speakers Senator Rob Portman, Star Parker, Founder CURE, Dr. Timothy Johnson, Founder Fred Douglas Foundation. Free. Food and drink pro- vided with entertainment by Branden Lewis Friday, August 29 30th Anniversary of the Historic Costume Study Collection Exhibition, Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery. Opening reception, 5 - 9 p.m, Exhibition runs through October 31. For more information , visit ursu- land. Thursday, September 11 The 79th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Playhouse Square, 1511 Euclid Avenue, 6:00 p.m. Ceremony in the Ohio Theatre; 7:30 p.m. Dessert Reception, Book Signing and Book Sales in the State Theatre Lobby. Saturday, September 27 Snickerfritz Cultural Workshop for the Arts presents Annual Collard Green Cook-Off & Arts Festival 13240 Euclid Ave. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition, I constantly engage in efforts to promote health- ier eating habits and bet- ter nutrition for Americans. One such way is through the pro- motion of farmers’ mar- kets and urban gardens. Ranking 4th in the nation in the number of farmers’ markets, Ohio is a leader in encouraging consump- tion of locally grown foods. This is wonderful news, but there is still great potential for growth. With 17,000 vacant lots covering 33,000 acres of land in Cleveland alone, there are plenty of opportuni- ties in our district to cre- ate urban farms. As many of our residents know, these plots attract crime and blight, and could instead be transformed into beautiful gardens that grow fresh produce. Urban gardens bring fresh fruits and vegeta- bles into the heart of neighborhoods that are underserved by full serv- ice food retailers. They make it easier to eat healthy on a budget. Providing greater access to healthy foods helps our district in the fight against obesity and poor nutrition, creating health- ier communities overall. The benefits of urban gar- dens, however, are not limited to nutrition, as urban gardens create more local jobs and stim- ulate the local economy. Assistance programs help to ensure that the benefits of farmers’ markets and urban gardens are avail- able to all members of the community. For example, eligible households can stretch their buying power at farmer’s mar- kets through the Produce Perks Incentive Program. For those who receive SNAP benefits (food stamps) and use an Ohio Direction Card, the pro- gram matches dollar-for- dollar every dollar spent (up to $10) on fresh pro- duce. For example, if you spend $10, you would receive $20 worth of food items. There are 21 mar- kets participating in Produce Perks in Cuyahoga County. For a list and more informa- tion, please visit the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition’s website at In addition, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program pro- vides coupons to eligible seniors to be used at par- ticipating farmers’ mar- kets and roadside stands. With the coupons, seniors can purchase fruits, veg- etables, herbs, and honey. To find out if you are eli- gible and to enroll in the program, please call (216) 621-8010 ext. 113 (Cuyahoga County) or (330) 899-5229 (Summit County). In the Euclid area, I’m pleased to see that interest in growing healthy foods for the ben- efit of others continues to grow. The city of Euclid is currently seeking appli- cants for a future urban garden at St. Robert’s Market Garden. If you are interested in becom- ing a tenant of the garden and have experience with urban gardens, please v i s i t nnouncements/231 or contact my office at (216) 522-4900. As important as fresh, wholesome food is to our nutrition, clean water is certainly just as impor- tant. We were reminded of what a precious com- modity our water supply is with the recent emer- gency in Toledo. For nearly three days, resi- dents were unable to drink or cook with water that was contaminated by a toxin create by a build- up of algae in Lake Erie. Although the crisis is over for now, contamina- tion to our water supply due to algal blooms could occur again. Lake Erie provides drinking water to 11-million people so it is crucial that actions be taken to protect it. That is why I am a strong supporter of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI serves to protect and maintain the Great Lakes, and I will continue to support greater funding for its projects. For example, to prevent the formation of harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes, the GLRI has made reducing phospho- rus runoff a top priority in three watersheds, includ- ing one in Ohio. Phosphorus flows into the lake as a byproduct of fertilizers used in large farms. This chemical in turn promotes the growth of algae. One of the proj- ects funded by that Initiative is currently examining the impact of excess phosphorus in western Lake Erie to our district’s water quality in central Lake Erie. With greater understanding of the impact of harmful algal blooms, more direct steps can be taken to pre- vent their formation in our water. I will contin- ue to monitor this issue closely. Have a good week everyone. PAGE 2BTHE CALL AND POSTWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014 www.callandpost.comPAGE 2BTHE CALL AND POSTWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014 The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation announces contribution from AT&T for Youth Development Program Adam Grzybicki, State President, AT&T Ohio, Derrick Clay, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Board Member, Richard Dyer, Immediate Past Chair, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Peg Moertl, Board Chair, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Marsha Mockabee, President/CEO Greater Cleveland Urban League, Thomas Conley, President/CEO Greater Warren-Youngstown Urban League, Donna Jones Baker, President/CEO Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio.