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Monthly Meeting of The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (C.A.M.E.O.); Enhancing Mobility


On Wednesday evening, May 9th, we attended the monthly meeting of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (C.A.M.E.O.) which took place at "Kan Zaman Restaurant" on West 25th Street.

On this occasion. Judge Pinkey Carr (Cleveland Municipal Court), Judge Gayle Williams-Byers (South Euclid Municipal Court) and Ms. Michelle Sheehan, Esq., Partner with "Reminger & Reminger, LLC"  as well as candidate for 8th District Court of Appeals, all joined forces to present a very detailed program entitled "Sealing a Criminal Record in Ohio" which addressed the the origins and procedures of sealments and/or expungement under Ohio Revised Code Section 2953.32.

Along the way, all three presenters eloquently made a good case for this process because without out many people who have erred in the past would not have the opportunity to move forward with their lives.

During dinner we enjoyed visiting with Mr. Mike Aboumerhi, Deputy Registrar with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Mentor who we have met several times at Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce gatherings.


The next day was Thursday, May 10th, and we attended a program at the City Club titled "Enhancing Mobility" in which panelists Ms. Grace Gallucci, Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA); Ms. Kate Joncas, Owner of "PlaceStrategic Consulting" and the former Deputy Mayor of Operations for the City of Seattle, WA; and Mr. Joe Maninucc, President and CEO of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance were queried by Mr. Rick Jackson, Senior Host and Producer at "Ideastream" about the future of transportation in the City of Cleveland.

What we took from the ensuing discussion was the "multi mobilism" or access for all is the key to success and that the public must demand progressive changes in order to get them very much like bike riders have done.

Along these lines, it was said that Cleveland was very much on the right track; more people are moving into downtown and alternative transportation systems are being explored to accommodate them.

We especially liked hearing from Ms. Joncas about the creative things that Seattle has done to promote buses and bicycles and how successful these have proven to be. Afterwards, we asked her if transportation systems initiated in different parts of the world were an inspiration and she said that what was going on in Copenhagen in terms of bicycling was definitely worthy of study.


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC