Covid-19 News & Updates

“Growing Up in Toledo” looks at Toledo architecture

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s latest digital exhibit aims to give Toledoans a sense of the history of their community’s history and evolution, as reflected in its architecture. “Growing Up in Toledo” is a new online presentation that sees Glass City buildings and their history set at the forefront. Separated into three distinct sections focusing

Fraudsters Use COVID-19 to Devise Scams

By Ryan Lippe, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Section Published as part of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Law You Can Use series.  Scam artists are known to strike during crises, choosing to exploit others when people are distracted, fearful or otherwise vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception. Scammers have been busy

Watch the 2020 Oscar Winners at Home

The 92nd Academy Awards took place on February 9, 2020, only three months ago, but it feels like it’s been a lifetime since that night. Every film that was honored with statues at the ceremony is now available for viewing at home, whether on a streaming service, to rent or to own. If you missed

Shop Local

Now, more than ever before, we must support our local businesses.

Advice from a Microbiologist on Getting Back Out There

Enjoying public spaces safely as Ohio reopens

TMA asking for submissions for “virtual quilt”

UPDATE: As of Thursday, May 28, the deadline has been extended. Photos of finished quilt blocks should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 22, 2020. The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) is offering artists from both the Toledo area and around the world the chance to add to a “virtual quilt” that represent aspects of life

Stream Menopause the Musical

If you’re looking for ways to support the art scene during COVID-19 and you could use a good laugh, Menopause the Musical is just the ticket. You can now stream the show knowing that 10 percent of the proceeds go to The Actors Fund, which provides financial assistance to performing artists.  The long-running production features

Tips to stay in touch

When you have a loved one who is socially isolated, whether they are in assisted living or in their own home, it can be difficult to find ways to connect without being able to physically interact.  To help combat this isolation, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Ohio Health Care Association have created a list of

MemoryLane’s phone support for caregivers

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be quite taxing under any circumstance, but it is particularly hard for caregivers during COVID-19.  Now MemoryLane is offering free phone support for dementia education, community resource information, and emotional support for any caregiver who needs assistance.  Call MemoryLane Care Services to learn more about this service

Call for Submissions: I Miss My Grandchildren

The coronavirus has affected everyone in a myriad of ways. We wonder how it has affected grandparent-grandchildren relationships. Virtual gatherings are better than nothing at all, but the warm hug of a grandparent/grandchild cannot be duplicated. And we wonder if the advice and guidance we share with our grandchildren are lost in virtual meetings. In

Sylvania to honor V-E Day in quarantine on May 8th

Mike Lieber, the town crier of Sylvania, will host a pair of town cries on May 8 in Downtown Sylvania, one of several events that will take place in honor of V-E Day. May 8 will mark the 75th anniversary of the date when the German government officially surrendered, ending the European theater of World

HealthCare Heroes parade to honor assisted care workers on May 7

The Glendale Assisted Living community on Ryan Road announced that it would be one of the area health care organizations participating in a special “HealthCare Heroes” parade being held on Thursday, May 7. The event is one of the dozens that has been held over the past few weeks in cities around the country, in

CARES Act, Foreclosures and Evictions: What You Need to Know

By William D. Fergus, Jr., Northwest Title of Family Companies, Inc. In response to COVID-19, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (commonly known as the CARES Act). Among other measures, the CARES Act provides relief from foreclosure and eviction for eligible homeowners and renters.   Eligibility:

Fraud Protection Tips Help Combat Surge in Consumer Fraud Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

By Jonathan L. Pollock, VP Compliance | Attorney at Law, Directions Credit Union A top priority for us at Directions Credit Union is the financial safety of our members. Unfortunately, we have recently seen an increase in fraud activity. Criminals are using the current Coronavirus Pandemic to make their fraud attempts more relevant in addition

Where to Buy Face Masks Locally in Toledo Area

Toledoans are resilient. We aren’t strangers to struggle, and we face challenges head-on. With face masks in low supply, local artists, moms, designers and seamstresses stepped up and began sewing, donating, and selling face masks for those in need.  Buying local is more important now than ever, so if you’re looking for face masks as

Lucas County Testing Options for COVID-19

As states across the country begin easing restrictions to open up their economies, Lucas County is making a push to increase testing opportunities for those who are symptomatic, a key component of our community’s eventual return to normalcy. “In our current state of the coronavirus pandemic, testing is most appropriate for individuals experiencing symptoms of

Literacy Program Brings Back Pen Pals

Partners in Education’s Mentors in Toledo Schools are continuing their literacy program through the lost art of letter writing. The group typically tutors and mentors Toledo Public School children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade in person, but COVID-19 has required the volunteers to get creative. They are sending the students letters, encouraging them to keep

TARTA riders required to wear masks on buses

Despite the COVID-19 shutdown, hundreds of Toledoans still rely on TARTA to get to work or other essential obligations every day. In an effort to protect both the public and its own employees, TARTA announced on April 9 that all riders would now be required to wear a cloth or paper mask while riding Toledo

YWCA Northwest Ohio provides domestic violence support during COVID-19

While the shelter in place mandate is difficult enough for most people, there is a section of the population that is particularly hard hit by this aspect of the COVID-19 crisis— those vulnerable to domestic violence. YWCA Northwest Ohio wants to remind the public that if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence,

Kapszukiewicz changes course, allows city golf courses to reopen

A controversial decision by Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz is allowing Toledo’s municipal golf courses to reopen on Friday, April 17, provided that they follow proper safety procedures and allow no Michigan residents to play there. The reversal of position comes only a few weeks after Kapszukiewicz ordered the three courses— Collins Park, Detweiler and Ottawa

NWO Alzheimer’s Association’s new phone-in support group

The Northwest Ohio chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association announced the launch of a new phone-based support group for caregivers of individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Aimed at helping family members develop coping techniques and to be mindful of their own personal health in the process, each session will be led by a trained dementia

Lourdes offers new online Lifelong Learning courses

A deeper understanding of Islam, sustainable energy sources and more are some of the subjects that members of Lourdes University’s Lifelong Learning Program can learn more about via their upcoming online courses. In response to COVID-19, all in-person classes and lectures being offered by the program have been indefinitely postponed. However, members of Lifelong Learning

NAMI offers virtual support groups during COVID-19 outbreak

In an effort to continue to provide support to individuals suffering from mental illnesses and their families, NAMI Greater Toledo has announced that it will continue to offer support groups virtually throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI will continue to hold its Family Support Group meetings

Prevent The COVID Crisis From Wiping Out The Primary Election

PRINT OUT A BALLOT APPLICATION, MAIL IT TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, COMPLETE YOUR BALLOT, MAIL IT TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS POSTMARKED BY APRIL 27.  You recall that Ohio’s Primary Election, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, was called off at the 11th hour when the state’s Health Director issued an Order prohibiting the voting

What a time this is.

Two weeks ago, when I began to think about what I would say in this column, I had no idea how much our world would change in just a few days. The phrase “social distancing” did not exist in daily conversations. “Self-isolation” seemed an unhealthy way to live. Students were in school. The arts were

Bored? Take an online music lesson

If you want to pick up a new instrument, refresh your skills, or learn how to play music for the first time, Forté Music School’s online music lessons will make sure you never have to miss a beat. The new online platform allows students to have hands-on, one-on-one guidance from a Forté instructor from the

TSO to broadcast classic concerts on WTGE

If you’ve been missing the soul-stirring sounds of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) during life’s COVID-19 hiatus, WGTE has got your back. Enjoy recorded concerts by the orchestra on Sundays at 6pm through May 17, as part of WGTE Presents: TSO in HD.  The series came about after the TSO announced the cancellation of all

Get Your (re)Fill

Pharmacies delivering prescriptions directly to your home Now is not the time to neglect your personal health. Hospitals are overworked and many doctor’s offices are closed, limiting our access to day-to-day health care and check-ups. But have no fear— obtaining your medications is easier than ever, as many local pharmacies are now offering free local

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

As the fear of coronavirus COVID-19 spreads across the United States, many people have started buying hand sanitizer. But this product is already sold out in a lot of stores and the prices online have skyrocketed due to sellers acting very opportunistically. It’s a supply and demand issue and now that everyone wants it, they

Grocery stores change hours to adapt for COVID-wary customers

Over the past several weeks, many area grocers have announced shorter business days, restricting the number of hours to allow for restocking and more exhaustive cleaning and sanitation of their stores.

TARTA in the age of social distancing

For many Toledoans, public transportation is a necessity. According to a 2015 transportation survey conducted by The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, 19.1% of respondents reported using services from the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) regularly.  According to survey respondents, most trips are for medical appointments, shopping and work, with the core demographic including

McCord Road Church and Sautter’s Market team up to deliver groceries

McCord Road Christian Church has announced a partnership with Sautter’s Market in Sylvania to provide delivery of groceries to area residents over the age of 60. Individuals who wish to place an order can do so either by emailing the grocery store at contact@SauttersMarket.com or by calling Sautter’s at 419-885-3505, between the hours of 9am

How to Help Locally with Coronavirus Preparations

By Paul Krupin Editor’s Note: Please make sure to follow all suggestions and rules issued by the CDC, the State of Ohio, and other governmental entities. Coronavirus concerns are on everyone’s mind. One of the most important questions that looms large is how we can help each other. How can we each make a difference?