Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coming Out of the Darkness To Prevent Suicide


Lori Wasko says she's tired of people passing judgement on others, and of people of keeping quiet instead of expressing their concerns about the behavior of loved ones.  That's why she and her daughter, Brittany Julian have embraced The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and are organizing the Out of the Darkness Walk on October 5th in North Canton, along with Lori's daughter Hailey.

These two strong women discuss the way in which suicide affected them, following the death of Lori's husband and Brittany's father Ken.  They hope to help others who are experiencing loss from suicide by supporting them through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Out of the Darkness walk in North Canton.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Understanding Autism Through The Eyes Of A Sibling

Lori DeMonia knows what it's like when an autistic child is bullied. She relates an ugly exchange she witnessed while waiting for her daughter Leah to exit the school bus, and she feels empathy for the parents of the autistic Bay Village teenager who was recently the target of an ice bucket challenge prank.

Lori has written Leah's Voice, the story of an autistic child and her sibling, told from the sibling's point of view.  It is meant to show how understanding can be taught by example.  Leah DeMonia, now 13, contributed illustrations to the book,

Leah's voice has won a prestigious award from the Autism Society of America. The book is available at bookstores and online, and is put out by Halo Publishing, founded by Cleveland-area native Lisa Umina.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunflowers Signify Hope For Childhood Cancer Cure

From, with permission
Have you seen the field of sunflowers blooming along I-90 in Avon?  They have been planted in the name of a little girl, whose death 7 years ago is helping fuel funding for research into the cause and cure of cancer.  Prayers From Maria is the name of the foundation founded in the name of Maria McNamara.  Her father Ed tells Maria's story, including how, when she was sick and being treated at St. Jude's Children's Hospital for a diffused intrinsic pontine glioma, she prayed for other sick children.

Friday, September 12, 2014

50th Anniversary of Jane Scott and the Beatles Monday

Photo credit:Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, with permission
September 15, 1964: the night the Beatles played Cleveland Public Auditorium, a concert sponsored by WHK. It was also the first night Jane Scott of The Plain Dealer covered a rock concert.

September 15, 2014: the 50th anniversary commemoration of both momentous events, with the Beatles tribute band 1964 playing the entire set list from the concert at House of Blues Cleveland.
Michael Stanley opens with an acoustic set of Beatles songs, and the band Beau Coup will play their song "Jane."  Plus, rare footage of the Beatles first concert from 50 years ago will be shown.

There is a Beatles exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and a statue of Jane. Meredith Rutledge Borger, Associate Curator at the Rock Hall discusses the Beatles in this interview.

Proceeds from the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Jane Scott and the Beatles will help fund a documentary about the legendary music writer.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sam McNulty Is Building "The Palace Of Fermentation"

Sam McNulty, proprietor of Market Garden Brewerybier markt, and three other establishments in Ohio City can't keep up with demand for the beer crafted by brew master Andy Tveekrem.  So he's expanding his empire of beer, building The Palace of Fermentation.

In this interview, Sam discusses the virtues of one of Cleveland's most vibrant neighborhoods, and the role he has played in helping develop W. 25th street just north of the West Side Market.

Work begins on the Palace of Fermentation/Photo credit:Sam McNulty via Facebook

Sam McNulty holds his bike helmet: Jim holds a growler of Pearl Street Wheat

Lynch Fights Voter Fraud With Photo ID Bill

Ohio republican House Representative Matt Lynch of Bainbridge wants Ohio voters to be required to show a photo ID when they cast their ballots.  Few others in the House appear to be interested, so Lynch is trying to force fellow legislators to vote on the bill.

In this interview, Lynch, who ran last spring in the republican primary in an unsuccessful attempt to replace Rep. David Joyce, leaves open the possibility for another run at the 14th district seat in 2016.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"The 9" Is Now Open On E. 9th Street Downtown

This interview aired on the night The 9 opened in downtown Cleveland, Friday, September 5th, 2014. It was recorded a few months earlier, and it features developer Fred Geis and Geis Hospitality Group CEO Keith Halfmann. They discuss the many amenities the "Urban Resort" features, including...eventually...a Heinen's supermarket in the rotunda of the old Ameritrust Bank Building at E. 9th and Euclid.