Sunday, July 27, 2014

Inside the Park Home Run Fundraiser for Furniture Bank

J.R. Lucarelli and Tom Gaghan/Photo credit: Jim McIntyre

The Cleveland Furniture Bank helps give many Clevelanders a fresh start by providing them with the furnishings they need to make a house a home.  Most of the furniture is donated, but the Furniture Bank must raise funds to buy childrens' beds.  Much of that money is raised through the Inside the Park Home Run fundraiser on August 10th.

Runners and walkers will have a chance to be on the same playing field as the Cleveland indians at Progressive Field.  Minute Men Staffing Services is the main sponsor of the Inside the Park Home Run event.  J. R. Lucarelli is Vice President of Minute Men Staffing, and he joins Furiniture Bank Executive Director Tom Gaghan in this interview.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Local Prof Identifies Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run

James Badal says he has solved the infamous torso murders.  The English professor has updated his first book on the true crime case, In the Wake of the Butcher, Cleveland's Torso Murders Authoritative Edition, Revised and Expanded, to include new information that points toward a deranged doctor as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.

Professor Badal has written two other books on the case, in addition to one on the disappearance of Beverly Potts from Halloran Park in the 1950s.  And he reveals at the end of this interview another infamous cold case he is researching for his next bok.

The author will appear at Dante Next Door, 2246 Professor Avenue in Tremont from 6-9 PM on July 24.

Monday, July 21, 2014

City Mission Fights Blight and Homelessness

The City Mission is trying to address two issues, homelessness and neighborhood blight, through its new initiative.  The New Horizons Permanent Housing program aims to place women who receive help at Laura's Home in once vacant houses.  President and CEO Rich Trickel and Chief Development officer Michael Parry explain how the program works.

Tour Ireland With Quinn, Kelly and McIntyre in 2015

Gerry Quinn of The Irish Show and a native of Ireland is hosting a trip to Ireland, along with 11th Hour hosts Tom Kelly and Jim McIntyre next April.  It's being billed as "The Cleveland Irish Tenors Tour."

Gerry and Jim run down the itinerary. Get more information on the tour of Ireland here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Names of Greater Clevelanders Who Lost Their Lives in Recent Wars To Be Added To War Memorial

Photo credit: Jim McIntyre

The War Memorial Fountain in Downtown Cleveland is being rededicated on Friday, July 25, 50 years after its original dedication in 1964. Patrick McLaughlin, President of the Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial  explains that the names of Greater Clevelanders who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan will be added to the plaques that surround the Fountain at Veterans Memorial Plaza. Bob Camburn, Vice President of GCVM and Director of The Honor Roll Project joins McLaughlin during this interview to explain how he researched all 5,552 names that will surround the Fountain following the rededication.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Free Payroll Services Offered to Small Businesses

Mike Rosenberg/Photo credit: Jim McIntyre

Payroll 4 Free founder Mike Rosenberg admits he doesn't look like the typical software developer, but appearances are sometimes deceiving. offers small business owners free services they USED TO pay for, or do themselves, draining valuable time and resources from their businesses. is a locally-based business poised to grow globally, and is especially helpful to restaurant owners and operators who must pay workers wages based on the amount of tips they make.

Harvesting Hope & Reaping Rewards From Local Farms

Caroline Wamelink and Jeff Sopko/Photo credit: Jim McIntyre

The popularity of the locally-sourced food movement is inspiring a brand new fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.  Harvesting Hope will be held September 7 at the Harris Road Farm in Broadview Heights. Chefs who use locally grown produce and locally raised meats plan to participate, including Brian Okin and Adam Bostwick of Cork and Cleaver Social Kitchen, named the best new restaurant for 2014 by Cleveland Magazine.

Caroline Wamelink of the American Cancer Society and Jeff Sopko, owner of Harris Road Farm offer information about Harvesting Hope, and about sponsorship opportunities for the inaugural event.