Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chosen: The Theme for the 14th Annual "The Fest"

Amanda Farinelli
Photo credit:  Jim McIntyre, Salem Communications

The Fest 2014 takes place this Sunday August 3rd. It's the 14th annual family-focused event, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, and organized by many devoted volunteers, like Amanda Farinelli.  She's a senior at John Carroll University, and a worthy spokesperson for The Fest, which features live music from national Christian acts, an outdoor evening mass, and fireworks at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Barber Writes About a Later-In-Life Start to Career

Elizabeth Manuel is a barber.  She writes about her career in a profession dominated by men in her memoir, Beautiful, Beautiful,The Haircut's Not Bad Either.  And in this interview, she explains the book's title.

Elizabeth now owns her own barber shop, and works alongside her daughter, who has also taken up cutting hair as a career.

Giving Public Square a $30 Million Dollar Facelift

Jeremy Paris and Bob Eckardt/Photo credit: Jim McIntyre

The effort to remake Public Square is being supported in a big way by the Cleveland Foundation, which is celebrating its centennial year by giving gifts back to the community.  The July gift: an $8 million grant for the Public Square project.  Shortly after the Cleveland Foundation announced its gift, the Gund Foundation pitched in $5 million more.

Bob Eckardt, Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Foundation explains why the project is so important.  Jeremy Paris, Executive Director of the Group Plan Commission, which has been charged with renewing public spaces downtown joins Bob in this interview.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cleveland Seniors Value Their Independence

The annual United States of Aging Survey has been released and Cleveland is one of the cities it focused on. The survey shows how the views of older Americans are changing, and how the perspective of seniors from Cleveland differs from others across the country.

Jeff Walters is the Regional Vice President of United Healthcare, Medicare and Retirement and takes a closer look at the United States of Aging.

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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

High Kings, Black 47 Headline Irish Festival

John O'Brien Sr. is the founder of The Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, which runs for the 32nd year this weekend (June 18, 19 and 20) at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

Mr. O'Brien explains why he started the festival in 1982, and what you can look forward to this weekend.

Legal Help Being Offered For Grandparent Caregivers

Legal assistance will be offered this Saturday to grandparents and other relatives who are caring for children related to them.  The Kinship Caregiver Legal Assistance workshop is cosponsored by The Cuyahoga County Division of Family Services and the Council of Neighborhood Leaders.  Jillian Driscoll is Managing Director for the Council.  She is joined in this interview by Lois Roberts of the Cuyahoga County Division of Family Services, and Brian Stanton of the Parma Area Family Collaborative.

You can register for the workshop by emailing

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Film Inspires New Exhibition at Maltz Museum

Ellen Rudolph/Photo credit: Samantha Fryberger, Maltz Museum

Ellen Rudolph, Executive Director of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, discusses the upcoming exhibition Yael Bartana: Inferno.  It centers on an 18 minute film, and will feature several public programs to be presented during the run of the exhibition.

Ms. Rudolph also preview two upcoming exhibitions, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, which will open in November, and a baseball-themed exhibition called Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, about the integration of Jews and other minorities in the sport.  It will begin its run in the spring of 2015.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bill Livingston Gives Props To "The Prodigal King"

Bill Livingston of The Plain Dealer has been one of LeBron James' harshest critics since "The Decision Part I," when James announced on TV he was taking his talents to South Beach.  Listen to Livingston's reaction following "The Decision Part II" in this interview, and read his column on

LeBron "Saw A Bigger Picture Here," Spins Bud Shaw

Here's Bud Shaw's spin on the return of LeBron James.  And here is his column on

Tech Czar's Take On What The Next Mayor Must Do

Michael DeAloia is the former Tech Czar for the city of Cleveland, and discusses his most recent blog post, "What the Next Mayor of Cleveland Must Accomplish," Parts I and II.

Michael wrote about seven exceptional structures from Cleveland's past in his book, Lost Cleveland, and is working on The Lost Hotels of Cleveland. He is also a founder of Emerging Chefs, which will debut its premiere film about Michael Nowak, the owner and Executive Chef of The Black Pig in Ohio City.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

United Way Funding Changes Please Some, Not Others

The United Way of Greater Cleveland is refining the formula for determining how it divvies up the donations it receives during its annual campaign.  President and CEO Bill Kitson explains how the changes have been made, and how the United Way hopes to make a bigger impact, even while funding fewer programs.

A Blast From Euclid Beach's Past Is In Our Future

John Frato and Dudley Humphrey, in the Thriller Car/photo credit: Jim McIntyre

The Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel is being prepared for installation at a new pavilion at the Western Reserve Historical Society.  It is being restored to reflect its initial appearance, as well as the remodeled art deco look the carousel took in in the 1930s.

Dudley Humphrey, whose great grandfather opened Euclid Beach in 1910 talks about growing up in the park, and the effort to raise the funds for the carousel's restoration. John Frato, President of Euclid Beach Project Now explains how the carousel was dismantled and sold when Euclid Beach closed in 1969, then repurchased, with the goal of brinigning it back to its original glory.

Frato and Humphrey vow the carousel will be open for rides in late November. And as a "Euclid Beach Boy," Frato also owns a share of the Rocket Ship Car and the Thriller Car, which you may see in local parades and are available to rent for special events.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Youth Challenge Is Looking For Paralympians In NEO

Chris Garr and Mackenzie Maglic of Youth Challenge
Calling all paralympic athletes.  Youth Challenge and Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio want you to try out for the next Paralympic Games for Team USA at an event called Gateway to Gold at Case Western Reserve University on July 13. Program Services Director Chris Garr and Mackenzie Maglic, Athletic Coordinator for Youth Challenge discuss the details, and promote the good work of Youth Challenge.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

3D Mammography at UHCMC Improves Detection

Tomosynthesis, or imaging with 3D technology not only helps improve detection of breast cancer, it also decreases the number of false positive readings.  Dr. donna Plecha, Director of Breast Imaging and Mammography at University Hospitals Case Medical Center says it means fewer patients are being called back for a second look.

Dr. Plecha helped conduct a massive study which shows detection of invasive cancers using 3D imaging rose by more than 40%, and false positive readings fell by 15%.