Friday, March 8, 2013

Local Celebrity to Host Live Trivia

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM

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Everyone's favorite Slovenian NFL tackle turned Saved by the Bell: The College Years star is hosting an evening of Sporcle live trivia on March 21 at Bob Golic's Sports Bar & Grille downtown. The host? Bob Golic himself.

He'll be making his cameo in honor of a trivia round devoted exclusively to Saved by the Bell themed questions.

The original series is streaming on Netflix if you need to brush up on your Slater quotes or Screech snafus. The College Years, regrettably, you'll have to put on your snail-mail queue.

Or don't bother watching at all, and just go for the wing specials, $2 brats and $3 domestic pints.

Golic's likely taking his MC skills for a spin as he prepares for another season as VP of Operations for the Cleveland Crush, Cleveland's Lingerie League (now known as the Legends Football League.)

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Here's a Rundown of Major Gund Foundation Grant Recipients

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

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At its winter meeting last week, The George Gund Foundation approved 59 grants for local organizations totaling $10.3 million. Among the more notable:

—A grant of $3.75 million to Neighborhood Progress Inc., so they can continue mapping the (evidently very expensive) frontiers of vibrant urban neighborhood development.

—A grant of $880,000 to implement CMSD's Cleveland Plan, including a new vision for the Cleveland School for the Arts.

—Eight grants for organizations working on healthcare reform.

—Grants in honor of George Gund III to organizations on whose boards the late philanthropist served: the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

—A grant of up to $250,000 to the Downtown Cleveland Alliance for "operating support."

—A grant of $180,000 over two years to the Cuyahoga Valley Conservancy for its work in preservation of local farmland and promotion of local food.

—A grant of $150,000 over two years to The Nature Conservancy for support of its Ohio office.

—A grant of $20,000 in start-up support for Ohio City Writers.

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Poll Shows Clevelanders Don't Floss

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

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DenTek Oral Care, the company that manufactures those stabby little floss picks that would probably make decent shivs in a pinch, released its hotly anticipated “Look Who’s Flossing” survey on Wednesday, and—shocker!—it turns out Cleveland is the number one “worst city for flossing.” Los Angeles is the best, and Detroit surprisingly comes in at number three, probably because they maimed all the other contenders with dental picks.

“We commissioned this consumer opinion survey to drill down [see what they did there?] into flossing habits and behaviors in America’s biggest cities,” DenTek Vice President of Marketing Charlotte Havely says in a company press release. She cheerfully adds, in a not at all transparent marketing gambit, “if you’ll keep flossing picks in your bag, your car, wherever is convenient, you’ll be able to floss on the go for a healthier and brighter smile.” Sorry, but we like to keep our smiles sickly and dull. Shiny, non-tartar-caked things are just too damn distracting, and also probably attract thieves.

Perhaps more excitingly, DenTek’s curiously unflagged Wikipedia entry states that the company “develops and markets oral care products, including Diapers, Interdental Brushes, Disposable Dildos, Tongue Cleaners, and Dental Guards.”

Company reps declined to comment on how well Cleveland is performing on the diaper-and-dildo front, but it’s gotta be better than our flossing record. [Via The Cleveland Leader]

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Tremont's Spotted Owl Given Permission to Take Wing

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

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At last night's economic development meeting at Tremont West, Will Hollingsworth received 100-percent approval to go ahead with his plans to build out Spotted Owl. At last week's block club meeting, the project received 96-percent approval, thus clearing the way for the bar's liquor license transfer.

"Now that I've got the neighborhood's blessing, I'm really excited to get this thing built and have a cocktail party," Hollingsworth said.

For the past two and a half years, Hollingsworth has tended bar at Lolita, where he has been dreaming of designing the "perfect neighborhood bar." Located on the lower-level of the Tremont Place Lofts at W. 7th and Jefferson, formerly the Union Gospel Press building, the Spotted Owl will accommodate approximately 100 guests, more including a patio.

With the lion's share of work yet to come, Hollingsworth hopes to have the bar open before the end of the year.

"It's the best I can do, honestly," he adds regarding the ETA.


*photo courtesy of Bob Perkoski

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Neighbors' Battle Over One Family's Home Nears Its Tired End in Lakewood

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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It's a story that alternately makes homeowners around the area yawn and burst out into angst-ridden shudders. A contingent of wealthy homeowners banded together late last year to try and garner approval for the historic designation of a home in the neighborhood. Problem was, the homeowners of that home, the "Heideloff House," didn't want that to happen.

Per Lakewood Patch, the Lakewood Architectural Board of Review denied a rehearing of that historic designation plea, which effectively puts an end to the months-long debate.

The tale is convoluted, but it's a rather interesting case study of private property rights vs. the historic integrity of a neighborhood.

After all that, the owners of the home in question intend on (possible moving the home and) building anew on the lakeside property to the tune of $2 million. Plans are working their way through the city's boards and commissions early this year.

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State Highway Patrol Busts Cleveland Man For Crack Cocaine Possession

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

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Ohio State Highway Patrol officers stopped a driver in Cleveland last night and - well, *lookee* here - discovered an ounce of crack cocaine stashed in his '97 T-Bird.

Marijuana residue in plain view prompted a probable cause search of the vehicle, according to officers.

Willis Bell, 31, was arrested and tossed in Cleveland City Jail on charges of possession of crack cocaine and aggravated drug trafficking, both first-degree felonies. The charges could net him up to 20 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

The crack, meanwhile, had a street value of $3,000.

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Do'h! Drug Arrest Nets Zips' Alex Abreu An Untimely Suspension

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

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Shortly after the Akron Zips clinched the Mid-American Conference regular season title, point guard Alex Abreu found himself in handcuffs following a trafficking and possession bust for marijuana. ...Five pounds of marijuana. ...Two third-degree felony charges.

He and an 18-year-old buddy were arraigned in court this morning. Bond was set at $5,000.

In many ways, Abreu was a natural force of leadership on the team. He led the team to what was a nationally stunning 18-game winning streak and to a near certain NCAA tournament entry point.

The PD's Elton Alexander has the details on Abreu's seasons thus far, which ran headfirst into a brick wall this week. The PD story also features the typical round of intellectual comments on this story, so do check into those, as well.

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