Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Pho Spot Opens on Coventry

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM


For a relatively short strip, Coventry Road has accumulated more than its fair share of independent ethnic eateries. Well, the Village can now claim a new pho place as one of its own. Three weeks ago, Pho & Rice opened up in the former Winds of Change-Game Exchange-Record Exchange space at 1780 Coventry.

Despite a small kitchen, the shop cooks up a full Vietnamese (and, to a lesser extent, Thai) menu of starters, salads, noodle soups, vermicelli and rice dishes, and stir-fries. There are a dozen phos, served small ($8.95) and large ($9.95), with the usual noodle, beef and poultry fillings. The broth is made in house.

The pho is solid, if a bit salty, and the beef was sliced a too thickly and arrived the opposite of rare. It's served with a handful of bean sprouts, a bunch of basil, and a few jalapenos and lime wedges.

For a quick and convenient bowl of pho, you should definitely consider Pho & Rice, which is open every day of the week for lunch and dinner.

Pho & Rice
1780 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Hts.

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Cleveland to Get Serious About Illegal Dumping

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

  • Sam Allard, Scene Magazine

Via City Hall, Mayor Frank Jackson will hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m. to announce a revamped effort to crack down on illegal dumping in Cleveland.

"Whenever possible, the City...will seek felony indictments to hold illegal dumpers accountable for their actions. Illegal dumping threatens the health of our residents and forces the city to use limited resources to inspect these properties and often facilitate the clean-up. Illegal dumping impacts the overall quality of life of those who live, work and play in Cleveland," read this morning's press release.

Scene covered the issue of illegal dumping in a story this March about the East Side's tire refuse problem. And for the record, we resisted the ongoing urge to make poop jokes. In that piece, Ward 1 Councilman Terrell Pruitt said that the tire-dumping solution had to come in the form of legislation. This is a step in the right direction, and hopefully more than a symbolic gesture for election season.

In neighborhoods Pruitt represents, tire dumping remains a small-scale problem, but catching the bigger fish with felony indictments — guys like William Daniel, who operated an illegal dump on E. 131 St. — sends the appropriate message to opportunistic dumpers citywide.

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14 Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends in Cleveland

Posted on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

All over the city, people are bemoaning the rapid loss of the summer season. "It flew by so fast!" we all cry. Much like every other year ever, summer raced by in an instant.

But there's still time to cram in as much summer fun as possible!

Here's our list of 14 things that you simply *must* do before the leaves turn red and the cold winds snap off Lake Erie.

Do feel free to leave suggestions for more activities and events in the comments section below.

14 Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends in Cleveland
Spend the Day at Whiskey Island Go Stand-Up Paddling on the Rocky River The Cleveland Music Festival at Peabody's and Elsewhere Adam Ant at the Agora The Geauga County Fair Take a Stroll Through the Cleveland Metroparks Take in a show at Nautica Go Golfing!

14 Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends in Cleveland

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The Top 10 Party Schools in Ohio

Posted on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

School's back in session and that means one thing- partaaay.

While Ohio University lost its coveted Number One spot on the Princeton Review's list of top party schools this year, it's still at the tippy top of our list along with several other big-name schools.

Our line-up has been compiled with the help of MyPlan, BroBible, Cleveland.com and perhaps a smidge of, ehrm, personal experience.

Now see which schools made our list.

The Top 10 Party Schools in Ohio
9. University of Toledo 8. Cleveland State University 7. University of Cincinnati 6. University of Dayton 5. Kent State University 4. Bowling Green State University 3. The Ohio State University 2. Miami of Ohio

The Top 10 Party Schools in Ohio

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These Knees' Stephanie Trivison plays songs from her band's new album during Scene Session

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM


These Knees band leader Stephanie Trivison stopped by our offices yesterday for a Scene Session. Her band's terrific new album, The Young and the Bright, sounds a bit like Tegan and Sara and features feisty tunes that have a Violent Femmes-like spirit to them. She plays on Saturday at the Grog Shop.

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Video: Summer In Cleveland Looks Pretty Damn Good

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Scenes from A Summer in Cleveland
  • Scenes from "A Summer in Cleveland"

"A Summer In Cleveland" was just uploaded by Dave Pelosi, a young local filmmaker, and it's pretty impressive.

"We are a group of young aspiring filmmakers out of Cleveland, Ohio," he wrote in the description. "We work on a variety of different things, and like to keep ourselves busy."

It was uploaded in the "Summer In" short film competition from Neumann Films. The rules: the video must be location based, must use music from neumannfilms.net, shot locations must be plotted on Google Maps, the video must have "Summer in" in the title, and it must be uploaded and submitted by tomorrow, August 28. Here's Pelosi's video:

The map of each shot location is here. Per the map, here's where things were filmed:

Wakeboarding in Lake Erie near Lawton Beach:


The large natural water slide in Bedford:


The West Side Market in Ohio City:


The sunset at Sims Park:


The abandoned building on Cedar near East 55th:


The view of downtown from Superior and East 23rd:


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Summary Judgment Against Lavelle Sullins Reversed

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM

  • Sullins
Lavelle Sullins, featured in a Scene cover story at the start of this year, has been embroiled in the courts since finding out that he had been featured on TV as a wanted fugitive.

...He wasn't a wanted fugitive.

Judge Robert McClellend shot down Sullins' claims of defamation late last year via summary judgment. The supposed rationale for that call went like this:

McClellend's ruling centered around an opinion that Sullins' "fugitive" status was, in several ways, essentially true at the time the episode aired.

Sullins had five outstanding warrants for his arrest issued at the time in March 2010. None of them had to do with his passing bad checks. Rather, they revolved around a series of situations in 2008 wherein Sullins failed to appear before the court or failed to pay a fine following traffic violations like having expired plates, driving without a seatbelt and driving "too slow." Hardly fodder to be labeled a dangerous fugitive on the lam. All warrants were canceled Nov. 16, 2010.

Judge Kenneth Rocco reversed the opinion earlier this month, which will pave the way for trial hearings. There are all sorts of droll comments on the case published in the opinion, though this line stands out as particularly illustrative:

"We seriously question the identification of Sullins as one of "Cleveland 25 Most Wanted Fugitives." If Sullins was one of "Cleveland 25 Most Wanted Fugitives" based on a charged of passing a bad check, Cleveland must be one of the safest communities in the country."

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