Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sources: Ex-Wife of Former Judge, Current City Employee Lance Mason Found Dead After Domestic Incident

Posted By on Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 1:33 PM

  • Via Lance Mason on Facebook
Sources tell Scene that Aisha Fraser Mason, the ex-wife of former county common pleas judge and current city of Cleveland employee Lance Mason, was found dead today after a domestic incident involving Mason.

He'd previously been convicted of and imprisoned on domestic violence charges after he viciously beat her in 2014 in front of their children. She filed for divorce two days later and needed reconstructive facial surgery. Cops found 2,500 rounds of ammunition and semi-automatic weapons in Mason's home after he was arrested for that assault.

Mayor Frank Jackson last year hired Mason despite all that. Jackson insisted Mason was simply the best qualified applicant.

We'll update you with more information as we get it. 

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Punch Bowl Social Opens New Indoor Mini Golf Course

Posted By on Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM

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As of yesterday morning, work crews were still putting the finishing touches on a makeover of Punch Bowl Social. But as of today, the makeover is complete, and the Flats East Bank restaurant now has a 9-hole mini golf course It's also been spruced up a bit.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Halestorm Singer Says She's Thrilled to Tour with Female-Fronted Bands In This Moment and New Years Day

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 2:39 PM

  • Jimmy Fontaine
Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale says she and her current tour mates, In This Moment and New Years Day, have talked about touring together for years. But the three hard rock acts, each of which features a female front person, finally got their schedules synced earlier this year to hit the road together.

They bring their tour to the Masonic Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26.

“We’ve known each other for years, and it was always something we talked about," she says in a phone interview. "We were always like, ‘What about next year?’ Finally, we did it kind of selfishly. I’ve never been surrounded by more estrogen on a tour. I can easily borrow eyeliner, and it’s been great. I don’t have to ask the one guy in the other band that wears make-up. I don’t think we realized how important it has been until we got out there and did it. We watch the audience and see these girls just owning their moments. It’s their show.”

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J.R. Smith Wrote a Children's Book, Holding Signing Next Weekend in Woodmere

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 1:43 PM

  • Book Cover
Everyone's favorite mostly-shirtless Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is known for making headlines on and off the court. But in a rather surprising turn, the father of all girls (who asked to be traded from the LeBronless Cavs earlier this season) has now written a children's book with his younger brother Chris Smith.

Called HoopSmiths, the picture book released in September follows two brothers as they dream of making the NBA one day, but soon realize they can't do it alone. The book, illustrated by Kris Carter, strives to teach kids the importance of teamwork.

Sunday, Nov. 25, just after Thanksgiving, brothers J.R. and Chris Smith are set to be at the Barnes and Noble in Woodmere at 1 p.m. for a book signing event open to the public. Find out more right here.

You can purchase the book, right here.

The following day, Nov. 26, the currently 2-12 Cavaliers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Q. Hopefully, Smith can put that message of teamwork to good use. 

Cleveland Still Has the Worst Bed Bug Infestation Problem in the Country, Terminix Finds

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 12:46 PM

  • Photo courtesy Terminix
In news that's certain to make you itch all over, the pest control company Terminix reports Cleveland has the highest instances of bed bug infestations in the country. Despite Cuyahoga County raising its bed bug extermination funding last year, Cleveland unfortunately holds Terminix's title for the second year in a row.

Ohio seems to have a huge problem with the blood-sucking brownish-red bugs in general, as four of our major cities made the company's Top 10 list. The Northeast side of the country also seems to have been hit worst with the recent spat of infestation issues, which began back in the late '90s. For some 50 years in this country, USA Today reports, bed bugs were nearly extinct. Now they're back with a vengeance, and Ohio is clearly struggling to keep up.

The following data is based on the amount of times Terminix was called in to treat an infestation between October of last year and this September.

Here are the 25 cities with the worst infestation problems in America:

Bed bugs are extremely hard to remove from indoor environments, which is why professional help is highly encouraged (although here's a do-it-yourself guide from the EPA). They're tiny, only come out at night and are now becoming insecticide resistant. People who travel, for Thanksgiving or otherwise, are highly encouraged to check mattresses when staying at hotels to prevent the spread of the pests to their own homes.

Contrary to public perception, infestations can effect anyone, as the parasites don't live on filth, just blood.

If you believe you have a bed bug infestation, act now. 

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The Cleveland Arts Community Remembers the Legacy and Life of Nikki Delamotte

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 12:09 PM

  • illustration by Angela Oster

The city and the Cleveland arts community mourn the unnecessary and tragic death of journalist Nikki Delamotte. We shared the idea that arts writing should be for everyone, not just academics. It bears noting the hurdles creatives face, whether or not one’s work is worthy or whether the public even cares. Nikki wanted everyone to have their story told. She made us feel like we were all the coolest people in the room. Her ability to connect the creative scene to the populace was more important than I think she may have realized. She was a gem that radiated positivity, excellence and professionalism. She was one of us. In fact, several organizations and galleries have postponed their artist opening receptions to encourage participation at the fundraiser in her honor. That’s how cherished Nikki was and is.

The community testifies:

“Nikki Delamotte championed the Cleveland creative scene from arts to entrepreneurship and beyond. Her kindness, enthusiasm and drive embodied Cleveland’s spirit. I wish I could have thanked her for all she did for my business early on and throughout the years. Her contributions to the Cleveland creative community have left an indelible mark. We should all strive to impact our community in the way that Nikki did. While she is no longer with us, her stories and mark on this city will not be erased.” - Gina DeSantis, Owner, Gina DeSantis Ceramics

“I got to know Nikki after she had me draw a picture of Albert Einstein for her grandma. The love she had for her grandma made an impression on me. Nikki was a genuine, caring person and that shined through in every word she wrote or spoke. I had many entertaining conversations with Nikki over the years, and the knowledge that there won’t be any more leaves a devastating hollowness. The loss to our city is immeasurable, irreplaceable, and tragic. We won’t see another like her again.” - Angela Oster, Artist

“I met Nikki in 2012 at the Beachland Ballroom. I remember this because I was in the process of opening an art gallery in Waterloo, and wandered off to the Beachland for a break…or a drink. Right off the rip she was one of my favorite people. She believed in everything she spoke and wrote about, and not only that, she made you believe it too. That’s a rare quality. Passion for what you do can’t be taught. You either have it, or you don’t. She had it. Cleveland is a big city, but is also a small place to live. Everyone in the arts and music scene are all connected in some way here. Nikki pulled those strings and made us even closer. She was pretty good stuff, and I admire her.” - Bryon Miller, Photographer

“Nikki was so thoughtful and careful in the way she approached everything. When I announced my book “Faces of Cleveland’ was going to be published, she immediately messaged that she wanted to write about the book. Both our schedules at the time were nuts and I imagined we would just do an email/quick telephone chat to get the basic stats and call it a day – but we ended up having brunch at Prosperity for hours. I still imagined it would probably just be a quick blurb. I was stunned when the article hit the stands and I saw a full page devoted to my “yet another photo book”. She raised so much awareness for my book this way – the reach was incredible. The day it came out, preorders quadrupled. I have no doubts the ripple effect she created by writing that article and I will be forever grateful of that. I will also be forever grateful for her friendship and the unwavering love she poured into the city and its artists without ever asking for a single thing in return.” - Laura Wimbels, Author

“I spent a good part of my day after Trump’s election processing the results with Nikki. My knee-jerk response was astonished outrage, but she was a gentle voice of reason and compassion. She truly reached for communion across differences and made it very clear that her post-election mission was a boosted understanding beyond her own point of view. A divisive election was, in her hands, an opportunity to come together.” – Jesse McGuiness, Assistant Director Communications, Case Western Reserve University.

“As I went back and reread my correspondence with Nikki, I couldn’t help but be reminded just how professional she was. She was respectful of other reporters at the PD who might also be interested in a story, ensured she had every detail correct and was timely in getting the work done. Not only was she professional, but her enthusiasm for what she was about to write was absolutely off the charts. She was so excited to hear about what we were doing – as if we were the most amazing thing to be happening. I would pitch an idea to her and she’d be looking for the best angle to make the story happen. Nikki covered Maria Neil (Art Project) more than almost any other reporter in Cleveland. She helped build and audience for some of our most successful shows. For our recent Tim Callaghan exhibition, people would show up holding Nikki’s article in their hand and say what’s what motivated them to come out. Nikki made a difference for us and our artists, just as she did for so many in this town. She was equally dedicated to Waterloo and every business on the street. While she had certainly established herself here, she was an up and comer. There was so much more for her to do. There was so much more for her to give. I rarely believe people are irreplaceable. Nikki is irreplaceable.” - John Farina, Gallerist & Co-Owner, Maria Neil Art Project.

As author, Laura Wimbels aptly put it, “she wasn’t just your friend or my friend; she was Cleveland’s best friend.”

Artists, craftspeople, writers and others among the arts have flooded The Side Quest with unique items to be held at auction during the fundraiser in her name in order to aid her family at this time.

Fundraiser for Nikki Delamotte at The Side Quest, 17900 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood on Friday, November 16 starting at 5:00P.M. 216.228.1212

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Canton Band Releases a Cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:52 AM

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The Blue Winter, a new local band out of Canton that’s essentially a solo project for singer-songwriter Aaron Troyer, has released a few singles to date. The latest, a cover of the Fleetwood Mac tune “Landslide,” came out today.

“I take great joy in writing songs, and I shoot for honesty in each one,” says Troyer. “The songs often come from the ups and downs of my life, so hopefully, they feel sincere and accessible. [‘Landslide’] is one of my favorite songs of all time. I think the lyrics are relatable in a million different ways, and I decided to make it my first-ever recorded cover.”

The Blue Winter’s debut show takes place on Friday, Dec. 14, at Musica in Akron.

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