Everyone should have a contract like Jerry Patrick, the former Medical Mutual marketing executive who was exiled in January amid allegations of sexual harassment. The exile went no further than MM's plush West Market office in Fairlawn, where Patrick is in and out these days, despite receptionists' insistence that "Jerry Patrick is no longer with the company." In fact, Patrick has a five-year consulting contract with Medical Mutual, a copy of which was obtained by Scene. Dated April 1, 1999, the contract is for nebulous "business and sales consulting services," for which Patrick is paid $20,000 a month. Policyholders would be unlikely to learn of this arrangement, since it does not have to be registered with the Ohio Department of Insurance. And company spokesman Jared Chaney did not return phone calls to discuss it. "Medical Mutual does have a strong prohibition against sexual harassment," the company's legal counsel said when the Patrick scandal broke. For some employees, anyway.
Downtown restaurants fail with the frequency of Tribe hamstrings and shoulder muscles, so it wasn't surprising to see the shutters close at Coaches on Huron. But Coaches is owned by the Iacona family, which knows a thing or two about comebacks. Sons Adam and Dominic have both battled criminal assault charges, and daughter Audrey is still trying to convince northern Ohio that she did not kill her newborn baby in May 1997. Coaches too shall rise anew, according to Dominic, as a nightclub and bar with live entertainment. "We saw all the bars here were doing well, so we decided to give the new format a try," he says. The family plans to reopen the business in October under the new name hold the irony, please Purple Haze.
Klan Killer Mike White continues to make nice with the police, most recently with a form letter sent out en masse thanking officers for the way they "stepped up, took charge, and bared [sic] the responsibility of keeping peace and order" at the Klan rally. "He was very sincere," says Press Secretary Nancy Lesic, which is certainly true about the stroke job White attempts in the letter. He gushes about the cops' professionalism and dedication, declaring, "The citizens of Cleveland are fortunate to have men and women of your caliber." Apparently Cleveland firefighters are of equal caliber, since all 950 of them got the same letter. "Which was pretty funny," says one, "since I wasn't even there." Unimpressed even by the first-class postage, the fireman suggests, "Give it to me in my paycheck."
Young hackers Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods wowed the golf crowd at the NEC Invitational at Firestone last week not with their strokes, but with disarmingly down-to-earth demeanors. Garcia went from a practice putting green directly to a port-o-pottie at one point, standing in line like everybody else. "He looked like any other skinny, nineteen-year-old kid," marveled one linemate. Woods made an appearance at the closing picnic for volunteer workers on Sunday and thanked them, telling them, "I know what it's like; I used to volunteer too." Woods had a blond beauty in tow, but the eye-catcher of the tournament was the young lady hauling Swede whacker Jarmo Sandelin's clubs, who had a killer profile and arms to match. "I certainly hope this is a new trend," sighed one smitten fan. Only in your dreams.
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