Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This Video of Lakewood Park Improvements is Wonderful: UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

UPDATE: Lakewood will break ground on this dynamite project sometime this fall, with plans to complete everything by next summer.

Originally published Feb. 12:

Structural improvements to Lakewood Park - focusing mostly on the promenade - have been discussed for a few years now. Last week, the city quietly posted an interesting video rendering from Environmental Design Group that shows what a revitalized Lakewood Park might look like.

The Akron-based design firm also published a .pdf elaborating visually on some of the proposals.

If you're into lakeside walks and sunset-watching, you're going to be a super jazzed about this.

Here's the video (tip o' the hat to @lkwdcitizen for tweeting the link):

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Out With the Old, In With the Old

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM


The email came out of the blue Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. Two hours later, Mayor Frank Jackson would swear in a new police chief and a new safety director. One of those two folks would be the same guy with a different title, because this is Cleveland and, more importantly, this is Frank Jackson’s Cleveland, where discipline is in short order and his buddies get taken care of.

Embattled Chief McGrath, who led a department under investigation by the Department of Justice for the deaths of two unarmed suspects pulverized by 137 bullets, was promoted to safety director while current safety director Marty Flask stepped aside to take a role as an assistant to the mayor. (Rumors had been swirling for months that Flask was looking for an exit strategy, and since this is Frank Jackson’s Cleveland, that exit strategy predictably had to include similar financial compensation and less work.)

Calvin Williams was named the new chief of police. In addition, Fifth District Commander Dornat "Wayne" Drummond takes over Williams’ role as deputy chief of field operations. And in the merry-go round of raises and promotions, Capt. Dennis Hill steps into Drummond’s shoes in the Fifth District.

Reaction around the force varied depending on the subject, though there was universal accord that McGrath needs to simply go away, although the rank and file used far more expletives with that sentiment. The new safety director was hated, to be sure, except among his small inner circle of St. Ed’s buddies he kept around him like a middle-school clique. Those McGrath understudies who once thought promotions were in their future are probably more than a little nonplussed at this week’s news. And once McGrath arrives in his new digs, he will probably be similarly distressed once he realizes the scope of his new responsibilities.

“That’s a fast-paced job,” said one source. “Definitely not his suit.”

Opinions of Drummond seemed to agree he was a good guy. The same goes for Calvin Williams, though some were surprised at his quick ascension.

“I think a lot of guys are happy to see someone else, anyone else, as chief,” said one cop. “I know that.”

And then there’s Dennis Hill, the odd one in the bunch, the one with legal troubles and discipline issues in his background. The bigger problem, however? “Guy’s a sneaky motherfucker and a complete asshole.”

At least that’s another thing the rank and file can rally around.

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Scene Podcast: Browns Front Office Shuffle, Cleveland Radio Woes, and Freedom of Expression

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

In this week's Scene Podcast, Craig Lyndall talks with Scene co-owner Andrew Zelman and staff writer Eric Sandy about the reorganization over the Cleveland Browns' front office, as well as Lee Chilcote's recent feature on local terrestrial radio.

Do listen in.

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About Last Night has a little too much Hart

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM


Valentine’s Day tends to bring out the worst in Hollywood. A quick look at Friday’s release schedule reveals that couples can celebrate the holiday by watching sentimental crap like Endless Love and Winter’s Tale. Both movies open on Friday. Unfortunately, the comedy About Last Night, which also opens on Friday, isn’t a worthwhile alternative. While it has its funny, irreverent moments, it ultimately settles for clichés about true love and fidelity.

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Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova's Jersey to Be Retired at St. Mary's

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM


While Kyrie Irving travels to New Orleans for NBA All-Star Weekend, Cavs' reserve guard Matthew Dellavedova will travel to Moraga, California, where the #4 he wore at St. Mary's College will be retired in a ceremony Saturday.

Dellavedova, an undrafted rookie for the Cavs who has become a source of instant energy and nuisance-style defense off the bench, is St. Mary's all-time leader in career points, three-pointers, assists, free throw percentage, games played and games started. He is, in the the world of northern California college hoops, a bit of a legend.

Delly becomes only the second player in St. Mary's history to have his number retired, joining Tom Meschery (some guy no one's ever heard of who played in the NBA in the 60s).

Here is perhaps Delly's most heroic NCAA moment, a running three-point buzzer beater to defeat BYU. (Video also includes rare footage of Delly's Australian accent, as well as live comments from his affable, Aussie parents).

The Cavs take on the Pistons tonight with a chance to go into the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak.

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New Chinese-Style Grill Coming to AsiaTown

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM


AsiaTown shoppers might have noticed a new sign for Han Chinese Kebob and Grill, hanging above a long-dormant space in the same small plaza as Koko Bakery. That restaurant is aiming for an April or May opening, according to Amy Wong, a partner in the operation.

"We know there are several Chinese restaurants around but most are serving food from Southern China," Wong explains. "We will be different, that's one of the reasons we want to open. We are from Northern China and will bring in food from a different part of China."

Wong says that the menu is far from settled, but diners can expect plenty of stews, stuffed breads and dumplings, Chinese-style pancakes, and lots of lamb and pork dishes. Grilled Chinese-style kebobs also will be a house specialty, she says.

"Kebobs are very popular with the young people in China," says Wong. "We're going to experiment with different things and see how people react to it."

Management is working on bringing in a chef from Chicago, who currently works at a popular Beijing-style restaurant.

"We hope the market here is good enough to keep the chef, given that they are more expensive," notes Wong.

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The Expendables play Scene Session

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Over the weekend, the Expendables played a Scene Session at Lava Room Recording Studios, next door to the Agora. The guys started off with “Starry Night,” a song from their new studio album that’s due out this year. It was the first time they’ve ever played an acoustic version of the tune. They then played two of the more popular tracks from their extensive catalog.

Check out previous Scene Sessions with the Promise Hero, Zach, Stephanie Trivison, Diana Chittester, One Day's Notice, Taylor Lamborn, Unsaid Fate, Hey Monea!, Joshua Jesty, Hazard Adams, Dan Bankhurst, Joe Moorhead, Erica Blinn, the Ohio City Singers and Kelly Zullo.

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