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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Watch: PBS's 'Kent State: The Day the '60s Died'

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 2:12 PM

The full stunning episode of PBS's 'The Day the '60s Died,' featuring the tragedy at Kent State on May 4, 1970, is available in its entirety below. You should watch it in general, but today, the 47th anniversary, wouldn't be a bad day.


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Update: Geiger's to Open Today in Downtown Cleveland

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 9:29 AM

RENDERING OF THE NEW DIGS
  • Rendering of the new digs
Update: Earlier this year we told you about Geiger's plans to open up a downtown Cleveland location. Today, the doors of the sporting goods store swing open.

Located at 1020 Euclid Avenue, the Lakewood-based retailer hosted an opening reception last night and will indulge in an official ribbon cutting celebration at 11 a.m. this morning, WKYC reports. The biz will open to the public shortly after.

Originally posted: May 26, 2015 at 1:15 p.m.

Geiger's, the Lakewood-based clothing and sporting goods store, announced today its plans to open a downtown Cleveland storefront later this year.

The new digs will live at 1020 Euclid Ave., directly east of Heinen's.

“We look forward to serving downtown residents, visitors and workers and to be part of the rebirth of our city," co-owner Gordon Geiger said in a press release.

"We are bringing the same high quality products and service that people find in our other stores to our new downtown location. We are also planning to preserve some of the unique characteristics of the historic Ivory Building in our store design," he said.

Shoppers can expect the store to carry an array of outdoor, weather-friendly garb, that will certainly come in handy for weekend camping trips to Hocking Hills or cabrewing in the Mochican valley. 

Look for a fall 2015 opening.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Former Parma Public Housing Manager Sentenced in $232,000 Theft Case: UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Amy Belz was sentenced to 16 months in prison today for stealing $232,000 from the Parma Public Housing Agency. (See full story below.)

“This defendant lined her pockets with nearly a quarter of a million dollars that was meant to help poor people,” U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said in a public statement today. “Public employees who steal from taxpayers will be held accountable for their actions.”

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Original story published May 11:

When former Parma Public Housing Agency Director Lev Kulchytsky stepped down in February, word around the streets was that he had been overseeing a messy operation. A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development review of his office revealed that he had lost control of the internal structure, confirming suspicions first brought up when Kulchytsky reported a theft scheme in his office last year.

HUD found broad patterns of abuse of federal grant funds. Sources told us earlier this year that the theft amount exceeded $100,000, but today we learned that Amy Belz, 34, had actually stolen $232,000 from the agency. 

“This defendant is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars that was meant to be used to help people obtain housing,” U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said in a press release today. “Public employees who steal from taxpayers will be held accountable for their actions.”

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Last Call: Scene Wants to Answer Your Questions About Cleveland

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 12:23 PM

ERIK DROST
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Got a question?  

Cleveland is a dynamic city — and Northeast Ohio a dynamic region. Lots of things move around here, sputtering and clanking and buzzing with growth. The sum of these parts is a city always in motion, always changing and redefining its past, present and future. With all of that hustle and bustle, you're bound to wind up with a few unanswered questions.

We'd like to help out.

Over the next few weeks, get in touch and submit your FAQs or Not-So-FAQs about Cleveland. We want it all: the granular, the sweeping, the tongue-in-cheek, the unexpected, the forward-thinking, the historically curious, the political, and on and on. Our staff will get the answers for ya — signed, sealed and delivered in the inaugural Scene Answers Issue in late June. 

Check out Washington City Paper's issues for examples of the questions they've confronted. Examples: Where can I get a $2 or $3 beer in D.C.? What’s the history of the houses in Lafayette Square Park? May one raise bees on one’s roof in D.C.?

Drop questions in the comments section here or via social media (@Cleveland_Scene on Twitter, Cleveland Scene on Facebook). Or email questions to esandy@clevescene.com.

— Originally published May 11

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Weird Al Delights Capacity Crowd at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Concert Review

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Not even torrential rain and wicked lightning put a damper on "Weird Al" Yankovic's delightful (and reliably hilarious) two-hour, career-spanning set last night at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, which was packed with faithful fans of the beloved parodist. The 56-year-old musician and his long-time bandmates delivered plenty of songs from his most recent album, Mandatory Fun, from the Lorde-parodying "Foil" to the Pixies-esque headbanging rager "First World Problems" and the Pharrell Williams-emulating show-starter "Tacky"; for the latter, Yankovic danced and bopped from the backstage area to the stage through the audience while wearing a brightly colored, psychedelic-patterned suit.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Layoffs and Restructuring at Fox Sports Ohio

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Fox Sports Ohio has never really known what it wanted to be, and despite a healthy roster of talent at times, it never really broke through the traffic jam of folks covering sports in Northeast Ohio. That being said, it did boast some talented reporters, among them Zac Jackson, who told us today that he was told by FSO his last day on the job would be June 30.

A second source confirmed that it wasn't just the Akron and Swenson's aficionado who was let go — the cuts were across the board and not limited to Jackson or the NFL. Folks talked of some vague restructuring by FSO (whose bosses don't seem to talk to their employees much, except when they're axing them, so those details are still up in the air.)

Also, we've heard similar conversations have been happening with staff in other Fox regional outfits.

Surely Zac and the others will land on their feet. Go hire them.

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Rockefeller’s Restaurant in Cleveland Heights to Close Following Saturday Service

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 3:29 PM


One of the most beautiful restaurants in Cleveland will close its doors after dinner service Saturday night. Rockefeller’s, located on the expansive second floor of the Heights Rockefeller Building, is pulling the plug.

“For four and half years we were doing fine,” says owner Michael Adams. “We were established as a good restaurant. We established a solid core of regulars and people from the neighborhood who loved to come here. But it was time to rededicate myself to my three kids and my wife.

“Obviously, it was a difficult decision,” he adds. “As a resident of Cleveland Heights, I enjoyed opening up a business here and contributing to the economy.”

Nobody is more upset with the decision than executive chef Jill Vedaa, who has been crushing it in the kitchen since opening day.

SHELLEY POLEWCHAK
  • Shelley Polewchak
“Yeah, it sucks,” she says. “But I have no regrets. I was very spoiled with Michael because he allowed me to make the food that I wanted to make, and that, for me, was amazing. I pumped out probably the best food that I have in my culinary career.”

As for what’s next – both for Vedaa and the gorgeous restaurant space – only time will tell.

“I don’t know what’s next,” says Vedaa. “I might be kinda off the grid for a little bit, but not for too long.”

Adams says the space is ripe for the picking.

“I would love for another restaurateur to come in and open up whatever he would like to do conceptually,” he says. “The owner of the building is more than amenable to that happening.”

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