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Friday, June 15, 2018

How to Know When It's Safe to Swim in Lake Erie

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 11:53 AM

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As the sun and humidity begin to permeate Northeast Ohio (finally), it's only right and natural to want to head to your local swimming hole. But with troubling reports of algae blooms and unsafe bacteria contamination in the Great Lake, how does one know when it's safe to take a dip?

Mary Clifton, recreation programs manager at the Ohio Department of Health, says that while no beach is ever officially closed in Ohio, there is an easy way to check for contamination.

The Ohio Department of Health's BeachGuard website offers up-to-date announcements on water contamination levels, based on daily water testing conducted by a team of state and county officials and scientists.

While swimming in Lake Erie, or any of Ohio's lakes, is a personal choice, Clifton says it's always best to check first.

"In Ohio we issue advisories so people can make the decisions that they are comfortable with," Clifton told Scene.

If an unsavory amount of bacteria is found at a beach, the spot will be listed with either a yellow, orange or red flag. You can guess which one is the worst.

Yellow Flag - Bacteria Contamination Alert

Posted when the level of bad bacteria in the water has reached unsafe levels and could make you sick. Children, the elderly and those in ill health or weakened immune systems are advised not to swim.

Orange Flag - Recreational Public Health Advisory
WARNING - An algal bloom is present and/or algal toxins have been detected. Swimming and wading are not recommended for: children, pregnant or nursing women, those with certain medical conditions and pets.

Red Flag - Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory
DANGER - Avoid all contact with the water. Algal toxins at unsafe levels have been detected.

Clifton says that her office has seen a relatively low amount of harmful advisories in the coming years, but there's always a chance that could rise this summer.

So far, according to the map, Lake Erie beaches closest to Cleveland do not have advisory warnings of any kind. But it's still up to you to make the plunge or not.

This post has been updated.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

All Nine Cleveland Mayoral Candidates Make Primary Ballot After a Few Submit Supplemental Signatures

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 4:57 PM

Reed at a campaign event earlier this year. - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Reed at a campaign event earlier this year.
Update: On Friday the county Board of Elections certified supplemental signatures submitted by Tony Madalone, Eric Brewer and Robert Kilo. Each had fallen short of the valid nominating petition count at the original deadline but delivered thousands of fresh signatures before the deadline last Wednesday. Which means that all nine mayoral candidates who submitted nominating petitions will appear on the primary ballot in September.


(Updated 7/5/17): According to's Mark Naymik and the county's Board of Elections, three of the candidates who filed nominating petitions last week have come up short of the 3,000 valid signatures needed to make the ballot. Those three men: Tony Madalone, Eric Brewer and Robert Kilo. They had five days to collect additional signatures to make up their respective gaps. The clock on those five days ends today at 4 p.m. Here's how short each candidate was:

Madalone: 1,086
Brewer: 970
Kilo: 610

We'll update you once this all gets sorted out.


(Original story 6/30/17): Nine Cleveland mayoral candidates, including Frank Jackson, of course, filed nominating petitions with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections before the 4 p.m. deadline yesterday. All are men, a dispiriting trend, as our own Sam Allard noted last week.

Three thousand valid signatures are required to land on the September 12 primary ballot and the Board of Elections will be working to certify to the signatures soon. The top two in the primary square off in a November election.

If a candidate fails to cross the 3,000 threshold, they get five days to gather additional John Hancocks. As it stands, the nine candidates include:

- Frank Jackson
- Zack Reed
- Jeff Johnson
- Brandon Chrostowski
- Tony Madalone
- Robert Kilo
- Eric Brewer
- Dyrone Smith
- Bill Patmon

Six of those candidates — Reed, Johnson, Kilo, Madalone, Chrostowski and Brewer — appeared at a forum earlier this week. You can read our breakdown of that event here.

Notably but not surprisingly absent was Frank Jackson, who appeared at a high-dollar fundraiser in Gates Mills Wednesday evening that was the subject of protests by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. If you missed it, you can read our coverage from that event here.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Update: Cleveland Native Joshua Smith to Play Fundraising Concert at the Bop Stop to Replace His Stolen Saxophone

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Update: Native Clevelander Joshua Smith has just announced he'll perform a special fundraising concert at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Bop Stop.

Last month, someone stole Smith's saxophone, and he launched a Go-Fund Me c
ampaign to replace the instrument.

Original Post From 6/28/2017: A native Clevelander who currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area where he performs regularly at jazz clubs, restaurants and private events, Joshua Smith has played a 1952 Selmer Super Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone for the past 21 years.

Smith, who launched the avant garde jazz act Birth here in Cleveland before moving west, has just launched a Go Fund Me campaign to replace the instrument, which was recently stolen.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

The Best of Cleveland Party Now Rescheduled For Friday

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Update: Scene's Best Of party has been rescheduled for Friday, July 7. The previously postponed event will now be held at Red Space in downtown Cleveland where rain is not a factor. The 21+ party runs from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

A limited number of new tickets are now available. Original tickets will be honored.

(Original 6/23/2017): Scene's Best of 
Cleveland shindig at FWD this evening has been postponed due to incredibly shitty weather. A new date will be announced soon.

We're in the process of contacting all Best of Cleveland winners, ticket holders and other invitees with more information.

Our apologies for the inconvenience, but the forecast simply doesn't look like it's going to improve anytime soon. We blame Betsy Kling.

We'll update you when the make-up date is confirmed. Until then, enjoy your soggy Friday.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Eddie Money to Headline Bash on the Banks Festival in July

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 4:14 PM

Cleveland Beer Week and Jacobs Entertainment have partnered for Bash on the Banks! Beer, Bacon and Bourbon, a festival that will feature classic rocker Eddie Money and the return of Cleveland’s Boat Parade.

Slated to take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, the event will feature “beer, bacon and Jim Beam.”

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Lorain is the Next City to File a Lawsuit Against Major Opioid Pharmaceutical Companies

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 4:10 PM

[image-1]June began lawsuits filed against major pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributed, first by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and then by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and her city. Now, as promised earlier this month, the city of Lorain has filed its lawsuit against those same targets.

And like those previous suits, Lorain's civil complaint goes after the companies' roles in crafting the message and perception of opioid medication, making painkiller prescriptions an intrinsic part of American culture. The phrase "corporate greed" is used in deconstructing the companies' marketing tactics and knowledge of the potential for pharmaceutical abuse.

Lorain's suit names many companies, including Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Cephalon. Echoing Whaley's stance, Mayor Chase Ritenauer stakes a personal claim in the fight against opioid addiction. His city has been rocked by the crisis — along with Lorain County writ large, where 140 people overdosed and died last year.

"We can't go to church, we can't go to a restaurant, you can't go to a family event without seeing somebody who has been impacted by the heroin epidemic," he said during a City Council meeting earlier this month, announcing an intent to file this lawsuit.

Lorain Police ID Body Found 28 Years Ago, Seek Metro Detroit Relatives

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 3:54 PM

[image-1]On April 3, 1989, a body washed up on the shore of Lake Erie in Lorain. For almost 30 years, the identity of the body remained a mystery, stumping investigators thanks to decomposition and early modern scientific abilities. But, thanks to technological strides in forensics, the FBI was able to determine recently that the body was that of 36-year-old Terrence Patrick Brennan, who is believed to have been from a Metro Detroit suburb.

Lorain police and the Lorain coroner have been unable to find any of Brennan's kin and are asking the public to help. Anyone with information regarding the identity of family members of Brennan are asked to contact Det. John Dougherty of the Lorain Police Detective Bureau at 440-204-2105.

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