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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lilly Handmade Chocolates Now Open in New Location in Old Brooklyn

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 2:15 PM


Update: It may have taken a little longer than expected — and, honestly, when isn't that the case when talking about a new restaurant or bar — but the fine folks behind Lilly Handmade Chocolates opened their new location in Old Brooklyn over the weekend after shuttering the original spot in Tremont in May in advance of the move.

Find them at 2032 W Schaaf Rd. and online. Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


(Original story 4/11/18): After exactly 10 years in Tremont, Lilly Handmade Chocolates (761 Starkweather Ave., 216-771-3333) is pulling up stakes and relocating to Old Brooklyn. The shop’s last day will be on May 25, followed by an anticipated July opening for the new home.

"It's wonderful," owner Joshua Montague says of the move. “We’re super excited.”

Along with wife and partner Amanda, the team will be moving into a former accountant’s office in a building from the 1930s. The South Hills neighborhood of Old Brooklyn also happens to be home for the Montagues.

The space (2032 W. Schaaf Rd.) will be smaller than the Tremont shop, with no seating. Also, the owners are doing away beer, wine and spirits so that they can focus solely on chocolates and confections. With an increased attention placed on wholesale and internet-based business, the owners decided to shift gears somewhat. But candy making will remain front and center at the new shop.

“When you walk in you’re going to be in our chocolate lab, so you’re going to be even closer to the action than you were here in Tremont,” says Joshua.

We'll keep you posted on opening day.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Swensons Drive-In in North Olmsted Will Open August 10th

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Update: Opening day is set for the North Olmsted Swensons. All your westside Galley Boy dreams will come true beginning August 10th.


(Original story 4/17/18): Swensons Drive-In has announced its building another Cleveland-area location. This time the favorite Akron-based burger joint is coming to the west side with a North Olmsted spot.

Construction officially kicked off yesterday and the LeBron-approved restaurant is slated to open this summer.

“We’re definitely working hard to get some new sites open in Cleveland,” CEO Jeff Flowers told Scene last year when Swensons expanded to University Heights. “We’re slow, we’re methodical, and we’re going to make sure we do things right.”

No word yet on when a Swensons will open downtown Cleveland or a nearby neighborhood. In the meantime, there are currently eight other Swensons locations to get your fix. 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Update: Schedule Released For This Year's Make Music Day Cleveland

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 12:14 PM

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Update: Organizers have announced more details for this year's Make Music Day Cleveland, which takes place on Thursday, June 21.

Some highlights: Samba Joia will perform at noon on Public Square, and local wind, brass or percussion players will play as part of Sousapalooza, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at Shaker Square (register through the website to receive sheet music in advance).

Concerts will take place all day long at a range of venues in Cleveland Oberlin. Acts will even perform at Heinen's downtown and at MetroHealth Medical Center.

At the end of the day, the Beachland Tavern will host a concert.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Cleveland City Council Learns about Trauma, Debates Counselors at Rec Centers

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 5:20 PM

A famous rec center in Cleveland (2016) - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • A famous rec center in Cleveland (2016)
Representatives from MetroHealth and Frontline Services gave presentations to Cleveland City Council Monday morning in a meeting designed to "frame the conversation" around trauma and toxic stress, and to outline strategies that the nonprofit Frontline Services would undertake in its execution of a proposed $1 million city contract.

Duane Deskins, who announced his retirement last week as Mayor Frank Jackson's first-ever Chief of Prevention Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults, gave a presentation to council on his team's research in conjunction with his resignation (see below). His approach has advised viewing crime and violence through the lens of public health.

In keeping with that view, and presumably in keeping with Deskins' plans, Frank Jackson said he intends to place counselors at all of the city's 21 recreation centers. The city also proposed legislation to engage Frontline Services to train all rec center staffs in Toxic Stress and Trauma Management.

The meeting Monday, a joint meeting of the Health and Human Services and Municipal Services committees, was intended to add detail and expert analysis to Deskins' presentation.

Lisa Ramirez of MetroHealth spoke first. She discussed, in clinical terms, the ways long-term toxic stress can affect the brain. In a much-referenced slide, she showed a graph dramatizing that the earlier interventions occur, the more effective they are at counteracting the negative effects of trauma. She highlighted the need for safe, responsive caregiving for children, and she noted, in a moment of hope, that any stable, nurturing relationship (from anyone in any place) can positively influence children living in extreme poverty and with unstable caregivers.

Rick Oliver and Rosemary Creeden, from Frontline Services, explained their program in broad strokes, though they found themselves grilled by councilman Ken Johnson, the municipal services committee chair. He endeavored upon several lines of inquiry related to the stigma of the "mental health" label. His stance was often combative. He seemed to interpret the proposed contract as an an incursion by Frontline on his territory. By his own account, Johnson spends every day at the rec center that bears his name. And rec centers, to this day, seem to be the only topic about which the veteran councilman gives anything resembling a shit. Johnson's very first question, posed to Ramirez, sought to understand the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. (A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can prescribe, Ramirez responded. She herself is a psychologist.) Was this a quiz? It may have been, for later in the meeting, Johnson mentioned that his own son was a psychologist (who may also work at the Ken Johnson Recreation Center.) 

Elsewhere, Councilman Kevin Conwell probed the security of Frontline's electronic records and badgered Public Works Director Michael Cox about the availability of wi-fi and soundproof rooms at the city's rec centers. That line of inquiry was off-base enough that Councilman Blaine Griffin, the Health and Human Services Chair, interjected to clarify that the legislation would not convert the city's rec centers into mental health hospitals; it was intended to train staff on how to recognize symptoms of toxic stress.

As Lisa Ramirez said, if she were in charge, she certainly wouldn't be putting masters-level therapists at every rec center. It was much more important, in her view, to have adults on site who knew the children and the community and who, being "trauma-informed," could direct young people along appropriate channels.

"We're talking all levels: cafeteria workers, security guards, bus drivers," she said. "We use the metaphor of a relay. We want them to be able to pass the baton to the point where the young person can see a therapist. They're not going to be working with a therapist the moment they walk in the door."

Councilman Brian Kazy and others suggested that council should opt for a school-based approach instead of a rec-center-based approach. Councilman Basheer Jones stressed that these communities did not need therapists "from the outside" if they weren't culturally sensitive.

The most important question of the morning, in fact, came from Council President Kevin Kelley, who is not a committee member, but who said he was attending because of his interest in the legislation. He had the good sense to ask Lisa Ramirez, after her presentation, whether or not she thought the city of Cleveland's approach would be effective, based on her experience.

Ramirez confirmed with her MetroHealth colleagues that she should speak candidly. She then said that in principal she thought the legislation was a terrific idea. But she worried about its effects if council weren't committed to funding it for at least two to three years.

"I do feel that the components are important," she said. "What I worry about is that there's not a sense of dedication to being stable over an extended period of time. Some of those rec centers are absolutely community centers, but for those that are not, you need time to allow for positive experiences and to build credibility. I think it's a fabulous framework. I just hope that portions of it are thought through so it's not set up to fail." 

(Here is Duane Deskins' presentation from last week.)

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Solon Man Thought His Dad Was Held Hostage, Paid $900 in Phone Scam

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 3:07 PM

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A 22-year-old Solon man who thought his father was being held hostage was duped out of more than $900 in a phone scam earlier this month.

On April 18, the man, who was in Pennsylvania at the time, received a call from perpetrators claiming to be holding a gun to his father's head, a Solon police report stated. The callers said they would only release the man's father if he drove to a nearby Walmart and wired a $900 ransom to someone camped out in Puerto Rico. 

Conned out of exactly $911.50 (with service fees), the 22-year-old was convinced of the scheme's legitimacy because the perpetrators were calling him by his first name.

The incident allegedly took place over the course of five hours, and apparently at no point during the entire duration did the young man think to call, ask to speak to or text his father to ensure there was actually a gun being pressed to his head. Only after he transferred nearly a grand to an offshore account did the man reach out to his dad, who was actually quite safe and at work.

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Police Have Shut Down Revenge Porn Site Anon-IB, But Ohio Still Has No Protections For Victims

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 2:56 PM

  • BADASS' GoFundMe Donation Page

As it stands, Ohio is one of the 12 states left where there is no specific penalty for those posting nude photos online without a subject's consent. Luckily, after a year long investigation, Dutch Police have seized the servers for anonymous image board Anon-IB, the main source of revenge porn uploads.

Anon-IB didn't just share intimate photos of women without their consent, the site kept highly-trafficked logs of the victim's personal information and identities and itemized the forum by cities, neighborhoods, universities, and disgustingly, even high schools.

When Ohio's Katelyn Bowden discovered nude photographs had been stolen off of her ex-boyfriend's phone and uploaded to the internet without her consent, she decided to fight back.

She reported the incident to the police, but says she was met with resistance. In an interview with Wired she explained the situation like this: "They said, ‘did the ex file a police report for the missing phone? Because that’s the only crime that was committed here.'"

And thus, Bowden started a small Facebook group in August of 2017 as an advocacy dedicated to supporting victims of revenge porn. The "Badass" name isn't just a descriptor, it also stands for Battling Against Demeaning and Abusive Selfie Sharing). The Facebook group is now a bonafide non-profit with Bowden serving as president.

Last January, we reported that Sen. Joe Schiavoni planned on introducing a bill to protect victims of revenge porn. For Clevelander, Karie Scroggs, the passing of the bill means safety, after an ex-boyfriend uploaded photos of her on a revenge porn site.

"Everything from my naked body to my age and full name are plastered on the internet and are able to be pulled up within seconds," Scroggs told Scene. "It's terrifying and sets up future potential risks."

In the previously mentioned interview with Wired, Badass co-founder BeLinda Berry discussed why the involvement of Badass in passing this bill is important.

"Victims often get victimized twice by jurisdictional issues," Berry said. "If they live in Cincinnati but their poster lives in Cleveland, the victim is responsible for traveling and taking off work to report it. It’s one of the things we’d really like to see changed."

Given how frequently posters on Anon-IB were featuring women from colleges and universities, this issue of victims and perpetrators not residing in the same location is extremely common.

While the Ohio bill battles it out in legislation, a huge relief for revenge porn victim advocates is the take down of Anon-IB. The site posted an "official" statement on the seizing of their servers, claiming; "We vehemently deny any and all accusations regarding revenge porn, and child pornography. We do not, and we have never advocated or participated in posting and/or sharing of revenge porn or the subject matter as sickening as child pornography."

Badass clapped back immediately, bringing all of Anon-IB's bullshit to the table.

The shutdown of Anon-IB is helpful for the 1 in 25 Americans that have reported someone shareING an intimate image of them online, but Ohio has still yet to pass the bill that would criminalize the perpetrators that share the photos in the first place. This is alarming given that the takedown of Anon-IB is likely not permanent, and the forum is anticipated to pop up again under a different alias.

For Cleveland's Scroggs, this takedown offers a sense of personal relief.

"Still to this day, I get Facebook inbox messages from random people saying, 'Did you know you're on this site? You're fat and disgusting. Gross. Wanna fuck?' The list goes on of what I still have to deal with," she says.

Scroggs has since obtained a restraining order against the ex-boyfriend who uploaded the photos, and criminal charges were filed.

"That was a whole side of me that was only to be shared with the person I cared for. It destroyed me," she stated.

Schiavoni unsuccessfully introduced similar legislation in 2016, which would make sharing revenge porn a felonious offense.

"I never want anyone to have to go through this, especially when such a vulnerable side of you is shown and then brutally dissected for the world to see," stated Scroggs.

The 2018 bill would make the crime a first-degree misdemeanor. Senate Bill 251 is currently referred to the Judiciary Committee.

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The Connect Podcast With Special Guest Dennis Kucinich

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 1:43 PM


The Connect Podcast (previously known as the Authentic Audio Podcast) welcomes gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich this week.

Some topics include:

· Why Mr. Kucinich lives a vegan lifestyle
· His childhood growing up in Cleveland
· His inspiration for public service
· Convictions he’s risked his life for
· His thoughts on the Trump administration
· Why he’s running for governor of Ohio
· A conversation that changed his life
· And more.

Stream or watch below, or subscribe or listen on iTunes here.

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