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Monday, August 6, 2018

Welshly Arms Among the Highlights at This Year's Lollapalooza

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 4:07 PM

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Last year, local acts the Cloud Nothings and Machine Gun Kelly gave notable performances at Lollapalooza, the annual four-day festival that takes place at Grant Park in Chicago. This year, local rockers Welshly Arms [pictured] represented Cleveland, and the band’s rousing performance was one of many highlights at the festival that featured close to 200 bands. It concluded yesterday.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the event here.

Welshly Arms really benefited from having Bri Bryant and Jon Bryant on backing vocals. The husband and wife duo not only provided some great vocal harmonies, but they also danced in unison and provided a dynamic visual element as they smiled and laughed throughout the performance.

The group opened its hour-long set with the Black Keys-like “All the Way Up” and vigorously jammed on tunes such as “Love In a Minor Key” and “Indestructible,” the latter of which included a snippet of the Bob Marley classic “Get Up, Stand Up.” The group has really evolved and effectively drew from blues, gospel and soul.

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A24 is Having a Free Screening of 'Eighth Grade' Wednesday at Valley View

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 3:58 PM

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The hit directorial debut of Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade has shattered its limited run and has expanded to theaters all across the country. In celebration, distribution company A24 is presenting a free screening in every state on Wednesday, August 8.

The Ohio screening will take place at the Cinemark at Valley View 24 with no ratings enforced. Meaning, despite the film's R rating, moviegoers of all ages are welcome to attend the screening. As A24's promotional tagline says: "If you've been through 8th grade, Eighth Grade is for you."

Ohio's free screening is at 6:25 p.m. and tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, and are not guaranteed. The Cinemark at Valley View 24 is located at 6001 Canal Road.

Check out Scene's review of the film we called "a delightfully awkward time capsule of the contemporary pre-teen experience" right here.

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Cleveland's 120th Annual Feast of the Assumption Returns to Little Italy Aug. 15

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 3:46 PM

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The intrusive construction that turned Little Italy's Mayfield Road into a one-way street for a month and a half has finished in time for the 120th annual Feast of the Assumption that takes place next week.

Once again, Holy Rosary Church's parish hosts this free, family-friendly festival from Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 18. Starting and ending with religious processions celebrating the Virgin Mary being taken into Heaven, the Feast includes classic festival staples as well as fireworks, a raffle, and observances and services for those who celebrate the Catholic Holy Day.

Take a look at everything we saw at last year's Feast right here.

Restaurants in the area as well as specialty vendors are set to have stands lining the streets, offering traditional Italian foods, desserts and beverages for purchase.

Carnival rides and games, live music (including opera, Italian choirs and local bands) and a casino in the church's lower level are all available for entertainment during the fest.

Since Mayfield Road from E. 125th St. to E. 119th St. is closed to vehicles during the fest, and relatively far-away parking spots are available for a fee, the best way to attend the festival is via the RTA red line's stop in Little Italy.

The Feast's hours are noon to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday.

Learn more about the Feast of the Assumption here and find the festival's more detailed schedule here.

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Ohio Approved 7 of 104 Applicants to Process Medical Marijuana, and Only One in Cuyahoga County

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 3:10 PM

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It ain't easy being green for Ohio processors looking to turn marijuana plant material into approved forms like oils and edibles.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced Friday that only seven out of the 104 applicants met the requirements to serve as a processor of medical marijuana, and up to 40 licenses for processes were eligible to be awarded. Another six applicants are still awaiting background and tax checks to see if they will be deemed eligible to process.

Of the seven, only one processor will be in Cuyahoga County. The seven currently approved processors are:
  • Fire Rock Processing Ltd. in Columbus
  • Corsa Verde LLC in Columbus
  • Ohio Grown Therapies, LLC in Johnstown
  • Ohio Green Grow LLC in Toledo
  • Greenleaf Therapeutics, LLC in either Geauga County or Lake County
  • Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals, LLC in Muskingum County
  • Standard Farms Ohio LLC in Cuyahoga County
Of the initial seven, processors Fire Rock, Grow Ohio and Ohio Green Grow also have cultivator licensees.

Ohio's medical marijuana law allows the sale of the plant material for vaping, as well as oils, lotions, patches, tinctures and edibles. Cultivators will be able to package dried flower to sell to dispensaries, but all other products require a separate processor license to produce and package.

Rejected applicants will have the chance to submit additional clarifying information with the hopes of receiving a license in the next round. The state programs are supposed to be up and running this September, but none of the processors will be ready in time.

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Was Your Cuyahoga County Property Appraisal Way Too High? Here's How to File a Complaint

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 2:54 PM

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If you're a homeowner, you probably got a letter in the mail from Cuyahoga County last week alerting you to the fact that your home is now worth a lot more than it was when you bought it. (Or else the appraised value — and the taxes that come with it — are finally catching up to what you paid for it.)

Turns out, this happens every six years. It's the "sexennial reappraisal," in the state lingo. Hooray! The county fiscal officer's team has been physically viewing and appraising every property in Cuyahoga County — roughly 526,000 homes and commercial properties — since July, 2017. They pretty much wrapped things up in May.

Most home values rose. According to the county data, residential values increased by 10.8 percent countywide. Commercial values increased by 8.7 percent.

"We have felt that the county is on a great upswing, and the county-wide reappraisal confirms our progress,” said County Executive Armond Budish himself, in a press release. “I am pleased that overall our property values have significantly increased. It’s a sign that our county is prospering.”

Well, yes, but maybe you feel that your property was appraised for a lot more than it's worth. Or perhaps houses in your neighborhood, or on your street, aren't selling for what your home value is now alleged to be. Maybe there's some structural issue or issues that weren't taken into account by the appraisal teams.

If that describes your situation, you can file a complaint. Until Aug. 31, residential property owners may dispute the appraised value by informally complaining online, through the mail or in person.

To file online, you'll need the parcel number and pin number found in your mailer. If you prefer the mail, there's a response form in the mailer you received. In person, you'll have to attend a "conference site" where staff appraisers will be on hand Monday through Friday to hear your complaints. This week, the conference site is Tri-C East's President Plaza. Appraisers will be there 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday, and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday.

If you're disputing the appraised value of your home, you'll need to support your claim by submitting one or more of the following types of documentation for review. (The denser the documentation, the stronger the case.) 

• Complete Appraisal Report (prepared within the last 12 months).
• Total cost of new structure (certified by builder).
• Photographs of structural damage, and estimates for repairs.
• Purchase agreement with closing statement.
• Certified estimates from a contractor for repairs cited as the reason for a change in value.

If you don't informally complain by Aug. 31, you'll have to file a formal complaint with the Board of Revision.  That body will accept complaints January through May, 2019.  

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Study: Right-to-Work Laws Lower Wages

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 1:33 PM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Right-to-work laws don't bring more jobs to states that pass them - but do end up reducing wages, according to new research.

Right-to-work laws say even workers covered by union contracts do not have to pay anything to the union to cover the cost of getting and keeping those contracts. Supporters of these laws argue that right-to-work states see job growth because a non-union business climate attracts employers.

Former U.S. Labor Department chief economist Heidi Shierholz, now director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute, said the EPI's latest research doesn't back that claim.

"What we find is that right-to-work will not create jobs, but it will hurt wages of middle-class workers," Shierholz said.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public employees can't be forced to pay union fees. Ohio is among 20 states in the country without state-level right-to-work laws.

Shierholz said it's complicated to compare right-to-work states with those that don't have such laws in place, because industries, education levels, costs of living and other factors are different. But taking all those factors into account, she said wages in right-to-work states are still at least 3 percent lower. That means an average full-time worker takes home $1,500 a year less in a right-to-work state.

Shierholz said in spite of the rhetoric, that's what the laws are made to do.

"The proponents of right-to-work really do try to make it sound like it's going to be good for workers, but it's not about freedom," she said. "It is simply to reduce the wages of workers, so that corporate profits can increase."

Some union members say they shouldn't even be called right-to-work laws. They say a better name might be "right to work - for less."

Reporting by Ohio News Connection in association with Media in the Public Interest, and funded in part by the George Gund Foundation.

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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Broadway Play 'Sweat' Launches Timely Tour of Smaller Towns, Including Ashtabula and Akron

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 1:24 PM


New York's Public Theater, which debuted Lynn Nottage's Sweat in 2016 before it went on to Broadway in 2017, has announced that its Mobile Unit — which until now has been focused solely on New York — will launch a tour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play to 18 upper Midwest (mostly) smaller cities and towns between Sept. 27 and Oct. 13.

The play, set in a Pennsylvania factory town, "tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat," according to the Public Theatre website.

The Ohio stops for Sweat include Ashtabula on Sept. 28, Akron on Oct. 2 and Ravenna on Oct. 3. It begins in Erie, Penn. on Sept. 27 and goes on to visit Meadville, Penn.; Macomb, Marshall and Albion, Saginaw and Eaton Rapids in Mich.; Janesville, Kenosha, Columbus, Viroqua, Sauk City and Hayward in Wisconsin; and Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud in Minnesota.

On its website, the Public Theater said the purpose of its Mobile Unit is to "break down economic and geographic barriers to the arts by meeting our communities where they are, staging free professional theater productions in local neighborhood venues such as libraries, homeless shelters, and community centers across all five New York City boroughs."

And it said this expansion of the program, which will include special engagement activities at each stop, is designed to "amplify the voices of local communities in the Rust Belt and Midwest, and to powerfully connect their stories to a larger national narrative."

While it isn't directly stated on that website, The New York Times — in reporting the announcement — noted the tour is happening, before midterm elections, in upper-Midwest counties "where the 2016 election was closely contested; all but four swung toward President Trump." In that article, Oskar Eustis — the Public's artistic director — replied that "Our job isn't to change anyone's vote. It's to open a dialogue and do our part to remind all Americans of what we have in common."

The Times also reported the tour's funding was provided by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit the The Public Theater's website here.

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