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Monday, August 27, 2018

Cleveland Flea Expands to Shaker Heights Through October

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 4:55 PM

PHOTO BY CAITLIN SUMMERS
  • Photo by Caitlin Summers
The Cleveland Flea at Tyler Village is only offering two more events this year, but look for the market to expand to one other east side location this September and October as well.

The Van Aken District in Shaker Heights is the spot selected for the new Cleveland Flea events, meaning there are four final outdoor events this season. During the winter months, the Cleveland Flea heads indoors before opening up again outside in April.

Unlike other flea markets, which often require a person to sift through piles of garbage to find something worthwhile, the Cleveland Flea is a much more currated event, featuring many local makers and shop owners. At both locations you can expect plenty of Cleveland-themed merchandise and overpriced vintage furniture, along with incredible artwork, jewelry and craft booths on display.

The new east side flea runs Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the Tyler Village flea running Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. See the whole schedule right here.

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Farm Bill: What’s at Stake for Sustainable Food, Farms

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM

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  • (Beau Considine/Flickr)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Farm Bill Conference Committee meets right after Labor Day to hammer out a final version of the legislation, and there's a lot at stake for sustainable food and farm systems.

At the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, policy program coordinator Amalie Lipstreu said the House and Senate versions of the legislation differ on measures that affect food choices, and the health of communities and the environment. For example, she said, the House draft version cuts $1 billion from conservation programs over the next decade. That would mean fewer incentives and resources for farmers who choose sustainable practices.

"Investing in conservation is really important, especially in states like Ohio, where we're dealing with algal blooms in Lake Erie," Lipstreu said. "And the Legislature and many groups have been struggling with how to effectively deal with this ongoing problem for many years."

Lipstreu added the House version also erodes investments in local and regional food businesses and would eliminate funding for organic cost-sharing. The Senate version includes funding for the organic cost-share program, as well as permanent funding for organic agriculture research.

Funding to support beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers would become a permanent part of the Farm Bill under the Senate draft. Lipstreu said this is especially important since nearly 100 million acres of farmland will change hands in the next five years.

"People are interested in starting farms, but getting access to land and credit is a huge barrier for a lot of farmers," she explained. "The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is one of the key ways that we invest in the next generation of farmers."

And while work requirements for food assistance in the House version of the Farm Bill might make it difficult for lawmakers to come to a consensus, Lipstreu is hopeful provisions that protect local and regional food and support sustainable farming prevail.

The 56-member conference committee meets September 5 and includes some Ohioans - Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, and Republican representatives Bob Gibbs and Steve Chabot.

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Local Music Showcase Love MuffinPalooza Returns for Its 11th Incarnation

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 2:15 PM

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For the past ten years, local musician and label owner Adam Rich has hosted Love MuffinPalooza, a festival that showcases local bands.

This year’s event once again serves as a fundraiser for the Gathering Place, a cancer support center with locations in Beachwood and Westlake. It provides free programs and services for individuals and families coping with a cancer diagnosis.

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Renowned Oberlin Conservatory Professor and Organist James David Christie Resigns After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 1:10 PM

OFFICIAL PROMOTIONAL PICTURE OF JAMES DAVID CHRISTIE
  • Official Promotional Picture of James David Christie

World-renowned organist James David Christie recently resigned from his position as a conservatory professor at Oberlin College amidst allegations of sexual misconduct.

Scott Wargo, a spokesperson for Oberlin College confirmed Friday that on Aug. 10th, the college’s Title IX coordinator took a report alleging that Christie had violated Oberlin’s sexual misconduct policy by engaging in inappropriate behavior with students. The college informed Christie of the allegations Aug. 11th and immediately placed him on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Christie immediately offered his resignation.

Wellesley College and the Holy Cross church in Boston are both conducting similar investigations regarding Christie's alleged sexual indecency and indiscretions.

The alleged abuse took place over the course of a few decades.

According to Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar's Thursday letter to the college community, Christie's actions are a clear violation of the university policy:

“The sexual misconduct policy explicitly prohibits sexual relationships between employees and students, including relationships that are consensual, because of the potential negative impact on individuals as well as on the college’s learning and working community,” she wrote. “I believe strongly that as a community, we can have no greater goal than to ensure that Oberlin’s educational environment is safe, fair, equitable, and inclusive to the highest ethical and academic standards, and that it is free of all forms of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and violence.”

Christie is the second member of Northeast Ohio's classical music community to be accused of sexual abuse this summer, following the investigation of Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster and Cleveland Institute of Music professor William Preucil.

Pages that appear to have at one time linked to a teaching profile for Christie on the Oberlin and Wellesley college website now appear with 404 error messages.

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Former Pastor Sues Ohio Televangelist Ernest Angley Over Sexual Abuse

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 11:40 AM

ERNEST ANGLEY'S OFFICIAL HEADSHOT
  • Ernest Angley's Official Headshot

Brock Miller, a former pastor at the Grace Cathedral megachurch in Cuyahoga Falls, has accused televangelist Rev. Ernest Angley of sexually abusing and harassing him. The allegations were detailed in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Last January, Miller recounted the events of the assault and abuse to the Akron Beacon Journal, which he says took place on and off for nine years from when he was 18 until he turned 27.

Miller resigned in July 2014 after telling his family that, despite his deep love for the Cuyahoga Falls church, he simply could no longer deal with Angley’s continued abuse. Upon resignation, Miller moved to South Carolina to try and start anew, but he said Angley's actions have followed him no matter where he goes.

“It doesn’t matter where I go,” he said in the interview with the Beacon Journal. “I’m never going to be able to escape this. It’s time to face it and to expose this man for the evil man that he is.

The lawsuit also claims that Angley forced Miller to undergo a vasectomy six months before his marriage in 2004 at age 19, and was subjected to inspection of his genitals and repeated questioning about the sexual details of his marriage.

While Miller says that Angley never physically touched his genitals, he did tell the Beacon Journal that his boss required him to disrobe and masturbate in front of him.

In 2014, The Washington Post reported that the church denied the accusations of 21 former followers that Angley ignored sexual abuse at the church and pressured congregants to get abortions and vasectomies.

Miller's lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, and lists Twinsburg lawyer Robert Pecchio as Miller’s attorney. The lawsuit says the plaintiff “suffered severe and permanent injuries, great pain of body and mind, mental anguish, and required psychological and medical treatment” as a result of Angley’s conduct and also was subjected to an unsafe work environment.

Angley, now aged 97, did not respond to requests for comment from the Beacon Journal or from WOIO-TV. He has declined through a church receptionist to be further interviewed since denying the claims in 2014.

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Cleveland Police Graduates 49 New Officers and One New Fire Inspector

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 11:14 AM

SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
At City Hall on Friday, the 140th Cleveland Police Academy graduated 49 new officers and one fire investigator. Council Safety Director Michael McGrath, Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams and Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath to the academy graduates who are set to be assigned to patrol the neighborhood districts.

Each of the recruits were selected following a Civil Service exam administered in 2017 for the patrol officer position, and then underwent a series of tests, comprehensive background checks, receiving more than 1,100 hours of instruction in police tactics, criminal law, community diversity and crisis intervention.

Thanks to budget enhancements, the city's Division of Police is anticipating hiring 150 total new police officers in 2018 and an additional 100 officers in the first quarter of 2019.

This quarter's graduating class comes with a bit of controversy, given that nine of the recruits are actively suing the city following cheating allegations.

Fifteen cadets are under investigation, but not all of them are part of the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, "a disproportionate number" of recruits under investigation are black, women "or are otherwise a member of a protected class."

At the ceremony, Chief of Police Williams said, "These men and women have worked very hard to get to this day, and I want to welcome them to the Division of Police. I’d also like to remind the public that we are actively recruiting and actively hiring more officers."

For more information on the qualifications required and processes to become a police officer, click here

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InCuya Music Festival Makes an Impressive Debut

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 10:56 AM

The Avett Brothers - CHAD COCHRAN
  • Chad Cochran
  • The Avett Brothers
It seems as if every major metropolitan city in the country has some kind of music festival. Chicago has Lollapalooza, Riot Fest and Pitchfork, Columbus has Rock on the Range, Milwaukee has Summerfest and Louisville has Forecastle.

To rectify the situation here in Cleveland, a group of local investors operating as the Cleveland Concert Company partnered with AEG Presents, Destination Cleveland, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the city to launch the InCuya Music Festival. The inaugural event took place this past weekend on Malls B and C.

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