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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

'The Office' Themed Charity Bar Crawl to Take Place on April 18 in Tremont

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 9:39 AM

  • "The Office" screenshot
Since 2013, A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter has been dedicated to granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder.

On Saturday, April 18, the nonprofit will throw a Tremont bar crawl themed after The Office, the TV show that starred Steve Carell as Michael Scott, the dim-witted boss of a paper company. A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter hosted the event last year too.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Here's How To Dispose of Your Christmas Tree This Month in Cleveland

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 3:02 PM

  • Photo via wetwebwork/Flickr
With the ringing in the New Year comes the hard realization that the holiday season is officially over. And that means those of us who've put up real Christmas trees have to figure out where to chuck them within the month (as keeping a tree up until March is utterly unacceptable).

Thankfully, Cleveland's Department of Public Works is willing to take your browning and increasingly bare tree off your hands.

Unlike in year's past, there is no separate pick-up for washed-up Christmas plants in early 2020. The city wants people to "place [trees] curb-side for pick-up on regular collection days." Yup, you just put your bare trees out with the trash. So easy.

Reach out to the Division of Waste Collection at 216-664-3711 with any questions or concerns.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

The Weather in Cleveland This Week Will Be Weather

Posted By on Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 2:33 PM

  • Emanuel Wallace



There will be some amount of it this week, starting sometime between now and Wednesday, and ending sometime after it starts. It could possibly exceed the forecasted snowfall totals that have been expertly and scientifically estimated by your favorite local weatherperson. It may fall short of those numbers. It very well might deliver the exact amount.

May you embrace it like Cleveland snowstorm Miata man three years ago.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Former Moda Nightclub Owner Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Second Drug Trafficking Case

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 9:58 AM

  • Screengrab YouTube/Duane Wilson
Update: Emad Silmi was this week sentenced to eight years in federal prison for his role in running a drug ring, as reported yesterday.

Silmi, who most remember as the owner of the oft-problematic Moda nightclub in Ohio City, spent almost five years in prison starting in 2006 on similar charges that stemmed, at least partially, from activities at the club.

He was indicted again back in December 2017, eventually pleaded guilty, and received his sentence this week from federal judge Christopher Boyko.


(Original story 1/8/2019): Before there was Mitchell's and its wholesome, delicious, family-friendly ice cream offerings on West 25th St., there was Moda. The short-lived nightclub existed at the nexus of star power, music, fights, police attention and rumors of drugs. The bane of the neighborhood was shuttered, of course, and those rumors proved to be true, as owner Emad Silmi headed off to federal prison for almost five years in 2006, the same year the club closed, on drug charges.

Twelve years later, Silmi is headed back to federal custody after this week pleading guilty to a range of charges tied to a large-scale drug trafficking (cocaine, heroin, molly, etc.) and money laundering ring run out of Cleveland-area body shops.

Silmi, who was indicted along with a host of others in Dec. 2017, is staring down a ten-year sentence, as first reported by He'll find out exactly how long on April 29th when Judge Christopher Boyko issues the sentence.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Update: Eighteen bands to Perform on the Outdoor Stage at Upcoming Tri-C JazzFest

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 2:31 PM

  • Courtesy of Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Update: Earlier today, organizers of the 40th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland announced the schedule for its free outdoor stage. Those performances will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight on June 28 and 29 when Tri-C JazzFest takes place at Playhouse Square.

A jury of music industry professionals vetted more than 100 bands while putting together the lineup. The chosen bands represent a variety of musical genres, including jazz, funk, blues, reggae and swamp pop.

“We love this component of the festival because it showcases the incredible talent here in Northeast Ohio,” saysTerri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest, in a press release. “These artists bring a true passion and love of music to the stage.”

Acts such as Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Mike Cady Experience, the Airmen of Note, Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys, Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band, Red Light Roxy, Bobby Selvaggio Quartet and Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta are slated to play.

A full schedule with performance times will be posted at closer to the event.

A happy hour with discounted drinks takes place on the plaza at 5 p.m. Friday, June 28. The night will also feature street performers, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle puppets and line dancing.

Other free outdoor activities at the festival include the U.S. Bank Kids Club, cooking demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, games, the Chemical Bank Jazz Talk Tent with artist interviews and a Saturday morning yoga session.

Original Post 1/25/2019: Cuyahoga Community College has just announced the lineup for the 40th incarnation of Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. The festival takes place from June 27 to June 29 at Playhouse Square and includes nine ticketed concerts.

Highlights include a reunion between banjo man Béla Fleck and his original Flecktones (June 28), the funk and soul act Tower of Power (June 27) and teenage piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker (June 29).

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Update: CIFF to Screen Local Singer-Songwriter Diana Chittester's Latest Music Video

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 3:45 PM

  • Courtesy of Diana Chittester
Update: Earlier today, local singer-songwriter Diana Chittester announced that her music video for the song “Paradox” was accepted into the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival. The video will be part of CIFF's Shorts Program.

The program takes place at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at Tower City Cinemas.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Body of Canton Man Who'd Been Missing After a Jan. 1 Police Chase Recovered in Creek

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 4:01 PM

  • Ja'Ron Nero/Family Photo

The body of 23-year-old Ja'Ron Nero was recovered from the Nimishillen Creek in Canton on Monday about three quarters of a mile away from where he was last seen on Jan. 1 as he fled police after a domestic incident involving another man and woman at an apartment complex. Police say no foul play is suspected.

The three-plus week wait was agonizing for his family who had been asking for authorities to do a boat search of the Nimishillen since it was in the area where Nero had hopped a fence during the pursuit.

In body camera footage obtained by the Canton Repository, an officer is captured on police radio responding to someone asking if Nero had crossed the creek by saying, “I seriously doubt he went into the water. It’s pretty high and running fast. We’re on the north side of the creek. (We’ll) see if we can get eyes on him.”

Multiple searches involving dozens of officers and police dogs ensued in the following days, covering up to 100 acres, according to the Repository. Family members and friends also organized their own search party.

“We just want him found. Dead or alive,” his aunt Lashawn Ajamu told the paper after a missing persons report was filed and before his body was recovered. “My main concern is, they had all these police officers chasing him and they even had a police dog ..."

Family members told the paper they didn't think the police did enough in the initial days and that they were left confused why they abandoned the search the first night. Nero was unarmed at the time. A family friend also told the paper they feared from the very start that Nero had entered the water despite the frigid temperatures and fast flow.

Ajamu is the wife of Kwame Ajamu, one of the three Cleveland men who were exonerated in 2015 after being wrongly convicted of murder some four decades earlier. 

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