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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Pepper Pike Businessman Named First Honorary Consul of Japan in Cleveland

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM

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The Japanese government recently announced the appointment of its first ever honorary consul of Japan in Cleveland.

Pepper Pike's Hiroyuki "Hiro" Fujita, the founder, president and CEO of Cleveland-based Quality Electrodynamics, which makes medical devices, was named to the position, AP reports.

So what do Japan's honorary consuls do? Fujita will be expected to help support area Japanese residents, Japanese American companies and promote a variety of cultural events. His coverage includes 18 Northeast Ohio counties.

Fujita, among his many achievements, was mentioned in President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address for his business successes.

Find out more about the inventor/entrepreneur/immigrant/honorary consul  right here.

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Urban Community School Severing Ties with Cleveland Catholic Diocese

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 12:30 PM


A private ecumenical school serving primarily low-income children on Cleveland's near west side will sever ties with the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to preserve a new partnership with MetroHealth.

Urban Community School, which was founded in 1968 by the Ursuline nuns in partnership with three Catholic churches on the near west side — St. Wendelin, St. Malachi and St. Patrick — announced this week that its board had "voted overwhelmingly" in October to move ahead with the MetroHealth partnership. This will include a new community health center on the UCS campus, (Lorain Avenue and W. 48th Street), which will provide a broad range of services to students and their families. The plan is to break ground on the clinic in 2019 and begin services in 2020.

But the board vote comes at a cost. The Diocese had alerted UCS that because MetroHealth would not agree to the church's ethical health care guidelines, the school could no longer remain "canonically Catholic." In a letter to the UCS community this week, school president Tom Gill mentioned "contraceptive referrals" specifically. (MetroHealth, as a public healthcare system, could not stop providing birth control and information on contraceptive options to patients.)

"Our hope was to pursue the clinic while retaining our existing relationship with the Diocese and our Ursuline sponsorship," Gill wrote. "Unfortunately, we were informed that, given Catholic teaching, such an outcome was impossible."

Gill said that religious education would remain a component of the UCS curriculum — in fact, he said they would not pursue becoming a charter school because of the value they place on children's spiritual formation — and that the Ursuline nuns, while discontinuing their formal sponsorship and governance, would be welcome to continue their service at the school and on the board.

Among other potential ramifications, the school's CYO membership is up in the air.  UCS will lose its accreditation from the Ohio Catholic Schools Association and will pursue accreditation from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), a body that accredits other area private schools: Gilmour, Laurel, University School, Hawken, Hathaway Brown, and Western Reserve Academy among them.

The announcement has been met with mixed feelings by the UCS community, the St. Wendelin, St. Malachi and St. Patrick parishes, and by alumni on Facebook. Some have applauded the school for forging ahead with the clinic, and for recognizing the linkages between health, academic success, and community well-being. Others have lamented the decision, and feel that by ending the formal relationship with the Ursulines and the Diocese, UCS is surrendering an essential element of its identity. Many in both camps are angered by, or fed up with, a Catholic church they see as increasingly out of step.

The Diocese responded to Scene's request for comment with a prepared statement, which read in part: "While the Diocese supports the inclusion of health clinics in school environments to ensure that students, families and local communities have access to needed healthcare services, compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Healthcare Services of the Church is vitally important to ensure that healthcare is delivered in a manner that is consistent with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church."

The priest at St. Patrick, Fr. Michael Gurnick, distributed a letter this weekend explaining the decision to the parish. He called the UCS board's decision a "truly unfortunate situation."

"To be clear," he wrote, "the three pastors [of St. Wendelin, St. Malachi and St. Patrick], who are all board members, did not and do not support this action. We would have preferred other options be explored."


Disclosure: The author is a UCS alumnus.

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Maybe Don't Ever Eat at the McDonald's by the Cleveland Clinic

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 11:39 AM

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The Cleveland Department of Public Health is today conducting yet another inspection of the McDonald's at 8210 Euclid Ave. near the Cleveland Clinic. It is doing so after a string of previous inspections found a litany of violations, almost all of them concerning a rodent infestation, including one report that noted an exterminator had recently found and extracted 40 mice (presumably trapped and killed) from the restaurant.


And that's just one incident.

Cleveland 19 reports that CDPH has visited the location eight times since September, and those 40 mice were not an aberration.


Other findings from CDPH visits:

Dec. 6: Presence of live insects, rodents and other pests. Observed mice droppings by soda machine and ice cream machine.
Oct. 31: Equipment, food and contact surfaces or utensils are unclean. Clean all food contact surfaces due to possible rodent traffic.
Oct. 31: Presence of live insects, rodents and other pests. Observed mice feces behind soda machine, in the lobby, the men’s restroom and on storage racks. Styrofoam material seen in spots throughout operation provide evidence of possible nesting.
Sept. 26: Presence of live insects, rodents and other pests. Observed rodents have eaten though McMuffin breading. Exterminate pest immediately.
The franchise owner told 19, "Our number one priority is always the health and safety of our customers and employees. My organization is taking this situation very seriously, including action to ensure that this doesn’t happen again as well as working with a third party pest control vendor to address the issue at hand immediately,"

If that's not enough to steer you away, let's check in with some recent Yelp reviews [sic] to gauge the customer service you might enjoy should you choose to patronize this McDonald's/Rodent Playground.

The we're out of hot cakes, they needed exact change because they didn't have change to give. I heard them say they ran out of quarter pounders and jelly . They had no sugar and my coffee came with no milk, not that they asked. 
As we enter the location it was empty with no customers. The time was just a little after 7am. We walked up to order our food and we were told they only had Biscuits and Bagels as an option for breakfast sandwiches. My husband and I ordered biscuit sandwiches. Someone came out and said they only had ONE biscuit left. 
Well then. Let's keep going.

I went there for lunch waited 20 minutes to get get my food from drive thru. Then when i get to the window to get my food I took my food and then the girl says don't say thank you and then as I am driving away i was called a hoe 4 different times. 
Well, that's not good.

One more:

I usually order there from uber eats Bc I work at Cleveland clinic. Literally every time I order, SOMETHING comes to me WRONG!!! Either my fries are soggy and cold (mind you, it's like a 3 minutes walk from here to there! So the fact the food is in a car is ridiculous)..I'll order coke they'll send me Sprite! I'll order a sauce for my nuggets and get no sauce OR nuggets! I just ordered a bacon ranch salad for my lunch and I get the salad..the lid is off in the bag and they gave me a damn SOUTHWEST!!!
Give us mice, give us rude comments, give us pee-filled bathrooms, give us long wait times at the drive-thru, and we might forgive you. But depriving us of bacon ranch while giving us the damn SOUTHWEST!!! You sir, have crossed a line.

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Want a Career in Weed or Hemp in Ohio? There Are Schools For That

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 11:24 AM

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Last week, Congress passed a farm bill that included a provision that makes it legal to grow and make stuff out of hemp. That would be marijuana’s cousin, which has a minuscule amount of THC and is used to make everything from therapeutic cannabidiol (CBD) to fabric and even ethanol. Hell, they can even make cars out of hemp.

There is no doubt weed and its derivatives are going to be a huge and growing industry with jobs to go along with all that bud economics. Legalizing marijuana on the federal level could result in an additional $105.6 billion in revenues between 2017 and 2025, according to a new report from the cannabis analytics firm New Frontier. That would add up to 1 million jobs by 2025.

So what about all those who have been dreaming about growing weed and dispensing since they were in junior high? The job market will be there, but you might need some special skill training to move into the world of cannabis consultant. Here are some places to call and get enrolled.

The Cleveland School of Cannabis 
The only state approved career school for cannabis education east of Colorado. CSC has industry leading affiliates in all major sectors of the cannabis industry. Headquartered on Granger Road in Independence. CSC is doing a single weekend course in Medical Cannabis Comprehensive Dec. 29-30.

Hocking College Medical Cannabis Testing Lab
The Ohio Department of Higher Education recently approved Hocking College’s new program, as has the state’s regional accrediting body. Duel labs – one for teaching and one for the official testing . Plus it’s in Nelsonville, which is near Hocking Hills State Park and Meigs Gold.

Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law
Two great classes for the legal weed mind. “Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform” examines the War on Drugs and how marijuana laws may raise constitutional and legal issues. “Cannabiz: Exploring the Legalization of Marijuana” analyzes the risks business owners and entrepreneurs undertake when entering the cannabis industry.

Farm Office, Ohio State University Extension
They don’t have specific hemp growing classes yet, but speculate that “it is possible that continued research could prove the value of industrial hemp as an agricultural crop, which could eventually lead to less regulation in the future.” They even have an office in Cuyahoga County. Some day we may be growing hemp in East Cleveland.

The Medical Cannabis Institute
Different online course ranging from “Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome” to “Clinical Application of Cannabis in Cancer Patients.” For health care professionals, mostly, who want to expand their work range.

University of Kentucky Hemp Agronomic Research
This is for the serious future hemp growers. Kentucky has been on the forefront of this hemp legal growth movement, and UK has been at the top academically. They go everywhere from hemp being used instead of injected plastics to dietary supplements. 

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Thanks to Serial, Weed Possession in Euclid Is Now a Minor Misdemeanor

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 10:09 AM

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After the Serial podcast highlighted a police brutality case in Euclid that stemmed, ostensibly, from marijuana possession, the east side suburb has voted to reclassify the crime. Beginning next year, those found with small amounts of marijuana will now only face a maximum $150 fine, as opposed to the $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail they face currently.

Ideastream reported that Euclid City Council voted unanimously (8-0) earlier this month to revise their criminal code. The new classification will take effect Jan. 2, and will move Euclid in line with all other Cuyahoga County municipalities except Bedford Heights. There, possession of any amount of marijuana is still a first-degree misdemeanor, with corresponding harsher sentences, (up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail).

The reform is a direct response to the Serial podcast. Euclid Councilwoman Stephana Caviness told ideastream that council members had discussed the show and determined that it was important to align Euclid with the Ohio Revised Code and other cities in Cuyahoga County.

Serial's episode three told the story Emirius Spencer's brutal beating at the hands of two Euclid police officers, including officer Michael Amiott, who went on to savagely beat Richard Hubbard III after a traffic stop in 2017 and was revealed by Channel 5 as one of the Euclid officers most prone to violence.

Amiott and his partner attacked Spencer in his own apartment complex after patting him down and discovering a single blunt on his person. Spencer had been knocking on a neighbor's door, hoping to bum a cigarette.

The episode went on to show how local prosecutors and cops work together to "script" testimony that produces airtight defenses for police so that they are almost never held accountable, even for egregious constitutional violations. 

Euclid's marijuana possession reform is a step in the right direction.

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21 Cleveland Restaurants We Said Goodbye to in 2018

Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Boston Mills Ski Resort Officially Opens Its Season Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 11:22 AM

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Just in time for the long Christmas weekend, Boston Mills Ski Resort in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is opening Wednesday. The nearby sister ski resort Brandywine still won't be ready until later this month.

As much as local ski bums and snowboard enthusiasts have been chomping at the bit to get on the hill, the weather so far this fall hasn't brought tons of snow. That the weather forecast, according to the National Weather Service Cleveland, is set to go up into the 40s this week won't help snow conditions in the least.

Nevertheless, the crew at Boston Mills have been working ceaselessly to make enough snow for a holiday opening. Will the conditions be amazing? Not quite yet. But, at least it's a start. Here's to hoping there's more snow headed our way this winter.

Ski times open at 4 p.m. on limited runs, including the terrain park, Wednesday. Find out more about lift passes, ski rentals and more right here.

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