Stories for April 2014

Sunday, April 13

Nighttown Adds Five New Shows

New Shows

Thursday April 17 Glimpse Duo with Mike Sopko / Hamir Atwal 8 PM $10 Modern Jazz Duo from San Francisco, California featuring Shaker Hts. native Mike Sopko-guitar, & Hamir Atwal-drums & percussion. *New* Monday, May 5 Baldwin Wallace Musical Theater Program 7 PM $10. Next Generation of Musical Theater Talent takes the Stage at Nighttown! *New* Fri. & Sat., May 30 & 31 Vanessa Rubin / Don Braden Organ Quartet 8:30 PM $25. Dynamic Cleveland Vocalist and NYC Saxophonist debut music from their new CD live at Nighttown! Featuring: Kyle Koehler-organ, & Cecil Brooks-drums. *New* Sunday, June 1 Dan White Sextet + 1 3 PM $10. Rising Saxophonist Dan White leads his All-Star NYC/Columbus group for Cleveland debut at Nighttown! With special guest Theron Brown on piano. Special Matinee show! *New* Sunday, June 1 Balkan Strings 7 PM $15. All-Star Acoustic Guitar Trio from Belgrade, Serbia on US Tour. BALKAN JAZZ-SWING-WORLD FUSION & MORE…LIVE AT NIGHTTOWN!

Hospice of the Western Reserve Volunteer Education Series

Hospice of the Western Reserve is seeking volunteers to assist in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living communities, our two Hospice House locations, and hospital settings. As a vital part of Hospice of the Western Reserve’s team, volunteers come from all walks of life, and have a variety of skills, talents and abilities. Opportunities to serve are diverse: visit patients and families to provide companionship, socialization, and comfort, help with legacy work, transportation, light housework, meal preparation, run errands, make phone calls, help with clerical work, attend health fairs, make a presentation. Volunteers with specialized professional qualifications and training are also needed: attorneys, licensed hair dressers, massotherapists, pet therapy dogs and their handlers.

IRS Debunks Frivolous Tax Arguments

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today released the 2014 version of "The Truth about Frivolous Tax Arguments." The document describes and responds to some of the common frivolous tax arguments made by those who oppose compliance with federal tax laws. The cases cited demonstrate how frivolous arguments are treated by the IRS and the courts. The 2014 version includes numerous recently-decided cases that demonstrate that the courts continue to regard such arguments as illegitimate.

Akron Zoo partners with Hattie’s Gardens to improve the community

The Akron Zoo and Hattie Larlham are pleased to announce a newly formed partnership, Hattie’s Gardens at the Akron Zoo. Hattie’s Gardens will transform two acres of unused land at the Akron Zoo into sustainable gardens that grow chemical-free produce for Akron and Northeast Ohio residents. The partnership will focus on making healthy eating possible through accessibility, affordability and environmental responsibility. Hattie’s Gardens is a Hattie Larlham vocational program that employs adults with developmental disabilities. The garden site project will begin in April for the 2014 growing season. A community celebration is planned for the end of June.

USDA Announces Funding to Train and Educate Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

Ohio Export Internship Program Recognized for Excellence

Partnership between Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio State’s Fisher earns prestigious NASBITE International award

The Ohio Export Internship Program, in collaboration with the Ohio Development Services Agency and Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, was recently honored with the 2014 International Program Excellence Award by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) at its annual conference in Memphis, Tenn.


Home to the world’s largest basket and largest Native American earthworks and celebrating 100 years of ice cream

Newark, Ohio – Since 1808 when Licking County o­fficially became the 29th Ohio County, it’s been welcoming visitors to escape the confines of their everyday lives and spend time exploring nearly 700 square miles of some of the best of the American Heartland.



CLEVELAND, OH (April 11, 2014) Cleveland Play House (CPH) will hold youth auditions on April 26 for their upcoming world premiere production of Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life. Starring dance legend Maurice Hines, this explosive production will pay tribute to the late Gregory Hines and a number of showbiz forerunners including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole. Featuring contemporary tap icons The Manzari Brothers, and backed by the sizzling 9-piece band The Diva Orchestra, the evening will culminate in a tap-dancing extravaganza. Co-produced with Alliance Theatre and Arena Stage, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life will dance its way onto PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre stage May 30 – June 29

David Johns, Executive Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, to Participate in Several Events at University of Akron’s 7th Annual Black Male Summit

David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will take part in several events Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, at the University of Akron’s 7th annual Black Male Summit, in Akron, Ohio.

University Circle to be site of city's first market-rate, 20+ story residential tower in more than 40 years

CLEVELAND - April 10, 2014 - University Circle is about to get a big addition. University Circle Inc. has partnered with a world-class development team to bring a $130 million residential high-rise that will be a towering and tasteful addition to this east side neighborhood of Cleveland.

Residential Broadband Adoption in Ohio Surpasses National Average

Adoption statewide up by 6 percentage points since 2011; Adoption in Appalachian Ohio up 10 percentage points since 2012

COLUMBUS – Connect Ohio today released new data showing that broadband adoption in Ohio surpasses the national average, with 72% of households subscribing to broadband service in 2013, up from 66% in 2011. Broadband adoption in rural Appalachian Ohio increased to 63% in 2013, a 10 percentage point increase from 2012.

State Supports Minority Business Development

State Releases New Plan to help grow business and create jobs

Businesses in every county in the state have a Minority Business Assistance Center ready to serve their needs. The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced the locations of each center and the counties they will serve.

La Fiesta Latina Celebrates 10 Years of Bringing a Little “Salsa and Spice” to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park

(Cleveland, OH) – The I-X Indoor Amusement Park, presented by Marc's, is pleased to announce the 10th Annual La Fiesta Latiná April 12th and April 13th! La Fiesta Latiná, hosted by the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center and Latinocleveland.com, celebrates the very best of Hispanic heritage and culture. You will find 2 days jammed packed with Latin music with national and local acts, dance, arts and even a kids fiesta for all patrons to enjoy!


Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Barry Sanders, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp & Franco Harris among unprecedented gathering of 100 Hall of Famers

Cleveland – Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest hits the field in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Cleveland’s International Exposition (I-X) Center and BaAM Productions to present this inaugural, interactive, must- attend event.

Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Hosts Army Musical Concert

CLEVELAND - HSA is hosting the United States Army Musical Outreach Concert on Monday, 7 April, at 1:40 pm in the high school gymnasium. The school is located at 6000 S. Marginal Road in Cleveland. The featured performer is Sergeant Corrin Campbell from Duluth, MN. Sgt. Corrin served 3 years in the Reserve Component in Maryland. She has shared stages with many artists including Sarah McLachlan, Toby Keith, The Indigo Girls, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ted Nugent, Sara Barielles, and more. All in attendance will receive a free CD from Sergeant Corrin Campbell.

Advocates Press for Second Hearing on Bill to Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Rape Cases

Senate Bill 83 would give law enforcement more time to investigate crimes

Columbus—Today, State Senators Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) held a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse calling for additional hearings on Senate Bill 83, legislation that would repeal the statute of limitations for the prosecution of rape and sexual battery cases. They were joined at the event, which also marked the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, by Katie Hanna, Executive Director of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and a survivor of sexual assault.


Both teachers and students will participate in training

The American Red Cross is proud to announce its collaboration with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland EMS, Cleveland State University, and The Greater Cleveland YMCA to provide first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training to over 75 nurses and teachers in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The domino effect of this initial training, detailed below, makes this collaboration very unique.

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Warrensville Heights, OH – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement following the February 28th announcement by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) of first-round funding awards to land banks in 11 counties through the “The Neighborhood Initiative Program” (NIP). This program is based on approval by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reallocate up to $60 million of the state’s remaining Hardest Hit Funds for demolition purposes.

Wednesday, April 9

Cleveland Botanical Garden Vice President Encourages Kids to Experiment with Gardening in New Book Hitting Shelves April

Renata Fossen Brown of Cleveland Heights to hold book signing

Renata Fossen Brown has shared her passion for plants with thousands of students from pre- kindergarten through graduate school over her 10 years at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Now, the Cleveland Heights resident aims to instill a lifelong love of gardening, botany, ecology and the natural world into young people through her first book, “Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden,” to be released April 1 by Cool Springs Press.


PRE4CLE plan calls for expansion of high quality pre-K to children in the city

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Cleveland Pre-K Task Force announced PRE4CLE, a plan to expand access to high-quality pre-K programs to children in the City of Cleveland. PRE4CLE is a major next step in implementing Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools.

Wild Ride lets you bike through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Take a detour from your normal bike route and ride through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo instead!

Cyclists of all ages will have two chances to cruise through the Zoo on their bikes this year when Wild Ride at the Zoo returns on Friday, May 9 and Friday, July 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cleveland Play House Announces 2014-15 Season

99th Season First Selected By Artistic Director Laura Kepley

CLEVELAND, OH - Artistic Director Laura Kepley announces the lineup for the 99th consecutive season of Cleveland Play House, the first she has programmed. A classic American drama, a variety of new work including a world premiere, comedies and music highlight the 2014-15 Season. “The theme of our 99th season is Legacy,” reflects Kepley. “Many of the stories this season involve a changing of the guard. As one era ends, a new, sometimes shaky, sometimes confident world sprouts up, the future of which might be doomed or might be glorious– but it will always be theatrically thrilling.”

Congresswoman Fudge, Governor Kasich Request Pilot Program to Increase Minority Business Participation in Federally Funded Transportation Projects in Cleveland

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Ohio Governor John Kasich have each sent letters to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) to grant the State of Ohio a waiver to the Department’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program for upcoming projects in the City of Cleveland.

Ohioans Gather to Demand Fair Access to the Ballot Box

Second "Testimony Tuesday" brings together diverse group of voters to demand end to ballot rule shenanigans

COLUMBUS—Today on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, legislators, community leaders, and voting advocates gathered at the second Testimony Tuesday event to call upon the state’s political leaders to stop enacting restrictive voting policies, and to instead encourage broader participation in government.

Fewer Ohio Kids Abusing Rx Painkillers, Many Texting & Driving

Survey by Ohio Department of Health monitors students' health risks & behaviors

COLUMBUS—Prescription painkiller abuse by teens dropped nearly in half during the past two years, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). In 2011, 21.3 percent of students reported using prescription pain relievers or painkillers without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life; in 2013 that dropped to 12.8 percent. The number of Ohio’s youth who reported using heroin also decreased from 3.1 percent to 2 percent.

Attorney General DeWine Announces New Help for Number One Ohio Consumer Complaint: Motor Vehicles

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)- Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today a new tool to help consumers buy used cars. The Attorney General’s Used Car Buyer Checklist covers purchasing, maintenance, and contract issues.

Gov. Kasich’s SNAP Restrictions Force More Jobless Ohioans to Lose Food Access

Dismal job climate, struggling economy leave Ohioans in need with little opportunity

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Sen. Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) today criticized Gov. Kasich’s “ill-timed and poorly targeted” SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) restrictions that forced at least 16,290 more Ohioans off of food assistance in January. Gov. Kasich’s restrictions have forced at least 26,000 jobless Ohioans off of food assistance to date.

Through Jerse’s 2000 “Upskirt” Law, Ohio Avoids Massachusetts Dilemma

Last Friday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill updating the state’s voyeurism laws two days after the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a man who took photos up women’s skirts on a subway did not violate current law because the clothed victims were not “nude” or “semi-nude.” The development comes fourteen years after Ohio adopted a bill sponsored by then-State Representative Ed Jerse (D-Euclid) addressing a similar situation.

Ohio, the other border

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: they are protagonists or collateral damage in the government’s deportation machine.

Ohio Rolls Out New Adoptee Access to Records Law on March 20

Ohio is Latest in National Trend: Adoptees Watching in Other States

Cleveland, OH – On March 20, 2014, Ohio will implement the first part of a two-phase roll out of legislation related to adult adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates. On that date, birthparents can file a form to express their preferences about contact with the child they placed for adoption. In addition to the Contact Preference Form, birthparents will be encouraged to fill out an updated medical history. If their child was adopted between 1964 and 1996, birthparents will have a one-year period to request their names be redacted from the version of the original birth certificate that would be released to the adult adoptee.

IRS Has $24.5 Million for Ohioans Who Have Not Filed a 2010 Income Tax Return

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Refunds totaling more than $24.5 million may be waiting for an estimated 32,100 Ohioans who did not file a federal tax return for 2010, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. Nationwide, almost $760 million awaits about 918,600 taxpayers. To collect the money, however, these taxpayers must file their 2010 tax returns with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Rep. Budish Advocates for Retaining Top Workforce Talent in Ohio Provides testimony for STEM Tax Credit Bill

COLUMBUS— Former Speaker and Minority Leader State Rep. Armond Budish (D-Beachwood) appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee today to offer sponsor testimony on House Bill 405. H.B. 405 would offer income tax credits for Ohio residents who graduate with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields – commonly referred to as STEM

State Assists Elderly and Disabled Ohioans

Elderly and low-income disabled Ohioans will receive help accessing services that allow them to live independently. Controlling Board approved $315,000 for the Resident Services Coordinator Program.

Taylor Announces Department of Insurance to Hold Statewide

“Welcome to Medicare” Events

COLUMBUS – Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced today that the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will hold a total of 19 “Welcome to Medicare” events across Ohio in April and May. The events will help consumers and their families understand the basics of Medicare.

Tuesday, April 8


The Parker Hannifin Corporation has provided a $125,000 gift to the 2013-2014 annual campaign of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC).

The Parker Hannifin Corporation has provided a $125,000 gift to the 2013-2014 annual campaign of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC).

Dominion – 19th Annual Community Impact Awards

LAND studio receives Dominion East Ohio’s Community Impact Award for Perk Park transformation

Cleveland, Ohio (April 7, 2014) – Ralph J. Perk Plaza was awarded one of the thirteen 19th Annual Community Impact Awards from Dominion East Ohio and co-sponsor Inside Business Magazine. Each year, Dominion East Ohio and Inside Business acknowledge nonprofits that have been driven to make Northeast Ohio communities better places to live, work and play. Winners include MOCA Cleveland, Slavic Village Development, Gordon Square Arts District, and many others. From revitalizing dismantled neighborhoods into centers for art, culture and entertainment to preserving an untouched stretch of land for outdoor activities of all sorts, this year’s winners exemplify the region’s creativeness, inventiveness, and potential.

Rep. Budish Remembers SB 5, Remains Vigilant of Policies that Hurt Working Ohioans

Three year anniversary of Gov. Kasich signing SB 5 into law sees new challenges

Three year anniversary of Gov. Kasich signing SB 5 into law sees new challenges

Taylor Announces Ohio Department of Insurance to Hold “Welcome to Medicare” Event in Cuyahoga County

COLUMBUS – Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will hold a “Welcome to Medicare” event on April 14 at 6 p.m. in Beachwood at the Beachwood Community Center, located at 25325 Fairmount Blvd. in Cuyahoga County. The event will help new and soon-to-be beneficiaries understand the basics of Medicare.

26,000 Insurance Jobs In Ohio By 2020 April 3, 201

Anticipating a wave of baby boomer retirements, the Ohio insurance industry says it will need 26,000 skilled workers by 2020. The estimate comes from a new workforce study and has prompted several colleges in Ohio to launch new degree programs in risk management and insurance (RMI).

Dovilla Announces Funding For Capital Projects Across Northeast Ohio

COLUMBUS—State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) applauded House passage of the capital appropriations bill, which authorizes over $30 million for community projects throughout Cuyahoga County.

COLUMBUS—State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) applauded House passage of the capital appropriations bill, which authorizes over $30 million for community projects throughout Cuyahoga County.

Monday, April 7


April is National Poetry Month

Ohio has a rich history of talented poets that have shared their gifts and talents through their insightful poems. Ohio Poem in Your Pocket Day pays homage to this history by sharing their work with others, handing out pocket-sized poems on the street, and inspiring Ohio’s next generation of poets.

Tuesday, April 1

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Watch Out for Prediabetes

Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.

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Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.