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Freshwater Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/27/2011 - 15:06.

Broken fire hydrant at Pearl and Denison 500 yards from school
A walk around the neighborhood today revealed an infrastructure in shambles. 

President Obama--we need a Civilian Conservation Corp.  We need to fix America.  We are squandering precious natural resources and our future.  This fire hydrant is less than 500 yards away from a school on Denison Ave. and less than a block away from Cleveland Fire Station #20 at Archwood and SR 42/Pearl Rd..

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Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/21/2011 - 11:42.

Brooklyn Centre Naturalists
The November 2010--Crain's New York published a compelling article on
Artists Fleeing NYC.

Well-look no further--a tree grows in Brooklyn...Brooklyn Centre--Cleveland. 

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Rising above Mediocrity

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/20/2011 - 12:41.

Yesterday, I met a young architect in the city, who is trying to determine the zeitgeist of NEO.

I am not sure that I can help him at all with his quest--but the timing of today's article in the Plain Dealer did take my breath away. 

I know some of the artists quoted in the article--not all of them very well, but I do know all by reputation.  And, in the article Julian Stanczak sums it up best:


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Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/17/2011 - 21:28.

My Great Aunt Wee (Marie) came to mind today.  She was a tough lady. Irish married to a Scottish man named French.  I always felt that I had been favored in her mind's eye, but as I grew older, it became apparent that I did not meet the Irish standard.  I was the fair child.  The eldest and most apparently "Irish" of our clan.  Red hair and blue eyes...I grew less Irish as I matured. There was always the spectre of the darker child.

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Question of the DAY? How many community development organizations does a "dying" city need?

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:23.


This is exactly where the discussion in NEO needs to go--

How many community development organizations does a "dying" city need?

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Walking on the moon

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/06/2011 - 20:11.

There are two classes in Cleveland--those with cars and those who walk and ride public transit.  For those who walk--it's like being on the moon and looking at another universe far, far away.

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The Heart of Poetry

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 22:10.



The gift we bestow in sharing
a stranger's sorrow are the

reasons we love, why the stars
are illuminated by kindness.

With each breath I get closer
to that distant star that is you.
In our lifetime a thousand years
is but one heart beat.

Earth--a place marked with
an x where we both met.


copyright 2009 Vladimir Swirynsky

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Snow Baby!

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:48.

On days like today--my father would assemble my three sisters for snow brigade duty.  I can remember one cold, blustery night, especially--the four of us, knee deep in snow, pushing shovels in a gale blizzard.  My father in his government issue glasses barking--commander-in-chief in all of his military glory. 

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Fire and Ice

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 01/29/2011 - 11:27.

Winter in NEO--it gets cold, warm up.

The fire, the food, the music, the company--Sokolowski's on a cold Friday night in Cleveland.

Country Rose performed.

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Duck Island

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 03:37.

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Freshwater Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/09/2011 - 18:24.

Please visit Freshwater Cleveland.

Ask them to feature the FRESHEST neighborhood in NEO--Brooklyn Centre :)

Garden Ave. The MOVIE (or Law and Order TV dramatization)

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 01/01/2011 - 11:59.

I don't know if the whole story would make a feature length movie
(even if it did star Sean Penn! note website is *poof - archived to right), but it sure would make a compelling episode of Law and Order.

Stay Tuned! Dunt, Dunt...

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Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 21:22.

It's always about land and water rights...and the MOB.

Nothing changes in America.  So, don't be surprised when the West Shore communities (Bay Village, Westlake, Fairview Park, Rocky River*) break away.

HUSH money-bribe or donation?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 12/25/2010 - 12:27.

Question of the day--how does ~$23,000+ from developers (see inset article) in 2008, go to $ -162.00, to $6,800--when all of this time Mr. Rokakis has not had to run for a political office???

Oh, and what happened to Tony Sinagra--political fundraiser for the Hellenic Society in NEO??

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Stay Tuned

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 09:11.

NEO needs to start making sound policy decisions.  This tool can help.


Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/19/2010 - 16:29.

REALNEO has Hixson's and Plantation Home in Lakewood--carrying on the tradition of holiday merry-making. Hixon's is still the crazy, dusty warren of knick-knacks and treasures, I visited as a child with my father.  Please visit and make holiday memories for your little ones.

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Destroying Evidence in America

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/19/2010 - 10:15.

Is it a surprise to anyone that the suspected "Grim Sleeper," in the L.A. disappearance and murders of possibly more than a hundred women of color, worked in the City of Los Angeles police department?

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Great Header--Sugar and Spice

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 20:42.

Thanks for the reminder to visit the Cleveland Greenhouse in Rockefeller Park--for the best free time in REALNEO :)  Happy Holidays!!!

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Divine Silly

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 11/25/2010 - 05:10.

Unseen Cleveland2

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 11/23/2010 - 09:18.

At first, I was going to write some nice stuff about Michael DeAloia and his new book:

Lost Cleveland

...but I am a bit miffed right now.

I am mad, not at Michael DeAloia, who doesn't seem to let the local corruption dampen his enthusiasm for our fair city, but at the puppetmasters at NPI, the foundations and Greater Cleveland Partnership.

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