What made the Ozone levels around Brewster so unhealthy last night?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 04:54.


As I've come to realize the people of NEO have no warning how dangerous is our environment, I make a point to check out the Ozone readings online at NOACA frequently, and I'm always suprised by the odd findings... like last night, when most of NEO was safe, there was suddenly enough Ozone around Brewster, Ohio, to throw the 8-hour rolling average to unsafe - meaning there were some real nasty peak readings, and something is very wrong in that part of the region. So what gives - I've never heard of Brewster before - anyone have a clue what would cause such wild increases in Ozone in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night?

Cleveland water celebrates 150 years!

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Fri, 06/23/2006 - 11:15.

Cleveland Division of Water

The City of Cleveland Division of Water celebrates 150 years of service (1856 – 2006). This is an outstanding organization that servers water the greater Cleveland. There are some amazing facts that we should all be aware of.

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What is Your Favorite Farmer's Market?

Submitted by Charles on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 23:02.

LifeHacker had a great posting showing a USDA resource to find farmer's markets all across the country.

Bike/Ped lanes on the innerbelt bridge

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Wed, 06/14/2006 - 15:00.

while i'm sure the addition of a bike/ped lane(s) on the innerbelt bridge will certainly add to the cost, will it not also add to the quality of life here in NEO?

what is the cost of our quality of life?  the feds say 20% of the project cost...

CAAO Member Starts Bicycle Club

Submitted by William on Tue, 06/13/2006 - 22:02.
06/17/2006 - 17:00
06/17/2006 - 19:00

It’s finally time to get out and ride your bicycles as the CAAO High Rollers group!

The first meeting and ride will be on SATURDAY, June 17, 2006 at 5:00 P.M. Meet your CAAO members! Connect with old friends and meet new cycling friends! Include your spouse or friends / relatives in our group. Bring your ride ideas!! You can introduce the group to your own favorite ride!


Location: North Chagrin Reservation (STRAWBERRY Picnic Area) OH
United States
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Do you know of any non profits in the community who are collaborating on intiatives?

Submitted by William on Tue, 06/13/2006 - 19:09.

'Non profits are not working together', is a statement I hear almost on a daily basis.  I actually don't agree with this statement.  I think this problem has been changing in the last 5 years in NEO.  There are many non-profits who have come together (without force from funders to collaborate).  I think the non-profit community has done a bad job in highlighting these collaborations to the community at large.


NEO will benefit from closing Constant Systems, if we leverage the opportunities ahead

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 10:01.

Last week, I had a chance to catch up with Constant Systems' Aiden Audouy for a report on their progress for basing some operations of this exciting biotech company in Northeast Ohio (see scenario here). The news for Constant Systems world-wide is all great, offering incredible opportunity in the coming months and years for NEO, may we close Constant Systems. Read on...



Where's this lead hazard? Don't ask Sherwin Williams

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 06/09/2006 - 23:23.



One of the defenses of the paint and lead industries against litigation over lead poisoning is the paint companies claim there is no way to identify which paint company made which lead paint - they claim is is all one big public nuisance and deny any responsibility.

Brush with lead poison: finding the sources

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 18:17.


Knowing I was having a child, I moved from a Cleveland apartment that had significant peeling paint in the window wells and dust in the yard to a "Certified" apartment in Shaker Heights (costing twice as much), where property is inspected regularly and tends to be well maintained. Now that my son is one, and I understand there is not a safe level of lead exposure, and I know blood testing for lead poisoning conducted by my pediatrician is not accurate enough to measure low level lead exposure, I'm looking more closely at my immediate environment and finding many causes for alarm.

Cycling Needs to Play Part In A National Energy Strategy

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Sat, 06/03/2006 - 21:15.


While Congress debates energy and gas saving strategies, they should consider one to help North East Ohio residents adopt personal energy and cost saving strategies, by reducing fuel demand,  traffic congestion and promoting improved health.  Congress can help America get out of their car and onto a bike.  Cycling can be an important component in a national energy strategy.   

The Future of Food -documentary

Submitted by Martha Eakin on Tue, 05/30/2006 - 18:24.
06/03/2006 - 15:30
06/03/2006 - 17:00

   This documentary will be shown twice, with a discussion after each showing.
1st show 3:30
2nd show 6:00

"There is a revolution going on in the farm fields and on


2521 Market Ave
Ohio City, OH
United States

2006 Lead Awareness Week Rally July 19 in downtown Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/29/2006 - 20:15.


 Wednesday, July 19, a rally will be held in downtown Cleveland to expand awareness of the critical community health, education and economic crisis of lead poisoning. The rally will begin by the Old Stone Church on Public Square, where supporters will convene for a march to Cleveland Mall C, next to Cleveland City Hall - there will be presentations on lead and other appropriate activities...

Join small group of people changing the world by eradicating lead poisoning in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/29/2006 - 14:45.


I saw this posted at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries at a meeting planning a rally for lead awareness to be staged in downtown Cleveland - meeting at Tower City around 11 AM and marching to City Hall for presentations and enlightenment at noon - July 19th at Cleveland Hall Rotunda - please let me know if you'd like to help in the planning and logistics by posting here or emailing norm [at] realinks [dot] us - more info to post to  REALNEO soon.

Green Wash Should Be On Your Radar Screen

Submitted by Zebra Mussel on Fri, 05/26/2006 - 08:06.
Green Wash Should Be On Your Radar Screen

These days green wash comes in many flavors, colors, and varieties.    There are even a few colorful local examples we have been tracking for some time now at Buckeye Sustainability Institute.  Anyone have some good examples of their own they would like to share?

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Dust control not effective in preventing children's exposure to residential lead hazards

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/22/2006 - 12:00.

 It is extremely important to control all dust in and around any home where there is a lead risk. Unfortunately, research shows that where there are lead risks dust control alone has little impact in reducing lead poisoning - the reduction in elevated blood lead levels is measurable and worthwhile but not sufficient to have an overall benefit to the child, or surface a solution for society.

Dr. Green's "Caring for the next generation" on Lead Poisoning

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/22/2006 - 09:14.

Dr. Green's "Caring for the next generation" on Lead Poisoning

Most people aren't aware that lead remains a top environmental health hazard for US children. More than one in 25 American children have blood lead levels high enough to lower IQ or cause learning disabilities, violent behavior, attention-deficit disorder or hyperactivity.

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If Beethoven died of lead poisoning, then its good enough for you

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/22/2006 - 08:11.


Lots of people know that lead poisoning played a role in the fall of the Roman Empire (lead pipes) but in December 2005 it was learned that Beethoven died of lead poisoning - probably from a combination of pipes, lead seals on wine and documents, crystal, ceramics and paints - they started outlawing lead in Europe at the end of the 19th Century... it took America nearly a century longer...


Brush with lead poison - day 2: Home improvement industry must be part of solution

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/22/2006 - 07:44.

"Ask Sherwin Williams" for a lead test kit? No! They do not carry lead testing kits at their many stores, despite being a source of the majority of the lead paint found on homes in America today, and despite the fact they now sell home improvement supplies to people who will disturb old lead-based Sherwin Williams paint, lead poisoning themselves and their families.

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City of Shaker Heights ignoring the risk of lead poisoning to children

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Sun, 05/21/2006 - 12:40.

My son celebrated his first birthday recently. Like most healthy, inquisitive one year olds he is into everything. Keeping him safe during this exciting stage of development is a challenge. Besides plugging up the electrical outlets, putting up baby gates and securing poisonous cleaning products, I decided to have our home tested for lead. We live in a Shaker Heights double built in 1926 – so its very likely that it was painted with lead paint at some point. Overall the house is in good repair, but there is pealing paint on the porch door in his bedroom, some of the window wells have paint dust and there is peeling paint in the garage. We also have some painted antique furniture that I am concerned about.

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Catching up with new economy superstars, now living in East Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 05/20/2006 - 20:45.

While looking for lead testing kits and information in East Cleveland, at Silvermans, I slipped into paparazzi mode as I spotted three future leaders of our NEO new economy, chilling on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. They let me snap their pictures, which will be worth a fortune when these guys are famous. It can happen, when we keep our kids lead free.

Brush with lead poison - day 1: Interpreting Blood Lead Test Results Difficult

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 05/20/2006 - 00:46.
Sherwin Williams ISKO

My son just turned one and we had him lead tested - the pediatrician's office called to report the results are less than 3 micrograms per deciliter - no level of lead is safe, and 3 µg/dL is certainly harmful.

Filter Paper Lead Testing

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/19/2006 - 22:17.

Thomas P. Moyer1,a, David N. Nixon1 and K. Owen Ash2

1 Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905

2 Department of Pathology, University of Utah/ARUP Laboratories, 500 Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
a Author for correspondence. Fax 507-284-9758; e-mail moyer [dot] thomas [at] mayo [dot] edumoyer [dot] thomas [at] mayo [dot] edu.<\/a>'//-->

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Whiskey Island - RiverDay 2006 Event - Saturday May 20

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Fri, 05/19/2006 - 06:18.

Whiskey Island RiverDay Event

 Celebrate the Region's Newest Waterfront Park - Wendy Park at Whiskey Island


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 05/17/2006 - 20:08.

An equal number of panhandlers and ride participants appeared for bagels, OJ, and energy efficient light bulbs at the Mall B terminus of this morning's bike ride.

I was the only rider besides Jim Sheehan from any of the collection points on the mid east side (including Univ. Circ., Shaker Sq, Cedar Fairmont).  Jim, who is the expert, took us down through the cultural gardens along the Doan Brook, then out along the lakefront (against the wind) past Burke Air Port and into Down Town.

Only about 5 riders showed up at the Mall.   Jim worked with some younger walk-by participants showing them how to remove a bike tire from the rim, and extricate the tube for patching.

The road surfaces are so crappy in Cleveland that you need to keep your wits about you to prevent a crack up. 

Jim Sheehan teaching tube fix

Good exercise however – and though I rode back home, I found out how to get your bike down the elevator in Terminal Tower if you want to take the Rapid back uphill.

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The economic value of pro sports surfaces at A.J. Rocco's

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/15/2006 - 12:52.

While I'm not a pro sports expert, I was very pleased to see today, having coffee at A. J. Rocco's, a friendly table of local sports experts including at least one of the Cleveland Cavliers - probably the only one I'd recognize out of uniform (and I don't mean King James). I asked if they minded me taking a picture but they weren't dressed for the press. So, if you want to hang out with the Cavs, in their hangouts, you'll have to come downtown to A.J. Rocco's yourself. Or, you could reach out to them...