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Local Memory

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 08:22.

Meet with a couple visting from Dayton to research her family--specifically, the Fish Family, one of the original settlers in Cuyahoga County.  It helps that the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood retains some of the architecture and landmarks that can help her trace her family and provide a touchstone. 

How many of us, will be able to have that comfort ten, twenty, thirty years from now??

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Early Cleveland - Poison and Healers

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 04/21/2012 - 03:57.

There are so many  great ironies in NEO--one is the School of Medicine at CWRU located immediately adjacent to the facilities plant that contributes to asthma, cancer and other chronic disease.


Poetry WILL change the world !!!

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 08:57.

I am a TREE!!!

Listen to ME!

Obama--you want my vote?

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 07:43.


How about cleaning house here in NEO?


GREENest Neighborhood?? The INCINERATOR still makes $en$e?

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:25.

The City of Cleveland has proclaimed 2012--the Year of Local Food. 

What major food and energy initiatives has the City rolled out?

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Out of the wreckage

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 03/11/2012 - 19:35.

No real story here--just intrigued by the image-- :)

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Springtime in CLE

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/10/2012 - 20:40.

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Good Fortune

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 09:05.

Taking a break from the usual fare here--I will share a book with REALNEO.  At the recommendation of a young girl, I ordered Good Fortune by Noni Carter through the library.  I was hesistant at first.  I'll admit that I am weary of the recently popular, go-to thematic choices for young adult literature--vampires, gangs, and slavery.

Crime in Progress--Demolition of School of the Arts

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 21:36.


As completely senseless and criminal as the destruction of John Marshall, the demolition of the Cleveland School of the Arts is now under way. Say goodbye to a fine and elegant building and watch your tax dollars wasted on this instead:

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John Marshall--

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/19/2012 - 13:52.
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Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 22:35.

For a great trip--the Megabus to Pittsburgh can't be beat.  Here are some images:

St. Olaf at Mary Queen of Peace

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 06:06.

A beautiful night for CLE--as the heavenly choir of St. Olaf performed for a capacity crowd of 700+ at Mary Queen of Peace (formerly Our Lady of Good Counsel) in Old Brooklyn.  For Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre residents--getting there was as easy as a brisk winter's walk.

Will vote YES for Issue 1 on March 6th?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 21:18.

My gut reaction to any mailer from Council President Martin Sweeney is to trash it (and burn at high temperature to fuel CPP!)

Save John Marshall High School!

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 20:05.



Please watch this video and witness the stupidity of our Landmark Commission and Council representatives:

Not one more dime...

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 21:36.

Cleveland City Council folks are being evasive--they know that the shady contractor Peter Tien has asked the Mayor and Council's approval for some up front money.  Fortunately, Ohio Citizen Action (and to his credit, Councilman Brian Cummins) are on top of the shell game:


August Biehle at Cleveland Artist Foundation

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 01/28/2012 - 19:18.

Need a getaway from a crazy Cleveland weather day?

While away time at the Cleveland Artist Foundation for an exhibit of August Biehle featuring works from his period in Zoar, Ohio.  You may be fortunate enough, as I was today, to engage in great conversation with major area art collectors.

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Donegal Doggs at Flat Iron

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/22/2012 - 13:59.

The Donegal Doggs are Jenny O'Boyle, Paul Kirk Jr., and Vincent Polowy. 
If you missed them at the Flat Iron, make an effort to get out and prime yourself for St. Paddy's Day.  They definitely warm the cockles! Great pub fare,too.

Writing off debt

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 16:42.

How is it that the NEORSD or any public entity can "write off" bad debt? 


Cuyahoga Valley National Park Media Advisory

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 14:31.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Media Advisory

For Immediate Release - Friday, January 13, 2012
Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell), or
mary_pat_doorley [at] nps [dot] gov" href="http://us.mc824.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=mary_pat_doorley [at] nps [dot] gov">mary_pat_doorley [at] nps [dot] gov

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Claude Cornett's testimony at Estabrook Rec Center 1.9.2012

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 04:55.

The public testimony of the Ohio EPA hearing held at Estabrook included exhaustive research by Claude Cornett.  This testimony is available here:

Other comments submitted for the record will be updated to this site once the Ohio EPA mails the testimony to me.

Life goes on

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 19:53.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 20:42.

Bed time by Charles Sallee

The exhibit ended on January 1st, 2012--Hardship to Hope: African American Art from
the Karamu Workshop.

Cleveland Metroparks in 2012

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 14:39.

 Laura McShane
I live very close to Brookside Park, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park--I can walk to all of  these great public amenities, which in my mind, makes my neighborhood an appealing and liveable place. 

Saints and Sinners -Tony Viola and the PD

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 12/23/2011 - 06:43.

Mortgage Fraud--two of the largest players were indicted yesterday and the story was relegated to a back page and players get a slap on the wrist:

"The magnitude of this crime is hard to fathom," Mason said. "A total of 453 homes, 358 of which fell into disclosure, were part of a master scheme to bilk the banking and real estate industries out of funds."