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Monday, October 18, 2021

Local Singer-Songwriter Adam Rich Embraces 'New Beginnings' on Latest Release

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 5:12 PM

Cover art for Adam Rich's latest effort. - COURTESY OF ADAM RICH
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  • Cover art for Adam Rich's latest effort.
Local singer-songwriter Adam Rich has just released his latest effort, Peaceful & With Purpose. The title references how Princess Leia described Luke Skywalker’s death in Star Wars (Rich has been a Star Wars fan since he saw Episode IV at a very young age).

The title represents how Rich, who wrote about his parents' deaths on his last album, has embraced new beginnings.

The CD was recorded at Love Muffin Studios in 2018 and 2019 and mixed within the past year. It was mastered by Mann Wolf Studios and duplicated by Diskcopy LLC. Five different people mixed the 11 songs on the CD.

Local luminaries such as Walkin Cane, Chris Wright, Eva Dilcue, Cary Mathews, Jerry Principe, Michael McFarland, Mike Taffi and James Carter make guest appearances. Veteran musician Kurt Bernardo plays drums, and
Rich plays guitar and bass. Mike Taffi plays guitar on one song. You can scan a QR code on the back of the CD for a bonus video of the Covid-19 song “Social Distancing.”

The CD is available through Adam Rich's website  as well as through lovemuffinrecords.com. 

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Barring a Miracle, Sweet Moses in Gordon Square Will Close its Doors After This Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend. - DOUGLAS TRATTNER
  • Douglas Trattner
  • Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend.

Barring an eleventh-hour miracle, Sweet Moses (6800 Detroit Ave., 216-651-2202) in Gordon Square will close its doors after 10 years. The ice cream shop's last day of business will be Sunday, October 24. Owner Jeff Moreau, who owns both the business and the building, had been in negotiations to transition the beloved business to a new operator, but those plans fell through at the last minute, he says.

“This was not my intention,” he explains. “Last week at this time I thought I was going to be signing a contract.”

Behind the scenes, Moreau had been working closely with a potential buyer of the business. When that loose end was tied up, he would be able to sell the building in which it resides. But after a months-long courtship and negotiation process, the buyer got cold feet and backed out.

Moreau, who splits his time between Cleveland and Florida, no longer is in the position to manage and maintain a 100-year-old building from afar. Nor is he able to restart the entire sales and negotiation process for the business again.

“What’s tough about this situation is there are people who would like to own an ice cream shop but they don’t have the capital to buy the building,” Moreau explains. “And there are people who would want to buy the building but they don’t necessarily want an ice cream shop. In the perfect world I would have found someone with the money to buy the building and maintain the business.”

Prior to unveiling his magical sweets shop in Gordon Square, Moreau scoured the landscape to find the equipment and furnishings that comprise Sweet Moses. Dating back to 1910 and the 1940s, the ornate soda fountain – comprised of a handsome backbar, dipping and soda station and marble-slab counter – features glowing stained glass and the original ice-chilled base cabinets.

Moreau spent untold hours sourcing, repairing and restoring the graceful wire-backed parlor chairs that furnish the two rooms.

“This concept is an old-fashioned soda fountain, so it doesn’t age out,” Moreau adds. “The concept is every bit as solid today as it was when I opened it 10 years ago. But in the end, it’s something I can no longer sustain personally.”

Short of an offer landing on his desk this week, Moreau will close after this weekend. He will then liquidate the contents of the shop, which is one of the saddest images to bear. Hopefully, the bulk of the furnishings will be purchased by someone eager to follow in Moreau's path, albeit elsewhere.

“Maybe there’s a person out there who always wanted to own a soda fountain, maybe to open one somewhere else,” he says. “Someone who sees the value. You will never be able to buy this again. It was a lot of work, but it was my passion.”
Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend. - DOUGLAS TRATTNER
  • Douglas Trattner
  • Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend.
Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend. - DOUGLAS TRATTNER
  • Douglas Trattner
  • Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend.
Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend. - DOUGLAS TRATTNER
  • Douglas Trattner
  • Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend.
Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend. - DOUGLAS TRATTNER
  • Douglas Trattner
  • Barring a miracle, Sweet Moses will close this weekend.

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Robin Trower Heading to MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage in April 2022

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 3:59 PM

Guitarist Robin Trower. - COURTESY OF LIVE NATION
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  • Guitarist Robin Trower.
Guitarist Robin Trower began his recording career in the 1960s as part of the rhythm and blues band the Paramounts. From there, he went on to join Procol Harum for five albums and many tours before launching a solo career in 1971.

Trower, who’s played Northeast Ohio regularly throughout his career, will perform on April 14, 2022, at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage.

A ticket presale for Robin Trower’s performance at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage
begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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CIA Students Create Posters for Rock Hall Inductions

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 2:48 PM

A poster by CIA senior Grace LaPrade. - COURTESY OF CIA
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  • A poster by CIA senior Grace LaPrade.
More than 20 CIA Illustration students recently partnered with the Rock Hall to create posters that celebrate the upcoming Rock Hall Induction Ceremony in Cleveland.

The posters will be on display during Celebration Day, which takes place on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Rock Hall, and the Rock Hall will also have the posters for sale in its gift shop and online.

CIA students completed the artwork as part of a class after they toured the Rock Hall together for inspiration.

In total, the students created 23 posters.

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WKYC's Monica Robins to Have Another Surgery for Brain Tumor

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 2:20 PM

Monica Robins shares news on her health - WKYC
  • WKYC
  • Monica Robins shares news on her health

Channel 3's Monica Robins yesterday told viewers that two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, and some time after a first surgery that removed some of the masses but not all of them, she'll be having surgery.

"They had to leave behind four tumors," Monica said today. "Every six months, I'd have an MRI to make sure these things weren't growing. I knew the whole time there was a risk of that happening. As luck would have it, the one in my eye socket decided to spread, and it grew into my sinus and again it's in my bone, so I have to go back into surgery."


"Northeast Ohio got me through the first one," she said. "I am grateful for all of you and deeply appreciate the healing energy you all sent my way. I'll bring you along on this journey too."

Surgery is scheduled for December and Robins will continue to work until then.

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Kevin Kelley Launches "Kelley Talks" Podcast with Basheer Jones, Continues to Trash Issue 24

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 1:35 PM


Cleveland City Council President and mayoral candidate Kevin Kelley has launched a podcast with councilman Basheer Jones in which Kelley fields questions about his platform and vision. Jones ran for mayor, placing fifth in the September primary, and is now backing Kelley

In the inaugural episode, a 19-minute conversation that appeared Monday on YouTube, and which Jones twice refers to as "Episode 2," the topic under discussion is public safety. Kelley declares that public safety is the most important issue facing the city of Cleveland and tells Jones that addressing gun violence will be a "day one issue" for his administration. 

The conversation quickly turns to Issue 24, the grassroots ballot initiative that Kelley is working overtime to make the marquee consideration for voters on election day. The measure would give expanded oversight powers to a 13-member civilian review board, giving them the last word on officer discipline. (In the past, Safety Director Michael McGrath and Police Chief Calvin Williams could and would simply ignore the recommendations of the board.) Kelley's opponent, Justin Bibb, is in favor of the measure. Kelley is opposed, and has characterized Issue 24 as an effort to "defund the police."

In the conversation with Jones, Kelley reiterates the key talking points in the anti-Issue 24 campaign literature. He says the measure would hand over power to an "untrained," "unelected" civilian body who would be subject to pressure from the population. Kelley refers to this pressure as "lobbying." He also says he believes the Consent Decree—the settlement agreement between the Cleveland Police and the U.S. Department of Justice to restore constitutional policing in Cleveland—is working and that the city is already on the path to reform. He warns that hundreds of officers would quit the force or retire if Issue 24 passes, so terrified are they (according to Kelley) of facing the wrath of civilian oversight. 

He concludes with his vision for the division of police. He wants to demand far more community policing, with increased foot patrols, bike patrols and the return of neighborhood "mini stations."

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Faith Groups Came Together for 'Death Penalty Abolition Week' in Ohio

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 1:16 PM

Rev. Sharon Risher struggled to forgive after her mother was killed in a mass shooting by a white supremacist. - (COURTESY OF REV. RISHER)
  • (Courtesy of Rev. Risher)
  • Rev. Sharon Risher struggled to forgive after her mother was killed in a mass shooting by a white supremacist.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans across religious traditions came together as one voice last week to speak out against capital punishment.

Dozens of faith communities participated in vigils, prayer services and virtual conversations during Death Penalty Abolition Week, which came to a close Sunday with a virtual worship service, entitled, "Restorative Love, Redemptive Grace."

Rev. Sharon Risher, a death penalty abolitionist, shared the story of her path to forgiveness after her mother was among nine people gunned down in the 2015 Charleston, S.C., church shooting.

"That horrific event that killed my mother made me really delve into my soul," Risher recounted. "And I came out understanding that I could not condone the death penalty. Because I understand with my faith that God is restorative and redemptive."

Risher explained her faith helped turn her trauma into activism and eventually forgive the shooter, who is currently awaiting execution at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

"People of faith can sometimes go through the most horrific things," Risher noted. "But because of their faith, they could get to a point of forgiveness, which then leads to healing."

Oct. 19 marks 40 years since Ohio enacted its current death-penalty statute.

Rev. Jack Sullivan, Jr., executive director of the Ohio Council of Churches, said there is strong bipartisan support behind Senate Bill 103 and House Bill 183, which would abolish it.

"No one's rejecting accountability as being an important component in dealing with people who have hurt us or angered us the most," Sullivan pointed out. "But the sponsored homicide of those people is immoral, and it's illogical, and it's just wrong."

Sullivan, whose sister was murdered, thinks victims' families would be better served by redirecting money used for capital cases toward supportive services to help with their healing.

"Executions do not assist in dealing with grief," Sullivan asserted. "They do not give us wholeness or closure. They just continue the cycle of death. And co-victims need more than that. They need the state to invest in their wellbeing and their movement forward, and their restoration."

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