Mar 16 2016

Sunset on the Cuyahoga River


Burning River

Info on the Cuyahoga River from Wikipedia: “The Cuyahoga River is famous for being “the river that caught fire,” helping to spur the environmental movement in the late 1960s. The name “Cuyahoga” is believed to mean “crooked river” from the Mohawk Indian name “Cayagaga,” although the Senecas called it “Cuyohaga,” or “place of the jawbone.” At least 13 fires have been reported on the Cuyahoga River, the first occurring in 1868. The largest river fire in 1952 caused over $1 million in damage to boats, a bridge, and a riverfront office building. On June 22, 1969, a river fire captured the attention of Time magazine, which described the Cuyahoga as the river that “oozes rather than flows”.

The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire helped spur an avalanche of water pollution control activities, resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). As a result, large point sources of pollution on the Cuyahoga have received significant attention from the OEPA in recent decades. These events are referred to in Randy Newman’s 1972 song “Burn On,” R.E.M.’s 1986 song “Cuyahoga,” and Adam Again’s 1992 song “River on Fire.” Great Lakes Brewing Company of Cleveland named its Burning River Pale Ale after the event. Water quality has greatly improved and, partially in recognition of this improvement, the Cuyahoga was designated one of 14 American Heritage Rivers in 1998″.

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Mar 2 2016

East 4th Street


East 4th Street

East 4th Street is a major downtown neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, known for its food and  entertainment. The street runs between Euclid Avenue and Prospect Avenue. This area has become something of a trendy hangout and has become a destination for visitors to Cleveland. The area is home to many famous Cleveland restaurants, including The Greenhouse Tavern, Lola, Pickwick and Frolic and The House of Blues. The amazing old Cleveland Arcade is located just across Euclid Avenue from East 4th St.

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Feb 16 2016

North Coast Rapid Station and First Energy Stadium


First Energy Stadium Cleveland

Today’s photo blog features a photograph of the North Coast Rapid Station with First Energy Stadium and North Coast Harbor in the background. The North Coast Rapid Station is located along the Waterfront Line, an extension of the Blue and Green lines, travels from Tower City along the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. It ends at the South Harbor Station in the Municipal Parking lot, providing access to destinations formerly served by the L-Line Trolley.

Cleveland Browns Stadium became FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns on January 15, 2013, when Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and FirstEnergy President and CEO Tony Alexander announced a long-term naming rights partnership. For more information on First Energy Stadium:

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Dec 21 2013

Greater Cleveland Aquarium


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In today’s photo blog I wanted to share some photos from the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. If there is one place you should visit with your children over winter break this is it!  I was fortunate enough to visit and photograph the aquarium last week and I was very impressed with it. Not only is it much larger than I expected but there are tons of things to see and do! You can pet rays or maybe even scuba dive with sharks! The aquarium itself is housed in the old powerhouse near the Nautica Entertainment Complex which includes the Windows on the River, Trolley Tours, the Sugar Warehouse with Shooters on the Water, the IMPROV Comedy Club and Restaurant, and Jacobs Pavilion.  

Here is a little about the Aquarium from their website:

 “Consider the Greater Cleveland Aquarium a portal; a portal that will take you all over the world without ever leaving Cleveland. Visit Australia, South America, Africa and the Indo-Pacific; discover aquatic life native to the lakes and rivers of Ohio, and exotic aquatic life native to the Red Sea, Eastern Asia, Indonesia, Fiji and Hawaii. Learn about our animals, how we care for them, when they eat, what they eat and the personalities each one has developed during their time spent here with us. Located in The FirstEnergy Powerhouse, which is considered an historical building, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium spices up the old brick building with fresh colors and playful aquatic creatures with a fun and educational setting”. 

For more information on how you can visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium please follow this link:

May 15 2013

Mapleside Farms in Brunswick



mapleside Farms brunswick

From the Mapleside Farms website: “Mapleside Farms is a 100-acre fully functioning apple orchard located in Brunswick, OH. Mapleside Farms has long been a destination for families and friends to get together to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal, fresh homegrown produce, piping hot home baked pies and an amazing view of the Northeast Ohio countryside. It’s the kind of place where children who once came to Mapleside with their grandparents now bring their own grandchildren to share the same traditions”.

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Today’s Quote:

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men”. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Apr 18 2013

Superman in Cleveland


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Today, Thursday, April 18, marks the 75th anniversary of Superman’s 1938 appearance on the cover of DC’s “Action Comics” No. 1. Superman was created right here in Cleveland in the Glenville neighborhood by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  This photo is of the Superman exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Today’s Quote: “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”.- Christopher Reeve

Mar 4 2013

Hebrew Cultural Garden in Cleveland



Cleveland Jewish garden

Today’s photo is of the Fountain of Wisdom located in the Hebrew Cultural Garden in Cleveland.

From the Cleveland Cultural Gardens website:

“The Hebrew Garden was designed by T. Ashburton Tripp and was the first garden in what was to become the Cultural Gardens. Dedicated in 1926, it is a monument to the Zionist movement, as well as the vision of Leo Weidenthal, who was instrumental in the founding of the Cultural Gardens chain, or Poets’ Corners as he originally named it. The Garden is laid out with the sandstone walk forming a Star or Shield of David, six pointed star, around the Wisdom fountain which echoes the star with six sides and points. To the right or north is a rock garden or poets’ corner. To the left a lyre or harp shaped Musicians area. Beyond the rock garden, to the right or north are a series of boulders with plaques and beyond is the B’nai Brith memorial.Jewish Federation of Cleveland sponsors the Hebrew Cultural Garden through its Hebrew Cultural Garden committee”.

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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”.- Henry David Thoreau

Mar 2 2013

Cuyahoga County Courthouse


Cuyahoga County

The Cuyahoga County Courthouse stretches along Lakeside Boulevard at the north end of the Cleveland Mall in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The building was listed on the National Register along with the mall district in 1975.

From Wikipedia”

“The building was constructed from 1906–1912 by the architectural firm of Lehman & Schmitt. The building is Beaux Arts style and is constructed of Milford pink granite from Massachusetts. The rusticated masonry of the ground floor includes deeply recessed and arched windows and doors. A protruding keystone tops each one. The front entrance is flanked by bronze statues of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton sculpted by Karl Bitter. Directly above the front entry doors are three large arched windows between fluted columns of the Ionic order allowing daylight into the courtroom within. The frieze of the cornice includes the inscription “Cuyahoga County Courthouse”. Above the cornice are several stone statues of historical law givers. Two of these figures, of Edward I and John Hampden, were sculpted by Daniel Chester French. The rear elevation facing Lake Erie is composed similarly, but with the inscription “Liberty is Obedience to Law”. A pediment with a plain tympanum surmounts the central element of the facade on both the north and south elevations”.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be… if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” – Thomas Jefferson

Feb 11 2013

Charles Brush


Charles brush

Today’s Cleveland photo: The Charles Brush Memorial

Here is some information about Charles Brush from the Green Energy Ohio website: “Like fellow Ohioan Thomas Edison, Charles F. Brush, born in Euclid in 1849, was a restless backyard tinkerer and clever entrepreneur. A child prodigy, by age 15 he had built electrical gadgets and microscopes and telescopes for school chums. Brush graduated from the University of Michigan in 1869, with a degree in mining engineering. Brush is best remembered for his dynamo and arc lights, which illuminated a Cincinnati physician’s home in 1878 then Cleveland Public Square in 1879. These and more than 50 patented innovations made Brush a wealthy man. His company, Brush Electric Company, merged with companies that eventually formed General Electric, which still brings good things to light”. More info on Brush and his electric windmill:

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“Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science”. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Feb 9 2013

Guitar Mania Cleveland


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Today’s Cleveland Photo: GuitarMania Cleveland

From the GuitarMania website:

“GuitarMania® is a Greater Cleveland community public art project that has raised $2 million for its two benefiting charities – United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs. The project consists of large, 10-ft-tall Fender® Stratocaster® guitars creatively transformed into works of art by local artists and national celebrities. The guitars are displayed on the city streets of Cleveland for residents and visitors to enjoy from the end of May through October, 2012. Corporations, organizations and individuals sponsor the guitars and select from a variety of local artists to paint, sculpt or decorate them. Celebrity artists also paint and decorate guitars.”

Here’s a Fun Fact:

Did you know that Cleveland was originally spelled “Cleaveland,” named after General Moses Cleaveland. The “a” was dropped so that the name could fit into a newspaper’s masthead. For more cool fact about Cleveland check out the Citiview Cleveland website: