Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Polish Constitution Day Celebrations in Cleveland

The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the first constitution to follow the 1788 ratification of the United States Constitution. May 3 was restored as an official Polish holiday in April 1990, after the fall of communism. It is celebrated in Cleveland with events including a parade and ceremony in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neigh neighborhood and Parma's Polish Village.

On April 29 a parade marched down Fleet Ave. in Slavic Village and ended at the Polish American Cultural Center at 65th and Lansing. See video and photos of the Slavic Village Parade 

After the Parade, a ceremony was held behind the Polish American Cultural Center which included dances, music and youngsters reciting in Polish.  See videos and photos of the event

Then on May 6, a Parade marched through Parma’s Polish Village.  See video and photos of the Parma Parade 

This was followed by a ceremony

Don’t miss the Polish recitations by students from the Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School under the guidance of their principal, Ewa Wiechec.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Tulips in bloom in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Last fall, volunteers gathered to plant tulip bulbs in the Turkish Garden. Now their efforts have paid off.

Though many think of the Dutch when they discuss tulips, tulips are actually native to Turkey. Tulips are the national flower of the Republic of Turkey with a history going back to its Ottoman roots. Many cultivated varieties of tulips were widely grown in Turkey long before they were brought to Holland from Turkey In the 16th Century.

The time between 1718-1730 is called the "Tulip Era of Turkey". It was under the reign of sultan Ahmed III and tulips became an important style of life within the arts, folklore and the daily life during this peaceful time.

The botanical name for tulips, Tulipa, is derived from the Turkish word "tulbend" or "turban", which the flower resembles. It's considered as the King of Bulbs.

See more of the Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Icelandair Airline Launch in Cleveland

The International Business Network (IBN) was organized in 2005 by a group of highly experienced international business people with the specific purpose of helping each other and others involved in international business. Its goal is to stimulate economic growth in Northeast Ohio through international business.

On April 25, 2018 the IBN meeting centered on the Icelandair announcement of flights to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The new Icelandair flight service from Cleveland to Europe will begin in May and includes a variety of options for stopovers in Iceland.

Photos and videos of the Icelandair event.

Icelandair and IBN representatives

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Cleveland American Middle East Organization 48th anniversary

The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. They celebrated their 48th anniversary at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center.

CAMEO honored Dr. Mansoor Ahmed, Mr. Ali Faraj and Kan Zaman Middle Eastern Restaurant at the event.

Photos and videos of CAMEO's 48th

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Watch us on TV tonight

If you didn't get a ticket to the sold out Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions tonight we will have video posted on in a few days.

You can watch lived fees on Ch 19 as news anchor Chris Tanaka will be our co-MC.

Also live streaming on Ch 19 Facebook page as we honor:

Sister Alicia Alvarado
Sheila Murphy Crawford
Dr. Atul Mehta
Abdullah (Abby) Mina
Ralph Perk Jr.
Judge Ray Pianka (posthumously) 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Neighborhood News

Nice to see the coverage of the inductions of Judge Ralph Perk Jr. and Judge Ray Pianka (posthumously) in the Neighborhood News.

They will be joined by Sister Alicia Alvarado, Sheila Murphy Crawford, Dr Ahtul Mehta and Abdulla Mina.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cleveland Indians 2018 season preview - What's New at Progressive Field

The American League Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians provided details about what’s new this season at Progressive Field, including the Lexus Home Plate Club, Progressive Charging Lockers, expanded safety netting, new menu items and more. 

Of course the new food and beverage items are of great interest.  How do you not like the Flamethrower or Mac Daddy Dog?

The Flamethrower (Served in Terrace Club and at Throwing Smoke, section 160) is a pork belly and pulled pork sandwich topped with bacon jam, barbecue sauce, green apple slaw and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Mac Daddy Dog is a premium jumbo all-beef hot dog, smoked bacon mac n cheese, pickled fresh jalapenos

See what's new at Cleveland Indians ballpark for 2018

Cleveland Indians give Geeks a Charge

New at the Cleveland Indians ballpark for 2018 are Storage & Phone Charging Lockers from Progressive Insurance.

The 45 storage lockers are perfect for fans who want to stash their belongings and protect souvenirs while cheering on the game. The 72 phone-charging lockers each come equipped with four charging cords, compatible with most phones, so fans can power up and not miss capturing any key moments. 

The lockers, located in Section 169, are available to fans absolutely free of charge and on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

City of Cleveland Chief Valarie McCall keynote

Valarie J. McCall, the Chief of Government & International Affairs of the City of Cleveland, gave the keynote address at the Rotary Club of Cleveland International Fellowship Day

Video and photos of Valarie McCall's keynote.

Rotary Club of Cleveland 2018 International Fellowship Day

The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on March 15, 2018. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Ingrida Bublys, Honorary Consul General Republic of Lithuania.

Jerry R. Smith, President of the Rotary Club of Cleveland and Richard S. Pollak, Chair, International Service Committee stated that "Each year the International Service Committee selects an individual who has demonstrated in both their professional and personal life a dedication to the furtherance of world understanding and peace. This this year’s award is being presented to Honorary Consul General of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys, a Past Honorary President and long-time member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. There is no individual more deserving of this award. We proudly celebrate her global vision and her leadership in ensuring the City of Cleveland and the State of Ohio as vital international assets."

We were happy to present Ingrida with a proclamation and thank her for being our Lithuanian Ambassador at ClevelandPeople.Com.

More photos and video of the Cleveland Rotary award for Ingrida Bublys

Friday, March 09, 2018

Sister Alicia Alvarado

Sister Alicia Alvarado was born in Villalba, Puerto Rico.  Her work in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio has earned her the moniker of “The patron saint of the local Hispanic Community”. 

There are many “firsts” in her history including being the First Hispanic woman on the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Community College and serving as Executive Assistant to Cleveland’s first Hispanic Councilman Joe Santiago for Ward 14. 

Sister Alicia has received numerous awards for her work in social justice and her ministry among the Hispanic population.

See more about Sister Alicia Alvarado

On April 17, 2018 Sister Alicia will be inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  More about the Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction event and how you can participate

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Black and White and the Pink Panther

One of my favorite performances at the Chinese New Year - Year of the Dog Gala put on by the
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University was the fun dance featuring dancers from the Westlake Chinese Cultural Association in half-black and half-white costumes dancing to the Pink Panther theme.

First they came out to the James Bond theme and then did the Pink Panther bit.

Here's the video: