Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Continuum of Military Service at St Joseph HS

Lt. Colonel Gary Minadeo is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and West Point.  After retiring from the service he came back to St Joe’s to teach Math and Technology.  He spoke about the Continuum of Military Service at the ceremony dedicating the St. Joseph High School Viking Veteran Memorial in Cleveland.





St Joe’s HS Viking Vets – Forever Young and Taps

Jim Tobin was MC at the ceremony to dedicate the Viking Veteran Memorial to honor the six St. Joseph High School students who were killed in Vietnam.  He said he thinks of two songs: Don Henley’s The End of the Innocence speaking about the death of your brothers and classmates and Bob Dylan’s Forever Young.  The ceremony ended with Taps and the Retirement of Colors.





Monday, May 30, 2016

Thanks to all St Joe’s Viking Veterans

Jim Tobin gave thanks to all Viking Veterans, former St Joe’s President Rich Osborne and Monica Johns from the Johns-Carabelli company for the work on the Viking Veteran Memorial to honor the six St. Joseph High School students who were killed in Vietnam.





Deceased veteran's families introduced at St Joe’s Memorial

Jim Tobin introduced the family members of the six St. Joseph High School students who were killed in Vietnam.  The Viking Veteran Memorial was created to honor them.







Catholic War Veterans Commander at Viking Veteran Memorial

Michael Strainic was a Navy Seabee and is now Commander of the Catholic War Veterans Of The United States Of America Inc., John Paul II Post 1959 in Mentor, Ohio. He spoke at the ceremony dedicating the St. Joseph High School Viking Veteran Memorial in Cleveland.






Viking Veterans sing St. Joseph High School Alma Mater

A group of St Joseph High School alumni who are veterans sang the alma mater at the ceremony dedicating the St. Joseph High School Viking Veteran Memorial in Cleveland.





St. Joseph HS President Bill Cervenik at Viking Veteran Memorial

Bill Cervenik, President Elect of St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, recently retired as mayor of the City of Euclid.  He spoke at the ceremony dedicating the St. Joseph High School Viking Veteran Memorial and prayed that they never have to add another name to the memorial.





Fr. Fortuna invocation at Viking Veteran Memorial

Father Joe Fortuna, Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, gave the invocation at the ceremony dedicating the St. Joseph High School Viking Veteran Memorial.





Welcome Home to all St Joe’s Viking Veterans

Jim Tobin introduced the other members of the St. Joseph High School Viking Veteran Memorial committee – all Vikings and all combat veterans.  He then gave a Welcome home to all Viking Veterans and to the families of the deceased.





St Joseph Viking Veteran Memorial – Present Colors

Presentation of the Colors by 4 students followed by the singing of the National Anthem at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland where a monument to fallen veteran classmates was dedicated.  It’s called the Viking Veteran Memorial.







Classical Chinese Dance from Yin Tang

Yin Tang introduced the 3 Rays of Heaven classical Chinese Dance based on a story about a young fairy in heaven at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Sunday, May 29, 2016

OCA Dragon Dance Team at Cleveland Asian Festival

The OCA Dragon Dance Team in partnership with the Confucius Institute of Cleveland State University performed a Dragon Dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Another Tinikling Filipino bamboo dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Filipino teens in the group Three Stars and a Sun performed another traditional and modern tinikling (bamboo) dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/filipino/filipino.htm





Filipino teens bamboo dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Filipino teens in the group Three Stars and a Sun performed a traditional and modern tinikling (bamboo) dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/filipino/filipino.htm





More Martial arts routines at Cleveland Asian Festival

Youngsters from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed numerous martial arts routines at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  This is Part 2 of 2. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Martial arts routines at Cleveland Asian Festival

Youngsters from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed numerous martial arts routines at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  This is Part 1 of 2. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Little girls with fans dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Little girls with fans from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed a classical Chinese dance in bright costumes at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Saturday, May 28, 2016

Welcome to AsiaTown, Welcome to Cleveland

Cleveland Asian Festival MC Wayne Wong and Cleveland Asian Festival executive board members Lisa Wong, Johnny Wu, Vi Huynh, Deborah Yue, Mike Mendoza, Yin Tang and Siu Yan Scott welcome you to Asia Town and then to the city of Cleveland.  www.Cleveland101.com





Young man Martial Arts demo at Cleveland Asian Festival

Students from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed martial arts demonstrations at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Girls from Great Wall dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Young girls from Great Wall Enrichment Center performed a classical Chinese dance in bright costumes at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Mascots Panda and Wushu dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Cleveland Asian Festival mascots CAF Panda and Wushu the Dragon danced with Miki Saito and others to the J-Pop (Japanese Pop) song Crazy at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/japanese/japanese.htm





Japanese video game song at Cleveland Asian Festival

Miki Saito performed her original arrangement of the song “The Scars of Time” from the Japanese video game “Chrono Cross” at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/japanese/japanese.htm





Koji plays his Bike Song at Cleveland Asian Festival

Koji from Osaka Japan sang and played his original song Bike and I on guitar, a tribute to riding his bike at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/japanese/japanese.htm







Grand finale of Rising Star Acrobatics at Cleveland Asian Festival

Chinese acrobatic dance students from Rising Star Acrobatics performed tumble and balance routines in very colorful costumes at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Boulevard of 500 Flags and 9-11 Memorial

A walk through the Boulevard of 500 Flags and 9-11 Memorial in Eastlake Ohio just east of Cleveland.  There are plaques with names of many local veterans on these flags. The 9-11 Memorial includes actual wreckage from the World Trade Center, Pentagon and grass from Shanksville Pennsylvania.  There is also an eternal flame.





Very colorful Chinese ladies dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Very colorful ladies dance from Rising Star Acrobatics at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Friday, May 27, 2016

Rising Star Acrobatics at Cleveland Asian Festival

Chinese acrobatic dance students from Rising Star Acrobatics performed tumble and balance routines at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Rising Star Acrobatics at Cleveland Asian Festival

Chinese acrobatic dance students from Rising Star Acrobatics performed tumble and balance routines at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Sho Jo Ji Japanese Dancers at Cleveland Asian Festival

MC Lynna Lai spoke with Sho Jo Ji Japanese Dancers leader Beverly at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  Sho Jo Ji first performed in 1956.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/japanese/japanese.htm





Mongolian Dance – Teenagers and their riding boots

Dancers from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a Mongolian dance called Teenagers and their riding boots at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Contemporary Chinese dance – 5 young girls in helmets

Young girls dance from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a contemporary dance wearing car helmets at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Martial Arts demo – Be a Man – at Cleveland Asian Festival

Young boys and girls from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) demonstrated various martial arts with swords and other instruments at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





A Little Orchid CCCCA dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

5 young girls dance from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed the A Little Orchid dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Butterfly Lover’s Concerto dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

2 young ladies from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) danced the Butterfly Lover’s Concerto at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





2nd Chinese Children’s Song at Cleveland Asian Festival

7 young girls in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) sang a second traditional Chinese children’s song at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Thursday, May 26, 2016

K-Pop Rocks the House at Cleveland Asian Festival

K-Pop Rocks the House at Cleveland Asian Festival

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2016

Cleveland, OH – Thousands of people visited the Dragon Stage at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) to watch the finals of the K-Pop competition. 

In prior weeks, local dancers submitted their best mashups of popular K-Pop dance routines and people voted for finalists via social media.  Saturday afternoon, the final dance off took place.

K-pop (short for Korean pop) has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Originating in South Korea, it covers a range of styles including dance-pop, pop ballad, electropop, R&B, and hip-hop music.  Five finalists were chosen to compete in the finals at the Cleveland Asian Festival for a $2500 grand prize.



The seating area filled up quickly and standing room only crowds encompassed the stage.


 CAF entertainment coordinator Yin Tang said “It was great seeing so many in the audience singing along to the songs as the dancers performed.”




The judges included music and dance industry leaders and even a priest, Father Sung-Woong Lee, who comes from South Korea.  The cheering of the audience played a part in the decisions but it was the opinions of the expert panel that determined the winner. 

The Grand Champion of the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival K-Pop competition, and winner of the $2500 grand prize, was Chakai.  2nd Place was awarded to Abracadabra Productions and 3rd Place went to Gizibe.  Congratulations to all the competitors and the winners.


About the Cleveland Asian Festival

The Cleveland Asian Festival is an annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May in Cleveland’s Asiatown neighborhood. The Cleveland Asian Festival is a landmark undertaking to unite the community through collaboration and recognition of its culture, diversity, and people. A record crowd of 45,018 attended the 6th annual Cleveland Asian Festival in 2015.

The 2017 Cleveland Asian festival will be held May 20 and 21, 2017 on Payne Ave. between E. 30th St & E. 27th S. 
http://clevelandasianfestival.org

The Cleveland Asian Festival is made possible from these major supporting sponsors: JACK Cleveland Casino, Asia Plaza, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cleveland Public Power, ImageLab Media, Cuyahoga Community College, InHealth Ohio Nonprofit Mutual Insurer, KeyBank, Nationwide HealthCare, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Third Federal Bank, University Hospitals and
many others.

Contact

Johnny Wu, johnny@mdifilm.com
1419 East 40th Street Cleveland, OH 44103
Office: 216.539.4634



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CCCCA Chinese Children’s Song at Cleveland Asian Festival

7 young girls in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) sang a traditional Chinese children’s song at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Cosplay community says Welcome to Cleveland

Yin Tang led some of the Cleveland Cosplay community in a welcoming greeting - Welcome to Cleveland - at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival. www.Cleveland101.com





CCCCA Dance from Mongolia at Cleveland Asian Festival

Young girls in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a traditional Mongolian dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/mongolian/mongolian.htm





CCCCA Chinese Children’s dance - Summer Lotus Pond

Youngsters in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a traditional Chinese children’s dance called Summer Lotus Pond at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  Don’t miss the cute hopping frogs. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





CCCCA traditional Chinese dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

3 ladies in colorful costumes from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed a traditional Chinese dance at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chinese flute from CCCCA at Cleveland Asian Festival

MC Lynna Lai introduced the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  The first act was a Chinese flute performance.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Sree Mayuri Dance Academy at Cleveland Asian Festival

Kalyani Veturi, Founder and Choreographer of Sree Mayuri Dance Academy - Center for Indian Dances introduced her students who had just performed classical Kuchipudi dance at the Cleveland Asian Festival. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm





Prayer to Lord Krishna Kuchipudi dance

Kalyani Veturi, Founder and Choreographer of Sree Mayuri Dance Academy - Center for Indian Dances introduced one of her students who performed a Prayer to Lord Krishna classical Kuchipudi dance. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm





Prayer to Lord Ganesha classical dance

Kalyani Veturi, Founder and Choreographer of Sree Mayuri Dance Academy - Center for Indian Dances explained that Kuchipudi is an Indian classical dance popular all over South India.  She introduced 3 of her students who performed a Prayer to Lord Ganesha classical dance. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian-indians/asian-indians.htm





Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi at Cleveland Asian Festival

Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi spoke at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  He is the first Ohio mayor of Filipino heritage.  Mayor Falconi then posed with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in a CAF hashtag frame.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian/2016/cleveland-asian-festival.htm







Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chinese Lion Dance at 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival

The Kwan Family Lion Dance team kicked off the 7th annual Cleveland Asian Festival with a traditional Lion Dance.  Here are some highlights. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm





Mayor Frank Jackson at Cleveland Asian Festival

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival and presented co-founder Lisa Wong with a proclamation from the City. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian/2016/cleveland-asian-festival.htm





Nepalese Dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

The last solo dance from a member of the Nepali American Organization of Ohio at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/nepal/nepal.htm





Panda Mascot at Cleveland Asian Festival

MC Wayne Wong introduces the mascot CAF Panda  #caf2016 at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/asian/2016/cleveland-asian-festival.htm







Culture behind the Chinese Lion Dance

Cleveland Asian Festival MC Wayne Wong explains the culture behind the Lion Dance before the Kwan Family Lion Dance performance.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Monday, May 23, 2016

Dance from Nepali American Organization of Ohio

Solo dance from a member of the Nepali American Organization of Ohio at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/nepal/nepal.htm







Nepali traditional folk dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

Nepali traditional folk dance from Lincoln West High School students at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/nepal/nepal.htm





Chinese Flute Solo at Cleveland Asian Festival

A young lady from the Pittsburgh Chinese School performed a flute solo at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Traditional Chinese dance about Spring

Traditional Chinese dance about Spring from young ladies from the Pittsburgh Chinese School at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/chinese/chinese.htm







Last Hmong dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

The fourth and last traditional Hmong dance in beautiful costumes by Paj Tawg Tshiab, Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers, at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hmong/hmong.htm





3rd Hmong dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

The third traditional Hmong dance in beautiful costumes by Paj Tawg Tshiab, Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers, at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hmong/hmong.htm





Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hmong dance at Cleveland Asian Festival

The second traditional Hmong dance in beautiful costumes by Paj Tawg Tshiab, Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers, at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hmong/hmong.htm







Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers

Paj Tawg Tshiab, Hmong Dance of Blooming Flowers, performed traditional Hmong dances in beautiful costumes at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hmong/hmong.htm







Cleveland Asian Festival 2016 Executive Board

MC Wayne Wong introduced the Executive Board of the Cleveland Asian Festival: Lisa Wong, Johnny Wu, Vi Huynh, Deborah Yue, Mike Mendoza, Yin Tang and Siu Yan Scott.  #caf2016







Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ambassador Richard Armitage – Is the US in decline?

Ambassador Richard L. Armitage, former deputy secretary of state (2001-2005) and president of Armitage International was the keynote speaker at the Case Western Reserve University Center for International Affairs International Achievement Dinner.

Ambassador Armitage said he is always asked two questions: Are we in decline? And is the world in a mess?   He answered both questions.


More photos and video



Alan Freed Jr. at memorial event in Cleveland

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.  Alan Freed Jr., the baby of the family, shared stories of his father and family. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/







Lance Freed at Alan Freed memorial event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.
 A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.  Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced Lance Freed who shared stories of his father and family.
http://www.clevelandpeople.com/







Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Alan Freed’s youngest daughter Sig Freed at memorial event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

 Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced Sig Freed, the youngest daughter of Alan Freed and she shared stories of her father and family. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/





Songwriter David Porter at Alan Freed memorial event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland. A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

 Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced David Porter from Memphis. Porter is one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time and a 2005 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, http://www.clevelandpeople.com/










Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko at Alan Freed event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.  Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko gave a proclamation. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/







Jimmy Clanton sings Just a Dream at Alan Freed event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

1950’s teen idol Jimmy Clanton who starred in a rock and roll movie produced by Alan Freed called Go Johnny Go sang his hit Just a Dream.

http://www.clevelandpeople.com/






Jimmy Clanton at Alan Freed memorial event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced the 1950’s teen idol Jimmy Clanton who told stories about early rock and roll, Alan Freed and the music business.

Clanton starred in a rock and roll movie produced by Alan Freed called Go Johnny Go.

http://www.clevelandpeople.com/





This Magic Moment – The Drifters at Alan Freed event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

  Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Drifters. This was their first song – the classic This Magic Moment.






Proclamations for Alan Freed

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

  Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite recognized some of the people in the audience such as Supertramp founder Rick Davies.  He read proclamations from Governor John Kasich and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.   http://www.clevelandpeople.com/







Monday, May 09, 2016

Lakeview Cemetery President Goss at Alan Freed event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

  Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced Lakeview Cemetery President Katharine Goss who told about the cemetery.  http://www.greatlakesgeek.com/





Norm N. Nite on legendary disc jockey Alan Freed

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term ‘Rock and Roll’ Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

 Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite served as MC and welcomed the crowd and gave a brief bio of Alan Freed, the disc jockey who became the Father of Rock and Roll.  Nite said that Freed took a “teenagers mind and funneled it into 50,000 watts.”

 http://www.clevelandpeople.com/




Unveiling of Alan Freed monument in Cleveland

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

 Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite called the Freed family to the covered monument and they unveiled it.  Little Steven Van Zandt and others posed with the new monument to the Father of Rock and Roll. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/





Sunday, May 08, 2016

Stand By Me – The Drifters at Alan Freed event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

  Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Drifters. This was their last song – the classic Ben E. King song Stand by Me.



Little Steven Van Zandt at Alan Freed event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

  Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite introduced Little Steven Van Zandt who was the keynote speaker.

 Steve Van Zandt is known for his work with Southside Johnny, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, solo albums, acting in the Sopranos and his radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage.  Van Zandt told stories of Alan Freed and rock and roll.

http://www.clevelandpeople.com/




Rock Hall’s Terry Stewart at Alan Freed event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.  A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

 Former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Terry Stewart spoke and told stories of Alan Freed and rock and roll.




Smoke gets in your Eyes – The Drifters

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.

A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Drifters performed.

 This is the classic Smoke Gets in your Eyes.



Saturday, May 07, 2016

Difference between Globalization and Internationalization

David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Case Western Reserve University told of the difference between Globalization and Internationalization.

He then gave 2 stories from his experience at CWRU dealing with international students and institutions.

More pictures and video




Cleveland Museum of Art Dir William Griswold – Centennial Part 2

Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) Director William Griswold spoke at the kick off of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s summer of centennial programs event.  This is Part 2 of 2. Slider from the Cleveland Indians joined Bill at the podium.



More photos and video of CMA Centennial event





Friday, May 06, 2016

Cleveland Museum of Art Dir William Griswold – Centennial Part 1

Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) Director William Griswold spoke at the kick off of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s summer of centennial programs event.  This is Part 1 of 2 and gives some history of the CMA and a look at the summer events.


More photos and video of CMA Centennial event




Thursday, May 05, 2016

Steve Kestner and Mayor Frank Jackson – Cleveland Museum of Art

Steve Kestner, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), welcomed the crowd and introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.  

Mayor Jackson gave a proclamation to CMA Director Bill Griswold.

Photos and video from CMA event



Cleveland Museum of Art Dir William Griswold and time machine

Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) Director William Griswold spoke at the kick off of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s summer of centennial programs event.

I asked him to imagine he had a time machine.  What might the CMA founders have thought if they could see the Museum today? What might his successor say in 100 years at the Bicentennial celebration?


Joe Cimperman of Global Cleveland – dealing with Seniors

Joe Cimperman, former Cleveland councilman and now president of Global Cleveland, was asked about senior citizens at the ASIA Inc. Friendraiser event at the Ariel International Center.

 Joe said we shouldn’t always segment people – “It’s all of us or none of us.” Sorry about the lighting.

 http://www.clevelandpeople.com




‘Different’ people moving to town – Joe Cimperman, Global Cleveland

Joe Meissner asked Joe Cimperman, former Cleveland councilman and now president of Global Cleveland, how to reach the people in the suburbs concerning new and “different” people moving in.

This was at the ASIA Inc. Friendraiser event at the Ariel International Center.  Joe gave some personal stories as an answer and told people to bet on people who are broken, who have an accent and so on.

He also praised Dan Hanson and ClevelandPeople.Com and the Cleveland International Hall of Fame for their efforts to make this happen. Sorry about the lighting.


http://clevelandinternationalhalloffame.com and http://www.clevelandpeople.com




Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Polish National Anthem at Constitution Day in Parma

Fr. Eric Orzech, President of the Polish American Congress Ohio Division, served as MC of the Polish Constitution Day celebration in Parma Ohio. This was the 68th annual event and 2nd largest in the US outside of Chicago.  He introduced Elizabeth Suhak of the PIAST Dance Ensemble who sang the Polish national anthem.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm





Polish Constitution Day Parade in Parma Ohio

Highlights of the 2016 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Parma Ohio.   http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm





Polish Constitution Day Parade in Cleveland’s Slavic Village

Highlights of the 2016 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.   http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm




God Bless America and Sto Lat at Constitution Day

Wally Borkowski sang God Bless America and then Sto Lat at the Polish Constitution Day celebration in Parma Ohio. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm




Poems in Polish by youngsters in Parma Ohio

Youngsters from the Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School, under the direction of Principal Ewa Wiechec, recited poems in Polish at the Polish Constitution Day celebration in Parma Ohio. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm







Invocation in Polish at 2016 Constitution Day in Parma

Fr. Eric Orzech, President of the Polish American Congress Ohio Division, gave the invocation in Polish at the Polish Constitution Day celebration in Parma Ohio. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm







Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter at Constitution Day

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter spoke at the Polish Constitution Day celebration in Parma Ohio. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm





Miss Polonia 2016 at Constitution Day in Parma

Fr. Eric Orzech, President of the Polish American Congress Ohio Division, served as MC of the Polish Constitution Day celebration in Parma Ohio. He introduced Junior Miss Polonia and Miss Polonia 2016. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm





Green Grass Polka at Polish Constitution Day in Parma

The Green Grass Polka by Northcoast Mix at the Polish Constitution Day celebration in Parma Ohio. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm





Shrine Church of St Stanislaus in Cleveland

A short walk through the inside of the Shrine Church of St Stanislaus in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.

The building itself and the neighborhood, listed as Warszawa Neighborhood District, are both on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1969 Cardinal Karol Wojtyła (the future Pope John Paul II) visited the parish.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm





Ben Stefanski at Cleveland Polish Parade

Ben Stefanski was the Grand Marshall of the 2016 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.  He spoke in front of the Shrine Church of St Stanislaus and told how his grandmother came to the neighborhood and Church in 1886.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm





US National Anthem after Cleveland Polish Parade

The US National Anthem was played on a pocket trumpet in front of the Shrine Church of St Stanislaus after the Polish Constitution Day Parade in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.   http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm







Chief Ed Rybka at Cleveland Polish Parade

Cleveland Chief of Regional Development Ed Rybka spoke in front of the Shrine Church of St Stanislaus after the Polish Constitution Day Parade in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.  He told how the Shrine Church is the center of the neighborhood and Polish community.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm







Mayor Jackson at Cleveland Polish Parade

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke in front of the Shrine Church of St Stanislaus after the Polish Constitution Day Parade in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.  He presented a proclamation and even greeted the crowd in Polish.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm






Polish National Anthem before Cleveland Parade

Polish National Anthem played on pocket trumpet before the start of the Polish Constitution Day Parade in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.  Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland Chief of Regional Development Ed Rybka, Parade Grand Marshall Ben Stefanski and Gene Bak led off the Parade. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm







Cleveland International Hall of Fame 2016 intro

Dan Hanson served as MC of the 2016 Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  He welcomed the crowd and told about the Hall of Fame and the 2016 class of inductees.   http://clevelandinternationalhalloffame.com and http://www.clevelandpeople.com




Monday, May 02, 2016

Toast to the King – Dutch King’s Day in Ohio

Martin van den Berg, Treasurer of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce introduced Paul Berget from the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Chapter who led the toast to the King at the 17th annual State of Ohio celebration of King’s Day. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/dutch/dutch.htm







Dutch National Anthem at King's Day in Ohio

Martin van den Berg, Treasurer of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the 17th annual State of Ohio celebration of King’s Day. He introduced several committee members and then called upon Marian Brumbaugh to lead the singing of the Dutch National Anthem. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/dutch/dutch.htm









17th annual Ohio celebration of Dutch King’s Day welcome

Roy McKinney welcomed the crowd to the 17th annual State of Ohio celebration of King’s Day.  He then introduced committee member Martin van den Berg, Treasurer of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, who introduced the event sponsor VMI and their CEO Harm Voortman. Mr. Voortman told of the tradition of King’s Day including the Flea Market.  http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/dutch/dutch.htm







Sunday, May 01, 2016

Khalid Samad in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

El Hajj Amir Khalid A. Samad was inducted into the 2016 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. Khalid, CEO of Peace in the Hood,  was the second African-American and first Muslim to be inducted.

  http://clevelandinternationalhalloffame.com/ and http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/africanamerican/africanamerican.htm and http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/muslim/muslim.htm





August Pust at Cleveland International Hall of Fame

August Pust was inducted into the inaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2010.  He was surprised to be called up on stage by Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com at the 2016 induction ceremony for a special recognition.

http://clevelandinternationalhalloffame.com

and http://www.clevelandpeople.com


Carolyn Balogh inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Carolyn Balogh was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame for her work in both the Hungarian and Hispanic communities.  In her acceptance speech Carolyn told of the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

http://clevelandinternationalhalloffame.com/ and http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hungarian/hungarian.htm






Dr. Maria Pujana inducts Carolyn Balogh into Hall of Fame

Dr. Maria Pujana inducted Carolyn Balogh into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame for her work in both the Hungarian and Hispanic communities.  Dr. Pujana was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2014.

http://clevelandinternationalhalloffame.com/ and http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/hungarian/hungarian.htm




Fr. John (Sung-Woong) Lee invocation at Hall of Fame

Fr. John (Sung-Woong) Lee was born in Daegu S. Korea. He was ordained a priest in 2011. He has been ministering as a parochial vicar at Communion of Saints Parish in Cleveland Heights since 2014.  He gave the invocation at the induction ceremony of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

 http://clevelandinternationalhalloffame.com/ and http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/korean/korean.htm