Friday, August 18, 2017

Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary tours Cleveland Garden

The Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary is currently comprised of forty teenaged members and six adult teachers.  The choir travels in various parts of Hungary and to Hungarians living in the diaspora throughout the year. This is the first time that they performed in North America.

 The choir dedicated this performance to commemorating and celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. 

Before their evening performance at the First Hungarian Reformed Church they toured the Hungarian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio. 

Of course this included the obligatory selfies. 

Hungarians in Cleveland


Finale - Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary in Cleveland

The Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary toured the Hungarian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio and then performed 3 short pieces.

The choir travels in various parts of Hungary and to Hungarians living in the diaspora throughout the year. This is the first time that they performed in North America.

This is the last piece of the performance in the Hungarian Cultural Garden.


Hungarians in Cleveland


Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary in Cleveland

The Reformed School Choir of Pecs, Hungary toured the Hungarian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio and then performed 3 short pieces.

The choir travels in various parts of Hungary and to Hungarians living in the diaspora throughout the year. This is the first time that they performed in North America.

This is the first 2 pieces of the performance in the Hungarian Cultural Garden.

See more of Hungarians in Cleveland




Monday, August 14, 2017

Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Cleanup for One World Day

A hard-working crew spent time in the beautiful weather on Saturday getting work done in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden preparing for One World Day which will be Sunday August 27 from 11 AM to 7PM.

Four leaders of the Vietnamese Cultural Garden: President - Gia Hoa Ryan, Vice President - Oanh Loi-Powell, Legal Counsel - Atty Joseph P. Meissner, and Secretary - Michael Powell, raked up branches and debris from the entire area, hard-edged and added 20 bags of mulch to the flower bed.





See more from the Vietnamese Cultural Garden


Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 Glenville Parade

The annual Glenville Parade took place on Saturday August 12, 2017 to kick off the Glenville Community Festival. The annual Glenville Parade and Festival is led by Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson.

The Parade was about an hour long but we did not include the politicians (numerous Mayoral, Council and Judicial candidates). This is near the beginning of the parade on East 105 just past Superior. 





Friday, August 11, 2017

Current state and future of City Club of Cleveland

Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, spoke at the Rotary Club of Cleveland meeting on August 10, 2017 at Windows on the River.  

Dan told how the City Club has a large and growing membership and more meetings and events than ever.  There are also plans for a City Club in the Mahoning Valley and maybe other places. 


City Club of Cleveland and Freedom of Speech since 1912

Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, spoke at the Rotary Club of Cleveland meeting on August 10, 2017 at Windows on the River.  Dan told how freedom of speech can be messy and hard.

The City Club started in 1912 and in 1915 was challenged when a scheduled German speaker was protested against after the sinking of the Lusitania.

He mentioned issues with Socialist speakers and controversial people such as George Wallace in the 1960’s.


Milo Yiannopoulos at the City Club of Cleveland?

Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, spoke at the Rotary Club of Cleveland meeting on August 10, 2017 at Windows on the River.

Dan spoke about how freedom of speech can be messy and hard.

He said he was asked about inviting the controversial Milo Yiannopoulos who was permanently banned from Twitter to speak at the City Club.  This was his response.


Corey Lewandowski, Free Speech and the City Club of Cleveland

Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, spoke at the Rotary Club of Cleveland meeting on August 10, 2017 at Windows on the River. 

Dan told of the recent speech given by former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and all the ramifications of that event re freedom of speech and our current political climate.  

See more from the Rotary Club event 



City Club’s Dan Moulthrop at Rotary Club of Cleveland

Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, spoke at the Rotary Club of Cleveland meeting on August 10, 2017 at Windows on the River. 

After his introduction he congratulated the Rotary Club of Cleveland and its work and compared the long history of the City Club and the Rotary. 


Does the City Club of Cleveland lean left politically?

Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, spoke at the Rotary Club of Cleveland meeting on August 10, 2017 at Windows on the River.

He was asked if the City Club leans left politically and if it would be different in more conservative cities like Dayton or Cincinnati.

 Moulthrop gave the history and philosophy of the City Club of Cleveland stressing that they don’t take sides but admitted that the current membership is probably more left leaning.




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Debates at the City Club of Cleveland


Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, spoke at the Rotary Club of Cleveland meeting on August 10, 2017 at Windows on the River.

He was asked about having debates at thy City Club and told about candidate debates and an Al Sharpton story.



Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Ukrainian Embroidery

Uliana explained the beautiful dresses and other items from Ukraine at the Ukrainian Festival at Pokrova Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Parma (suburb of Cleveland) Ohio.

See more from Ukrainians in Cleveland




Friday, August 04, 2017

Ohio Celtic Festival August 11-13 Win Free Tickets


On August 11th, 12th and 13th the Annual Ohio Celtic Festival will take place at Classic Park in Eastlake, OH. The festival features an impressive line-up of more than 150 Irish musicians, singers, bagpipe bands, dancers and other entertainers from across the US, Ireland and around the world.
The festival has something for everyone, including Celtic merchants selling hand-crafted jewelry, pottery and embroidered fashions plus a Princess cosplay show.

This year's festival features one of the most exciting musical line-ups to date, a full complement of Celtic and American foods, and a wide selection of beverages anchored by Guinness beer stations. The park will pulse with the music of the Off Kilter, The Fenians, The American Rogues, The Gothard Sisters, Emmet Cahill, Makem & Clancy, Keith Harkin and more.

The N.E.Ohio music scene will be well represented by super talented performers including The New Barleycorn, Brigid's Cross, No Strangers Here, Mossy Moran, Mad Macs plus internationally acclaimed schools of dance and award-winning marching bands.

The Ohio Celtic Festival will take place at Classic Park in Eastlake, OH. Festival hours are Friday 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm. On Saturday, Noon to 11:30 pm. On Sunday, everyone who brings two non–perishable food items for the local food bank between 10 am and Noon will receive free admission. Festival closes at 8:00 pm on Sunday.

Enter to win a pair of free tickets to the Ohio Celtic Festival




Thursday, August 03, 2017

Most visited ethnic groups

The Top 5 groups with the most visitors in July 2017 on ClevelandPeople.Com were: Slovak, Indian, Italian, Slovenian and Irish.

Always fascinates me.

Computers Assisting People back online

Computers Assisting People, aka CAP Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit Cleveland Ohio corporation.

Long before the term "digital divide" became ubiquitous, CAP volunteers were working to bring the life-changing power of technology to all the people of Cleveland and beyond.

Earlier in the year the CAP website was shit down by a DDOS attack.  Now, finally, we are back online with a somewhat rudimentary html website (as opposed to our fancy WordPress site)

The new CAP website


Warsaw Uprising Remembered

On the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising we pay tribute to the participants of the Warsaw Uprising living in the United States and those who are no longer with us. Please accept our gratitude for your fight for the independence of Poland and your efforts to liberate Warsaw. 

Thank you for teaching the next generations of Poles living abroad the lessons of patriotism and for conveying the historical truth about our homeland's past.

Maciej Golubiewski
Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York and the team 

We remember!



Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Ozzy Rules

My 9 year old cousin is learning electric guitar.  But it's not the chords and strumming to folk songs you might expect. 

The first 2 songs he is learning and played for me are Black Sabbath's Iron Man and Ozzy Osborne's Crazy Train!  

One cool little kid.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

When mathematicians get hungry

While we are talking math...




Note - the real Fibonacci number image would be:



The best way to get girls

NFL player John Urschel, seeking Ph.D. in math, retires from football at age 26.



There is only one explanation: he did it for the babes. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dining with Duchnovic

Rusyns and friends gathered in the Rusin Cultural Garden on Sunday July 23, 2017 for a musical picnic.

The bust of Aleksander Duchnovic became the focal point as the picnic turned into a sing-along, dance and czardas lessons accompanied by the accordion music of Tom Katrenich.

More about Rusyns in Cleveland


Cleveland American Middle East Organization Picnic

The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. Each year they host a picnic for friends and candidates running for office. The 2017 CAMEO picnic was held on Sunday July 16, 2017.


Faris Alameh and Tony Abdulkarim




CAMEO president Pierre Bejjani (on right)


More pictures from the CAMEO picnic 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Joseph Meissner received the Freedom Award at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio’s 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017.

Meissner called up Gia Hoa Ryan and Oanh Loi-Powell to tell about the new Vietnamese Cultural Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden update - photos and video


Gia Hoa Ryan



Oanh Loi-Powell

POW Toan Huynh warns about Communism in Vietnam

Toan Huynh has been a Cleveland school teacher for the last 36 years.

During the Vietnam War, Huynh was kept prisoner and beaten daily in a communist concentration camp.  He warned of the evils of communism in this short presentation at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio’s 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017.

Video and photos of Toan Huynh speech


Toan Huynh




Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall

Judge Ralph Perk Jr. introduced Terrence J. Smith for a special presentation at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio’s 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017

Mr. Smith gave a recreation of Ronald Reagan's June 12, 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany.

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

Video of the Reagan Brandenburg Gate speech recreation

Terrence J. Smith

56th annual Captive Nations Dinner

In the early months of 1959 US Senator from Ohio Frank J. Lausche and Congressman Michael Feighan had submitted the Joint Congressional Resolution 111 authorizing the United States President to issue the “Captive Nations ‘Week” Proclamation. That resolution condemned the aggressive Soviet policies that had caused the subjugation of many ‘captive’ nations to harsh communist regimes.

Then Cleveland Councilman Ralph J. Perk responded to Senator Lausche’s and Congressman Feighan’s request for support by bringing together a bi-partisan coalition of ethnic organizations that contacted nationality leaders all over the country and urged them to work for passage of Resolution 111. It took place on July 17, 1959 and was then signed by President Eisenhower.

The Resolution encouraged annual Presidential Proclamations focused on the plight of the captive nations with suggested appropriate ceremonies to be held every third week in July.

In 1990, the American Nationalities Movement held the first “freedom Celebration” and awarded “freedom” medals to its steadfast supporters including one to President George H. W. Bush.

The 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner was held July 20, 2017.




Irene Morrow, Kathleen Vencl and Judge Ralph Perk Jt.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flying Squirrel photobomb leads to new discovery

A photobombing squirrel helped a Northland College student document the highest recorded observation of the gray tree frog in northern Wisconsin.

As part of a larger study of old and large white pine canopies, Northland College senior Madison Laughlin of Edmonds, Washington, documented the tree frog almost 70 feet above the ground - more than double the highest previously on record. Her findings were published in the May issue of the scientific journal, Ecology.

"This frog appears to be able to weather sun during the day in the canopy by finding shady and cool spots,"said Laughlin, who studies natural resources and geology.

As part of the study, Laughlin and her tree-climbing professors set up three motion sensitive cameras in three white pines to observe life at the tops of the trees. They have already identified 17 species of animals - squirrels, birds, mice, and tree frogs - as well as a mushroom species, a variety of insects and many lichen species particular to this special habitat.



"This is research that is literally being done in our backyard," said Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson. "That is one of the beautiful things about science - we don't have to go to the ends of the Earth to make new insights into our world."

In this case, capturing frogs in unexpected places. Tree frogs are small and similar in temperature to their environment so do not set off the motion sensitive cameras. However, flying squirrels do. And on four different occasions, flying squirrels have exposed tree frogs up high.

"It was really exciting to find something that wasn't a squirrel," Laughlin said of looking through hundreds of collected camera captures.

Laughlin says that there is a gap in what we know about tree frogs. "Oddly, there isn't much research on tree frogs in trees. Most of the research is about their breeding, which takes place in ponds," she said. "This research is helping open the door to the vertical dimension of habitat."




These images suggest a higher level of habitat usage in the tops of trees than previously thought. "I love forestry and forest ecology,"Laughlin said. "And I've never thought about the three-dimensional aspect of habitat - there's a lot going on up there."

Additional work is underway to describe the habitat usage of other animals high in the trees and to begin to answer the question of why tree frogs go so high.

"We're not surprised that the canopy is an important habitat, but we are surprised how many and what species are up there and how often they visit," said Assistant Professor of Forestry Jonathan Martin who is co-directing the research. "The combination of the scale and growth patterns of these trees as well as the habitat surprises gives me a renewed appreciation for the complex processes occurring high off ground." 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RIP Judge Jean Murrell Capers

Judge Capers was a pioneer as the first black woman elected to the city council of any major U.S. city when she was elected in Cleveland in 1949. She was also a tennis champion among other accomplishments. She has passed away at the age of 104.



Judge Jean Capers was the Grand Marshall of the 38th annual Glenville Community Festival and Parade in 2015 when she was 102.

Councilman Jeff Johnson introduced Judge Capers at the event and she passed on some words of wisdom. 





RIP Judge Jean Capers

Serbian folk songs at 38th annual SerbFest in Cleveland

The band Dijamantija led by Ranko Stankovich performed traditional Serbian folk songs at the 38th annual SerbFest at St Sava’s Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio.

More of Serbs in Cleveland

Here are two samples:



Serbian food at 38th annual SerbFest in Cleveland

Ranka Obrenic told about the food available at the 38th annual SerbFest at St Sava’s Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio.  She also told about Serbian food in general such as ćevapi (grilled minced meat) and palatschinke.

See more at ClevelandCooks

Serbians in Cleveland


Monday, July 17, 2017

RIP Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. 

Her research topics include Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. In 2014, Mirzakhani became both the first woman and the first Iranian honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics. The award committee cited her work in "the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces".

Mirzakhani died from breast cancer on July 14, 2017 at the age of 40.


First Female Incarnation of Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker was unveiled on Sunday as the first female Doctor Who in the program's history.




The previous incarnations of the Time Lord were played by:
  1. William Hartnell (1963-66)
  2. Patrick Troughton (1966-69)
  3. Jon Pertwee (1970-74)
  4. Tom Baker (1974-81)
  5. Peter Davison (1982-84)
  6. Colin Baker (1984-86)
  7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-89)
  8. Paul McGann (1996)
  9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)
  10. David Tennant (2005-2010)
  11. Matt Smith (2010-2013)
  12. Peter Capaldi (2013-2017)
  13. Jodie Whittaker (2017-)

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Free diagnostics tool in Windows 10

There is a useful Resource and Performance Monitor included in Windows 10.


Click on the Windows key and type perfmon /report (keep the space between perfmon and the slash) and press Enter.

A box pops up with System Diagnostic and says "Generate a report detailing the status of local hardware resources, system response times, and processes on the local computer along with system information and configuration data. This report includes suggestions for ways to maximize performance and streamline system operation. Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to run this Data Collector Set."

and
Report Status

It will collect data for 60 seconds and then reports on Errors, Warnings, Basic System Checks and Resource Overview. There are then more reports for Software Config, Hardware Config, CPU, Network, Disk, Memory and Report Statistics with Computer Information (# of CPUs, Windows build, etc.)

You can then print, e-mail or save the report. A good diagnostic tool to be aware of.  And free

Friday, July 07, 2017

Which ethnic group was most popular?

The Top 5 groups with the most visitors in June 2017 on ClevelandPeople.Com were: Hungarian, Indian, Lithuanian, Irish and African American.


Thursday, July 06, 2017

Carpatho-Rusyn Society's 11th Annual Vatra

Over 200 people attended the Rusyn Vatra festival in Burton, Ohio on June 3, 2017 under sunny skies to enjoy Rusyn culture, food and camaraderie. Visitors came from as far away as Dallas, Texas, Alaska and South Carolina.


The Lucina Folk Ensemble, Living Traditions Folk Ensemble, Slavjane and the Zumbercani Tamburitzans gave spirited performances.






Friday, June 23, 2017

Saints on Earth

'Yatra' is a holy pilgrimage. For years, Dr Jaya Shah and Ramesh Shah have led an AIPNO Medical Yatra to tend to the needs of the poorest in different areas of India. Many of the people that the team of doctors see and treat have never had any contact with a medical professional.

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization of physicians of Indian origin in Northern Ohio. With a membership of over 300 physicians who meet regularly for educational, charitable and social events, the organization provides an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the local community and to make friendships that last.

Here are some facts and photos from the 2017 Medical Yatra.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Polish World War II Heroine turns 90


Cecilia Wilk-Pech (Zagorski) celebrated her 90th birthday and was honored at St. Casimir Church for her bravery in WWII. Cecilia risked her life to save 3 American soldiers shot down over Germany in 1944.

Read Cecilia Wilk-Pech's story




Juneteenth Celebration in the African American Cultural Garden

The annual Juneteenth celebration was held in the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland on June 17, 2017.

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

In the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland there was music, story tellers, speeches, a libation ceremony, a litany and more.

Photos/videos of Juneteenth 2017 in Cleveland



Sunday, June 04, 2017

Case Western Reserve University think[box]

Jeff Durek, Dean of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, spoke about the Sears think[box] which is center for innovation and entrepreneurship providing a space for anyone - students, faculty, and alumni and members of the community - to tinker and creatively invent.

Located in a 7-story, 50,000 square foot facility, with 4 floors occupied and more under renovation, this project is the largest open-access innovation center at any university in the world. Dean Durek called it the "Great equalizer."





Defend the Land - Go Cavs!

The defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers are in the 2017 NBA Finals. If you haven't been down to the Q here are some photos of the banners around the arena. Go Cavs! Defend the Land!















See more of the Cavs banners

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cleveland International Hall of Fame Ceremony

The photos and videos from the 2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame ceremony are up now.

Andres Anelli led the National Anthem, the Horizon Science Academy's Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the colors, Rev. Remus Grama gave the invocation and Dan Hanson spoke about the state of ethnics and diversity in Cleveland comparing it to the problems in the rest of the world by referencing the "Chinese curse" 'May you live in interesting times."





People at Cleveland International Hall of Fame ceremony

We have 2 pages of photos of some of the 500 attendees of the 2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame Photo Page 1

and

Cleveland International Hall of Fame Photo Page 2







Cleveland International Hall of Fame 2017 Inductions

500 people attended the 2017 induction ceremony of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  There are photos and bios of the 6 inductees at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame website  and you can click on any of the 6 links to see videos and photos of the induction and acceptance speeches.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Easy to get to and attend Cleveland Asian Festival

Almost 50,000 people attended the Cleveland Asian Festival last year.  The 8th annual Cleveland Asian Festival this weekend (May 20 and 21 11AM – 7PM) promises to be just as popular.  Yet many people have not visited this free family event because they are unfamiliar with the location, parking and other logistics.

The Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) is held on Payne Ave. between East 27th and East 30th streets.  If you know where Asia Plaza is you know where CAF is.  You can get to the Festival via normal routes to downtown/midtown such as Chester, Carnegie, Euclid and Superior from the East.  There are freeway exits from I90, 71 and 77 at Chester and Superior that will take you to East 30th.  Payne is between Superior and Chester.

FREE parking is available at East 24th and Payne Avenue in CSU Parking Lots #50, #54, and #57 and Magnet Lot #56.  There is no parking on East 30th or East 27th street.  This free parking is within walking distance (.2 miles) of the festival and Free Shuttle bus service rides provided by Ace Taxi occur every 10-15 minutes.

You will also see some “for fee” driveways and parking lots offering parking for money.  These are not affiliated with the Cleveland Asian Festival and should be used at your own risk.  We recommend the free official lots at East 24th and Payne.

When you arrive at the CAF get a free program book.  Better yet, download it now.

The book has a map and lists the schedule of performances.  Note there are 2 main stages for entertainment, a large food area, shopping area, kid’s area and inside Asia Plaza you will find free health screenings and other community resources.

There will be plenty of friendly and knowledgeable volunteers to assist you with any questions.  Look for people in blue CAF polo shirts if you need a board member and visit the Volunteer tent on Payne Ave. for more information.

No pets are allowed on the Festival grounds.


The Cleveland Asian Festival is a family-friendly event with something for everyone.  While it is a celebration of Asian heritage and AsiaTown you do not need to be Asian to attend and enjoy this outstanding event.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Escape from Vietnam - A Refugee's Journey to Reach the American Dream

Loi Dang-Nguyen, Ph.D. was the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual ASIA, Inc. Friendraiser at Ariel International in Cleveland.

She told how her family, which included 12 siblings, had to suddenly flee the communists in 1975.

She told of being part of the boat people and how they arrived in a refugee camp in Florida and eventually settled in Akron, Ohio.



It's an amazing story.

Photos and videos of the keynote by Loi Dang-Nguyen