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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 with the famous line "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

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Terrence J. Smith

Terrence J. Smith


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Joe Meissner given Freedom Award

ClevelandSeniors.com columnist Joe Meissner was given the Freedom Award at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio's 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017.

Irene Morrow, Joe Meissner and Ralph Perk Jr.

Irene Morrow, Joe Meissner and Ralph Perk Jr.


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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.

Grand Marshall Judge Jean Capers

Grand Marshall Judge Jean Capers


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

Judge Jean Capers and Wendy McDonnell Hunter

Judge Jean Capers and Wendy McDonnell Hunter



Judge Jean Capers

Judge Jean Capers




Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization

Grandparents sometimes find themselves caring for a grandchild unexpectedly. This often happens without any formal court order giving the grandparent custody or guardianship. Without custody or guardianship, the grandparent will face problems getting medical care for the child or dealing with the child’s school.

More about Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization


How do I name a Durable Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney can be one of the most helpful estate planning tools a person uses, but it can also be very risky. A durable POA gives a person (who is called an “attorney in fact”) legal authority to act for another person in a variety of matters, including banking, benefits, housing, taxes, real estate, litigation, and more. (The durable POA is different from a Health Care Power of Attorney, which is the form used to appoint a person to make decisions about health care.)

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Republic of Slovenia 26th Independence Day

The 26th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Slovenia in 1991 was celebrated in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Friday June 30, 2017. The country declared of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Andrej Gregor Rode, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, hosted the event which included dignitaries, recognition of Slovenian organizations, the Slovenian Chorus Fantje Na Vasi and Slovenian food and wine.

Fantje na vasi

Fantje na vasi (Boys from the village)

Photos and videos from Slovenian Statehood Day in Cleveland 2017


RIP Paul Sciria

Sadly, Paul Sciria passed away at age 88 on Friday June 23, 2017.

His life was full of accomplishments including creating La Gazetta in May, 1992. Paul Sciria was inducted into the innaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2010. He was Cleveland's first TV investigative reporter. And much more.

Paul Sciria

Paul Sciria


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Ralph Tarsitano, Tim Ryan, Nacy Panzica and Paul Sciria

Good friends! Ralph Tarsitano, Tim Ryan, Nacy Panzica and Paul Sciria at the annual Magnum Holiday party in 2012


Addio and RIP Paul


Are Wills Really That Important?

:When my mother died in 2012, we discovered that her will was from 1959 and had not been updated to reflect the many changes in her life since then: she had four more children, she bought a house, furniture, an automobile, jewelry, and a dog. As a result, my mother died without a valid will. Following her death, bills had to be paid, property sold, her furniture, jewelry, the car divided, and someone had to take in the dog."

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Lunch with a Legend by Vietnam Vet Joe Meissner

A lawyer friend of mine, who is also a Vietnam Veteran, had acquainted me with Lance Woodruff and provided an introduction for me. This legendary figure is world famous not only for his fifty years of humanitarian labors in both Viet Nam and Asia, but also for his stunning and haunting photography. So I emailed Mr. Woodruff that I would like to meet him and I invited him out to lunch.

The rest of Joe's lunch with Lance Woodruff


Polish World War II Heroine (and Cleveland Senior) 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.

Cecilia Wilk-Pech and husband James with John Niedzialek at St Casimir Church

Cecilia Wilk-Pech and husband James with
John Niedzialek at St Casimir Church




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Colors of Asia Fashion Show

One of the highlights of the annual Cleveland Asian Festival was the Colors of Asia Fashion Show. Countries represented in 2017 included China, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, India, Korea and Mongolia.

Models wearing the colorful fashions of Asia at the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival

Video and photos of the Colors of Asia Fashion Show


Oh! Say can YOU see?

It is a song most of us fumble over-a challenging scale for most voice ranges. Some say it is an anthem filled with chest-beating words, arrogant, war-like. Others use the tune for social protest, raising fists, taking a knee, turning backs.

Some find unimaginable departures from the melody, riffing off stadium sound system.

... Half of us don't know the words, half of us can't sing it. How did we get to such a point?

Read the rest of Amy's look at the Star Spanled Banner Day

Star Spangled Banner



Brand New & Terrific - Alex Katz in the 1950's

Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950's is the largest museum exhibition to showcase Alex Katz's (b. 1927) innovative portraits, landscapes and still life form this pioneering period.

Organized by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, in close collaboration with Katz, this presentation explores the first decade of the artist's career, a period characterized by fierce experimentation from which his signature brightly colored figurative paintings emerged.

Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950's is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art April 30 through August 6, 2017.

Alex Katz exhibit at Clevelamd Museum of Art



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