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Euclid Beach Memories
by Maury Feren

So that brings me back to my Euclid Beach memories when I use to go there on Saturday and Sunday nights to dance in that wonderful dance hall and that wonderful floor that they were famous for. They had the strobe lights flashing on and off as you danced with your partner.

Whomever she was you thought you owned the world. Never mind, I only made $15 a week in 1935 and I had no vehicle to get there since I lived half way between St. Clair and Superior ave. I had to take two street cars to get to Euclid Beach way out Euclid and St. Clair near the water reservoir. ...

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Some Unusual Experiences
by Maury Feren

In the good old days when I was the owner of a whole sale produce market there were always some unusual things that popped up. First of all I employed 25 people, half of them truck drivers for 12 trucks to deliver the produce. Plus the usual cadre to operate that kind of business. ...

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Organic Or Conventional Food?
by Maury Feren

I'm facing a dilemma. Here is the problem. I have been a conventional consumer since day one when I first began to consume large amounts of fruit and vegetables. In that interim there has been a big trend to organic foods nationwide. However, in recent years I would turn to some specific choices in organic foods because of studies that have come forth....

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Serbian drinking song by 4 Cleveland Women

4 Serbian American ladies from the band Sarena performed a song explaining why they have to drink all night. They were at the annual golf outing dinner to support the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland, Ohio.

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99 Red Balloons in German Garden

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are unique in the world and one of Cleveland's treasures. The first Garden in the chain (now at 30) was started in 1916 making 2015 the 99th year of the Gardens.

To celebrate, members of the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation (CCGF) hosted a free lunchtime concert and fun event in the German Cultural Garden at 1036 East Blvd.

Why the German Garden?

The Goethe-Schiller monument in the German Garden is the largest of any statue in the Gardens and made a great backdrop for a fun event capitalizing on the 1993 German pop song called 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons).

The Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle (brass band) performed and free German food was available. In a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity, attendees posed holding 99 red balloons (courtesy of Pink Gorilla) while the band played the popular song. Out of respect for the environment, the balloons were not released as originally planned.

There were brief remarks from the Honorary German Consul Diane Thimmig, Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Crawford, German Garden delegate Hans Kopp telling about the monument and more.

The 70th annual One World Day on August 23, 2015 will be the official kickoff of the Centennial Year of the Gardens.

The German food was provided courtesy of Five Star Meats, Orlando Bakery, Hofbrau House, Phuel Café, RJ Lipton and Coke.

Lots of photos and videos soon

Is There a Curse on Cursive?
by Amy Kenneley

Today, I can still create a passable penmanship when necessary. Many folks, especially family members, can distinguish my handwriting from someone else's. I can also decipher most other folks' handwriting as well. Up to this current generation, most of us had that skill down pretty good.

As specific subject, however, I could see how the cursive method slid down the essentials ladder of things to learn…until it slid right off many school agendas completely. A basic printing is taught, but where is the time devoted to actual cursive? Mostly gone.

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Dimora, Russo, Tony and Joe
by Joseph Patrick Meissner

I do not mean pilfering or misappropriating an actual book, like sneaking one out of the library in your backpack. I am talking about seizing a potential writer's experiences and remembrances which could have made and will make a great book.

You see, Tony was one of the minor actors in the whole Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo Scandal Story in Cuyahoga County. These two County politicians found themselves charged with all sorts of corruption and crimes.

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For Croatians the most important meal is lunch (rucak)

Branka Malinar of Cleveland's Croatian community explained some of the food and eating habits of Croatia and Croatian people. She said for Croatians the most important meal of the day is lunch (rucak). Christmas meal might include Turkey with mlinci (flat, sour dumplings). She spoke at the Dubrovnik Garden as part of the latest Food Adventure of ClevelandPeople.Com.

Please, Big Mike, Keep Building Cleveland
by Joseph Patrick Meissner

I am so tired. My legs have no feeling. For five hours in the hot noonday sun I have been mowing the lush green spring lawn. This is an old-fashioned push mower where the mower only goes forward when you push the black metal hand bar and drive forward with your legs. Also the mower has not been used since last Fall and the tank is filled with old gas that has lost its potency.

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Maury's Witches Experience
by Maury Feren

Do you believe in witches? I don't mean witchcraft I mean people who are truly witches and follow in that path.

There are probably many ways to define what witches do and what make them witches. The witches I learned about looked and acted like normal people. What separated them were the psychic events that they talked about which were far from what I would consider normal.

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I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.

Tiny Bubbles - Hawaiian Hula Dance

The Manivic's Dance Company performs Pacific Island dances including Tahitian, Samoan, New Zealand, Hula and Philippine Folk styles. They performed at the 6th annual Cleveland Asian Festival in Cleveland's AsiaTown last weekend. This is a video clip of the classic Tiny Bubbles.

Redevelopment of Slavic Village in Cleveland

Slavic Village, a historical neighborhood located outside of downtown Cleveland, was devastated by the national housing crisis and continues to struggle in the aftermath of economic decline. A once vibrant neighborhood rich in history and culture has been plagued by blight, vacant homes and financial hardships. But it's on its way back.

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Advice from Dear Webby - Different Political Views than Friends

Dear Webby,

It seems like I have very different political beliefs than most of my friends. Whenever they start talking politics I just back off, not wanting to make waves. But then I get home and feel like a wimp for not standing up for what I think is right.

And I don't want them to think I agree with them because I am not arguing. What can I do?

Not Politically Correct

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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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