Joe Thomas places a full-page ad in Friday’s (3/17) Plain Dealer to say, “Thank you, Cleveland.”

Thomas, 33, played every snap for the Browns since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft until he suffered a triceps injury in October 2017. The streak was ended at 10,363 snaps when he was forced to leave in the third quarter of a loss to the Tennessee Titans. The injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said in a statement. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”

The Browns announced plans to enshrine Thomas’ streak of 10,363 snaps in the team’s Ring of Honor in 2018.

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What food delivery lacks in Cleveland, ClusterTruck brings to the ‘table’

Order restaurant-quality cuisine to be delivered for free in less than 30 minutes…Truck yeah!CLEVELAND – Clevelanders, be hangry no more. Starting December 4, ClusterTruck is making breakfast, lunch and dinner delivery a whole lot smarter. This delivery-only restaurant is completely revolutionizing the way people order food on demand, offering free delivery of more than 100 fresh menu items in an average of 21 minutes.

Where other local food services attempt to retrofit delivery onto antiquated systems – resulting in soggy, lukewarm food and disappointed customers –  ClusterTruck’s innovative, tech-savvy system streamlines the entire delivery process from online order to curbside delivery. Ravenous customers can track their orders online from the moment it’s placed, knowing their food will never sit under a heat lamp and will spend less than 10 minutes on the road, ensuring each meal arrives fresh and hot every time.

“Having come from a deep technology background, we approached the growing problem of unsatisfied food delivery customers from a software perspective,” said ClusterTruck CEO Chris Baggott, who previously co-founded two tech giants ExactTarget and Compendium Software. “We believe hungry people should never have to choose between the convenience of fast delivery, the food quality they’d get at a sit-down restaurant and the personality of street food, so we created a service that offers all of the above!”

Cleveland couples, families, colleagues and friends can avoid mealtime disputes thanks to ClusterTruck’s straightforward group ordering option, which allows each member of a party to order exactly what they’re craving to be delivered together.

The delivery restaurant offers crave-worthy breakfast, lunch and dinner eats that can be easily modified to cater to dietary restrictions like vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and more. ClusterTruck sources ingredients that are clean, sustainable, ethically produced and often local by recruiting food partners that have pasture-raised, grass-fed, non-antibiotic and non-GMO ingredients whenever possible. Customers can enjoy a diverse variety of bold menu items from ClusterTruck’s 11 virtual food trucks including:

Pizzeria Camion: Margherita, Veg Out, The Spartan, and more;

The Mug: The Mug Original Burger, The Mug Cuban, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, and more;

Taqueria Rapido: Chipotle Shrimp Tacos, Veggie Burrito, Chicken Mole Tacos, and more;

Lazy Breakfast: Biscuits & Gravy, Lazy Breakfast Burrito, Fruit Bowl, and more;

1337 Burger: Cheeseburger, Bacon PB&J Burger, Turkey Burger, and more;

Bread Sled: Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Meatball Sub, Turkey Wrap, and more;

Urban Grazers: Applewood Chicken Salad, Baby Kale Salad, Roasted Chicken Garden Salad, and more;

Baked Mac: Buffalo Chicken, Smoked Pulled Pork, Build Your Own, and more;

Rice to Meet You: Pad Thai, Orange Chicken, Fried Rice, and more;

Tots Tots Tots: BBQ Smoked Pork Tots, Chili Tots, Cheesy Bacon Tots, and more;

Strip District: Traditional Buffalo, Sesame Plum, Thai Peanut, and more.

Nom nom.

Clevelanders who want to join the movement can check out ClusterTruck’s delivery zone online at beta.clustertruck.com/delivery-zone-cleveland/. Customers can order from their home, work or even a local brewery or park within the delivery radius, on Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Menu items average around $10, and the curbside delivery is always free. Be warned: You’ll never look at food delivery the same way again.

ClusterTruck is available in five cities nationwide, including Indianapolis; Bloomington, Indiana; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; and Kansas City, Missouri. For more information on ClusterTruck, visit www.clustertruck.com or follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Good news friends and followers!!

Use the promo code:

“216CLEOVE” to get a free entree with a $10 order minimum

“216EVERYTHING” which gives returning customers $5 off a $20 order.

Promo codes will expire on Jan. 25.

 

City Council Swear-In Ceremony

Although New Years Day generally represents a fresh start for people all over the world, it’s particularly true today for a few Clevelanders today (Monday, January 1, 2018), as five new council members were sworn in during a special ceremony..Last November’s hotly contested election resulted in a sizable turnover in Ward representation and made way for the following Council members:  • Former Councilman Joe Jones returns to City Council after defeating Terrell Pruitt in Ward 1 by a margin of eight votes. • Kevin Bishop, topped nine other candidates, including a write-in, to capture Zack Reed’s open Ward 2 seat.  • Basheer Jones, narrowly defeated TJ Dow in the official count for Ward 7 to become the first Muslim ever elected to council. • Anthony Hairston, topped nine other candidates in a race to capture Jeff Johnson’s Ward 10 seat.  • Jasmin Santana, defeated Ward 14 Councilman Brians Cummins to become the first Hispanic woman elected to City Council.

Take a Virtual Tour of Full Spectrum: GamerHaven!

A week or so ago, I popped in to Robert Gatewood’s multimedia makerspace in Euclid at 818 E. 185th Street.

Although the space is lined with screens and systems like Xbox One S, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro and virtual reality, the space is not only a “haven” for gamers but, an incubator space for small businesses and creatives of all kinds.

Stay tuned in to their upcoming happenings, like their upcoming NBA 2K18 Tournament via their website or Facebook page (click below flyer)..

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The Symbol of the City – The Cleveland Flag

Interesting..

Tom Horsman

A couple years ago, the Cleveland Indians embarked on a major renovation of Progressive Field that included adding new food stands, relocating the bullcle-flag-at-progressive-fieldpens, adding the Corner bar, along with much more. One addition that did not receive much attention was the installation of three new flag poles- one for each of the flags of the United States, the State of Ohio, and the City of Cleveland. I thought this was a neat addition as it added local symbols of pride to the ballpark. To my dismay, though, when I would attend Tribe games with people, almost no one could recognize the Cleveland flag. Most of the time it wasn’t even noticed, but the most common question I heard was, “Why are they flying the French flag?” It occurred to me that almost nobody I know in Cleveland has an emotional attachment to our flag, despite it being one…

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Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

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The 5th annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire takes place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Cleveland Public Library Main Library complex from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday Maker exhibits and activities will be taking place in the following locations:

  • Louis Stokes Wing Lower Level, 1st floor (including Indoor Reading Garden) 
  • Louis Stokes Wing 2nd floor Learning Commons
  • Main Library – Superman @ CPL in Brett Hall, Cleveland Digital Library and Youth Services Department 
  • Eastman Reading Garden
  • Rockwell Ave. between East 3rd and East 6th Streets (road closed) 
  •  East 6th Street from Superior Ave. to Rockwell Ave.  (road closed) 

The outdoor attractions include a return of the trebuchet and pumpkin-chunking on Rockwell Ave. as well as three new additions:  NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow exhibit, weapons and armor demonstrations by the Society for Creative Anachronism and a 30-foot long fire-breathing dragon! (http://heavymeta.ca)

You can browse the list of Makers and schedule of workshops on the Maker Faire website http://cleveland.makerfaire.com

Maker Faire is completely FREE but registration is encouraged.  Anyone participating in hands-on activities or workshops must be registered.  

Register online at https://clevelandmakerfaire.eventbrite.com.  

Cleveland Inkubator, A Week-Long Literary Fest (7/24 – 7/29)

Cleveland Inkubator is a FREE week-long literary festival taking place Mon. 7/24 – Sat. 7/29.

 

Cleveland Inkubator features a wide variety of writing workshops, performances, author talks, a book swap party, open mic, and (last but not least) day-long conference at Cleveland Public Library!

Below is the full schedule of events — just click the links to sign up !

Monday 7/24 
Author talk, reading, and musical performance with poet and composer Janice Lowe 
7-9pm at Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, 2920 Detroit Ave., Cleve OH 44102

Tuesday 7/25 
Book Swap Party featuring readings by local writers Lara Lillibridge and Bernard Harris — a great chance to re-gift old books and pick up some new (to you) summer reads 
6:30-9p at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W. 25th St., Cleve OH 44113

Wednesday 7/26 
Home Plate: Fictionalizing Familiar Places; an author talk and reading with Detroit and Ann Arbor all-star authors Kelly Fordon and Laura Hulthen Thomas 
7-9pm at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave., Cleve OH 44106

Thursday 7/27 
Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives; a professional staged reading of original work by Cleveland writers and residents on the themes of immigration and American identity
 7-8p at Cleveland Public Square

Friday 7/28 
Lit Cleveland Live: Open Mic Night — open to performers of all genres. Refreshments and live music provided. 
6:30-9pm at Cleveland Public Library Main Branch’s Eastman Reading Garden, 325 Superior Ave, Cleve OH 44113

Sat 7/29 
Cleveland Inkubator conference; a day-long event featuring a wonderful array of writing workshops, keynote speech by Dan Chaon, craft talks, a Resource Fair, and more! 
8:30a-4:30p at Cleveland Public Library Main Branch, 325 Superior Ave, Cleve OH 44113

Again, all of this is 100% FREE, thanks to generous support from our sponsors and members. We hope you’ll make it to at least one (or two, or three) of these events! We truly believe this week offers something for everyone, and we hope it helps strengthen Cleveland and northeast Ohio’s already vibrant community of writers and readers.