Photo Recap: Great Lakes Burning River Festival

Sure, I gave away tickets last week but, I couldn’t allow you guys to have all of the fun! So last night, I made my way to Whiskey Island to get a few Christmas Ale’s (it wouldn’t be Christmas in July without one!), salivate at some of the chef demonstrations and rock out to some good music.. Sadly, for you guys, you’ll never see that footage of me letting it all hang out (lol) but, I have included some pics to highlight some of the aftermath of what was an epic festival! I’m already looking forward to next year!

Video: Comedian Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James’ letter as Morgan Freeman

Almost two weeks from LeBron’s most recent decision, and his letter is still a hot topic of discussion.. So much that comedian Frank Caliendo couldn’t resist reading it on air Thursday morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN, reading James’ moving, heartfelt  letter in the voice of Morgan Freeman.


Taste Of Tremont Photo Recap

The 11th annual Taste of Tremont was  just as I had hoped it would be, perfect weather, great food, good music, etc..

Just to think, over 30,000 visitors, packed on to Professor Ave., sampling some of the best art, music and food the city has to offer.. It’s just an awesome sight and thanks to my buddies at aerial agents, we have a unique perspective (cover photo) to highlight the magnitude of this annual event.

If you were there, what were some your favorite highlights?

Portable Traffic Camera Locations (07/23/2014 – 08/13/2014)

The following will be active locations for the city’s Portable Camera Units (PCUs) beginning Wednesday, July 23, 2014. These locations will be active from July 23 to August 13, 2014.

  • 2300 Block of St. Clair
  • 1500 Block of West 25th
  • 3200 Block of West 65th
  • 800 Block of East 140th
  • 6600 Block of Fleet Ave
  • East 177th Block of Villaview Road
  • 2100 Block of Clark Avenue
  • St. Clair Avenue and Lancelot
  • 15900 Lorain Avenue
  • 7600 Clark Avenue
  • 2600 Block of N. Moreland Boulevard
  • 12500 Berea Road
  • West 104th & Madison
  • 2200 Prospect Avenue
  • 6800 Block of Franklin Avenue


“I’m So Cleveland” Takes Over Social Media In Cleveland!

In case you didn’t check your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in the past days, let me fill you in on what you missed.

A trending topic took the city and Clevelanders both near and far down memory lane.. The trending topic was “I’m So Cleveland.”

In these posts, people would begin their posts with the phrase “I’m So Cleveland,” and continue to conjure up memories of the city of Cleveland.

Although I’m not the first person to say “I’m So Cleveland”, Cleveland Over Everything and it’s recent, aggressive marketing campaigns on Facebook definitely struck the match and lit the fuse on what was an explosion this weekend.

What’s humbling is, seeing the boost in pride and morale that this trending topic has created. At a time when this city has a lot to celebrate, I’m beyond honored to say that I helped contribute at little something extra, something of ours that we can celebrate as well.

There’s soooo much work that goes in to this, designing, pricing, vendor relationships, marketing, promoting, etc.. To see it resonate on this level. It’s amazing. I’ve never been more proud.

Now, with all of that being said, I would like to remind you that there is a much more stylish way to state how Cleveland you are, and that’s by hitting the webstore and picking up a few of the I’m So Cleveland tees and tanks.



Enter To Win Tickets To The 2014 Great Lakes Burning River Festival

2014 Burning River Fest – Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 from 6 to 11 p.m.
Whiskey Island (Wendy Park and the Historic Coast Guard Station)
2800 Whiskey Island Drive, Cleveland, OH 44102

Highlights and Event Details

The 2014 Burning River Fest will feature live music, fresh food and chef demos from local farms and eateries, interactive and educational exhibits from the Great Lakes Science Center, artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle, a Corporate Boat Float, and a special appearance by (and freshly-brewed batch of) Great Lakes Brewing Company’s® Christmas Ale™!

Highlights of the 2014 Burning River Fest:

• 28 bands and musicians on three stages* bringing blues, rock, folk and more to the shore.

•Fresh, all-natural local food and chef demonstrations**, plus handcrafted beer by the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

•DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Lantern Art project with artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle.

•Interactive and educational exhibits on loan from the Great Lakes Science Center, providing guests of all ages a chance to learn more about our great lake.

• A Corporate Boat Float featuring boats made by six local companies out of post-consumer recyclable materials.
Presentation of the 2014 Outstanding Environmental Leader Award.

•The most spectacular nighttime views of Cleveland from a wonderful green space right in the heart of Cleveland’s industry.

• At 8:10 pm each night, a special lighting ceremony will be led by Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle artists hanging lanterns along the walkway to the Coast Guard Station. Ceremonial floating pyres will also be lit to commemorate the efforts to clean up our waterways since the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969.

Tickets can be purchased through July 24 at or at the gate. General admission tickets are $12 pre-sale (through July 20); $15 regular. VIP tickets are $50. Bicyclists will receive a discounted $8 day-of-admission ticket.

*2014 Burning River Fest Music Schedule

Friday, July 25th
Station Stage Sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company

6:35 pm
Ray Lanich Band

7:50 pm
Hey Mavis

8:55 pm

10:00 pm
Mo’ Mojo

Acoustic Stage Sponsored by Scene
6:40 pm
Brian Henke

7:35 pm
Nick Marzock

8:30 pm
Caitlin Mahoney

9:25 pm
Will Cheshier

10:20 pm
Megan Zurkey

Meadows Stage Sponsored by PNC
6:00 pm
Backstage Politics

7:05 pm

8:10 pm
Captain Kidd

9:15 pm
Demos Papadimas

10:20 pm

Saturday, July 26th
Station Stage Sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company
6:35 pm
Moises Borges

7:50 pm
Kristine Jackson

8:55 pm
Jack and the Bear

10:00 pm
Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons

Acoustic Stage Sponsored by Scene
6:40 pm
Brent Kirby

7:35 pm
Doug Wood Trio

8:30 pm
Gretchen Pleuss

9:25 pm

10:20 pm
Marcus Dirk

Meadows Stage Sponsored by PNC
6:00 pm
These Knees

7:05 pm
Party Sweat

8:10 pm
Jah Messengers

9:15 pm
The Missing Letters

10:20 pm
Attic Wolves

*Times are subject to change

**2014 Burning River Fest Chef Demos
Friday, July, 25th

6:45 pm
Jeff Jarrett
AMP 150

7:50 pm
Andrew Bower
Bar Cento

8:55 pm
Julie Hutchinson
The Root Café

10:00 pm
Becca Ritterspach
Great Lakes Brewing Company

Saturday, July 26th
6:45 pm
Parker Bosley & Trevor Clatterbuck
Fresh Fork Market

7:50 pm
Anna Harouvis
Anna in the Raw

8:55 pm
Jennifer Plank

10:00 pm
Becca Ritterspach
Great Lakes Brewing Company

Enter To Win Tickets Below!


Since 2001, people from all over the Great Lakes region have come together to remember the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River and celebrate the renewed sense of eco-consciousness the infamous fire inspired. The goal of the Burning River Fest is to raise awareness about environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and Cuyahoga River ecosystem. Proceeds benefit the Burning River Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides resources for the sustainable future of our waterways, which has donated almost $400,000 to date.

Cleveland Bears Witness. Again.


After yesterday’s “Decision,” Clevelanders took to downtown much like they did after the last “Decision,” but this time, the vibe was totally different.

There were random chants of “LBJ!”, high-fives to strangers clearly united through the struggles of being a Cleveland sports fan.

In 2010, I was as hurt as anyone was, when I read that LeBron was determined to bring a championship to Cleveland, when I saw the way the city received him wherever he was, our love for him was rooted in something deeper than basketball. For as long as I can remember, it was always difficult bringing sports talent to Cleveland. Sure, we had a few big names pass through, but they were either in the twilight of their career (Rison, Hershiser, Kemp, etc.), or we groomed them in to superstars and then they soon departed. That hard truth suggested that the only way we were going to retain any talent here, was if we cultivated it ourselves. And so we did.

In 2003, our prayers were answered. The drafting of LeBron translated to hope. Not just for our struggling basketball team but, for the city, the region as a whole to rally around. Having grown up in the area, we rested easy on the fact that he knew what it meant to be a Cleveland sports fan, he knew how important his presence was, he was our hero.

For seven years, the city experienced a kind of excitement I had never seen before. We were perennial contenders and for once, even those dreaded self-loathing Clevelanders couldn’t deny our potential.

So when he left, well… You saw it on tv.

There was a reaction like no other, people felt betrayed, abandoned.. Being the product of a blue-collar region, we knew that he respected hard-work, resilience, being hard nosed, etc.. When he took the “easier way” to a ring, people denounced him.

Fast forward to yesterday, our reaction to the decision 2.0 wasn’t us getting back on the bandwagon, it was us celebrating the fact that “‘Bron gets it.”

Reading that letter, it’s clear, he understands what he means to this region.. Anywhere else, he’s just the best basketball player in the league. Here?! His value here is immeasurable.

As a city/region, our biggest import is people. Believe it or not, LeBron’s return is as much a part of our “brain gain,” as anyone elses’ arrival here.

Long story short, this is bigger than basketball. It’s about Cleveland and our region. Just look.

Welcome home LeBron.

LeBron Chooses “Cleveland Over Everything”

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As told to SI’s Lee Jenkins:

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.

I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life.  I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years.

I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Erik Spoelstra didn’t get along. … He and Riles didn’t get along. … The Heat couldn’t put the right team together. That’s absolutely not true.

I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.

When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.

I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?

I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.

But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.


Photo Recap: Star Spangled Spectacular

Although I was at the Star-Spangled Spectacular, I opted to not bring my camera out partially because I was sure that some of my IG friends were going to cover this event with photos taht’d likely put mine to shame, as they often do.. Luckily, I was correct as my guy Stephen Leonardi (photographer, graphic designer) sent some awesome photos of last night’s festivities!

So here’s a brief recap of what I hope you didn’t miss.. Enjoy!

You can check out more or Stephen’s photos here.

Photos Of The Day: Sunset At Lake Erie


On my way home from the Star Spangled Spectacular, I stopped at a red light near the Marina, looked up at the sky and realized I was at the right place at the right time to catch a beautiful, summertime Lake Erie sunset.

(I’m sure it’s just as beautiful in the winter, I just imagine the experience to be a bit less enjoyable..)

Luckily, I had my trusty camera to capture a few tender moments, like the two lovebirds above.


As much as I’d like to let the photos speak for themselves, it is Throwback Thursday so…

Here’s a bit of history about Lake Erie..

Lake Erie was carved out by the receding glaciers of the Great Ice Age. Evidence of this may be seen in the Glacial Grooves on Kelleys Island, the largest accessible glacial grooves in the world.

The greater part of its southern shore was at one time occupied by a nation known to the Iroquois League as the “Erielhonan,” or the “long-tails,” a tribe of Indians from which the lake derived its name. This name is always mentioned by the early French writers as meaning “cat”; Lac du Chat means “Lake of the Cat.” Many attribute this reference to the wild cat or panther. This peaceful tribe was conquered and killed by the Iroquois in the 17th century. The land was later peopled by the Ottawa, Wyandot, and Mingo tribes.

The first European to record Lake Erie was the French trader and explorer Louis Jolliet in 1669. During the War of 1812, Lake Erie played a strategic role, most famously in the Battle of Lake Erie, where Oliver Hazard Perry defeated the British in a sea contest near Put-in-Bay. The victory is commemorated with the Perry monument on South Bass Island.


Don’t take the lake for granted! It is arguably our greatest resource as a city! Not only is it a bountiful resource and a source of endless fascination but, it provides transportation, employment, food, and recreation to residents of and visitors to Northeast Ohio.