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Woman discovers decade-old certified LeBron-James-chewed bubble gum

"Along with the gum is a notarized affidavit signed by then Akron Deputy Mayor David Lieberth who chuckled Tuesday when told the 'infamous' LeBron gum had resurfaced."

Chew on the whole story from Ohio.com here.

Lake Erie starts with me ... and you

Though daunting to consider, every action we take affects the water we drink, the water for our crops, and the water we play in. Across the entire Greater Lake Erie region, the phrase “Lake Erie Starts with Me" applies to each of us.
The West Creek Conservancy has worked to protect vital stream and wetland systems, forested areas, as well as open green spaces - all in an effort to protect the waters of Greater Lake Erie. The conservancy's goal is to protect, restore, connect and reclaim important natural areas throughout the Greater Cleveland area.
As the organization continues to raise awareness about protecting the water quality within the Lake Erie watershed, it invites you to become a Stewardship Sponsor. With each individual donation of $20 or more, you’ll receive a “Lake Erie Starts With Me!” shirt.

All proceeds benefit the West Creek Conservancy Stewardship Fund to help the organization continue its great work.
Get more information and order your shirt here.

10 things to do around town in October from free to five bucks

A no-frills cheat sheet. Click through for more information on all the events.

Let's have a great October, Cleveland!

Oct. 1 and 8: Uptown Saturday Nights, University Circle. FREE.
Oct. 2: International Cleveland Community Day, Cleveland Art Museum. FREE.
Oct. 7: Cleveland Institute of Art's Lunch on Fridays: Michela Picchi. FREE.
Oct. 8: Tour Undiscovered E. 40th Street on Lolly the Trolley. $5.
Oct. 12: Concert at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern featuring Dutch Babies, Skim the Reason and Jeremy Porter And The Tucos. FREE.
Oct. 15: Sweet Moses presents a boogie - woogie retro event featuring "The Everley Sisters." FREE.
Oct. 22 and 23: $1 Family Night, Cedar Lee Theatre. "Wallace and Gromit" The Curse of the Were-Rabbit." $1.
Oct. 23: All City Candy's 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza. FREE.
Oct. 23: MOCA: Preschool Play Date: Artsquad Plays! FREE.
Oct. 28: Carpe Diem String Quartet performs at Praxis Fiber Gallery. FREE, donations appreciated.

Flower harvest to bring lush beauty to Spice this weekend

How many fresh-cut flowers can fit in a Detroit Shoreway restaurant? Anyone opting to dine at Spice Kitchen and Bar this weekend will have a chance to find out during the popular eatery's "Flower Field Takeover" event on Friday, Sept. 30th, and Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Staff is harvesting the entire half-acre Spice Acres flower field, which is part of a 13-acre sustainable family farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. All of the blooms will be transported to the restaurant in order to offer up a beautiful farewell to summer while visitors explore the fresh tastes of Spice's new fall menu.

While bouquets will be available for sale, there is no additional cost to attend the event. Reservations, however, are recommended. Call 216.961.9637 or go online to reserve your table.

Register to vote on September 27!

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Cleveland VOTES will partner with local organizations to host a series of events for National Voter Registration Day 2016. The effort is part of a massive 50-state drive to register thousands of voters before Election Day, November 8. The theme for this year’s National Voter Registration Day is "Celebrating Democracy in America."
The day will be marked by an array of registration drives across the city, from a “Pop Up Cook Out” at Moulton/Scoutway Park, East 115th and Moulton Avenue from 2 to 5 p.m., to the “Pan pa’ Casa /Drive Thru Voter Registration” at Walton Elementary School, 3409 Walton Avenue, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
In Ohio, the voter registration deadline for the November 8 election is October 11. Ohioans are encouraged to make sure their voter registration is up to date. If you have moved, changed your name or had any other changes since you last voted, you need to re-register by October 11.

Ohioans must register to vote in person or by mail. Click here for more information, or attend one of the more than 14 local registration activities on Tuesday, Sept. 27, National Voter Registration Day, at locations all over Cleveland and times to accommodate every schedule. Get the full list here.

New York Post: Cleveland amid 15 best places to live

Cleveland's myriad charms continue to get noticed. The Cleveland Clinic and the new Public Square are among the amenities the New York Post cites in this roundup, putting our burg here on the North Coast at number 15.

To the credit of the authors, this group of cities includes towns that don't often get the spotlight - try Hoboken, New Jersey; Charlottesville, Virginia and Bend, Oregon.

Click here to get the whole list.

Residents invited to play superelectric "Pinball with Police" tomorrow in Gordon Square

With the aim to build rapport between local police, residents and businesses, the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Superelectric Pinball Parlor will host “Pinball With Police” is tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the vintage pinball mecca, 6500 Detroit Avenue.

This community bridge-building event will feature free pinball, food and refreshments from neighborhood merchants - and an opportunity for neighborhood residents and businesses to meet with Second District Cleveland Police Officers.

For more information, contact Tom Sarago, Principal of Spruce at 216-269-9673 or tom@spruceagency.com.


Franklin Castle to be offered as part of "America's Most Haunted" mini village collection

The Bradford Exchange, purveyors of all things collectible from Thomas Kinkade to Disney, has set its latest sights right here in Cleveland - at Franklin Castle no less.

As part of its "America's Most Haunted Village Collection," the fave local landmark will be offered as Issue Two. Issue One will be the Amityville House. Structures measure 4.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches long by 5.25 inches deep.

Per the company's site: "Each sculpture illuminates and features a wealth of detailing like the ghoulish apparitions that are seen peering out from their windows. Plus, learn about the events that took place in each historic place and what is thought to haunt the space with the included printed newspaper cards."

Full information, including images of the fun and funky miniatures, is available here.

USA Today taps CLE as top city to go car free

For those wishing to ditch the wheels (along with the expensive parking, insurance and not-so-green exhaust), USA Today taps Cleveland as the nation's top place to do so.

While locals may have other opinions of our public transit, the listing cites amenities such as the RTA Redline and the new UHBikes program as boons to those who'd just as soon opt for any mode of transportation over a private vehicle.

See which cities the 216 beat out here.

Thrillist: what you should do in Cleveland literally every day this fall

From Rachel Hunt for Thrillist:

"Fall, arguably the best, most beautiful, and overall most tolerable of our four seasons, is finally hitting Cleveland. It's time to dig up your Dawg Pound mask, pick which Cavs champion (it's "Weeping JR Smith") you'll be for Halloween this year, and take in the changing color of autumn leaves (NEO really does get the most stunning fall trees!) with all the pumpkin beer and hayrides you can handle. On the days you're unsure how to best enjoy our brief yet perfect weather, we've made a list of something to do very literally every day this fall."

Get her crazy exhaustive and fun list here.


Plain Dealer adds opt-out only upgrade with unconventional payment terms

Those with subscriptions to the paper edition of the Plain Dealer will receive a 100-page "Investment & Retirement Guide" with their regular paper on Sept. 18 and will pay $2.99 for the privilege - unless they opt out.

Furthermore, the billing for the addition is rather unconventional. Per the Plain Dealer's Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 paper editions:

"An additional $2.99 will be charged to your subscription for the Investment & Retirement Guide which will shorten your paid-through date. This means your next bill will come sooner than it would have otherwise."

To opt out, call 1-877-486-0726.

Cleveland ranks among top 50 cities for runners

From Runner's World:

We started with a list of 250 U.S. cities with populations of more than 160,000 that had the highest number of households per capita reporting participation in running within the last 12 months (according to the SimplyMap 2014 census study). Then we gathered data from myriad sources to create five indexes of special importance to runners, ranking the cities in each index from 1 to 150. We then weighted the indexes [run, parks, climate, food, and safety] and tallied up the scores to create the final list.

Cleveland clocked in at 35, beating out the likes of Atlanta, Miami and even Honolulu.

Get the whole list here - or if you can't wait to don the Nikes and head out to the Metroparks, no worries. The link will be here when you get back.

Cleveland Museum of Art amid the nation's very best

From Business Insider:

According to the US government, there are upwards of 35,000 museums in America. For comparison, there are about 13,000 Starbucks across the country

These thousands of museums are filled with countless works of priceless art, historical artifacts, and natural marvels. But, which museums are the best?

Using data provided by Foursquare, INSIDER ranked the top 25 museums in America.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) was ranked second only to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Not bad, but for locals, the CMA has always been #1.

Get the whole list here.

Nate Silver has a lot to learn about Cleveland

From this article on fivethirtyeight.com:

First, though, our dear colleague Clare Malone is vacationing in Cleveland this week, so we’re joined today by Anna, who mostly reports on public health for us but has covered the immigration debate pretty extensively too, instead — welcome, Anna!

anna (Anna Maria Barry-Jester, senior writer): Hello!

natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): I was going to make fun of “vacationing in Cleveland.” But people from Michigan actually vacation in Cleveland, or at least Sandusky (Cedar Point! Woo-hoo!).

Hilarious, Mr. Silver, and so original, but then again, weren't you the guy who had this to say about a forthcoming Trump GOP nomination?

"For my money, that adds up to Trump’s chances being higher than 0 but (considerably) less than 20 percent."

Um ... as a matter of fact, you were. Funny thing though, it was here in Cleveland where your prediction proved to be 100 percent wrong. Feel free, however, to bring some of "your money" to our fair city anytime and see what we're all about.

And if you're broke, no worries. Our editor will pick up the tab.

Green Party candidate for POTUS coming to NEO

On Friday, Sept. 2, Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President, and Joe DeMare, Green Party candidate for US Senate, will speak at the Natatorium, 2345 4th Street, Cuyahoga Falls. Doors open at 6 p.m. DeMare will speak at 7 p.m. Stein will speak at 8:00 p.m.

During this free event, Jill Stein will discuss her plan to help the American people with the Green New Deal, a stimulus package that will create 20 million new jobs by transitioning to renewable energy by 2030, as well as halting the devastating effects of climate change. Other topics will include her policies such as tuition free higher education, cancelling student debt, healthcare as a human right, $15 minimum wage, and foreign policy based on international law, diplomacy, and human rights.

For more information, visit the Ohio Green Party's page.
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