On an 80° day in Cleveland, Ohio, Mayor Justin Bibb took a walk down Professor Street in Tremont, asked questions of community members, and listened to their answers. Tremont’s neighborhood newspaper, The Tremonster, tagged along to document Mayor Bibb’s unique approach to connecting with our residents and businesses directly—by walking through our neighborhood, himself.
By Michael Jankus
TREMONT — Tremonsters turned out in droves to witness the ribbon cutting for Stage 4 of the Towpath Trail at historic Camp Cleveland at 2 p.m. on a hot and sunny June 9 that was forecasted to bring rain.
The Civil War landmark, located at the northernmost end of West 10th Street and the corner of University Road, overlooks the sweeping Cleveland skyline, serving as the perfect setting and backdrop for such a significant occasion. The Camp Cleveland site is commemorated by new historical elements as part of Stage 4 in addition to the Towpath Trail, in honor of its importance.
Canalway Partners brought 35 years of dreaming and planning to realization on Wednesday afternoon, and shared a vision of a bright future in a place with a rich and winding history. Where President James A. Garfield once worked as a canalman along the mule trail, local walkers, kayakers, cyclists, birders, canoers, and joggers will forge a history of their own for generations to come.
“That’s why we’re here,” said Chris Ronayne, chair of Canalway Partners and president of University Circle Inc., “to interpret the heritage of the place from which we come, here in Cuyahoga Valley.”Continue reading
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A special report by The Tremonster
Jean Brandt, longtime Tremonster, shared many of her own songs during a music-filled evening at Visible Voice Books (2258 Professor Avenue) during the October 12th Walkabout Tremont. Brandt played a set with John McGrail from 7:30 pm to about 8:00 pm for a large crowd in Visible Voice Books rear event/café area. She was followed by McGrail and his band members, Jay Bentoff and Carl Holt, for a set of McGrail’s material.
Brandt has known McGrail for many years, first meeting at the Barking Spider in the late 1980s. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with him,” Brandt wrote in an event invitation.
The Visible Voice Books event listed Brandt as a lifelong Clevelander, a musician, a poet, an experimental music artist, and a dedicated advocate of the arts. Her creations span the gamut from singer-songwriter to experimental composer as a guitarist and poet. According to Brandt’s artistic statement, “The underlying structure both unique and innate to music and language is but part of what excites and drives Jean when she composes as well as performs.”
Brandt also expressed her firm belief that “Art is all around us and each of us in fact engages in creation simply living each day.”
Brandt, beginning in 1990, organized over 200 art showings at her law office, a storefront she rented in Tremont until 2015. She also provided primary support to the monthly Tremont ArtWalk promotion for the Tremont neighborhood from 1993 through 2015. Today Brandt is in the studio or playing guitar when not practicing law.
McGrail, categorized as a folk musician, “accepts that [categorization]—and on some level even agrees—but his influences range far beyond that.” The confluence contributes to the music he creates. A musician’s musician, McGrail’s music offers odd meters, “Floydian textures,” and masterful, imaginative guitar solos. According to McGrail’s artistic statement, “There are those who have described him as the Dark Prince of Cleveland Folk.” When in the studio, he grasps for whatever medium will best bring each song to life—whether loops, programs, virtual sound, or more traditional instruments, McGrail enjoys tying in a wide variety of sound sources to create his own unique form of musical art. “Boundaries are for breaking,” McGrail’s listing stated.
Brandt and McGrail were glad for the opportunity to share their music at a well-attended event and are thankful to Visible Voice Books for hosting their event.
The Towpath Trail took a big step forward this past Friday and Saturday as Mark Haynes Constructioncraned in a 40-ton, prefabricated steel truss bridge that connects Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension running 1.9 miles from the northern entrance of Steelyard Commons to Literary Ave in Tremont. On Saturday an 19-ton cantilevered observation deck was installed that when complete, will give trail users a sweeping view of the valley’s industrial corridor. Continue reading
After meeting with First Energy this morning regarding the severe tree trimming in the neighborhood, at my request they have agreed to come and speak with residents and to hear community concerns TONIGHT from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Rose-Mary Center 2346 W. 14th St. (formerly OLA-St. Joseph Center). Please attend this very important meeting.
Cleveland City Councilman, Ward 3