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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.

Read the rest of Amy's thoughst on Cursive writing


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.




15th annual Italian American Summer Festival - Win Free Tickets

The 15th annual Italian American Summer Festival will be held June 26, 27 and 28 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgorunds in Berea. More than 25 food vendors with a wide variety of food to please all palates. Italian, American and other ethnci foods will be available this year. 2 stages of live entertainment all weekend long. Fun for the whole family including Tiziano Wine Tastings, Pasta Eating Contest and an outdoor Italian Mass.

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Khamia, A'Shontay and Talia

3 ladies from a group called K.A.T. (short for Khamia, A'Shontay and Talia) sang the Michelle Williams song 'When Jesus say yes, nobody can say no' just before the 2015 Cleveland African-American Umoja Parade. Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity".




What's cuter than little kids in bunny suits?

Cute kids in bunny suits from Rising Star Acrobatics led by Connie Zhang performed with a classic acrobatic dancer at the 6th annual Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) in Cleveland's AsiaTown.




Violence and Domestic Abuse
by Maury Feren

Maury is 99 yeras old and says it is so hard to understand why women "are willing to accept abuses such as beatings and verbal attacks as an acceptable tool for a man to be in control. How can that happen? What is the reasoning behind it? Is there any way that we can make an indentation and put some type of end to it. Aren't we the public aware of the change in our society?"

Read the rest of Maury's thoughts about Violence


Neighborhoods are important

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.

Slavic Village neighbors

New Slavic Village neighbors


Slavic Village recovery and celebration of its 25th homebuyer


The women of the 1916 Easter Uprising

Marilyn Madigan, President of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (Cleveland) told about the men and women who fought in Easter Week at the Pride of Erin in Cleveland Ohio at an Easter 1916 Commemoration on the 99th anniversary of the declaration of Irish independence and the armed rebellion to oppose English tyranny.

The event was organized by Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and Irish Northern Aid.

The presentation highlighted the women in the struggle - the Daughters of Erin - the women of 1916.




The New Cleveland Ballet

Dr. Michael Krasnyansky, Chairman of The Board of the New Cleveland Ballet, spoke at the 99th birthday of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on April 14, 2015. He told how the original Cleveland Ballet left Cleveland for California 15 years ago. The New Cleveland Ballet is now being formed.



Here are 3 young ladies from the Cleveland Ballet Youth Company who performed a dance from Masquerade at the 99th birthday of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Cleveland Ballet Youth Company is a classically trained youth ballet group made up of young dancers of exceptional potential. The mission of the Cleveland Ballet Youth Company is to train dancers (ages 14-19) in preparation of fulfilling Cleveland Ballet's core of professional dancers.




Murphy Irish Dancers win World Championship

The Murphy Irish Senior Dancers spent Easter Week in Montreal, Canada competing with more than five thousand Irish dancers from all over the world. And they won! They are the World Champions!

A panel of seven judges - also from around the world - scored the dancers 475 out of 500 available points. They outscored their closest competitor by over 100 points. It is estimated that more than 20,000 people were spectators and had the opportunity to witness the competition.

Cleveland Woman Sheila Murphy Crawford is herself an award winning Irish Dancer and now shares her talent and passion with her students. Murphy Irish Arts Center is in its 37th year and in that time a lot of trophies, awards and ribbons were earned, but a World Championship, as one can imagine, is very special.

A win like this does not come easy. Competition is stiff and the dancers need to practice constantly. Few athletes practice as much, and in this Superbowl of Irish Dancing it paid off for the Murphy Irish Senior Dancers.

World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers

World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers


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