Beloved dinosaurs, unbeloved quarterbacks, and tax questions lead Tuesday’s news in Greater Cleveland. And if you like a wry and bitter laugh, the comic Marc Maron will be in town Friday.
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1) A Dinosaur, A Giraffe, And An Elephant Walk Into A Cleveland Realtor’s Office …
This “meticulously maintained colonial” home at 3553 Bosworth Road in Cleveland features beautiful flooring on the first floor, solid wood kitchen cabinets, granite countertops and a marble backsplash. Upstairs you will find oak hardwood floors throughout and marble in the full bathroom. Oh, and did we mention the dinosaur in the yard?
- Harry Larweh listed his three-bedroom, three-bathroom house for $162,000 last week with Nicholas Reyes, of BHHS Stouffer Realty, Inc. The home boasts many improvements, but Larweh’s most visible handiwork is the giant dinosaur out front, along with giraffe and elephant sculptures.
- “It just happened,” Larweh, an artist who’s lived in Cleveland for 12 years, told News 5 Cleveland WEWS. “I just got up and started doing it.” He says this was his “Covid project.”
- Zillow tweeted Larweh’s listing, and his house quickly went viral.
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2) Baker Mayfield Held Hostage, Day 54: A Cleveland Browns fan asks Mary Kay Cabot: “What are the chances Baker Mayfield starts for the Browns if Deshaun Watson isn’t available?” There’s been a lot of chatter about that unlikely possibility, surprisingly, because the Browns can’t move Mayfield. Browns expert Mary Kay pops that weird thought bubble though.
- “I think some team will be smart enough to trade for Mayfield, who can still help a team and represents an upgrade over a handful of current starters in the NFL. But if for some reason Mayfield is still hanging around at the start of the season, he won’t start for Watson if he’s suspended,” she replies.
- More Browns News: Deshaun Watson to be deposed this week (cleveland.com)
3) Tax Abatement Opportunity Zones: Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb and city council are embarking on an overhaul of the city’s tax break program for new and renovated housing. Now, in an effort to direct development toward struggling neighborhoods, Bibb is proposing to pare back new tax abatement offerings in the city’s hotter real estate markets.
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5 Headlines You Need To See Today
- Vigil held for Cleveland woman who has been missing nearly a year (Cleveland 19 News)
- Cleveland looks to allow CWRU and UCI to help police Little Italy (Cleveland 19 News)
- ODOT begins work on 8 intersections on Franklin Boulevard (News 5 Cleveland WEWS)
- Beers for May: Marc Bona writes about 11 very good sippers from Canada to Ohio and beyond (cleveland.com)
- Tennis in the Land returning to Cleveland for 2nd annual event (cleveland.com)
3 Things To Do
- Marc Maron at the Mimi Ohio Theater in Cleveland, Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. The comic has been doing the WTF podcast for 13 years and it ranks in the top 20 for listeners. This is his “This May Be The Last Time Tour. Tickets start at $45. Not great for kids! 🤬
- Experience science in the key of rock in a new interactive exhibition, The Science of Rock N’ Roll, at the Great Lakes Science Center. Learn about how technology has shaped this multi-billion dollar industry, what physiological effects music has on our brain and body, and make your own music with real instruments! Great for kids! 🧒
- If you’re crafty, enjoy building things, or are looking for a way to get involved and network with other Clevelanders in their 20s and 30s, lend a hand and help Partners prepare for their biggest event of the year: Jump Back Ball. Register here.
1 Bit Of History
- 🏈 Did you know the NFL once hosted pro football doubleheaders? The very first was at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on Aug. 18, 1962. The Detroit Lions played the Dallas Cowboys. Then the Cleveland Browns hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers and beat them 33-10 in the second game. Guess who came up with this gimmick? None other than Art Modell. Source: “Browns Memories” by Tim Long
- Cleveland man fatally shot girlfriend and pistol-whipped teen in city’s Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood (cleveland.com)
- Judge denies new rape trial for retired firefighter who didn’t know his lawyer was about to lose law license (cleveland.com)
- US Marshals offer reward for fugitive wanted for aggravated murder in Summit County (Cleveland 19 News)
Today in Cleveland
- Toddler Tuesday – City of Lakewood (9:30 AM)
- LegalWorks at Cleveland Public Library (12:00 PM)
- Online Learning with CPL – Cleveland Public Library Main Branch Virtual Events (1:00 PM)
- Block Club Meeting – South of Jefferson (2:30 PM)
- Homework Center (Spring Season) – Grades K – 8 (4:00 PM)
- Creating in Community: BWCC Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry Writing Workshop (4:00 PM)
- Drawing the City – Langston Hughes Branch Library (4:00 PM)
- Cleveland Cavaliers: “You are never alone ❤️💛 #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth x #LetEmKnow” (Instagram)
- Cleveland Metroparks: “Cleveland Metroparks today announced the Sounds of Summer presented by Wayside Furniture, a new, free, traveling concert series coming to the Emerald Necklace this spring and summer.” (Facebook)
- Cleveland Clinic: “Happy #NursesWeek! Has a nurse made a difference in your life? Send our nurses a message of gratitude: https://clevelandclinic.org/kudos” (Facebook)
- The Cleveland Museum of Art: “”Solstice, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s big summer bash, is coming back June 25 for the first time since 2019″ You asked and here’s our answer… the highly requested summer event returns!” (Facebook)
- Nextdoor Neighbor, Puritas/ W. 150th: “If anyone is by Ghent rd our dog Gracie jump out our car and ran in the woods she small brown dog she a weiner dog ￼￼￼￼￼chihuahua mix about 7 years old if you see her please call 330-931-8452 or 216 326 5827 – PLEASE DO NOT CHASE” (Nextdoor)
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