West Side Market Centennial Birthday Weekend!

West Side Market

We’ve had the Ice Cream social and the Parade around Ohio City, but the West Side Market had its final parties to mark the 100th birthday this past weekend. Starting with the People’s Party on Friday night at Crop Bistro, over 1,000 people came out to try foods from over 40 vendors and dance the night away!

Then the celebration continued on Saturday with the biggest bash of the year- the West Side Market Centennial Gala! The Market was transformed into an upscale party with a mix of local and Nationally renowned chef’s such as gala co-chairs Michael Symon (Lola, Lolita, abc’s The Chew) and Jonathan Sawyer (The Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat). There were tons of food, dancing and the debut of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Butcher’s Brew beer! Mayor Frank Jackson spoke about the legacy of the Market and how important this milestone is. Councilmen Joe Cimperman, Matt Zone and Kevin Kelly also spoke about the importance of the West Side Market, the history of it and the people who support it. A champagne toast was given and then they had a live auction to raise more money for the Market. The official amount raised has not been determined yet, but officials estimate the combined donations should add more than $250,000 to the Market’s Capital Campaign to help pay for renovations to the building.

Reporter Leah Haslage with Chef Carla Hall (Top Chef, The Chew) and with Mayor Frank Jackson
Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilmen Joe Cimperman, Matt Zone and Kevin Kelly

It was a touching and historical weekend for Cleveland. To see our full coverage of these events stay tuned to TV20 next week, and check out reporter Leah Haslage’s full account of the events on her blog life-with-leah.com!

Mama Luke Recognized In Cleveland!


On October 29th, before Hurricane Sandy made her presence known here in Cleveland, Cleveland City Council and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum recognized Mama Luke and declared October 29 “Mama Luke Day.”



Mama Luke is hip-hop’s fight against Breast Cancer in memory of Gay Frances Lucas. Gay Frances Lucas (“Mama Luke”) was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2008, and two weeks shy of her 60th Birthday, Gay lost her life to this dreadful disease on May 31, 2010. Before being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Gay participated in the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk for over 12 years, raising over $12,000 for this worthy cause.

On October 17, 2010, Shaunda, Film Executive and Manager of Hip-Hop Legend Kangol Kid, along with other Rap legends were greeted by Mayor Cory Booker as they sponsored the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Newark, New Jersey, bringing awareness and fund-raising efforts toward a cure to this disease in memory of Mama Luke. They raised $3,500.00 in just 3 weeks. According to the American Cancer Society, they became one of the top 10 fundraising teams. Their accomplishment led Shaunda and Kangol to create the monthly “Mama Luke Salute”, designed to honor a breast cancer fighter and take them from a day of chemo treatment to an evening of “royal treatment.” During the event, the “breast cancer fighter” is showered with gifts from various sponsors. Kangol and Shaunda’s tireless efforts to bring awareness to this dreadful disease have now manifested as Hip-Hop’s First Bowling Team. The team is designed to cure cancer “One PIN at a Time” as various Hip-Hop artists/celebrities will travel from city to city, to bowl against and/or with fans while raising funds and awareness.


At the recognition here in Cleveland, Kangol Kid and Shaundra unveiled the Mama Luke shirt that is covered front and back with the signatures of the biggest artists in hip-hop such as Kid Rock, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Missy Elliot, Lisa Lisa, Ice T and more. This shirt will be auctioned off in the future to benefit the Mama Luke foundation.



For information about Mama Luke, how you can contribute, and to stay updated on their current events, you can follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/mamalukegfl and on Twitter @mamalukegfl

West Side Market 100th Birthday and More This Weekend!


After the disaster that was Hurricane Sandy this week we do have something to celebrate- the West Side Market 100th Birthday! This year there have been a few different celebrations, such as the recent Parade and Party in the Park, but this weekend is the official birthday of the Market. TV20 reporter Leah Haslage will be there this weekend to cover all the fun! Kicking things off this evening is the People’s Party at Crop Bistro! (http://clevelandfoodrocks.com/2012/mission/) 50 of Cleveland’s top chef’s will be supplying food for the event, and bands such as Cream of the Crop will be playing for the over 1000 people attending. Then Saturday, November 3rd at the West Side Market is the official  Birthday Gala! (http://wsm100.org/) Cleveland’s Iron Chef Michael Symon, as well as Food & Wine’s Best New Chef Jonathan Sawyer have teamed with Medical Mutual to put on this wonderful celebration. Great Lakes Brewery will be debuting their newest beer in honor of the Market’s milestone called Butcher’s Brew. A historical time in Cleveland you do not want to miss!

This weekend is also the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in Gordon Square District! Justine Greenwald with Reel Cleveland will be there for this family friendly event! Face painting, mask-making, live music and dancers are some of the cool things you’ll experience at this annual event. http://diademuertosohio.com

Mayor Frank Jackson will be at the Fatima Family Center as it celebrates the legacy with their 39th Anniversary Breakfast Saturday morning! Located at 6600 Lexington Ave. – Fatima Family Center starting at 8:30am-10am. You can call 216.334.2961 for more information regarding this event.

Tv20 will be at Lincoln West High School on Saturday for the Muny Cheerleading Competition 2012! Competition starts at noon!

Also this Saturday afternoon TV20 will be at Chi Eta Phi Sorority Health Resource Fair with Cleveland Fire and Rescue & Emergency Services. It will be at 925 E. 152nd St. – Fire Station #31 beginning at noon.

There is plenty to see and do in Cleveland this weekend, and TV20 will be there to cover it all! Hope to see you this weekend, and as always stay tuned to TV20!


Storm Recovery Update

Thank you Councilman Matt Zone for posting this. If you are still in need of assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, or unsure of whom to contact, see the latest update from the Emergency Operations Center below.
For Immediate Release:
November 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Storm Recovery Updates

CLEVELAND, OH: The updates below include information reported to the Emergency Operations Center today. Additional information will continue to be collected and distributed via the Joint Information Center through tomorrow.

· Immediately report all downed or low hanging lines to 911 or your local utility
· Ongoing challenges may cause additional outages
· CPP full restoration of power anticipated by evening of Nov. 2nd
· 1,000 customers without power
· 58 crews still working
· CPP cut and cleared wires on the ground at 31 locations on the Westside and 23 on the Eastside of Cleveland
· CEI full restoration anticipated by Nov. 5th
· 50+ crews

· Power restored to the City Kennel
· Trees have been weakened by the storm
· Use caution and watch for falling branches
· May bring wires down – Report all downed wires immediately
· Ask for ID and/or call the utility company if a worker requests access to your home. Utility workers will have badges.

Public Works:
· Tree removal –
· Cleveland received 400 calls for service since beginning of the storm
· Priorities are blocked intersections and power lines
· Trash collection is on schedule
· Please remember to place lids on all garbage cans and to set out garbage as close to your set out time as possible to limit access for rodents.
· Power has been restored to all Water Pollution Control pump stations
· Creek flooding starting to recede

Mental Health
· Real life-threatening medical emergencies, dial 9-1-1
· Stress anxiety related to Hurricane Sandy, contact the American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region at (216) 451-3010 or contact United Way by dialing 2-1-1
· 24-hour Mental Health/Addiction assistance line can be reached at (216) 623-6888

United Way – Dial 2-1-1 for assistance with social and human services
· 4300 calls received – 73% increase over same period a week ago
· 1079 Housing/Utility Assistance
· 835 Food/Meals
· 554 Public Safety/Disaster Assistance
· 453 Social Services
· 332 Health/Mental Health Services
· Updated Stats Expected on Friday, November 3rd

Red Cross
· Help Northeast Ohioans affected by Hurricane Sandy by donating $10.00 to the American Red Cross: text the words RED CROSS to 90999. Carrier will charge $10.00 plus any standard rates.
· To search for an open Red Cross shelter by Zip Code, text the word SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (For example: Shelter 01234). Remember, standard rates apply.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Due to the recent devastation and tragedies surrounding Hurricane Sandy, we at TV20 wish to give our condolences to those that lost their lives and to the hundreds of thousands of people that have lost their homes. It is important at this time that we unite as a community and as a nation in doing our part to help each other.

If you are still in need of relief, or if you would like to help those that are still struggling, you can log on to the Red Cross website redcrossblood.org and United Way of Greater Cleveland at  unitedwaycleveland.org.

Thank you so very much to all of the City workers, the Police and Fire, the Doctors, Nurses and the Utility workers that have been working so hard and tirelessly.