The Browns got some big news on Monday, but the story is far from over. We have paperback news for back to school and donut news for Jack Frost lovers to launch on Tuesday.
- Our tax holiday starts Friday 💰
- West Side Market has a new treat 🍩
- Icon Diana Ross is coming soon 🎤
Plus, it’s a big week around Cleveland if you like piano. 🎹
🌤️ Partly sunny. High: 76, Low: 69
What the weekend tax holiday means to you
1) Ohio sales tax exemption begins Friday, August 5 and ends Sunday, August 7. Clothing that costs $75 or less per item and school supplies that cost $20 per item or less will be exempt from state and local taxes. The tax exemption does not apply to sports equipment or clothing accessories.
More information is available from the Ohio Department of Taxation
2) Two iconic Cleveland names have come together as Jack Frost Donuts opens a small shop at the West Side Market. Jack Frost Donuts was founded in 1937 and the West Side Market is over a century old. The market shop, which opened on Saturday July 30, offers a full range of delicious donuts.
3) The NFL may decide on Tuesday whether to appeal the six-game sexual misconduct suspension handed down to Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson on Monday by an Independent Disciplinary Officer. Commissioner Roger Goodell could impose a harsher penalty. Two dozen massage therapists have accused Watson of unwanted sexual touching.
- Retired federal judge Sue L. Robinson was the hearing officer. In her decision, she wrote: “Given that none of these therapists accepted Mr. Watson’s invitations to participate in further therapy sessions, I find there is sufficient evidence to show that Mr. Watson knew, or should have known, that any contact between his penis and these therapists was unwanted. I therefore conclude that the NFL has met its burden of proving, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Mr. Watson engaged in sexual assault (as defined by the NFL) against the four therapists identified in the Report.” (Fox 8 News)
- Fan reaction is mixed. Robyn Lockner of the Cleveland Browns Women’s Facebook group said: “I didn’t believe all of the women who made these accusations against him, I think four were maybe credible in my opinion after reading all the depositions and everything that was going on on both sides.” (3NewsWKYC)
- Victims of sexual assault say the punishment didn’t go far enough. The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center released a statement: “The six-game suspension imposed dangerously reflects the flaws in our criminal justice systems and sends a grave message to our communities. Too often, people in positions of power and celebrities who commit violence against others are not held accountable for their actions. These continuing headlines trigger for so many. To the survivors, we say we see you and we believe you. (Cleveland.com)
The hearing officer also ruled that Watson must obtain all future therapeutic massages through the team. (It’s unclear whether coach Kevin Stefanski or general manager Andrew Berry will run them.)
Read the full 16-page ruling via Fox 8 News
4) Motown legend Diana Ross will perform at Northfield Park on September 6th and tickets go on sale Friday August 5th on Ticketmaster. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Supremes in 1988. Yet she has continued to perform and record albums to this day.
5) The Sixth City Comedy Festival returns to Cleveland for the second year this month, August 10-13. Comedians will perform at several locations: Bop Stop, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Hatfield’s Goode Grub, Hi and Dry, Lakewood Village Tavern and Market Avenue Wine Bar. Founded by Marla Massie, the comedy festival is an antidote to the effect of the pandemic on the city.
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- Police chase leads to crash, closing I-480 ramps Monday night: Parma police (Fox 8 News)
- OSHA hits Dollar Tree with a $1.2 million fine for violations in Maple Heights, Columbus (Cleveland.com)
- Opening of a new Stretch Lab in Rocky River (Cleveland.com)
- 2 young men dead, teen injured in Strongsville crash (Cleveland.com)
- City of Cleveland attorneys say consent decree oversight team wrong to challenge umpire’s decision to fire cop (Cleveland.com)
1 fun thing to do if you love piano music
The Concert Truck is coming to multiple locations around Cleveland this week for free performances. The Concert Truck is a mobile concert hall that makes live music accessible to everyone by transforming a 16-foot box truck into a state-of-the-art concert hall, complete with lighting, sound system and piano.
- Tuesday, August 2, from noon to 2 p.m. at Cleveland Public Square
- Tuesday, August 2, 6-8 p.m., Julia de Burgos, 2800 Archwood Ave., Cleveland
- Wednesday, August 3, 6 p.m., Wednesday Wade Oval, 10820 East Blvd., Cleveland
- Thursday, August 4, 1 p.m., Cleveland Public Library Rice Branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland
- Friday, August 5, 1 to 3 p.m., Edgewater Beach
- Friday, August 5, 6 p.m., Waterloo Arts, 15509 Waterloo Road, Cleveland
- Saturday, August 6, noon to 2 p.m., Cleveland Public Library Carnegie West, 1900 Fulton Road, Cleveland
- Saturday, August 6, 6-8 p.m. Asian Lantern Festival at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The Concert Truck shows are part of a larger series of shows called Piano Days @CLE, which runs until August 14.
Learn more about Cleveland Piano
7 more things to do
- Sad Summer Festival, Cleveland, August 2 | Details
- Women’s March Cleveland Rally Outside County Council Meeting, August 2 | Details
- Guardians vs Arizona Diamondbacks at Progressive Field, August 3 (Guardians Cap Day) | Details
- ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’, stage at Alma Theater in Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, August 4-14 | Details
- Kid Rock and Foreigner, Blossom Music Center, Friday, August 5, 7 p.m. | Details
- Summer Concert Fundraiser for CITY DOGS Cleveland!, Saturday, August 6, 4-8 p.m. | Details
- Taco and Tequila Stroll in Willoughby, Saturday, August 6, 1 to 5 p.m. | Details
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- “Day tripper NINA joined me for happy hour and she had her own fun way to enjoy it! HAPPY HOUR According to Nina STRETCH Relax STRETCH Ahhhhh!” (Cleveland Animal Protection League via Facebook)
- On the one hand…”Cleveland Browns LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah did not change his number out of RESPECT for Baker Mayfield 6️⃣” (Heavy on Browns via Facebook)
- On the other hand… “The attitude in the Browns locker room has changed dramatically with the departure of Baker Mayfield. 👀 #DawgPound #Browns” (Heavy on Browns via Facebook)
- At the West Side Market: “Our happy place is somewhere between these two baskets 🧺 🥖. Find breads as good as they look at Mediterra Bakehouse!” (West Side Market via Facebook)
- “The County Fair is back at Berea Fairgrounds August 9-14! 🎪 Want free tickets to take your family to a fun and fair meal? Comment on this post and you’ll be entered into a raffle for receive up to 5 tickets for admission.” (Cuyahoga County via Facebook)
- At the Cleveland Botanical Garden: “Join us this Thursday, August 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for Stories in the Sky! Learn about the lions, swans and bears of the night sky through storytelling! Designed for kids of all ages (even the adults).” (Cleveland Botanical Garden via Facebook)
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