That fire pit in your backyard? It may be illegal: The revival of Monday, August 22, 2022


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I have an outdoor fireplace. Most families I know have fire pits, over which the kids can roast marshmallows and the adults can drink, especially when summer ends and the cool nights darken. I never realized that fireplaces could be prohibited by law in some cities.

You may want to check your city ordinances. Luckily mine is fine, as long as I don’t leave a child in charge and keep a garden hose nearby.


Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles (pre-season): Joshua Dobbs, David Bell and Anthony Schwartz advance in 21-20 loss to Cleveland

Goalies vs. Chicago White Sox: Cleveland postpones Sunday’s game against the White Sox due to on-field conditions

Weather Forecast For Northeast Ohio Monday: Showers start the week, but then lots of sunshine

Fireplaces: Cleveland prohibits garden fires, unless you are cooking. Many northeast Ohio suburbs have laws regulating these fires. The reasons stem from air quality and safety, reports Kaylee Remington. But laws, like speeding and fireworks, are often violated and rarely enforced.

Lakeside packages: Two small nonprofits that have influenced debates about the city’s lakefront future have new ideas for how to reconfigure the Ohio 2 Shoreway around Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. Steven Litt reports that a new study intends to expand a city-led, $5 million feasibility study exploring at least seven variations of a proposal made in May 2021 by Haslam Sports Group. One idea includes building a new high-level bridge over the river and transforming the existing Main Avenue bridge into a greenway for bicycles and pedestrians.

Beachwood Contracts: The City of Beachwood has paid bills for 11 jobs at a single company without any type of bidding process in the past year. Lucas Daprile reports that Beachwood officials say they don’t have to obey laws banning the practice, in part because they say laws passed by previous administrations don’t apply to them.

Today in Ohio: Will Browns fans stick with the team and quarterback Deshaun Watson now that the NFL has finalized an 11-game penalty? We talk about the settlement of Watson’s behavior towards massage therapists on Today in Ohio,’s daily half-hour news podcast.

Proxy Voting: Before the pandemic, members of Congress who ran out of votes had to skip them rather than vote by proxy. Now, politicians from both parties are using the practice of proxy voting, and for more than health reasons, reports Sabrina Eaton. Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Ryan leads the Ohio delegation in proxy votes.

EMS: The Cleveland department that aims to save the lives of residents is struggling with a staff shortage. The Division of Emergency Medical Services lost eight dispatchers and 50 paramedics. Some employees left due to heavy workloads and salaries, while others pursued different careers such as nursing, reports Olivia Mitchell.

Ode to wallpaper: In the past, wallpaper was as ubiquitous as carpet. After decades gone from fashion, writes Laura Johnston, she’s back. Flip through any decor magazine or interior designer on Instagram and you’ll see wallpaper.

CDC map: The CDC’s latest map designates Cuyahoga and Lorain counties — as well as a majority of Ohio’s 88 counties — as red, or with high transmission of COVID-19, reports Julie Washington. Currently, most Northeast Ohio counties are yellow or designated as having medium COVID-19 transmission.

Compounds: Three natural compounds found in foods like green tea, olive oil and red wine are promising new candidates for developing drugs to fight coronavirus, reports Gretchen Cuda Kroen.

E.coli: The number of Ohioans infected with E. coli rose to 19 and romaine lettuce from Wendy’s restaurants is being investigated as a possible source of contamination, reports Julie Washington.

COVID recovery: A study of 62 cities in North America finds downtown Cleveland one of the slowest to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The UC Berkeley study used cellphone data to compare cities before and after the pandemic, reports Sean McDonnell. But city and business officials say downtown is doing better than the data suggests, especially with residents and events.

Unemployment: Ohio’s unemployment rate was 3.9% in July and has been unchanged since May, reports Sean McDonnell. The US unemployment rate was 3.5% in July.

Kill Shot: A 17-year-old boy died after being shot in the head in broad daylight on Friday, Cleveland police said. The boy was not identified in the shooting, which occurred around 2:30 p.m. at East 28th Street and Cedar Avenue, Kaylee Remington reports.

cleveland black: More than two dozen restaurants bathed in a culinary spotlight at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at A Taste of Black Cleveland: The Food Showcase 4.0. Marc Bona reports that the Bacon Fried Rice, Lemon Honey Wings, Truffle Oil Greens, Okra Style Shrimp and Grits and many more were exotic, creative and delicious. .

House of the week: Built in 1834, the classic Italian-style house at 445 S. Rocky River Drive is considered the oldest occupied house in Berea. Named The Little Hermitage in a nod to Andrew Jackson’s estate near Nashville, the property is priced at $575,000 for three bedrooms and two full bathrooms on 2,736 square feet.

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— Laura Johnston with contributions from Cliff Pinckard

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