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Breaking GroundHitchcock Center for Women

Hitchcock Center shines the light at the end of the tunnel for women in recovery

At 25, Sara tried cocaine for the first time. “That was just the drug for me, and it was never enough,” she recalls. “It was very expensive, and I was spending all our money on drugs.” But thanks to Hitchcock Center for Women—the only treatment house in Cuyahoga County specifically focused on women and the only residential recovery center that allows women to bring their children with them during their stays—Sara is now nearly two years sober.

Feature StoryFish at Ohio and Erie Canal

Cleveland Metroparks declares 2018 "Time to Explore"

From climbing the Fort Hill stairs to golfing at Manakiki to hiking Sulphur Springs, Cleveland Metroparks has compiled a Top 10 summer activity list that would make David Letterman proud. It’s all part of the new Metroparks campaign “Time to Explore,” a three-year effort designed to reflect its core pillars of recreation, conservation, and education—and shine a spotlight on the diversity of activities available throughout the Emerald Necklace.

Breaking GroundPinecrest

A big, sweet life is taking shape at Pinecrest

The Pinecrest site at I-271 and Harvard Road is buzzing with activity as construction workers keep moving—even through yesterday’s snow and frigid wind—toward the rolling opening of the $230 million mixed-use development on 58 acres in Orange Village. New additions include Silverspot Cinema, Graeter's Ice Cream, and Sweeties Big Fun, a surprise joint venture between Big Fun toy store and B.A. Sweetie Candy Company.

Street LevelWest of Venus

Cudell vintage shop West of Venus ready for an out-of-this-world reopening

A recent Co.Design story called mid-century modern décor the “pumpkin spice latte” of the design world for its universal appeal and healthy dose of nostalgia. And at Cleveland’s West of Venus, co-founders Barb and Mike Radocaj and their daughter Allie Mattis are serving up a venti-sized serving of MCM flair.

Street LevelFree Stamp

Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for April 2018

Fresh Water's monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up the freshest free events in Cleveland.

BuzzCurrent conditions of the four miles of  Lake Erie shoreline scheduled for improvement

Shore thing: Show your #LakeErieLove by entering the Tour the Shore contest

It may take 80 days to go around the world, but lovers of Lake Erie can get all the greatness of our Great Lake in just seven days and seven nights. Enter the second annual Tour the Shore contest, which squires the lucky winner around seven destinations along the Lake Erie shoreline—providing overnight accommodations, tickets to historic attractions, and reservations for local fine dining.

Feature StoryJohn Lodge, left, and Mike Pinder,  members of the Moody Blues

Rock on! Best backstage moments at the 2018 Rock Hall inductions

Cleveland rocks, and rarely moreso than it did this weekend at the 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions. A sold-out crowd of 6,000 people gathered at Public Auditorium to fete 2018 honorees Bon Jovi, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Moody Blues, Dire Straits, and The Cars, and the show didn't disappoint. Get a sneak peek of the night's highlights from our perch in the press room as we round up the best backstage moments.

Breaking GroundInner City Hues

Inner City Hues set to brighten Buckeye with community-driven public art

This Tuesday, April 17, LAND studio will kick off Inner City Hues, a public art project in Cleveland’s Buckeye-Shaker and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods designed to unite the community and bring some vibrancy into forgotten parts of the city. The project will pair four established artists with "blank canvases" on existing surfaces, buildings, vacant walls, and abandoned properties—with the goal of enlivening the neighborhood’s commercial district.

Feature StoryCritical Mass

Is Euclid quietly becoming the city's next biking hotspot?

For many people, the question “Where do you see yourself in five years?” can be a real brainteaser. But Bike Euclid president Kath Sonnhalter knows exactly what she wants—especially as it pertains to creating a safer and more inviting environment for local biking enthusiasts.  

Feature StoryOpening night film "The Drummer and the Keeper" at the Allen Theater in Playhouse Square

[PHOTOS] And...scene! Snapshots from the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival

From mermaids and burlesque beauties to a full slate of films from all over the world, the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival is making good on its chosen theme of "Embrace Curiosity." Check out #CIFF42 through FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski's lens.

Feature StoryYouth Challenge

Arts for all: How Cuyahoga Arts & Culture helps local arts organizations meet special needs

Much like the Cleveland Museum of Art's motto, “for the benefit of all of the people forever,” many other local arts organizations also try to ensure that everyone can enjoy their offerings—no matter what life challenges they may face. Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) supports area cultural organizations that put forth an extra effort in accommodating patrons with special needs.

Breaking GroundSt. Clair Superior - AsiaTown neighborhood

Neighborhoods by the numbers: How the new Progress Index is a win for CLE residents

Three years in the making, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) is ready to release its Progress Index to the public. Aimed at fostering inclusive Cleveland communities of choice and opportunity, the Index had previously been available to Cleveland’s 31 community development corporations (CDCs), who helped test and fine-tune the tool.

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