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Feature StoryThe Stella Maris Coffee Shop

Opioid-related deaths in NEO have risen 125%. These two agencies are tackling the problem head-on.

Timothy Gerber started using Percocet and Adderall when he was 15 years old. By the time he was 21, Gerber was addicted to heroin. When he was 24, in February 2015, his mother died of a heroin overdose—and so began Gerber’s own road to recovery at Stella Maris, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Tremont.

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Inside the Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Equity Forum—and why it matters so much

From its perch atop a hill in Shaker Square-Buckeye, the Benjamin Rose Institute for Aging boasts an expansive view of Cleveland and its skyline that makes it easy to feel like anything is possible—and that was exactly the vibe at the conclusion of the Early Childhood Equity Forum, held there last Friday, April 12.

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Heights citizens just want great designs for Top of the Hill development

As the Top of the Hill project—a mixed-use development with apartments, retail, and parking at the top of Cedar Hill—nears approval from the city’s Architectural Board of Review (ABR), a group of Cleveland Heights residents are voicing their disapproval of the planned design.

Street LevelDouglas Max Utter reflects on his work at HEDGE Gallery.

HEDGE Gallery celebrates its 10th birthday at 78th St. Studios with new exhibition

Today 78th Street Studios is regarded as one of Cleveland’s primary art meccas with more than 60 creative businesses housed in its cavernous 170,000-square-foot complex, but a decade ago, there were less than 15 businesses inside the space. When it opened in April 2009, contemporary art gallery HEDGE Gallery became one of them.

Feature StoryJacquie Gillon

Leadership in the green space is mostly white, but this Cleveland group is working to add more color

When Kent Whitley talks about environmental issues, he doesn’t start with words like “sustainability” or terms like “carbon footprint." “It’s so hard to talk with these big words. You have to go to the dictionary,” he says with a laugh. Instead he brings the issues down to earth, to air, and to water. “I say, ‘The lake is dirty...and it’s affecting you.’” That kind of bluntness is how Whitley and others plan to convince African Americans that they have a stake in environmental policy.  

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Off to market we go: Inside the 2.0 version of Night Market CLE and AsiaTown Food Tours

After going dark last summer, Night Market Cleveland returns to Rockwell Avenue and E. 21st St. on Friday, June 21, for an all-new season of food, music, and family entertainment—and even more opportunities for visitors and locals alike to get to know this small, often insular, community.  

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The heat is on: Cleveland yogi is the brains behind Toasti, a new heated yoga mat

Jeff Bargiel wants to warm up your yoga routine. As the founder of Toasti, Bargiel has created a heated yoga and exercise mat that makes it easier to get muscles loose and workout-ready—a necessity if you live in a not-so-toasty environment like Cleveland. The avid yoga practitioner first came up with the concept after shivering through one too many home yoga routines.

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FreshWater debuts new CLE Means We dedicated series on equity and inclusion

Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is quoted as saying, “The only sustainable prosperity is shared prosperity.” Northeast Ohio still has a long way to go on that front, though the region is working diligently to decrease the gap. FreshWater's new "CLE Means We: Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Cleveland" series will highlight innovative programs and emerging leaders driving equity and inclusion in Cleveland. Click here to learn more about it.

Feature StoryThis Is Shaker Square: The Podcast, on the Sidewalk podcast feed

Now hear this: The five Cleveland podcasts you need to add to your rotation right now

When Lakewood resident Katie Tackett started her Muse Room podcast in late 2018, fellow podcaster Katie Dalebout shared some sage wisdom: “Podcasting is the new networking.” This assertion rings true for just about every podcaster—affording the chance to curate a dream lineup of interviewees—and we listeners get to go along for the ride. 

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Archeologist reveals evidence of the hidden waterways of the Cuyahoga Delta

Not surprisingly, Cleveland’s geological landscape 200 years ago was quite different than today’s modern, industrialized city. In 1820, spring-fed streams ran freely throughout the region, running through neighborhoods like Cleveland Heights, Kinsman, Scranton Flats, and Ohio City. Last Saturday, April 6, these now-hidden waterways took the spotlight during a sold-out tour: Exploring Cleveland's Hidden Waterways.

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A new generation of future gardeners is blossoming at Shaker schools

If Shaker Heights feels a bit more fragrant this spring, you can thank teacher Tim Kalan. Since 2016, Kalan has been leading garden clubs for kids in second through fourth grades at Lomond and Onaway Elementary Schools, and they’re about to enter their fourth planting cycle.

Breaking GroundPainter Mansion exterior

To raze or not to raze? Beaumont's decaying Painter Mansion begs the question

Surrounded by a historic stone wall in Cleveland Heights, Beaumont School's 21-acre campus is rich in Cleveland history, but the on-site Painter Mansion is showing all of its 114 years. School officials say they have no use for the deteriorated mansion, and the renovations would be too costly, so it’s time to tear down the house—but Cleveland's preservation community wants the historic home to get a second chance.

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