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Breaking GroundProvidence House sensory garden

Garden experts build sensory garden for kids at Providence House

The children who come through Providence House—a crisis nursery providing free, voluntary emergency shelter to children—have enough going on in their worlds without having a quiet, relaxing place to think, reflect, or just be alone. Last week, Valley City-based landscape tool manufacturer Troy-Bilt sent six gardening experts to Providence House on W. 32nd Street to help revive the facility’s sensory garden as a place where even the youngest clients can take a peaceful time out.

Street LevelGraffiti HeArt

Graffiti HeArt's new gallery takes street art indoors

You’ve probably seen the mark of Graffiti HeArt all around Cleveland, whether you realized it or not. The nonprofit coordinates graffiti-style murals in the city’s private and public spaces, like the vibrant piece on the Stockyard Meats building in Detroit Shoreway and the “Welcome to Cleveland” painting that greets visitors to Ohio City. But with the opening of the Graffiti HeArt Gallery on May 31, the organization will welcome guests and artists to a permanent homebase.


BuzzClark Fulton/La Villa Hispana neighborhood

FreshWater kicks off 12-week On the Ground reporting series in La Villa Hispana

A vision 35 years in the making is hitting critical mass as the community of La Villa Hispana takes shape with a renewed sense of community and a flurry of new development. 

Breaking GroundCharlie and Maribel Pepinrivera and family

Army veteran and family surprised with renovated Cleveland Heights home

“Welcome home,” the crowd cheered as retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Charlie Pepinrivera and his family saw their new home on Canterbury Road in Cleveland Heights for the first time on Saturday, May 18. The four-bedroom, 1,736-square-foot home was purchased and renovated by Citizens Bank, in partnership with Homes 4 Wounded Heroes, then donated to Pepinrivera and his family.

Feature StoryPaul Meeker project that won the Neighborhood Enhancement Award at 4201 – 4207 Clinton Avenue - after restoration

Shiny and not-so-new: Celebration of Preservation honors CLE's shining stars in historic restoration

Cleveland has had its shares of ups and downs in the 223 years since Moses Cleaveland first set up shop, but many of the city’s homes and buildings have remained—largely due to those who have put forth tremendous efforts to preserve and restore the structures that form Cleveland’s unique history.

Feature StoryJohn K. Mott Youth Fund Distribution Committee (YFDC) student participants and agency partners come together for the student’s graduation from the program

How would 21 teens better Cleveland with $25,000? United Way gave them a chance to find out.

During a recent afternoon ceremony at the Halle Building, the mood was celebratory and inspiring as five local organizations received $5,000 grants in support of youth-geared initiatives. Even cooler? The benefactors are ambitious, civic-minded high school juniors and seniors who spent nine months serving on United Way of Greater Cleveland's John K. Mott Youth Fund Distribution Committee.

Feature StoryLas Villas Deli & Pastries

Portrait of a neighborhood: How cultural hub La Villa Hispana is evolving and embracing its future

On a recent Thursday in April, Jenice Contreras walked in front of 32 investors, architects, and community development corporation reps to announce some long-awaited news. “It’s a perfect storm,” she announced to the group at the Greater Cleveland Partnership offices downtown. “It took three decades. But we no longer need three decades to make it happen. All the right elements are now in place.”

Street LevelTremont Trek

The progressive dinner party that turned into a calling card for Tremont

If the neighborhood of Tremont were a person, it would make one heck of a dinner party host. One month from today, the area will once again host its annual Tremont Trek on Saturday, June 15. Now 18 years running, the event features an exclusive whirlwind tour of six private homes, along with tastings provided by local restaurants at each stop.

Feature StoryCommunity of Hope/Open Table

A place at the Table: How the Open Table Model is opening doors for CLE's foster care youth

When Ebony Naylor received her cosmetology license two years ago, she figured she’d mark the achievement by herself. The eight women who had mentored her for a year had other ideas.

Street LevelFilming of The Last Summer

Greater Cleveland Film Commission wants to ensure Ohio's film incentive doesn't have its last act

Proposed cuts in the Ohio House budget means the curtain might fall on Cleveland’s thriving film scene. The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, which gives filmmakers an incentive to bring movie production to Ohio, is on the chopping block to make space in the budget for income tax cuts. But Senate Bill 37 is also in the works, with a goal of raising the tax credit from $40 million to $100 million to pave the way for more growth in the local film industry. It’s a pivotal moment that has the Greater Cleveland Film Commission on edge.

Breaking GroundCleveland Asian Festival

Behind the scenes: AsiaTown goes all in to celebrate 10 years of the Cleveland Asian Festival

When Cleveland Asian Festival founders Lisa Wong, Johnny Wu, and Vi Huynh first started talking about celebrating Cleveland’s Asian community in 2010, they didn’t know what to expect. “Lisa threw out [the idea of] a big party,’” recalls Wayne Wong, the festival’s emcee and this year’s performance chair. “It wasn’t about any particular ethnicity—Chinese, Japanese, or Korean—but about the entire community and a celebration of Asian culture.”

Breaking Groundwho's hiring

Who's Hiring in CLE: Five Lakes Pro, NLDP, Refugee Response, Cleveland Foundation, FRDC....

Welcome to the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply. This installment includes jobs from Five Lakes Professional Services, Neighborhood Leadership Development Program, Refugee Response, Cleveland Foundation, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, and more. Click here for the freshest job opportunities fit to print.

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