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Little Italy

A perfect slice of Cleveland: Little Italy

In this series, Fresh Water gives an insider's tour of CLE's storied neighborhoods. This week, Fresh Water contributor Mark Oprea offers up the first perfect slice of Cleveland as he shows you around his corner of the world: Little Italy.  

Brandyn Armstrong inventor of the Studio Stick

Young inventor offers up promising portable studio, leaves behind difficult past

A young local entrepreneur is on the verge of introducing a unique portable studio to the world and giving everyone a chance to be a professional recording artist, wherever they may be.  

Robert Putka at the Capitol Theater where Mad will premire for CIFF40

Welcome Home: Cleveland International Film Festival shines a spotlight on local stories

Fresh Water takes a closer look at CIFF's local offerings and finds a field of sunflowers, two opposite sisters and the man behind Melt's flying grilled cheese sammie.

Chorusline Luminaries sculptural array is cast after the image of a Broadway chorus line

Cleveland insider: the stories behind CLE's quirkiest public art

Stephen Manka has installed public art throughout the city. His subtle methods, however, reveal myriad connections between Clevelanders, their spaces and their history.

May Dugan and friends (back left, with her daughter, Rita Reynolds Kiousis)

The very Irish history of Cleveland's west side philanthropy

The colorful history of May Dugan and how she embodied West Side philanthropy shimmers with the emerald green of her family's heritage.

Terry Schwarz

Terry Schwarz

Terry Schwarz is the Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, a combined urban design graduate program and urban design practice nonprofit that uses planning and design to address social issues in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Artwork on the Cheerio Bldg in the Detroit Shoreway 2011

PHOTOS: Eighteen images of places around town that are gone but not forgotten

Fresh Water managing photographer Bob Perkoski rarely lets a Cleveland icon go unrecorded no matter how humble it may be.

Pre-Kindergarten at Riverside School

Tethering Cleveland's charter and district schools to bring quality education to all

Cross-pollinating Cleveland's charter and CMSD schools by transferring educators between them - along with their experience and ideas - helps advance the Cleveland Plan's goal of ensuring quality education for all students.

Liz Ferro - Girls With Sole

Girls With Sole on a marathon to wellness

Liz Ferro, founder of Girls With Sole, is on a mission to help girls turn to fitness for healing in the long run.

Birchwood School

Diversity, curriculum set West Park's Birchwood School apart

The Birchwood School offers area families a unique educational opportunity for the Pre-K through middle school set, with an energized curriculum and a keen focus on character and hard work.

Filmmaker Darryl Dickenson

Motion Picture Tax Credit translates into box office hit for local economy

The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit has created the equivalent of 1,729 full-time jobs since 2011 and generated more than $400 million in economic impact - and Northeast Ohio has had a starring role in all of it.

Cleveland highway Rt 2

New images reveal true impact of freeways on Cleveland's neighborhoods

While Interstate highways connected Cleveland proper with points across the county and beyond, the street-level impact on dense urban neighborhoods was profound and enduring. Guest contributor Tim Kovach reveals this topic with a sobering bird's eye view.

Fresh Water editor Erin O'Brien

Fresh Water taps Erin O'Brien as new managing editor

Long-time Fresh Water contributor Erin O'Brien will now helm the publication.

Valdivieso - acrylic on canvas

An artistic journey from Ecuador to Cleveland Heights

Growing up in Ecuador, Rafael Valdivieso went against his family's tradition of embarking on a career in politics to pursue his love of the arts.

Entrance To Glenveagh by Eileen Dorsey

March to come in like a lion - at least culturally speaking

It may still be February, but March is set to come in like a lion, with a bevy of short alt films, a celebration of Leonard Bernstein and a glittering green art opening.
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