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Seeking asylum: A journey to escape Congolese political violence, find peace in Cleveland

When Jonas Mbonga crossed the border from Mexico to Texas in the summer of 2018, he thought it would be the end of a long and dangerous journey. Instead, it was the start of an even more difficult path—navigating the immigration detention system in the United States.

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Rally on the River: A photo essay of last week's Canalway Cuyahoga River Rally

Last week, Canalway celebrated a “river renewed” by looking at how far the Cuyahoga River has come, the river’s history, and the lifestyle enhancements clean water provides at Cuyahoga River Rally in the Flats. FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski caught all the fun.

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If these walls could talk: History of Cleveland Police Department headquarters

The Cleveland Police Department may have a long and colorful history, but the buildings that housed the police headquarters have even more colorful stories on their grounds.

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Metroparks Trail Challenge: A gritty and majestic walk along the Lakefront Reservation

Writer Erin O'Brien just checked out the Lakefront Reservation, including Edgewater Beach and its Beach House, Wendy's Way pedestrian bridge, and Whiskey Island Still & Eatery, among other points of interest. Follow her adventures on this sixth leg of her Metroparks 2022 Trail Challenge.

Feature Story Corrolytics startup secured an award for a microbial corrosion testing kit aimed at the oil and gas industry

Expanding manufacturing innovations: MAGNET pitch competition now covers all of Northern Ohio

For seven years, MANGET's annual MSPIRE event has stood as the only pitch challenge for Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing-focused entrepreneurs. This year, the competition expands to all of northern Ohio, in a partnership with Toledo-based ProMedica Innovations. Who will pitch the most innovative hard tech, advanced materials, product, or technology this year?

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LAND studio debuts new tour on The City is Our Museum app for holiday fun

Just in time for the July 4 holiday weekend, LAND studio released additional tours on its free The City is Our Museum app.

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Come sail away: Tall Ships sail into Cleveland next week

The Tall Ships Festival returns to the Cleveland waterfront next week for the first time since 2019.

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Asian Lantern Festival next week returns to Metroparks Zoo for a fifth year

The always popular Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo returns next week with some of the largest displays yet.

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Where recovery meets community: Renovated Stella Maris Coffee Shop is a sober place for a cup of joe

After closing during the pandemic, the newly renovated Stella Maris Coffee Shop on Washington Avenue is back in business and offering workforce development for its employees in recovery, as well as a tasty cup of coffee or tea for the patrons. 

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Assembly for the Arts launches a new type of residency for artists and arts entrepreneurs

Assembly for the Arts is now accepting applications for 10 to 15 Arts Leadership Residencies, which will start this fall.

Breaking Ground Elizabeth (Ebeth) Sawchuk has joined the Cleveland Museum of Natural History but will continue to research ancient Africa.

Evolving history: Museum of Natural History undergoes staff, campus, program changes

The 102-year-old Cleveland Museum of Natural History is finishing a $150 million expansion and renovation that includes physical enhancements, staff additions, and a new hall that will feature some of the museum's most prized attractions.

Feature Story Editors, Julia, Jackie, Elk and Karley

It’s all a Blur: Lake Erie Ink’s teen writers reflect on life today in new anthology

Lake Erie Ink, a Cleveland Heights writing space for youth, last week released its sixth annual teen anthology, "Blur," depicting the voices and reflections of area teenagers.


Cleveland Heights City Council enacts LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion laws

The City of Cleveland Heights last week unanimously passed three ordinances that ensure equity and inclusion among LGBTQ+ residents, employees, and companies the city contracts with. 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 65th Street

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.

Feature Story Artist Rachel Hayes

Awake in Every Sense: Botanical Garden presents immersive fabric installation

Fiber artist Rachel Hayes’ large-scale installation, Awake in Every Sense, opens this weekend at the Cleveland Botanical Garden—providing a stimulating experience in color and movement.

Feature Story Melissa Khoury co-founder of Saucisson

A rising tide: SCORE works with Community Development Corporations to uplift local businesses

While small businesses in Cleveland are still recovering from COVID-19, nonprofit SCORE Cleveland is teaming up with area Community Development Corporations to offer the resources and tools that can help these businesses recover.

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Clarence Mack: Self-taught in architecture, yet designed 32 area homes that still stand today

Cleveland Masterworks: Without a day of training as an architect, Clarence Mack made his mark on Northeast Ohio nearly 100 years ago with the 32 impressive Georgian Revival and French Eclectic homes he built in Lakewood and Shaker Heights. All 32 homes stand today as testament to his talents. 

Feature Story A Place for Us in Cleveland opened in 2016 as Ohio's "first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing

Ohio's first LGBTQ-friendly apartments feel inclusive to some, like any other building to others

There aren't rainbow flags flying or posters touting gay-friendly events at A Place for Us—Ohio's first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing community. After six years, some say say the building is not fulfilling its promise to be a space that proactively supports older LGBTQ people, while other residents think the space is just fine the way it is.

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Canalway’s Cuyahoga River Rally highlights river history with music, fun on the water

Canalway's Cuyahoga River Rally returns for its second year with river history tours, ways to get out on the river, and a celebration on the banks of the Cuyahoga. 

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#CLEative Groove: Meet Josh Womack, copywriter and newly published author

Our #CLEative Groove series features Q&A profiles on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with Josh Womack, senior copywriter at Progressive Insurance and author of the new book: “I’m not a copywriter, but…”

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Relax you mind and body with Yoga on the Solstice Steps this week

Celebrate the Summer Solstice that occurred earlier this week with the YMCA's Sunset Yoga on the Solstice Steps this Thursday evening. 

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Dancing (and eating and playing) in the streets: Edgewater NeighborFest returns to Clifton

There's a party happening this Sunday, June 26 on Clifton Boulevard, when Edgewater NeighborFest returns for a day of music, food, activities, dancing. You name it, there's something for everyone at this event! 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Broadway Avenue

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.  

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Carl B. Stokes historic marker unveiled as second stop on the Cleveland Civil Rights Trail

The second Cleveland Civil Rights Trail marker, honoring the late Mayor Carl B. Stokes, was unveiled on Thursday, June 9 outside Cleveland City Hall.

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Cleveland Heights celebrates Pride Month, Juneteenth by affirming that All Are, indeed, Welcome here

The City of Cleveland Heights' tag line is #AllAreWelcomeHere, and this month city officials showed they mean it when they raised the Progress Pride Flag and introduced new legislation prohibiting LGBTQ+ discrimination, as well as also raised the African-American flag to celebrate Juneteenth this past weekend.

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Block party: Coventry Road to close for Juneteenth celebration

Officials are shutting down Coventry Road to auto traffic this Sunday to make way for a huge family-friendly Juneteenth celebration with live music, arts, food, and shopping.

Street Level Dazzle the District at Playhouse Square new chandelier first lighting on May 2, 2014.

FreshWater writers recognized at 2022 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards

FreshWater Cleveland was recognized last week at the Press Club of Cleveland's annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards with five awards for work published in 2021.

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Laid off: enjoying summer pleasures while contemplating the future

Brittney Hooper recently lost her job because of company restructuring that cut 70% of the staff. Her emotions swing from worrying about her future employment to looking forward to enjoying summer with her kids. 

Breaking Ground Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church

Church revival: Tremont residents renovate 1910 church to create unique event space

The former Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church has quite a history. The newest chapter in the building's 112-year history will come later this year in the form of the Elliot event center.

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Who’s Hiring in the CLE: MidTown, Fairfax Renaissance CDC, Davey Tree, and more

Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for.  

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Madison Avenue

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.  

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Superior Arts District’s new tenant brings jobs, art to in renovated warehouse

After three years in the making, the new CrossCountry Mortgage will this fall open its new headquarters in an historic renovated building complex in the Superior Arts District. To show its commitment to the neighborhood, the company is sponsoring a Paint the District competition that will bring a mural to the neighborhood.

Feature Story Marvetta Rutherford, a spokesperson for the advocacy group Clevelanders for Public Transit, boards the #15 bus to get to her temp job.

Stuck in Cleveland: Riders struggle to use public transit to get to work

Northeast Ohio residents’ ability to get to work by public transit has been in the spotlight in recent years, with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s  NextGen route redesign, implemented in June 2021, attempting to improve service frequency and job access. This may help, but what else can be done?   

Feature Story There’s only so much that traditional fixed routes can do to get people to every single job center out there.

How area communities are building small transit solutions to solve big issue of sprawl

While GCRTA's recent NextGen route redesign has helped some people get to work on time, other smaller Northeast Ohio cities are working on their own public transit solutions, and how the Paradox Prize helped them do it.

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