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Feature Story Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center’s battered women’s shelter steps to independence service.

Rapid rehousing strategy helps protect domestic violence victims during a pandemic

During the cononavirus pandemic, financial and social stressors are leading to an increase in domestic violence cases. Agencies in Northeast Ohio, and around the country, are implementing new ways to keep victims safe.  

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Who’s Hiring in #CLE: Volunteers of America, Punch Bowl Social, CMNH, 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, and how to apply.

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Old Stone Church in Public Square turns 200 this weekend

The Old Stone Church, Public Square's oldest building, is celebrating 200 years of community service and its role in shaping the city we know today.

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Go exploring: Canalway Partners invites you to discover the Towpath Trail by bicycle

Canalway Partners wants folks to get out and explore all the Towpath Trail has to offer. Various self-guided bike tours designed for all ages and abilities help get you out there this month. Weekly prize packages are awarded too!

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Learning from the best: Teachers inspire a lifetime of education

Kathleen Osborne's eighth grade teacher told her to pursue science instead of English. But as an adult (and a communicator), she's learned that both teachers and students must learn to adapt.

Partner Content Buckeye Masks and Stiches bought a total of 16 automated sewing machines made by German company Durkopp Adler, capable of  to producing 100,000 masks per day.

Teamwork makes the dream work: Automation, collaboration increase local mask production

Working with the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, MAGNET takes the lead on bringing local companies together to compete internationally in automated, high-volume mask production during the coronavirus pandemic.

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In the Heights: This mini-park project is set to breathe new life into the Cedar Lee District

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and that’s exactly why Deanna Fisher is passionate about making the Cedar Lee Mini-Park a place that makes visitors and residents fall in love at first sight with Cleveland Heights.

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Open for leisure: Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail sees its first visitors with ribbon cutting

After more than two years, Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension project—an urban stretch of 1.9 miles between the northern entrance to Steelyard Commons and Literary Avenue in Tremont—is complete and open to the public.

Feature Story Wilber Argueta stands outside the Zelma George Salvation Army Shelter, where he helped organize online tutoring for 12 homeless youth this summer.

As CMSD returns to virtual school, Project ACT ensures the needs of homeless students are met

With about 1,000 students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District either living in homeless shelters or with relatives, Project ACT makes sure those students can continue in their current schools while also providing both technology and personal support during the uncertainties of the pandemic. 

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Gordon Square’s Fast Forward fund keeps rolling with grants for small businessses

The Detroit Shoreway's Fast Forward Fund, established in June to help small businesses in the Gordon Square Arts District, has now raised more than $55,000 and helped 19 businesses.

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Need some creative catharsis? FreshWater editor to launch fifth cohort of Artist's Way class

Though there seem to be few things that all of us can agree on these days, one definite exception is the fact that 2020 has been a year of unrest, upheaval, and uncertainty for everyone. (Cue the murder hornet memes.)

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Thrifting and bonding in times of change

Nothing brings a mother and daughter together like a little bargain shopping to furnish a first apartment.

Feature Story The Islamic Center Cleveland began offering streaming services in lieu of in-person prayers in March.

Leap of faith: How COVID-19 has changed the way we worship

The pandemic may make it impossible for most houses of worship to congregate in-person, but institutions find their missions and prayers extend beyond the sanctuary walls. 

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Civics Essential: What do judges do and why is it important?

Due to lack of information, some voters, while choosing candidates for the executive and legislative branches on their ballots, skip judicial races. Here's why you don't want to do that, plus ways to learn about judges around the state.

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A lasting memento of Euclid’s lakefront luxury from Cleveland’s Jazz Age

In 1923 entrepreneur Jim Brown built a house on Lake Erie in Euclid. The six-bedroom home, with accents imported from around the world, still stands proudly today and is on the market for $1.2 million.

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Can't stop the hop: Sparx City Hop goes virtual for its 18th year in Cleveland

If you’ve seen a trolley with a film crew making its way through Cleveland in the last few weeks, consider it a spoiler alert. Now in its 18th year, the popular SPARX City Hop celebration will move almost entirely online in response to COVID-19.

Feature Story Michael Sering, vice president housing & shelter, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, with staff partners describing new initiatives.

Meet six Fresh Innovators who are using their grit to make Cleveland great

They're creative. They're courageous. They're resilient. They're the Fresh Innovators, a group of talented professionals making a difference locally. The Cleveland Leadership Center and FreshWater Cleveland will salute the group virtually with Spark 2020: Grit to Great, the center's annual leadership symposium, tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 3.

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Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for September 2020Powered by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

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

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Award-winning Cleveland filmmaker Johnny Wu’s newest film releases today on DVD

Cleveland filmmaker, co-founder of the Cleveland Asian Festival, and civic leader Johnny Wu announces the release of his latest movie, Immortal Combat: The Code" on DVD today.

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The Documenters come to CLE to keep public informed of what’s happening in our government meetings

The Documenters began in Chicago in 2016 as a way for civic reporters to track business at local government meetings. Now, the Documenters comes to Cleveland, looking to train people for jobs reporting on what's going on in local government.

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#PeopleofCLE: Project manager for INTRO project

Northeast Ohio is changing. These are the people shaping its future. Our latest installment.

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This Shaker Heights resident is rallying 'suburban housewives' to rock the vote in 2020

When it comes to politics, Katie Paris is true blue. A longtime veteran of national politics, Paris has spent the last year zeroing in on the political scene a bit closer to home—right here in Ohio. In 2019, Paris founded Red Wine & Blue, a grassroots organization geared at rallying suburban women to vote and affect change.


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Who’s Hiring in #CLE: Community Greenhouse Partners, Horizon Freight, Cleveland Clinic, 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, and how to apply.


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Riding the wave: Eastern suburbs prepare for new surge of evictions and foreclosures

Just like most of Cuyahoga County, Cleveland's inner-ring suburbs are expecting a wave of potential evictions and foreclosures because of the coronavirus. But officials are trying to provide assistance wherever they can in Shaker Heights and South Euclid.

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Sign of the times: New Collinwood mural reflects modern-day community hope

Community activists Chanell and Donald Boyd initiated the creation of a new mural in the Waterloo Arts District that unites the diverse Collinwood community.

Buzz Six Cleveland photographers are offering their time and talents to help the homeless and support the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless to raise awareness and support for Cleveland's homeless.

Donate socks to the homeless, get a free professional photo shoot on Saturday

To raise awareness and support for Cleveland's homeless, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) has recruited six professional photographers to conduct photo shoots for anyone who donates socks or cash to the cause this Saturday,

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Help Wanted: Extroverted empty nester in search of 'appropriate' social engagement

Kathleen Osborne lists the dos and dont's for a mother on social media...and other hobbies.

Feature Story Billy L. Sharp, guild president of the Urban League Guild of Greater Cleveland, waits for cars to arrive to a food distribution event at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church in central Cleveland in mid-July.

Making it count: Community groups get creative in collecting census data during a pandemic

Cleveland is lagging in responses to the 2020 U.S. Census, so community groups are taking some creative measures to encourage traditionally hard-to-reach groups to be counted—and it's working.

Street Level Cleveland Dinners is a new initiative bringing diverse groups of Clevelanders together to break bread and discuss current issues openly and honestly.

Appetite for change: Cleveland Dinners strives to give everyone a seat at the table

Cleveland transplant Ricardo Reinoso believes that giving everyone a seat at the proverbial table starts with doing just that.


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Artist Lucy Bailey shows a pop of color with her ‘Daylily’ exhibit at Praxis

Artist Lucy Bailey uses silks and dyes as an outlet to express her feelings in her exhibit "Daylily," running through this weekend at Praxis Fiber Workshop in Collinwood. 

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Job matchmaker: Spruce marketing firm founder launches job board for freelancers and nonprofits

Tom Sarago founded Trialogue to pair nonprofit organizations with freelancers who can fill contract job needs.

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Personal party: private book browsings, paired with pizza and wine, are popular at Visible Voice

Looking out for the health and safety of both his staff and customers, Visible Voice Books owner Dave Ferrante is booking private book-browsing events through this fall.

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