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Feature Story La’Tanya and her donor, Christy Crocker.

Praying for an angel: Strangers discover they are a match for a kidney transplant

Twelve years ago, La'Tanya Foster and Christy Crocker did not know each other. But a mutual friend brought two together in a lifesaving friendship.

Feature Story A 2-1-1 HelpLink navigator helps callers with services that include housing support, utility assistance and access to food.

Vaccination navigation: United Way's 2-1-1 has helped thousands get appointments

A dedicated vaccine helpline through the United Way of Greater Cleveland's 2-1-1 system has helped more than 52,000 area residents get registered for the vaccine, or otherwise answered their questions about vaccination.

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Daniel H. Burnham and John Wellborn Root: Designers of the first skyscrapers

Cleveland Masterworks: Daniel H. Burnham and John Wellborn Root—pioneers in steel framing construction—designed three of Cleveland's tallest buildings, for the times, in the 1890s.

Breaking Ground Rendering of MetroHealth’s Cleveland Heights Medical Center that will add 110 new treatment beds, a psychiatric urgent care center and a selection of specialized units.

MetroHealth expansion to bring new mental health services to Cleveland Heights facility

MetroHealth's $42 million expansion of its Cleveland Heights medical center will help meet the growing need for mental health services in the region. 

Feature Story An estimated 28% of American healthcare workers have said they will “wait and see” before they get the vaccine, despite working on the frontlines.

Health Department struggles with language barriers and data collection during pandemic

Although Cleveland has made small steps in its communications with non-English speaking residents, it still has not beefed up its bilingual staff—making COVID-19 contract tracing operations difficult. Advocates are working to change the situation.

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Let the good times roll: Funny Bus CLE gets in gear for May launch

Led by local comedians, Funny Bus CLE combines laughs and local lore for a lively tour of the city’s core—starting at Collision Bend in the Flats with a halfway stopping point at Merwin’s Wharf.

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Ruth Ratner Miller Awards to honor DCA Ambassadors, celebrate downtown projects

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance will host its 22nd annual Ruth Ratner Miller Awards to recognize significant contributions to the forward momentum and improvement of Downtown Cleveland.  

Breaking Ground Students in JCU’s entrepreneurial class have developed and are now implementing The Food For Thought food buggy with a social service spin of feeding the homeless.

Food for Thought: JCU student entrepreneurs create food buggy to feed the homeless

Students in John Carroll University's entrepreneurial program are feeding hungry customers while also feeding the homeless with their new food buggy concept.

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Level up: JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program has the tools to grow your business

JumpStart's Small Business Impact Program provide entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow, thrive, and take their businesses to the next level.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 28th 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.

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Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for April 2021

The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up all the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval.

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Nine groups receive COVID-19 Rapid Response Funds; three get CARES Act Homeless Taskforce funds

Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awards $803,395 in grants, as well as $1,860,516 in CARES Act funds to combat homelessness.

Breaking Ground who's hiring

Who’s Hiring in CLE: Metroparks, Holden Fresh Fork, Punch Bowl Social, 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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A space of their own: The curtain will rise on LatinUS Theater Company’s Blackbox Theater

LatinUS Theater Company will be the first Latino theater company in Ohio with its own dedicated theater—the Blackbox Theater—when it premiers “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” in September. 

Breaking Ground Severance Hall

Frank Walker and Harry Weeks: Designers of Municipal Stadium, other cherished landmarks

Cleveland Masterworks: Frank Walker and Henry Weeks designed more than 600 buildings, including some of Cleveland's most recognizable structures—from Severance Hall to the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. 

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Criminal justice reform: What is it and why is it important?

Most people want to believe that the criminal justice system will never intersect with their lives. But according to a 2019 report by Cornell University, about 45% of Americans at one time have seen an immediate family member incarcerated.  

Street Level Butterflies return to the Glasshouse in the Botanical Garden marking the beginning of spring.

Signs of spring: Hundreds of butterflies arrive at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

The butterflies are due to make their debut this weekend at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

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People for Trees campaign receives $200,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation

A $200,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation will help Holden Forests & Gardens' People for Trees campaign in its quest to plant 15,000 new trees in Northeast Ohio by 2025.

Street Level Yohannes Haile-Selassie in Ethiopia with a piece of MRD's cranium

The bone hunter: Anthropologist searches the globe to understand the human family tree

Yohannes Haile-Selassie is one of the world’s top hunters of ancient hominins, boosting the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's long-time prominence in the field.

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Centennial celebration: Capitol Theatre marks 100 years as a Detroit Shoreway destination

Gordon Square's Capitol Theatre turns 100 years old next week and officials are planning a year-long celebration—starting Thursday, April 8.

Feature Story Facing the challenges and frustrations of being homeless in Vancouver

New Leaf Project study shows one-time direct cash transfers positively impact the homeless

An experiment in Vancouver, British Columbia shows that when people experiencing homelessness are given one-time $7,500 payments, they moved into stable housing faster, they spent fewer days homeless, and saved more than $1,000 in a year.

Breaking Ground Daniel Arsham. Moving Basketball, 2019. Installed at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Swish! New Cavs creative director scores in his hometown with stunning basketball graphics

Artist Daniel Arsham was named the Cavaliers' new creative director last fall—the first artist in the NBA to be hired for that position. Since then, the Cleveland native has made an impact on the city with his basketball-themed graphic images.

Street Level Ryan Tobbe, aka TobyRaps (right)

Joy to the world: Local musician uses music to bring happiness to himself, others

Ryan Tobbe tries to bring a smile to people's faces wherever he goes—using his guitar and his words to elicit happiness.

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StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 2nd 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 The Moreland Theater

Commercial restoration: How investors and CDCs encourage reuse of historical structures

From former drug stores and medical supply businesses, to classic theaters of days gone by, Cleveland's Community Development Corporations make restoration and preservation of historic buildings a priority. 

Feature Story JOG students from Maple Heights Educational & Career Advancement Center on a field trip at the Federal Reserve

Y.O.U. brings jobs, financial freedom to underserved Northeast Ohio youth

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) would have placed more than 2,000 high-school students into summer jobs last summer if COVID-19 hadn't quashed the plans. But Y.O.U pivoted, recovered, and aims to place 1,200 students in jobs this summer in its efforts to ready teens and young adults for economic independence. 

Breaking Ground Cleveland City Hall

J. Milton Dyer: Designer of local iconic buildings, summer homes for the wealthy

Cleveland Masterworks: J. Milton Dyer was a versatile architect—designing industrial buildings and social clubs, while also designing summer homes for Cleveland's early elite crowd.

Breaking Ground Who Names the Neighborhood?

What’s in a name? WRHS historian to examine origins of CLE neighborhood names at virtual event

Western Reserve Historical Society's John Grabowski will explore how local neighborhood name changes have been influenced by shifting demographics, politicians, developers, and urban planners.

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The heat is on: Local inventor creates action game Scorch Injector

Freelance graphic designer Matt Larsen spent quarantine developing Scorch Injector, a spicy action game app with a food lover's twist.

Feature Story Left to right - Lauren Adkins, Belle Oehler, Ainsley Culp of the Medina High School GSA.

Area high school LGBTQ+ alliances adapt in pandemic to provide safe spaces for students

High school Gender and Sexuality Alliances, where LGBTQ+ students can find support and friendships, have moved to a new level with closed schools and pandemic restrictions. 

Breaking Ground The Lumen at Playhouse Square

Downtown Cleveland Alliance celebrates signs of progress after a challenging year

Despite the pandemic, downtown activity and growth remained strong in 2020, according to the Downtown Cleveland Alliance's annual report. 

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Eviction aid story prompts $50K donation to Slavic Village Development

A NEO Solutions Journalism Collaborative article in FreshWater recently prompted an anonymous donor to give $50,000 in aid to Slavic Village Development to help struggling residents. 

Breaking Ground Who's Hiring

Who’s Hiring in CLE: Fairfax Development, NASA, Botanical Garden, Goodwill, 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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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Franklin 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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