Street Level Having a bird feeder is a great way to support the local bird population while providing human entertainment.

For the birds: Nature Center goes online with annual bird seed sale

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has partnered with Wild Birds Unlimited and taken its annual bird seed sale online—offering eight varieties of seed for pick up on Nov. 8.

Breaking Ground Remixx Ice Cream + Cereal Bar

Stir it up: Take ice cream, mix it with breakfast cereal and other goodies, and you have Remixx

Vicki and Steve Kotris were all set to open their unique ice cream bar, a spinoff to their Cleveland Cookie Dough, when COVID-19 delayed their opening last spring. Now, they have finally opened the doors to Remixx Ice Cream + Cereal Bar at Clifton Corners.

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Four voting takeaways from a conversation with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

In a meeting last week with members of the Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative, Ohio secretary of state Frank LaRose addressed some of the concerns around voting in Ohio during the 2020 Presidential election.

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Prama Gallery creeps into the Halloween spirit with its 'Images of Haunted Ohio' exhibit

Prama Artspace & Gallery on Friday opened "Images of Haunted Ohio," a photo exhibit featuring six photographers who have caught chilling images in some of the state's most ghostly places.

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#PeopleofCLE: John, Roving musician of Shaker

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

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‘Watch us Grow:’ Historic May Co. building becomes The May, with modern living, retail

"Watch us Grow" once was May Company department store's slogan. Now, Clevelanders are again watching the iconic May Company Building, with its glistening white terra cotta façade, symmetrical detailing, and large windows facing Public Square, grow into a new life as The May—modern luxury apartments with a nod to the building's history.

Feature Story MidTown Cleveland community dance, music, and poetry event earlier this month called "Freedom".

Finding opportunity in the pandemic: How CDCs use programs to champion Cleveland’s youth

Cleveland's Community Development Corporations are finding new ways to engage young people with unique, exciting, and accessible programming, even during the coronavirus pandemic.  

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Technology helps communities and organizations get the word out about ballot issues

Part of the responsibility of information gathering still lies with the voters—especially in rural areas—but there are people trying to get the information out through as many channels as possible.

Breaking Ground Bridge Blooms mural by artist Garrett Weider

Bridge Brigade transforms neighborhood blemish into work of beauty

Members of an Ohio City block club, the Bridge Brigade, just completed the second phase of their neighborhood beautification project—commissioning Cleveland artist Garrett Weider to paint a 100-foot mural on the side of a vacant building.

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LISTEN --> FreshFaces Podcast: Cait Kennedy of [unBail]

Our FreshFaces podcast is back for season two! Episode One features [unBail] executive director Cait Kennedy, who helped design the [unBail] app as a "Google maps for court cases" to help defendants better navigate the criminal justice system.

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Black The Vote: Local NAACP calls for action hosts Saturday event to get out the vote

The Cleveland branch of the NAACP is calling upon volunteers at its Black The Vote event in the Harvard neighborhood to encourage residents to get out and vote.

Feature Story Cassie Pegg-Kirby, Director of the Women’s Center at Kent State, distributes donated food on the loading dock at Beall Hall where it will be given to local families who find themselves in need during the Covid-19 crisis.

Nourishing bodies and minds: Local colleges fight student hunger during the coronavirus pandemic

As local colleges reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve expanded efforts to provide food and emergency aid to students who are impacted by COVID-19—especially those who don't have family support.

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Hikia "Coco" Dixon is creating a creative labyrinth inside the 5th Street Arcades

Inventive entrepreneur Hikia “Coco” Dixon is taking 5th Street Arcades by storm with her two shops. Now, she's taken over 20,000 square feet in the Arcades to provide affordable studio space for entrepreneurs of color. 

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Triple cream heaven: Marchant Manor Cheese plans to open shop doors by the holidays

A year after securing a storefront on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, Kandice Marchant is nearing completion of Marchant Manor Cheese Shop—with high hopes to be open for the winter holidays.

Feature Story Members of the Cleveland DSA chapter meet at a parking lot near downtown Cleveland on a Saturday morning, preparing to head out to dozens of rental homes where tenants are at risk of being evicted.

Door-to-door: Advocates canvass neighborhoods, informing tenants and trying to prevent evictions

Members of the Democratic Socialists of America and other organizations are hitting Cleveland streets, making sure residents know their rights, and how to get assistance, when facing evictions.

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Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Zygote Press, Metropolitan at the 9, Cleveland Restoration, 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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Now that's fresh! Season Two of our FreshFaces podcast goes live on Thursday, October 22

Our FreshFaces podcast is back with an all-new season featuring six innovators making positive change in Cleveland.

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Head trip: How COVID-19 is affecting Cleveland's travel and tourism industry

COVID-19 has hit Cleveland's travel and tourism industry hard. Hotel occupancies are low and one in four employees in the industry were laid off this past summer. While the hotel industry awaits Congressional help, local museums and tourist attractions have gotten creative in their programming.

Feature Story Chasity Strawder with husband and youngest son Joshua

Beauty for Ashes: One family’s struggle to overcome barriers and birth a child

While pregnant with her second child, Chasity Strawder was diagnosed with a digestive disease. She felt ignored, hopeless, and misinformed. Ten years later, Strawder is now a voice for other women who have lost hope during their struggles.

Breaking Ground FreshWater will be embarking on a year of regular reporting that will explore the efforts of neighborhood-based organizations, leaders, and residents who are focused on moving their communities forward during a time of unprecedented challenge.

FreshWater launches Community Development Connection series on the resilience of CLE neighborhoods

FreshWater is embarking on a new series, Community Development Connection, a year of exploring the efforts of neighborhood-based organizations, leaders, and residents who are focused on moving their communities forward during a time of unprecedented challenge.

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A taste of home… before a goodbye

Kathleen Osborne recently drove 18 miles to a gas station. Not to fill up the car, but to get a taste of the hummus all of Cleveland seems to be talking about.

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Howling for healthcare workers: How residents on one Cleveland Heights street show their support

Each night at 8 p.m. residents on Corydon Road howl to the sky—praising Cleveland's frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic.

Breaking Ground The Time2Talk app allows U.S. and Canadian residents access to real-life tutoring with native speakers all over Latin America.

Can we talk? Latina-led startup Time2Talk helps bridge the cultural gap through conversation

Buenos Aires native, world traveler, and Gordon Square resident Marina Jackman has developed an app that takes a conversational approach to learning Spanish. 

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#PeopleofCLE: Angelo, the OG of Ohio City's pizza scene

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

Breaking Ground The Cleveland Outpost sells a mix of 80% used equipment and 20% new gear.

Access to adventure: Lakewood couple launches store with secondhand outdoor retail, nature workshops

The Cleveland Outpost's mission is to make outdoor adventure attainable for everyone. The new store offers used equipment, workshops, and other programs to eliminate the barriers to enjoying everything Cleveland's trails and shores have to offer.

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Playhouse Square’s Lumen shines brightly as Cleveland’s largest residential project in 40 years

The much-anticipated official opening of the Lumen apartments in Playhouse Square—the largest residential building project in Cleveland in 40 years—happens today.

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Test tube retail: Van Aken District launches program for retail and food entrepreneurs

The Van Aken District's Entrepreneurial Initiatives program allows both food and retail entrepreneurs to take their businesses for a test run before deciding to open their own bricks-and-mortar establishments.

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Look out for one another—we’re not at our best right now

We all might be letting our appearances slip during the pandemic, but nothing is worse than running into your hair stylist after a bad home dye-job.

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Hunka hunka body love: Local photographer set to spotlight 'Dad Bods of Cleveland'

As a lakefront wildlife haven with more than 260 bird species, Wendy Park is considered one of Cleveland’s most scenic spots. But anyone taking a stroll there last weekend was treated to some unexpected sights—namely, the men of the upcoming “Dad Bods of Cleveland 2021: A Year of Midwest Sexy” calendar.

Breaking Ground San Sofia stained glass in one of the two bedroom apartments.

Holy homes: Historic Zion Church preserved, reconfigured as San Sofia Luxury Apartments

Tremont's historic Zion Church UCC has been transformed into 26 luxury apartments that preserve the ornate stained glass and other elements of the church's 135-year history.

Breaking Ground Rendering of 5115 at The Rising on the site of the old St. Michael’s and St. Alexis Hospitals on Broadway in Slavic Village.

Broadway rising: University Settlement, NRP break ground on $20 million affordable housing project

Slavic Village's University Settlement and developer NRP Group are working on an affordable housing project that they hope will be the beginning of the neighborhood's renaissance.

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