Breaking Ground Accelerate 2022

Innovative thinking: 25 visionaries to pitch their ideas at Accelerate civic pitch competition

Cleveland Leadership Center's annual Accelerate civic pitch competition is coming in February, and 25 innovators and entrepreneurs are armed with creative new ideas in six categories to vie for the $5,000 prize.

Feature Story Housing rights activists and community groups in Cleveland are hoping to convince Mayor Justin Bibb and city council to endorse legislation to adopt a series of renters’ protections.

How renters' rights are protected in some Ohio cities outside of Cleveland

Tenants in several cities across Ohio have something that their counterparts in Cleveland lack—renter protection rights.   

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Pride in the CLE: Annual to festival to return in June to in-person reverie with a new location

Pride in the CLE—the annual event celebrating LGBTQ+ rights, culture and liberation—will be returning to downtown Cleveland on Saturday, June 4.

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Who’s Hiring in the CLE: Grayton Road Tavern, Shaker Heights, Buckeye Flame, 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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Celebrating 50 years of rocking the falafel on Coventry

Crowds came out to Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights last Friday to wish Tommy's  owner Tommy Fello a happy 50th anniversary of the iconic restaurant.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in Clark-Fulton

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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Create your own adventure with the 2022 Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge

Since 2018 the Cleveland Metroparks has invited Clevelanders to participate in its annual Trail Challenge. This year's challenge is already underway. Complete 10 or 20 of the potential 30 trail routes and win prizes!

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Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge 2022 trail routes

Here is a list of the 26 trails on the 2022 Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge, their routes, and directions on how to complete the trail.

Breaking Ground St. Agnes Catholic Church at Euclid and E. 81st. during the 1940s. All but the bell tower was demolished in 1975.

St. Agnes Church: Weathered the Depression, racial tensions in Hough before its demise

Cleveland Masterworks: The only remnant of St. Agnes Church in the Hough neighborhood is the bell tower on a grassy plot of land, but the church's history is remarkable 100 years later.

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Map shows Cuyahoga County’s vaccination rates align with region's health disparities

Cuyahoga County’s vaccination rates range from 90% in wealthier suburban areas to 30% in low-income Cleveland communities. This interactive map breaks it all down.

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#CLEative Groove: Meet Susan Chapo, founder of Relish Cleveland Tours

Welcome to #CLEative Groove, a new series featuring profile Q&As with our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our first installment with Susan Chapo, founder of Relish Cleveland food tours.

Feature Story The pandemic raised the number of renters at risk of losing their homes to as many as 40 million people nationwide, according to a study by the Aspen Institute.

Housing rights: Northeast Ohio renters with vouchers struggle to find housing

Housing rights activists and community groups in Cleveland are hoping to convince Mayor Justin Bibb and Cleveland City Council to adopt renters’ protections that would make source of income discrimination illegal.

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All aboard! RTA launches new high-tech, low emissions HealthLine bus fleet today

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is introducing 16 new environmentally-friendly passenger and buses with the latest in tehcnologies along the HealthLine.

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Ice Potion: Ice Fest returns to North Coast Harbor with Harry Potter theme

Ice carving demonstrations and winter fun galore is planned at North Coast Harbor when the Downtown Cleveland Alliance hosts the eighth annual Ice Fest on Martin Luther King Day this coming Monday.

Breaking Ground Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart administered the oath of office to Justin Bibb while his mother, Charlene Nichols, held the Bible

Fighting for the promise: Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb marks his transition into office

A small group of supporters gathered with Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb at Public Auditorium this past Saturday to celebrate his inauguration as the city's 58th mayor. 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in East Cleveland

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 Cleveland Heights is the latest suburb to pass a law protecting home renters from landlord discrimination when they try to secure a lease using a HUD-issued Housing Choice voucher.

Reviewing 2021: A baker’s dozen of the top FreshWater stories of last year

FreshWater takes a look back at 13 of our favorite stories from 2021. Happy New Year!

Feature Story We Are In This Together by artist Erin Guido

Reflections and Predictions: 2021 was a year of ups and downs, with hope building for 2022

It's been a long two years since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. While we may be physically and emotionally drained, Cleveland and its residents had some noteworthy accomplishments. This week, we take a look back at 2021 with the FreshWater staff reflecting on the past year and looking forward to events and projects in 2022.

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The New Year: Looking Back; Looking Forward

FreshWater writers Grant Segall, Evan Gallagher, Rashidah Abdulhaqq, Tom Matowitz, Erin O'Brien, and Marc Lefkowitz tout some of the city's accomplishments and look forward to covering some hot new topics in 2022.

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The New Year: Arts and Technology

FreshWater Managing photographer Bob Perkoski and writers Jen Jones Donatelli, Jo Donofrio, and Brittney Hooper gush with excitement over some spectacular arts and culture projects and the future of technology of Cleveland.

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The New Year: Cleveland sports

FreshWater writers (and sports fans) Douglas J. Guth and Dana Shugrue look forward to the NBA All-Star Game coming to Cleveland in February and what the Cavaliers, Browns, and Guardians have in store for fans in the new year.

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The New Year: A new mayor; more of everything good

FreshWater writers Brandon Baker and Mark Oprea anticipate Mayor-elect Justin Bibb taking the city's reins, while Kelly Quinn Sands looks forward to more of everything good in Cleveland.

Feature Story Top: July 2019 – CPL 150th Anniversary Celebration -- Bottom: June 2019 – Ohio City Farm Sunflowers

Playing favorites: FreshWater celebrates 500 issues with our favorite mastheads

On Thursday, Dec. 8, FreshWater marked its 500th issue. To celebrate, we took at look at 500 mastheads and chose some of our favorites by FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski, who has been with FreshWater since Day One.

Partner Content Taylor Calhoun, the founder of ArtHub

A little help goes a long way for artists weaving our communities back together

In a joint partnership, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Neighborhood Connections   awarded $59,587 in grants to support 22 artists and entrepreneurs working on projects related to the pandemic in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Holiday shopping in downtown department stores

Cleveland Masterworks: Many Clevelanders wax nostalgic when they think of the downtown departments stores during the holiday season. Those stores are now gone, with the images of lavish holiday decoration and shopping left to memories.

Feature Story Illustration by John Shiner, showng the variety of things Cleveland-area residents have spent - or could spend - the Child Tax Credit on.

The Child Tax Credit is helping Clevelanders, but some families have missed it

An estimated 116,500 families in Ohio—including many in the Cleveland area—missed out on the $250-$300 monthly advance Child Tax Credit payments. What happened, and what can be done to remedy that problem?

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Tapping superpowers: Meet the art therapist who is using superheroes to help LGBTQ+ youth

Mike Boyce discovered at an early age that comic books provided a well-needed escape from reality. Now, the art therapist uses comics to create a nonjudgmental and positive space for LGBTQ+ youth.

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Blazing trails: Metroparks wins federal money to build east side Towpath Trail equivalent

Federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will allow for the planning and design of four small trail sections that make up 5.7 miles of trail and bicycle connections on Cleveland’s east side and find the best path from Euclid Creek Reservation to the lakefront and to connect the new Opportunity Corridor bike path to downtown.

Breaking Ground To promote Cleveland’s local coffee industry, with a sustainability twist Aleksandra Brankov launched Cafilia in July 2020.

Cool beans: Cafilia keeps it local by serving up coffee subscriptions

Aleksandra Brankov is all about supporting local business, and she loves her Northeast Ohio coffee shops and cafes. So, she developed her subscription-based coffee company, Cafilia, so customers can bring in their reusable travel mugs and get their locally-brewed cups of joe with no cash involved. 

Partner Content Neighborhood institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art have since reopened.

A look back, a glimpse ahead: CDCs navigated challenges in building up communities in 2021

A trio of local Community Development Corporation leaders are striving to accentuate the positive during the pandemic while casting ahead to a brighter future with the programs they've offered in their neighborhood this past year and the plans they are making for 2022.

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We Run This City: Grant will extend YMCA's youth marathon program to Lakewood

Since its founding, the YMCA We Run This City program has worked with more than 1,000 students in 43 CMSD schools, preparing them to run in the Cleveland Marathon. Thanks to a grant from the Three Archest Foundation, the program is now coming to Lakewood.

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The year's midnight: Reflections on the Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Here are some reflections, and some hope, as we mark the day and start the climb back to more daylight.

Street Level Kimpton Schofield entices guests to immerse themselves in its Van Gogh themed suite.

Living with Van Gogh: Kimpton Schofield invites guests to immerse themselves in its themed suite

Local large-scale digital artist Mike Wiertel and the Kimpton Schofield have teamed up to transform guests into Van Gogh's works in the hotel's new Van Gogh suite.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on East 9th 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 Rendering of Innovation Square in the Fairfax Neighborhood

Neighborhood renaissance: Partners break ground on next wave of renewal projects in Fairfax

Five community partners broke ground on a $52.8 million project in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood on Tuesday, Dec. 16—bringing a Meijer store, jobs, and apartments to the neighborhood and bolstering ongoing development efforts by Fairfax Renaissance Development.

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Linked: AT&T Connected Learning Center opens at Esperanza, plugs in the Clark-Fulton community

With 14 Dell PCs equipped with a range of software, the now-open AT&T Connected Learning Center in Esperanza is meant to add ammunition to one of Cleveland’s sorest setbacks—fixing its digital divide.

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Great Lakes Exposition: Great Depression distraction and Cleveland centennial celebration

Cleveland Masterworks: Impressed with the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, Dudley Blossom led the effort to create the 1936-37 Great Lakes Exposition on Cleveland's lakefront—hoping the event would serve as a diversion from the Great Depression and a celebration the city's centennial. 

Street Level Cleveland Restoration Society Luncheon December 10, 2021.

Cleveland Restoration Society unveils first Civil Rights Trail marker at Cory Church

The Cleveland Restoration Society unveiled the first marker on the African American Civil Rights Trail last week at Cory United Methodist Church during its annual community lunch, while also celebrating the church's role in the Civil Rights movement, the leaders who spoke there, and the restoration that's about to happen.

Breaking Ground The Village of Newburgh Heights and Cleveland Public Library celebrate the installation of Grab & Go Book Lockers.

Read the book: Newburgh Heights gets new Cleveland Public Library Grab & Go book locker

Cleveland Public Library leaders and Newburgh Heights officials opened its first Grab & Go Book Locker in the Village Hall—making it easier for everyone in the neighborhood to check out CPL materials.

Street Level Grand Master Glen Mayo of Northern Wind Martial Science, a Martial Arts school in the Hough community in Cleveland, Ohio.

Spiritual teachings: Northern Wind Martial Arts continues to blow across Cleveland

Glenville native and marital arts grand master Greg Mayo has been teaching martial arts for more than 50 years—showing youth, seniors, and women how to exercise and strengthen the body while learning self-defense.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Lake 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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