Feature Story Asian Lantern Festival

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo bringing a summer of socially distanced normalcy to guests

There's a lot to do at the Zoo these days! After a three-month shutdown, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is back open and touting its new rhino reserve, the Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit, and return of the ever-popular Asian Lantern Festival.

Street Level hef Brandon Chrostowski of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute will lead participants through making Mediterranean rubbed skirt steak.

Learn to cook a tasty Sunday dinner with University Circle’s top chefs

With the cancellation of its usual summer events, like Wade Oval Wednesdays, University Circle, Inc. had to pivot to some socially distant and virtual  activities. At the Circle Food Tour each Sunday, for instance, University Circle chefs help folks cook a full gourmet summer dinner from the comfort of their kitchens and patios.

Street Level Nora Willauer

Documentary Songwriters to perform virtual concert, Songs of #MeToo to benefit Rape Crisis Center

An ensemble of musicians with the Documentary Songwriters will stream a concert on Friday that features the powerful survival stories of six women victimized by sexual conduct or domestic violence.

Feature Story CroniCLE

A nested interest in controlling our worlds

When a seemingly harmless bird lands at her feet, and then proceeds to make himself at home on her lap, Kathleen Osborne begins to ponder whether birds could be harbingers of things to come.

Street Level The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

Day of Action: Live music venues ask patrons to save our stages through email campaign to Congress

Almost 100 Ohio music venues and nonprofit stages are fighting to keep their doors open during the pandemic. Today is Ohio Day of Action, when organizers are asking everyone to write Congress and urge passage of the Save our Stages Act to help these venues make it through tough times. 

Breaking Ground Hough Uprising

Cleveland Restoration Society needs public’s help in choosing Civil Rights Trail historical markers

After receiving a $50,000 grant to build the African American Civil Rights Trail in Cleveland, the Cleveland Restoration Society is starting to choose sites for the 10 historical markers that will comprise the trail. But the organization needs your help in choosing which 10 sites should be included on the trail.

Breaking Ground Alysha Ellis

Fresh Innovators to be recognized for innovative impacts at virtual Spark: Grit to Great symposium

The Cleveland Leadership Center in September will honor six innovators during the Spark 2020: Grit to Great leadership symposium. These six people accomplish amazing feats while often going unnoticed.

Street Level Graduates receiving blankets from LENAC at the 2019 Pow Wow.

Cleveland Indigenous Coalition’s demand for team name and mascot change gains momentum

More than 60 local organizations and businesses have now taken a stand with the Cleveland Indigenous Coalition in asking Cleveland City Council, Progressive Insurance, and Cleveland baseball sponsors to  persuade the Cleveland Indians to change their name and end Indigenous themes and imagery.

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Who’s Hiring in #CLE: Tech Elevator, Food Bank, Cleveland Orchestra, 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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Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for August 2020

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.

Feature Story Nadia Akhlif sews a mask at National Safety Apparel as part of the company's pivot to creating face masks and gowns to fight the coronavirus.

Business Unusual: Local manufacturers adapt, preserve jobs, and carry on during pandemic

When the coronavirus brought everyday life to a screeching halt and area hospitals worried they would run out of PPE, several Northeast Ohio manufacturers and other businesses stepped up to adapt their processes, save jobs, and make what was needed.

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Two suburban school districts finalize facilities master plans during uncertain times

With shrinking populations and more community need, Lakewood and Shaker Heights School Districts are completing facilities master plans to accommodate students and residents—just in time to ponder the reopening of the schools during a pandemic.

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A long march: Change can be hard, but sometimes for the best when a pandemic hits

Kathleen Osborne gets a bit melancholy and sentimental in times of change. But sometimes memories in the rear view mirror are not as bad as they might appear.

Breaking Ground Rendering of Cleveland Platform Tennis Center

The Flats is getting into the swing of a things with a new platform tennis facility

A select group of Clevelanders has already fallen in “love” with the sport of platform tennis (aka paddle). Now, thanks to a new public facility in the Flats, the rest of Cleveland is set to embrace it, too.

Breaking Ground The gang at Witzi's Raw Granola

Crunching for a cause: A mother launches granola business to keep her family healthy

In an effort to find a healthy snack for her three children, Amy Witzigreuter mastered the art of making a tasty, easy-to-digest granola. Two years after launching Witzi's Raw Granola, customers throughout Ohio can't stop eating the five varieties she cranks out of her St. Clair Superior neighborhood kitchen.

Breaking Ground Amazon Delivery Station in Sterling Hts., MI. Similar facilities are coming to Bedford Hts., Cleveland, and Glenwillow by the end of the year.

Amazon to open three Cleveland-area delivery stations for faster service, to meet greater demand

Amazon's three new delivery stations to facilitate the "last mile" in the delivery process will mean hundreds of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for Northeast Ohioans.

Street Level Clean up after the rioting in downtown Cleveland.

Like a phoenix: Fund helps downtown businesses rise from the ashes of May’s riots

A group of Cleveland advocates came together to create the $1.45 million Downtown Recovery Response Fund to help businesses rebound from the destruction caused by the May 30 riots.

Breaking Ground Maelstrom Collaborative Arts Window Series

Fast Forward Fund helps Gordon Square businesses make it through pandemic strains

Small businesses in Gordon Square, like Superelectric Pinball Parlor and Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, are adapting their models during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to money from Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization's Fast Forward Fund.

Breaking Ground Betts Restaurant to open in Kimpton Schofield Hotel, replacing Parker's Downtown.

Betts Restaurant to open at Kimpton Schofield, offering options for all diets and cravings

When Parker's Downtown closed in March during the COVID-19 shutdown, owner James Mowbray fast tracked his rebranding plans for the restaurant space. Next week, Betts Restaurant, named after 19th Century Cleveland activist Elizabeth Schofield, will offer something for every taste.

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