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Feature Story John “Ikenna” Ogwuegbu, right, founder of Ikon Health foundation, works with volunteers to provide high-quality health care in underserved areas- both in Cleveland and in Africa.

Ikenna Ogwuegbu: Healthcare mentor, advocate for removing barriers in the refugee community

Many immigrants are often hesitant to access the American healthcare system—primarily because many American providers don't understand their cultural backgrounds. One Nigerian-born pharmacist is trying to remove the  barriers in Cleveland's refugee community with IKON Health Foundation.

Street Level Biofield Tuning is a sound therapy method that works directly with our body’s electrical system.

We Tried It: I got my biofield tuned

FreshWater Erin O'Brien has practiced Reiki for more than 20 years. So when she was invited to try biofield turning—sound therapy to tune up our bodies' electrical systems—she decided to check it out. 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Pearl Road

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 Ingenuity Fest 2022

A weekend at IngenuityFest: Exploring the age of World’s Fairs

IngenuityFest made a roaring return last weekend, with entertainment, information, and celebration of World's Fairs. FreshWater's McKenna Reiss and managing photographer Bob Perkoski offer perspective on the weekend. 

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Wade Memorial Chapel, a landmark in Lake View Cemetery

Cleveland Masterworks: One of the finest examples of the artisan craftmanship at the turn of the 20th Century can be found in Lake View Cemetery's Wade Memorial Chapel.

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Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Les Délices, Beck Center, Play House 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.    

Breaking Ground Humble Design creates forever homes for families and veterans emerging from homelessness.

Turning houses into homes: Humble Design’s fundraiser to help furnish homes for those in need

Humble Design furnishes forever homes for families and veterans emerging from homelessness. The organization tonight will host its sold out fundraising event, Welcome Home Cleveland, to raise awareness and money for its mission.

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Sweet journey: Fear’s Confections celebrates birthday with chocolate, local art, scavenger hunt

Confection lovers from across Northeast Ohio are invited to drop in to Fear's Confections this weekend to experience the hand-made sweets and nerdy, rockabilly vibe that define the shop that offers “sweets to die for” and participate in a neighborhood scavenger hunt.

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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 Mspire competition winner from ProMedica Innovations for medical radial check device.

Custom orders: MAGNET tailors its services to bring Cleveland builders to market

When MAGNET hosts its annual Mspire pitch competition—Ohio's only pitch challenge exclusively for manufacturing-focused entrepreneurs—the organization adapts to its individual entrepreneurs to offer the services they need to scale up and get to market. 

Feature Story SCA Cleveland Metroparks Trail Corps program team members, high school students who build and preserve trails.

Blazing trails: SCA Metroparks Trail Corps program involves youth in parks conservation

The Student Conservation Association Cleveland Metroparks Trail Corps program gets students and young adults involved in parks and land conservation efforts while they learn about environmental issues, build and repair trails along the Emerald Necklace, and spend a summer in the parks system.

Breaking Ground Edmondson photo of Dr. G.W. Crile and Associates from a collection formal portraits of wealthy Clevelanders, primarily taken in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

George Edmondson, well-known turn-of-the-century photographer

Cleveland Masterworks: George Edmondson was a leader in both portrait and landscape photography at a time when  art and photo studios were just beginning to emerge as commonplace in Cleveland.

Feature Story Stephanie Thomas (left), city neighborhood street outreach worker at the nonprofit, assisted Shear King (right) in applying for the Rapid Rehousing Program

A place to call home: The quest to create safe, affordable housing options

In this second part of our two part series on affordable housing and racism, we look at the efforts the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, nonprofits, and neighborhood CDCs are making to improve affordable housing options and how to ensure safe and affordable housing is not discriminatory.

Breaking Ground The solar array will save the largest food pantry in Northeast Ohio $64,000 in electricity costs over the course of next five years

Charged up: Garden Valley Neighborhood House goes green with solar power

Garden Valley Neighborhood House last week celebrated a 40-panel rooftop solar array that will save the nonprofit, and largest food pantry in Northeast Ohio, $64,000 in electric bills over five years.

Feature Story Ja'Kaila Banks moving out of her duplex in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.

A place to call home: Cleveland's Black community is hit hardest in affordable housing search

Affordable housing is one of the most critical basic needs of everyone. But Cleveland is lacking in affordable, quality housing, experts say, and the Black population is most impacted. While Cleveland and many neighborhood CDCs are working to improve affordable housing options, the need—especially in Black communities—is still great.

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From steam powered to Space Age: IngenuityFest is back in full force

IngenuityFest 2022 returns this weekend, bigger and better than ever with an expanded footprint. The annual festival this year brings returning favorites and new exhibits, as well as shows off the community partnerships that have been forged in the past two years. 

Buzz Lorain Ave in Gordon Square Neighborhood

#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in Gordon Square

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 Head of the Cuyahoga 2021

Head of the Cuyahoga: Proof of progress, more activity on a thriving river

The 26th Head of the Cuyahoga takes place this weekend, with more than 2,000 people from 15 states and Canada descending upon the Flats. It seems like a good time to reflect on the river's progress in the past 53 years, as rowing and other water recreation, business, and environmental stewardship grows. 

Breaking Ground Woodland Cemetery Gate in 1952

Woodland Cemetery: An early example of a garden cemetery

Cleveland Masterworks: Woodland Cemetery in the Central neighborhood is one of the city's earliest examples of the mid-19th Century garden cemeteries—rural landscaped areas that encourage visitors to linger. Woodland Cemetery hosts a large cross-section of Cleveland residents, political leaders, and people involved in about every controversy of the 19th Century. 

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Tree symposium will explore how to improve Northeast Ohio’s tree canopy

The upcoming Cuyahoga Tree Symposium at the Beachwood Community Center will explore nature-based means for improving the region’s tree canopy and using science-based means to improve the tree-related health of county residents.

Buzz Actor Tom Hanks is making a personal appearance at the Capitol Theatre and is donating an autographed “Wilson” volleyball to raise money for the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

Cast Away: Tom Hanks-autographed ‘Wilson’ to be raffled to benefit Greater Cleveland Film Commission

Tom Hanks has autographed a "Wilson" volleyball replica from the 2000 movie "Cast Away" to raise money for the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. The ball will be raffled off at Hanks' appearance on "From Cleveland, For Cleveland" at the Capitol Theatre in November.

Breaking Ground Michael Januska won in 2018 with $100,000 investment from Rick Blaszak for Old Brooklyn Cheese

Applications are now open for season five of Chain Reaction small business competition

Fox 8's Kenny Crumpton announced this morning on "Kickin' it with Kenny" that applications are now open for season five of Cleveland Chain Reaction—the small business pitch competition that connects entrepreneurs to capital and mentors and creates new businesses in Cleveland neighborhoods to stimulate job growth and prosperity. 

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Preserving our cultural heritage: Cleveland Restoration Society gets $50,000 planning grant

The Cleveland Restoration Society just received $50,000 for a planning study to create a brick-and-mortar fund to preserve Cleveland's Black churches.

Breaking Ground Who's Hiring

Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: OSU, Morgan Conservancy, ACBC, 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.  

Buzz  W. 28th & Washington Ave. along the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

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.

Street Level Angie Schmitt is one of the country’s best-known writers on sustainable transportation.

#People of CLE: Angie Schmitt, public transportation activist

Meet Angie Schmitt, an author, entrepreneur, and advocate for safe, accessible, affordable, and reliable public transportation in Cleveland. 

Breaking Ground Interlake is currently in the news with its christening of the MV Mark W. Barker, the first new cargo vessel built on the Great Lakes in 41 years.

Interlake Steamship Co. launches first cargo ship to hit the Great Lakes in more than 40 years

Cleveland Masterworks: While Great Lakes marine transportation companies have come and gone over the past century, the Interlake Steamship Company has weathered unpredictable Lake Erie since 1913. In fact, today it will launch the MV Mark W. Barker, the first new cargo vessel built on the Great Lakes in 41 years.

Breaking Ground Thomas Street and Hazelwood Avenue Senior Apartments rendering

Officials break ground on new senior apartments in Maple Heights

Maple Heights officials broke ground last week on a 50,800-square foot apartment building that will provide below-market rate apartments for the city's seniors who are looking to downsize from their homes. 

Feature Story Cleveland CityScapes

City lines: The landscape of downtown buildings

FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski gives us a bird's eye view of Cleveland's skyline, from an entirely different angle than we're used to seeing it.

Partner Content Mary Ann Ponce, director of the CDFF, opens a film

Film’s big fall: A look at upcoming CLE film festivals and their thought-provoking content

As fall approaches, the season is ripe for upcoming film festivals. Three festivals that focus on unique and timely topics are already beginning. 

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#CLE-ative Groove: Meet Annie Zaleski, author, journalist and music aficionado

Our #CLEative Groove series features Q&A profiles on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with author, journalist, and music aficionado Annie Zaleski.

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Taste of the Browns returns to benefit Greater Cleveland Food Bank

The annual Taste of the Browns benefit for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in September returns to FirstEnergy Stadium, with every dollar raised going toward ending hunger in Northeast Ohio.

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Still standing: The lone 19th Century carriage house on East 73rd Street

The manor home of Morris A. Bradley was one of the last remaining homes on Euclid Avenue's Millionaire's Row before it was razed to make way for the One Midtown townhomes. But the Bradley carriage house still stands today—an historic landmark and home to a variety of noted Clevelanders.

Breaking Ground DigitalC announced that the first high-speed connections are up and running for residents from of seven different Cleveland neighborhoods

Making connections: DigitalC rolls out high-speed connections in seven neighborhoods

DigitalC, the local nonprofit that is focused on connecting the unconnected, has expanded its high-speed internet connections in seven different Cleveland neighborhoods—including about 1,000 residents in four CMHA properties.  

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Leaving his mark: French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat covers the city with four murals

Earlier this month, Graffiti HeArt brought French street artist Blek Le Rat to Cleveland to paint four murals around town—including one of his most famous works on the Cuyahoga River Viaduct by Merwin's Wharf.

Breaking Ground who's hiring

Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Cleveland Play House, Metroparks, Pizzazz, 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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A score for science: Browns' Myles Garrett named CMNH community science ambassador

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett's love for science and dinosaurs has landed him the title of Community Science Ambassador at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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FreshWater Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative (NEO SoJo) have created this helpful How to Apply for Utility Assistance guide and made it available to the public. Click here to download the free guide.
 

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