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Inspiring the uninspired: Destination Dream Foundation aims to motivate youth through the arts

Artist and entrepreneur Jada Renee has fond memories of her grandparents’ home on Forest Avenue in the Buckeye neighborhood. Today she has embarked on an ioby crowdfunding campaign to transform the property into INDI Art House — a place dedicated to youth workforce development programming, mental health, and the arts. 

Partner Content LaChanee Hipps & Cigdem Slankard

Boosting the dream: Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grants set these two artists on an upward trajectory

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's Support for Artists program can launch artists' careers with grants and other assistance. Two artists share their stories of how the CAC helped bring their visions to realities. 

Breaking Ground Workers stitching garments at Richman Brothers factory in 1927

Richman Brothers: Known for its quality clothing, stellar treatment of employees

Cleveland Masterworks: A now-derelict factory on the shores of Lake Erie once housed one of Cleveland’s most successful businesses. For more than 100 years, Richman Brothers produced quality suits that were a rites of passage for many young men graduating or getting married, while also going above and beyond in caring for its 2,000 employees. 

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Greater harm than good: HB 276 passed the Ohio House, but it could endanger LGBTQ+ Ohioans

Ohio House Bill 276, dubbed the “prohibit receiving proceeds of prostitution bill," passed by a large minority. But experts warn the LBGTQ+ community could be doubly vulnerable to the bill’s unintended consequences.

Breaking Ground The new Research Support Building serves as an anchor for the NSAA Glenn Research Center.

Cleveland’s futuristic space center is modernizing its outdated spaces.

NASA Glenn Research Center in the midst of a multi-year master plan to update its Brook Park and Perkins Township campuses that will bring the center well into the 21st Century.

Street Level Exploring the Sphinx of Hinckley on Worden's Ledges Loop trail.

Metroparks Trail Challenge: exploring the rock ledges—or rock legends—of Hinckley and South Chagrin

Writer Erin O'Brien is chronicling her adventures participating in the Cleveland Metroparks 2022 Trail Challenge—completing either 10 or 20 Metroparks trails by biking, hiking, paddling, running, skating or walking. Read her latest installment here.

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#CLEative Groove: Meet Karly West, creative mind behind the Scholarly Banana book series

Our #CLEative Groove series puts the spotlight on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with Karly West, Claymation artist extraordinaire and creative mind behind the Scholarly Banana graphic novel series.

Feature Story PPAO Northeast Ohio Rally for Abortion Justice

Bans Off Our Bodies Rally: Saturday’s event draws nearly 1,000 to Willard Park

The Bans Off Our Bodies Rally in Willard Park last Saturday drew hundreds of people who were protesting the possibility that the Supreme Court will soon overturn its historic Roe v. Wade decision to protect a woman's right to choose what she does with her body. FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski was there. 

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Are you a COVID-19 long-hauler?

FreshWater Cleveland is working on a feature story about Long COVID, and we are looking for people experiencing lingering COVID-19 symptoms to share their stories. 

Breaking Ground Who's Hiring

Who’s Hiring in the CLE: YMCA, Team Ohio, Cheesecake Factory, 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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Define your next chapter: Encore Cleveland to host webinar on opportunities for older adults

Encore Cleveland, will celebrate Older Americans Month on Tuesday, May 24 with a webinar focused on how retired Clevelanders can get involved in both paid and volunteer opportunities and stay active in Northeast Ohio.

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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 Pat Perry’s finished mural at The Foundry

Rolling on the River: New 150-foot mural at The Foundry depicts rowing, teamwork, diversity

The Foundry Community Rowing and Sailing Center has been growing steadily ever since in opened on the banks of the Cuyahoga. The newest addition is a 150-foot mural that can be seen from afar and embraces the teamwork and diversity The Foundry promotes.

Breaking Ground Gateway 105 Farmers' Market

Growing roots: Gateway 105 Farmers’ Market returns to Glenville, in a new home and location

After 10 years of operating out of tents on a lot on East 105th Street and Ashbury Avenue, The Famicos Foundation is now running The Gateway 105 Farmers' Market in a new enclosed building down the street in Glenville.

Breaking Ground St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church

St. Michael the Archangel: A towering symbol of faith in Tremont

Cleveland Masterworks: The Adolphus Druiding-designed St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Tremont dates back to the 19th Century and remains as Cleveland's tallest church.

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Clean Sweep: Volunteers remove 23 tons of trash from the Cuyahoga River Valley

Volunteers came out in force last weekend for Canalway's annual RiverSweep—picking up more than 23 tons of trash along the Cuyahoga River Valley.

Breaking Ground Mother and kids visit CLC block party

Ashbury Community Center celebrates new AT&T Learning Center with block party, free computers

In March, AT&T opened its second Cleveland Connected Leaning Center at the Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center. In April, a block party in the Glenville center celebrated the opening, new high-speed fiber internet in the neighborhood, and affordable connectivity. 

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Global Shapers’ Kwame Botchway named as a delegate at World Economic Forum

Kwame Botchway will represent Global Shapers Cleveland Hub later this month in Switzerland as a delegate to the 2022 World Economic Forum.

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Cleveland Asian Festival comes roaring back to AsiaTown after two years

After a two-year hiatus, the Cleveland Asian Festival returns to AsiaTown later this month with more food, more fun, and more entertainment.

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Free Stamp: All things free in the CLE for May 2022

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 the San Antonio Water System’s external affairs team, who help customers apply for that city’s water discount programs.

What Cleveland can learn from how San Antonio helps low-income residents with water bills

From Cleveland to Philly to San Antonio, water-discount programs aren’t reaching everyone they should. Because of this, University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor Manny Teodoro says these programs should only be one part of the solution. What else can be done?  

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on E. 36th Street and Payne 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.

Feature Story Fan Expo Cleveland 2022

Fun and games (and cosplay): FAN EXPO rolls through the CLE with something for everyone

FAN EXPO Cleveland came to town last weekend and FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski caught all the superheroes, cosplayers, celebrities, and antics at the annual traveling sci-fi, anime, and comics convention.

Partner Content Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center’s Amistad Caribbean Arts Camp

Summer (arts) loving: With CAC funding, these summer arts camps aim to cultivate minds and bodies

Summer is coming and it's time for camp! Thanks to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, there are a bunch of camps that will engage the kids' minds and bodies while having a fun summer break.

Breaking Ground Guastavino ceiling in the West Side Market

Rafael Guastavino, known for majestic vaulted ceilings in the West Side Market, Baldwin water plant

Cleveland Masterworks: Rafael Guastavino studied architecture in his native Spain and went on to develop a system of interlocking tiles that greatly facilitated the construction of vaulted ceilings. There are 12 local examples of his work, including  the West Side Market, Baldwin Water Treatment Plant, and Cleveland Public Library.

Street Level The BIG Photography Show at 818 Studios

Going Big: Tremont’s 818 Studios to present large-scale photo exhibit

The Big Photography Show at 818 Studios in Tremont opens tomorrow—featuring large-scale photographs of 16 Cleveland area photographers. 

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Help connect the dots between race and health for a chance to win a Visa gift card

FreshWater staff, community leaders, and Cleveland residents will gather on Zoom next week to discuss racism as a public health crisis and what we need to do to overcome the inequities in our city. Have a story to share? Come join us. 

Feature Story The Tiered Assistance Program from the Philadelphia Water Department will allow Marguerite Penn to eliminate her water debt that ballooned to $6000 over time.

What can Philadelphia learn from Cleveland’s water department?

In the second part of this NEO SoJo series on water affordability, we travel from Philadelphia back to Cleveland to look at the successes and failings of water discount programs meant to help low-income people.  

Street Level Artist Jordan Wong (WONGFACE) with his latest creation—a Little Free Library and public art piece, “Super Mega Wonder 1999,” located outside Asia Town Center at 3820 Superior Ave.

Super Mega Wonder: Little Free Library designed to encourage kids to embrace public art

Artist Jordan Wong (WONGFACE) lets his inner kid come out in his colorful public art. His latest work is a Little Free Library outside Asia Town Center

Breaking Ground Buildings & Food Hospitality Group

Perfect pairings: Good Company joins Buildings & Food Hospitality Group

Buildings & Food Hospitality Group's Will Hollingsworth has brought Brett Sawyer's Good Company restaurant under the umbrella of companies that also includes Hollingsworth's Prosperity Social Club and the Spotted Owl locations.

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Interested in 2023 Cuyahoga Arts & Culture funding? Join today's virtual workshop

If you've ever thought about applying for a Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grant, today is the day to find out more. Get the details on the CAC Zoom interactive workshop happening today, Wednesday, May 4. 

Feature Story Kevina Chapolini accumulated $15,000 in water debt from her in-laws, the previous owners of her home in Philadelphia.

What can Cleveland learn from Philadelphia’s ambitious experiment in water billing?

Water has increasingly become more expensive for people struggling to make ends meet. In part one of this three part series, NEO SoJo reporter Conor Morris examines what Philadelphia is doing to relieve some people of the financial burden—and how Cleveland can follow suit.   

Breaking Ground who's hiring

Who’s Hiring in the CLE: Shaker Heights, BlueBridge Networks, 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.   

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot of Lorain Avenue and West 54th 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 Jeremy Taylor - Executive Director, St. Clair Superior Development Corp

Leadership job a happy homecoming for new St. Clair Superior director

Jeremy Taylor, who was named executive director of St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, wants to instill some of that community spirit he experienced during his formative years. 

Breaking Ground The Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument: Honoring Cuyahoga County’s Civil War veterans

Cleveland Masterworks: In the 1890s, aging Civil War veterans began to reflect on the sacrifices they made as young soldiers and wanted to honor the memory of their fallen comrades. The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument was built in 1894 on Public Square to honor the more than 9,000 Cuyahoga County soldiers who served in the Civil War. 

Breaking Ground World Central Kitchen prep hall in Poland

Answering the call for help: EDWINS founder travels to Poland to cook for Ukrainian refugees

EDWINS founder Brandon Chrostowski recently returned from Poland, near the Ukrainian border, working with World Central Kitchen to feed hundreds of refugees. He shared his emotional experience with FreshWater's Evan Gallagher.

Breaking Ground Brian Hall at the press conference announcing the first Arctaris deal

Making an impact: Group marks first investment in growing local businesses in low-income areas

The Arctaris Cuyahoga Impact Program—a partnership among county leaders, the Cleveland Foundation and Boston-based Arctaris Impact Investors—has raised $10 million to grow businesses in low-to-moderate income communities. Last week the group made its first investment.

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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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