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Reimagined Winterfest touts virtual and socially distanced holiday experiences

Winterfest may have gone virtual this year, but there's still plenty to check out—either online or with a socially distanced stroll around Public Square—to get into the holiday spirit.

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Dropping a Love Bomb: Local artist fights domestic violence with newest series

Artist Leah Brooklyn shows her support for victims of domestic violence through her latest hand-drawn series, "Love Bomb."

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Wrap it up: NEOCH’s annual Street Chronicle, wrapping paper edition, hits the streets

The wrapping paper edition of the Cleveland Street Chronicle is on sale now. Get yours today from vendors or participating stores.

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Help on the Way: How to apply for utility assistance during the pandemic

Dealing with a mounting utility bill or shut-off notice can be scary, especially during a pandemic when electricity, water and gas are essential needs. With the moratoriums on past-due bills set to end today, here's a guide to how to find help. 

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Free Stamp: Free holiday and other events in the #CLE for December 2020

The best things in life are free, indeed, and this month’s "Free Stamp" feature rounds up all the free #CLE holiday events, as well as some non-holiday events, that get our "stamp" of approval.


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The Color of Law: Author talks about racism in the law and America’s public policy history

Richard Rothstein, author of "The Color of Law," recently gave a webinar to talk about a missing chapter in American History books—the chapter that tells about systemic racism in U.S. public policy.

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Old Stone Church to host coat drive to help meet the increased need this holiday season

Old Stone Church will host a contactless community coat drive to help those hit hardest by winter and the coronavirus pandemic.

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Van Aken District is aglow for the holidays with former Nela Park displays

The Van Aken District is lighted for the holidays—with some vintage displays from past GE Lighting holiday displays at NELA Park in East Cleveland.

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Utility bills come due as pandemic worsens, winter arrives

As moratoriums that staved off utility disconnections cascade to an end, some families face a long winter unsure how they will keep the lights, heat, and water on.

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Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Punch Bowl Social, Union Miles Development, Merwin’s Wharf, 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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Opportunity Corridor construction project specs altered, delaying reopening of I-490 until next fall

Changes to the Opportunity Corridor plans, made by ODOT for safety reasons, will delay the re-opening of I-490 until November of 2021. 

Feature Story Anybody who completes the #ShopSmallCrawl six challenges is eligible to win a gift basket with $100 worth of local goodies, such as snacks from Asia Plaza.

Saturday’s alright for shopping: CLE neighborhoods gear up for big impact on Small Business Saturday

Community Development Corporations around Cleveland are thinking outside of the box as they gear up for Small Business Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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How COVID-19 is changing the future of Cleveland’s office space in a remote working world

More Americans are working from home these days—with the trend expected to grow in the next year. Find out how Cleveland's downtown office landscape is changing and what the experts see happening in commercial real estate and coworking space as the home office takes the lead.

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PRE4CLE is building back stronger for children, families, and the economy

With the coronavirus pandemic impacting Cleveland’s childcare and early education system, PRE4CLE has recommendations for early learning centers to operate safely, stay open, and ensure Cleveland’s youngest students continue to get quality, affordable educations.

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Opioids and the pandemic: In the midst of isolation, there is hope

Although Ohio will likely have more overdose deaths this year than last, local courts and organizations are working to help people recover without penalty.


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LISTEN --> FreshFaces Podcast: Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana and Freshly Rooted's Alysha Ellis

Our FreshFaces podcast is back for season two! Episode Five features Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana and Freshly Rooted's Alysha Ellis, who have teamed up to lead SEEDS, a transformational nine-month program for Cleveland's Latina community. 

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Grateful in a pandemic: celebrating an early Thanksgiving with COVID-19 hitting my family

With several family members battling COVID-19, Lisa Kay gets creative with making, serving, and delivering Thanksgiving dinner early.


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Local author to present virtual, in-person puppet show based on her bilingual children's book

Raquel M. Ortiz, anthropologist, storyteller, educator, artist, and children’s book author, is staging a musical puppet performance, “Sofi’s Magical Adventure,” based on her bilingual children’s picture book, as part of the celebration of the Puerto Rican Heritage Month in November.


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#PeopleofCLE: Mariely, advocate for those experiencing food insecurity

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

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I live here (now): from Congo to Cleveland, one musician’s quest to entertain the world

After moving to Cleveland in May, Manembo Manembo, AKA Real Mane TMP, has been living his dream of creating Afrobeats music, positivity, and inspiration, as well as sharing stories of his native Congo.

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Going with their Gut: HGTV's newest stars are from right here in Cleveland

The Wall Street Journal christened Cleveland a "house-flipping hotspot" this summer, but that wasn’t exactly news for Relief Properties' Darren and Kate Mancuso. As stars of the new HGTV show “Gut Job,” they’ve been in the local real estate game for more than a decade.

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Community creativity: Lake Erie Ink displays second group art project in Coventry window

More than 40 creative types of all ages submitted their works to adorn a vacant storefront window on Coventry for Lake Erie Ink's second Creative Community Challenge. 

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Code Name Hope: Cozad-Bates house takes its place in history with virtual opening

The historic 1853 Cozad-Bates House in University Circle, known to play a role in the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery causes, was unveiled this week as the Cozad-Bates House Interpretive Center—a place to learn abut Cleveland's role in getting former slaves to freedom.

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Cuyahoga County throws lifeline to region’s struggling arts organizations

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and arts organizations struggle with closures and social distancing, the deadline draws near for arts and culture organizations to apply for the $4 million in CARES Act funding set aside by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. 

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Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: Cleveland Documenters, SCSDO, Nestle, 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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Save the music: CLE’s independent music venues host memorabilia auction to stay alive

Cleveland’s music scene has gone silent during the pandemic. SaveCLEVenues Music Memorabilia and Fan Auction runs through Sunday with a chance to bid on some great music and entertainment items that will support the local venues we all love.

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