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Breaking Ground Emma Risley is representing Cleveland Chain Reaction semi-finalist Scoot! practicing pitching the company during “Kickin’ it with Kenny” on FOX 8 News in the Morning

The big pitch: Chain Reaction semifinalists to showcase their companies for judges Thursday

This Thursday, the 20 semifinalists in this year's Cleveland Chain Reaction will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for a chance to take home one of three cash prizes to help get their businesses off the ground.

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Northwest Neighborhoods calls a ‘Snow Day’ in Detroit Shoreway this weekend

Northwest Neighborhoods' second annual Snow Day in Detroit Shoreway is this Saturday, with plenty of free activities, snacks, live entertainment, and holiday shopping opportunities.

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Conquering barriers: One refugee’s story of fulfilling his career goals in Cleveland

When Democratic Republic of Congo native Juvens Niyonzima came to Cleveland in 2020, he hoped to get a job in media or in healthcare—two fields in which he had education and training. Instead, the only work he could get was a hospital cleaning job. New Bridge Cleveland and Ohio Media School put him on the road to success in his fields.

Feature Story The Origins Café, overlooks Wade Oval and is enclosed in bird-safe glass for spectacular views

Continued evolution: Natural History Museum will reveal renovations, new exhibits this week

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will be closed this Tuesday, as it prepares to unveil the most recent renovations in its $150 million transformation project that will update and expand its both its offerings and physical square footage. 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Euclid Avenue in MidTown

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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In the thick of it: New MAGNET HQ designed as a neighborhood manufacturing linchpin

With MAGNET's new 53,000-square-foot headquarters now up and running in the Hough neighborhood, officials hope to demystify local manufacturing and draw a new, diverse pool of talent into the industry.

Breaking Ground St. Hubert’s Episcopal Church

St. Hubert’s Episcopal Church: All are Welcome at this historic house of worship

Cleveland Masterworks: Originally built in 1893 on the banks of the Chagrin River, St. Hubert's Episcopal Church served wealthy Clevelanders on retreat at Kirtland's Little Mountain. The church has moved several times over the past 130 years, but continues to welcome everybody at its current Kirtland Hills location.

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Rascals and Rogues: Louis “Louie the Dip” Finkelstein

Writer Ralph Horner, who grew up in inner city Cleveland and spent much of his career selling men's shoes on Euclid Avenue, shares his memories of some of the characters he met on Short Vincent in the 1950s and 1960s in his FreshWater series, "Rascals and Rogues."    

Feature Story East 128th Street Block Club Association, Joy Johnson, Robert Render and Ali Boyd, at the E. 128th St gazebo in Amos Norwood Park

A rising tide: Cleveland residents invest in making their neighborhoods better

Neighborhood disinvestment and quality housing are two of the top reasons why racism is considered a public health crisis. But residents in some Black Cleveland neighborhoods are investing time and effort to make their neighborhoods safe, bright, and beautiful.

Feature Story COVID fundamentally altered long-standing ideals of work while transforming the public’s relationship with career success.

Where are the workers? Employers must adapt to worker sentiment post-COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to rethink their priorities, their work environments, and career choices. As more workers head toward gig work and freelance work-from-home jobs, employers are looking for new ways to attract and retain workers in a dwindling workforce.   

Breaking Ground Adrian Marti of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy photographs a building on St. Clair Avenue for an inventory of Cleveland properties.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy, City conduct property inventory and assessment

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy is leading the way in a months-long inventory of all of Cleveland’s 167,157 land parcels—identifying and prioritizing properties for rehabilitation, lead abatement, code violations, demolition and other pressing needs.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot Downtown on Euclid 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.

Breaking Ground Spitzer-Dempsey House taken in 2017

The Spitzer-Dempsey House: From opulent to austere, to renewed grandeur

Cleveland Masterworks: The Spitzer-Dempsey House in Ohio City was once a symbol of wealth and privilege before becoming a boarding house and law offices—and eventually a murder site—before being restored to all its glory. 

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Metroparks Trail Challenge: Ending on a high note at the Rocky River Reservation

In her 10th and final installment of her Metroparks 2022 Trail Challenge journey, writer Erin O'Brien visits the Fort Hill trail loop and its giant staircase, and took in the many other sites on her four-mile excursion.

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Rascals and Rogues: Russian Joe Bielski

Writer Ralph Horner, who grew up in inner city Cleveland and spent much of his career selling men's shoes on Euclid Avenue, shares his memories of some of the characters he met on Short Vincent in the 1950s and 1960s in his new FreshWater series, "Rascals and Rogues."  

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Reliving history: Business consultant recreates Millionaires' Row through video

Business consultant Jarrett Bayne has used historic photos from the Cleveland Public Library's photo collection to create a 14-minute YouTube video illustrating what it would have looked like to walk down Euclid Avenue, Millionaires' Row, 150 years ago.

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Going to the dogs: CMNH hosts talk on wolves, Balto at Friday Night Lights

It's Friday Night Lights at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, when the museum stays open after dark for some educational conversations and drinks. This week, hear museum experts talk about the domestication of wolves, dog breeds, and Cleveland's famous canine, Balto.

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The Allen-Sullivan House: Euclid Avenue Grande Dame takes its final bow

The Allen-Sullivan House, one of the last houses remaining on Millionaires' Row before it was torn down in 2021, has a colorful history of owners and uses. Architectural historian Angelina Bair chronicles its history and its fate.

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Skål! Back by popular demand, StoneWater reprises Cleveland Glögg for the holidays

After three sellouts last year of their Cleveland Glögg at the Rustic Grill at StoneWater, Lindsey, Kathryn, and Whitney Neidus decided to bring the warm spiced holiday cocktail back this year—launching with a free tasting event at the grill. 

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Who’s Hiring in the #CLE: RTA, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Food Bank, 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 The Diner on 55th

Time tripping: Cruise back to the 1950s at The Diner on 55th

For more than 20 years now, Demetrios “Jimmy” Anagnostos has been slinging hash at his Diner on 55th —a breakfast and lunch staple in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.

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What is Minority Businesses Enterprise Certification, and why business owners should get it

Obtaining city, state, or federal Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification isn’t easy, but it can unlock some profitable business opportunities. Certification expert Raland Hatchett, president and CEO of RH Professional Services, shares his advice and tips on getting MBE certified.

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St. Casimir Church, community make sure Willson School families have holiday dinners

The congregation at St. Casimir Church and community members in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood are raising funds to buy hams to pass out to Willson School students the day before Thanksgiving. 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 25th Street 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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SoCo Tahini and Anti-Defamation League partner to fight hate

Northeast Ohio resident Dana Harary and her cofounders of SoCo Tahini are fighting hate and antisemitism by committing 30% of their sales to the ADL when customers buy three jars this month through the SoCo website.

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Packing a punch: Entrepreneur offers flavors of India with line of finishing spices

Shaker Heights resident Sahithya Wintrich recently found herself craving the savory Indian-spiced breakfasts she grew up with in Southern India. So, she launched Chutni Punch—a line of three finishing spice blends that will please any palette or heat tolerance. 

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Rascals and Rogues: Louie the Pug

Writer Ralph Horner, who grew up in inner city Cleveland, spent much of his career selling men's shoes on Euclid Avenue, and is a Vietnam veteran, shares his memories of some of the characters he met on Short Vincent in the 1950s and 1960s in his new FreshWater series, "Rascals and Rogues."

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning Shaker native and her unforgettable memoir of all things Lost & Found

Shaker Heights native Kathryn Schulz explores love, loss, and life's other ups and downs in her bestselling book "Lost & Found." Ken Schneck talked with Schulz about her Northeast Ohio roots, the sudden loss of her father, falling in love with her wife, and finding her own voice.

Feature Story Jan Ridgeway

Guiding light: Jan Ridgeway has spent years, her own money, on aiding CLE's most needy

For more than a dozen years, Jan Ridgeway has dedicated her time, and her own money, to Garden Valley Neighborhood House to feed and provide services to the residents living in one of Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods. 

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Superior 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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Greater Cleveland Food Bank completes first phase of its expansion plan

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank yesterday opened the doors to its new 197,00-square-foot Partner Distribution Hub—the first step in the Food Bank’s long-term plan to serve more people in its coverage area and make sure those in need have a full range of services. 

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Ingenuity Cleveland keeps creative fires burning with help from CDC friends

The St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation and Famicos Foundation tout the assets of this cultural melting pot of a neighborhood with community events like IngenuityFest, Ignite! Neighbor Nights, and the hands-on Bal Fundraiser.

Breaking Ground New York Spaghetti House

New York Spaghetti House: A family-run favorite for 74 years

Cleveland Masterworks: In 1927 Mario Brigotti took what he learned from working as a waiter in New York's Italian restaurants and opened the New York Spaghetti House on East 9th Street. The place became a Cleveland staple for 74 years.

Breaking Ground MAGNET’s new headquarters

MAGNET’s new Midtown manufacturing hub aims to create jobs, grow local economy

Last week, MAGNET moved into its new headquarters, the Manufacturing Innovation, Technology & Job Center, that will connect people to training and jobs, increase manufacturing innovation, and transform Northeast Ohio factories with advanced technologies.

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Get your grub on: Cleveland Restaurant Week is underway

Cleveland Restaurant Week kicked off yesterday, and 35 Northeast Ohio restaurants are offering prix fixe three-course meals for just $36 through Saturday, Nov. 12.

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For the love of literacy: Groups work together to overhaul, restock Little Free Libraries

The National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland last week celebrated the official transition to its role in caring for and stocking Little Free Libraries in Cuyahoga County. The organization kicked off the celebration with partners Krylon and CleveHome with a new library at Franklin D. Roosevelt in Glenville. 

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Drink Local Drink Tap exceeds a half million pieces of trash collected on Lake Erie shores

The nonprofit Drink Local Drip Tap hit a milestone in October—the organization has collected more than half a million pieces of trash, or more than 15,000 pounds, from Lake Erie's shores.

Breaking Ground Jacqueline Gillon legacy mural in Mt. Pleasant

The life, legacy of advocate Jacqueline Gillon celebrated with Mount Pleasant mural

Dozens gathered last week in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood to dedicate a mural that celebrates the life and accomplishments of environmental activist and community leader Jaqueline Gillon.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Clark 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 UH COVID Recovery Clinic medical director David  Rosenberg, far right, and internal medicine nurse practitioner Juliane Torer talk with a Long Covid patient in the Risman Pavilion

The long-haulers: Long Covid clinics guide patients on the slow path to recovery

Long Covid causes a myriad of health problems that can last weeks, months, or even years—keeping two million to four million Americans out of work. Multi-disciplinary teams of medical experts at three of Cleveland's major hospital systems are working to alleviate the ailments of long-haulers with Long Covid clinics.

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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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