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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. 
The Metro45 Café Food Truck: A social enterprise on wheels
With a mission of serving those who are experiencing homelessness or struggling with employment, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Metro45 Food Truck is hitting the streets again this summer.  
Cuyahoga County’s environmental toolkit sets forth planet-changing sustainability practices
In February, Cuyahoga County released its second Sustainable Cuyahoga report and Tool Kit, a follow up to its 2016 report with best practices for a cleaner, healthier urban core. But the entire community must work together to bring this change, say local experts. 
How the distributive leadership model gets more done for environmental justice
Black Environmental Leaders Association and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub have seemed to figure out a way to get more done with fewer people—approaching the work from a distributive leadership model—where everyone is a leader in the fight for environmental justice. Meet five of those leaders and their motivations behind the work they do.
Action! CIFF46 gets rolling next week with hybrid format, eight local films
The 46th Cleveland International Film Festival gets rolling on Wednesday, March 30 with 146 feature films, 182 short films, and eight films with Cleveland or Ohio ties.  
AT&T continues to close CLE's digital divide with investment in Glenville
On its quest to narrow the digital divide, AT&T opened its second Connected Leaning Center earlier this month at Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center in Glenville, and announced the availability of AT&T Fiber to hundreds of homes in the neighborhood.
The lead hunters: Agents, inspectors working to ensure rental properties are lead-safe
By March 2023, all rental properties built before 1978 must earn Cleveland certification that they are lead-safe. Only about 9,000 units have been certified lead-safe so far, so inspectors are going through the city to ensure the estimated 100,000 units in the city comply.
Weathering the storm: How some LGBTQ+ businesses survived the pandemic
Many local businesses have suffered or closed permanently during the pandemic, while others have found new opportunities. Most local LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs say they’re weathering the ordeal—thanks in part to rising support from individuals and institutions in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
Utility bill struggles: Federal programs exist, but how easy are they to access?
Dealing with a mounting utility bill or shut-off notice can be scary. There are programs out there to help, but they can be difficult to navigate.
Standing strong: Cleveland’s gay bars survive the pandemic, catch a second wind
Gay bars and nightclubs in Cleveland had been closing at high rates for more than a decade before the pandemic. Just like other establishments, the past two years have been a struggle to stay afloat. As entertainment venues begin to re-open, and the city's gay bars are back and better than ever.
Puzzle pieces: CDCs a critical part of a neighborhood network for small businesses
Cleveland's Community Development Corporations and a network of supporting organizations joining together on the march to economic progress in city neighborhoods. Learn how this cooperation evolves into great projects. 
Taking root: Cleveland’s reforestation efforts bloom in the city's urban neighborhoods
Not only is Cleveland's tree canopy continuing to decline, but the trees that are in place aren’t equitably distributed. However, an innovative new tree equity model is planting the seed for a better future in the Forest City.
Orchids Forever: Botanical Garden’s annual show triggers spring fever in Cleveland
Holden Forests & Gardens' 16th annual Orchid Mania show is happening now at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. FreshWater news editor Dana Shugrue tells you what to go see, while managing photographer Bob Perkoski catches the delicate beaty of the orchids displayed. 
We Have to Buy a House: Church raises funds to house the homeless through LMM’s Breaking New Ground
Through their "We Have to Buy a House" campaign, the members of Fairmount Presbyterian Church donated $126,000 to Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry to buy and renovate a house for a family experiencing homelessness.
Improvement plan: New CDC Neighborhood Platform outlines community needs to Bibb administration
A new Neighborhood Platform, launched by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, centers on working with Mayor Justin Bibb on improving housing stock, encouraging equitable neighborhood investments, and fostering renewed public confidence in municipal operations.
Black Environmental Leaders and Global Shapers collaborate to fight environmental injustices
The Black Environmental Leaders Association (BEL) and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub, have partnered to advance environmental justice in some very intentional and unique ways.
Filling the silence: CLE Silent Film Festival will celebrate the music of J. S. Zamecnik
The first-ever Cleveland Silent Film Festival and Colloquium will this month celebrate the emergence of music paired with films at venues around Northeast Ohio, and centers around composer, and Cleveland native John Stepan Zamecnik.
Shades of winter: Waiting for spring, but enjoying the scenery
It seems like the snow has been endless in Northeast Ohio this month, and FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski has braved the weather to capture the beauty of the snowfall in and around Cleveland.
Pitch perfect: Chalk paint maker, medical device distributor among 2021 Mspire winners
Meet Hikia “Coco” Dixon, founder of Coco’s Chalky Paints, and NelDerm founder Kevin Nelson—two of the seven winners at MANGET's 2021 Mspire manufacturing pitch competition. They beat out 43 other applicants for a wealth of prizes and services to move their businesses forward.
Can Cleveland finally close its digital divide? A local nonprofit says it has a plan.
DigitalC says its infrastructure improvements will bring affordable, reliable internet to the nation’s most disconnected city. But can the organization go from serving 1,100 to 40,000 customers in three years?