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Nela Park: A century of lighting innovation and tradition
Cleveland Masterworks: East Cleveland's Nela Park is known as America's first industrial park, with its original 1913 Georgian Revival style buildings around a quad built for GE Lighting. The traditional holiday lighting display on the 93-acre campus continues for its 99th year through January 2.
Lighting the way: Bold leadership is a must-have for Cleveland manufacturers
Cleveland's manufacturers need to double their efforts in preparing for the high-tech future, warns MAGNET CEO Ethan Karp, and leadership is the linchpin in embracing Industry 4.0 so the region remains a manufacturing leader. Wooster-based Midway Swiss Turn is setting the example.
Omega Psi Phi, local government officials hand out 500 gift baskets to fight food insecurity
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Zeta Omega Chapter partnered with Cleveland City Council president Blaine Griffin and other organizations last weekend for the organization's annual food basket giveaway at Ginn Academy. The group handed out 500 baskets to fight food insecurity.
The Cardalians: The characters and mischief in Otto’s Bar
Ralph Horner recalls his time as a young man in the 1950s, spending time with Glenville residents from Cardale, Pennsylvania at Otto's Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama in Collinwood.
The year's midnight: Reflections on the Winter Solstice
Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Here are some reflections, and some hope, as we mark the day and start the climb back to more daylight.
Candlelight vigil: Remembering the homeless who died in 2023
In 2009, Ohio legislators designated December 21 as Ohio Homeless Memorial Day. For 37 years, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless has held a candlelight vigil to remember and honor those who died while experiencing homelessness in the last year.
Novel approach: Cuyahoga County brings services directly to the community
This fall, Cuyahoga County Executive Chis Ronayne initiated the Neighborhood Based Services program, partnering with Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cuyahoga County Public Library, and Friendly Inn Settlement to bring services closer to residents and increase accessibility.
It’s the most wonderful time of year to enjoy Cleveland Museum of Art
The holiday season is the perfect time to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art and CMA's Community Arts Center for world-class exhibits, hands-on art projects, holiday decorations, or just grabbing a bite while spending time with friends at Provenance.
Catholic Charities prepares to deliver 13,000 free Christmas meals
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, is gearing up to prepare and distribute 13,000 holiday meals at St. Augustine Hunger Center and throughout the community. Find out how to help, or sign up to receive a meal.
Community West Foundation awards $765,500 in grants to 18 area nonprofits aimed at bettering lives
With a mission of advancing the health and well-being of the Northeast Ohio community, the Community West Foundation recently approved $765,500 in fourth-quarter grants to 18 local nonprofit agencies.
Remembering Cassandra Fear: Beloved confectioner fatally struck by car this weekend
Beloved confectioner Cassandra Fear, owner of Fear's Confections in Lakewood, was fatally struck by a car Saturday after she hit a parked car and exited her vehicle. FreshWater remembers her for her enthusiasm for life and her creations, and her infectious positive attitude.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on East 185th 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.
We have a winner! Marshmallow of the Month Club takes first in Chain Reaction
Fox 8 News' "Kickin' it With Kenny" was live this morning at the Ariel LaSalle Theatre, announcing the winners of the sixth season of Greater Cleveland Partnership's Cleveland Chain Reaction. Find out who took home the first, second, and third place wins, for a total of $70,000.
Public Auditorium: A century of history and entertainment
Cleveland Masterworks: Public Hall was the fourth building constructed as part of the 1903 Group Plan—a downtown design that included the Mall and seven Beaux Arts Neoclassical buildings. The 1922 building has hosted political conventions, exhibitions of all kinds, both classical and rock musicians, and other events for more than 100 years.
Walking the #Streets: The best of #StreetsofCLE
Since 2021, FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski has been capturing and sharing the images he shoots of people in Cleveland going about their everyday tasks in our #StreetsofCLE section. Check out some of our favorites in the series here!
The Cardalians: Antics at Otto’s Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama
Ralph Horner recalls his time as a young man in the 1950s, spending time with Glenville residents from Cardale, Pennsylvania at Otto's Bar and the Bowl-a-Rama in Collinwood.
JACK Entertainment donates kitchen sets, utensils to Cleveland Food Bank’s Community Resource Center
JACK Entertainment recently donated more than 600 kitchen sets, utensils, and kitchenware to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's new Community Resource Center to empower people with the tools they need to create healthy meals within their own homes.
Sneak peek: A look at a Cleveland Ballet rehearsal before ‘The Nutcracker’ debut
The Cleveland Ballet will open "The Nutcracker" this Thursday at the Connor Palace in Playhouse Square. FreshWater contributor Tricia Chaves attended a recent rehearsal to witness the behind-the-scenes preparations.
Lighting the way: Nature Center’s annual Luminary Walk celebrates Winter Solstice
Come celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice this Friday at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes' Luminary Walk & Holiday Market. Enjoy the luminaries on the All Peoples' Trail, then warm up with hot mulled Syrah or blackberry merlot hot chocolate from Cleveland Urban Winery, and shop with local vendors and artists for your holiday shopping needs.
Canalway seeks artists for 2024 Towpath Trail Lantern Parade
Canalway is already well into planning for its third Annual Towpath Trail Lantern Parade in March, and the organization has put out a call to community artists to submit proposals for creating large-scale lanterns made from recycled materials.