Stories

Ohio Bell Telephone Building: Once Cleveland’s tallest building and a hub for technology
Cleveland Masterworks: The 1927 Ohio Bell Telephone Building on Huron Road was briefly the tallest building in the city—until the Terminal Tower overshadowed it in 1928. Designed by Hubbell and Bennes, the building was the site for technological leaps in long-distance phone calls in the 1940s and 1970s.
Word power: Five nonprofits that get creative in storytelling, writing, and music
Stories—written. oral, and through music—can transform lives, change minds; teach, or make us laugh, cry, or scream. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture celebrates five nonprofits that elevate voices and let people be heard.
The Golden Age on E. 49th: The rules of the game on the playground
In Ralph Horner's newest Golden Age installment, he recounts the odd rules in softball games between the factories surrounding the Superior-Luther Playground and a game of one-on-one basketball with this "old-school" father.
Artistic interpretation: First two murals completed in Murals Across the City campaign
Two local artists—Kelle Schwab and Lisa Quine—just completed the first two murals in Murals Across the City Campaign sponsored by Destination Cleveland and partner Graffiti Heart. Four more murals are to come.
Upward trend: Business and leisure visits to Cuyahoga County up by 12%
Destination Cleveland announced yesterday that business and leisure travel generated 17.9 million visits to Cuyahoga County in 2022—a 12% increase over 2021 and the second straight year for visitation growth in the county—outperforming state and domestic U.S. visitations.
Local author examines JFK assassination, conspiracy theories in 'JFK, Oswald and Ruby'
Shaker Heights attorney, judge, and author Burt W. Griffin just published his book about the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald’s involvement, and Jack Ruby's motivations.
Holiday brilliance: Wild Winter Lights returns to Metroparks Zoo
For the fifth year in a row, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is bringing back Wild Winter Lights—its biggest holiday celebration that transforms the zoo into a winter wonderland with musical light shows, an enchanted forest, and Santa Claus himself.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Lorain 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.
Spiritual beauty: Tremont History Project to host Historic Church Tour series
The Tremont History Project, a group of amateur historians and volunteers from the south side neighborhood who have been collecting and documenting Tremont history, is hosting tours of four historic Tremont churches over the next four weeks.
Tales of Terror: Tours of Cleveland to share spooky stories of horror and tragedy in October
Tours of Cleveland founder Scott O'Con wanted to cover something different than the usual haunted house tours and spiritual sightings in his October walking tour series. So, in Tales of Terror, he focuses on Cleveland's true tragedies, murders, and disasters spanning the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Photo essay: Canalway Towpath Trail Marathon
Canalway hosted its annual fall classic Towpath Marathon, half marathon, and 10K in Canal Basin Park last weekend, and FreshWater managing photographer documented the beauty of the park, the tail, and the athletes as they ran.
The power of theater: Playhouse Square’s education performances inspire, ignite thought
Playhouse Square’s education department offers in-person matinees and on-demand streaming shows for students in preschool through grade 12 to introduce students to live theater and the magic of sharing people's stories on stage.
Golden Age on E. 49th Street: Bulking up, neighbor relations, and joyriding in the neighborhood
In Ralph Horner's newest column series, "The Golden Age on East 49th Street," he writes about his childhood and life lessons learned in Goodrich-Kirtland Park in the 1950s.
Playhouse Square announces schools participating in 2024 Dazzle Awards
Students from 38 regional high school are already preparing for Playhouse Square's May Dazzle Awards—which honors the hard work, dedication, and excellence seen in the region’s high school theater programs.
Celebrating Fall: Nature Center’s AutumnFest draws revelers of the season
Managing photographer Bob Perkoski joined the seasonal fun at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes' AutumnFest last weekend and captured in photos everyone celebrating all that fall has to offer.
Beyond football: The Cleveland-Pittsburgh rivalry has a history going beyond the NFL
Beyond the Browns and Steelers NFL rivalry and the Cleveland-Cliffs recent bid to acquire Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel, the two cities have business and franchise rivalries dating back to the 1800s. FreshWater contributing editor Grant Segall shares the colorful history.
The music never stopped: Free Hessler Homecoming keeps spirit of Hessler Street Fair alive
The beloved Hessler Street Fair may no longer exist as fans know it, but thanks to the Hessler Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, Hessler Homecoming will keep the tradition alive this Sunday, Oct. 15 with free concerts, food and crafts vendors, and old friends.
Fall gardening: Get a head start on next year’s garden with autumn plantings
Fall is an excellent time for planting, with the cooler temperatures and increased rainfall that allow native plants to establish strong root systems before winter sets in. The staff at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes give some tips on fall planting, and remind readers to stock up on bird seed for the winter.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 25th 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.
Fairytales in the forest: Nature Center to host AutumnFest this weekend
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will host its free AutumnFest this Saturday, with activities, food and libations, and a Fall Plant Sale.