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January 2017

Featured Articles

Academic Challenge

Under CEO Eric Gordon’s leadership, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has improved graduation, enrollment and attendance numbers. The district even passed the test of a November renewal levy. But possible changes to graduation standards and looming negotiations with the teachers union could hold him back. 

Most Interesting People 2017: Danielle Wiggins

The WKYC traffic reporter rose above criticism and now is shining a light on others who have overcome obstacles in their own lives.

Most Interesting People 2017: Shelley and John Pippin

The Brewnuts couple taps into Cleveland's craft beer and dining renaissance with its tasty treats.

Food + Drink

3 Smoothies to Make This Month

Stick to your New Years resolutions and break out the blender with these simple and tasty recipes.

5 Bowls of Pho To Slurp On

Warm up with these versions of the comforting Vietnamese soup. 

A Meal We Love: $5 Ramen Nights

The college staples graduates to new heights at Lakewood's Yuzu.

Bird Calls: Nolan Konkoski Revamps His Popular Ohio City Restaurant

Fried chicken rules the roost at Soho Chicken & Whiskey.

Copley’s Kingfish Restaurant Brings Coastal Flavors Home

Executive chef Mark Stenden leaves us wide-eyed with his grilled big-eyed tuna.

Feel Right at Home with Little Italy's Nora

Chef and owner Eddie Zalar crafts a menu full of creative and nostalgic dishes.

Health Benefits: The Six Ingredients You Need to Eat Now

Kick off a healthy 2017 by stocking your kitchen with watermelon, sardines and more.

Is Strongsville the hottest dining destination in Northeast Ohio?

With a menu of new restaurants the suburb ups its grub game.

Noce Gourmet Pizza Spins Out Creative Pies

Sure there's pepperoni but you'll want to nab a slice of the earthy Wild Mushroom pizza at this Chardon spot. 

In the CLE

1981: Ballet Dancers Frolic in a Field

The dancers were from the celebrated Cleveland Ballet.

Academic Challenge

Under CEO Eric Gordon’s leadership, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has improved graduation, enrollment and attendance numbers. The district even passed the test of a November renewal levy. But possible changes to graduation standards and looming negotiations with the teachers union could hold him back. 

Dressing Room

Our clothing is more than just a style statement. Certain pieces hold sentimental value and are a reflection of our past. 

Forward Thinking

2016 was a year of champions, conventions and new places, but those accomplishments didn't happen overnight.

Glenn Anderson Steps Up to the Mic

The longtime sidekick finally has his own radio show.

Kid Scientists Take to the White House in the Name of STEM

Clevelander (and genius) Peng Zhou joined 10 other kids on a D.C. visit to talk science and more.

Most Interesting People 2017: Allison Lukacsy-Love

The artist and architect keeps us guessing with works using anything from cigar tips to urine. 

Most Interesting People 2017: Andrew Miller

The Cleveland Indians pitcher possesses a nasty slider and mid-90 mph fastball that helped him win the ALCS MVP.

Most Interesting People 2017: Angel Cezanne

The queer feminist and zine publisher isn’t afraid to discuss depression and sexuality.

Most Interesting People 2017: Carole Rendon

The U.S attorney for Northern Ohio continues to work on the most pressing issues facing the region, including the heroin epidemic and police reform.

Most Interesting People 2017: Carrie Samek

The Cavs event and arena marketing manager got the ultimate task of planning the city's biggest party of the year.

Most Interesting People 2017: Courtney Micatrotto

The mother of three pulled from her own experiences to create a line of pregnant mommy-friendly active wear.

Most Interesting People 2017: Danielle Wiggins

The WKYC traffic reporter rose above criticism and now is shining a light on others who have overcome obstacles in their own lives.

Most Interesting People 2017: Darrielle Snipes

The WVIZ PBS Ideastream reporter grew up with a passion for asking questions and telling stories. 

Most Interesting People 2017: Deanna Dionne

After her car was broken into, the designer turned the broken glass into beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Most Interesting People 2017: Doc Harrill

The DJ empowers kids to breathe fresh life into their neighborhoods through summer camps, arts education residencies and after-school programs.

Most Interesting People 2017: Don Matis Jr.

The artist creates bright abstract paintings with his beard.

Most Interesting People 2017: Jay Demagall

The former business agent did what you dream of — he quit his job to start a brewery. 

Most Interesting People 2017: Joe Lanzilotta

The Land Studio project manager puts his own artistic stamp on Cleveland.

Most Interesting People 2017: JR Smith

We’ve fallen hard for the sharp-shooting, stylish Cleveland Cavaliers guard.

Most Interesting People 2017: Kerry McCormack

The youngest member on city council has the potential to reinvigorate the city with a progressive community-based approach to politics.

Most Interesting People 2017: Kumar Arora

The local entrepreneur and investor showed us the true meaning of hustle on the LeBron James' reality show Cleveland Hustles.

Most Interesting People 2017: Lauryn DeLuca

The high school junior is the No. 1 ranked wheelchair fencer in the U.S. and the winner of three national championships.

Most Interesting People 2017: Lindsay Ward

The author's whimsical tale is getting transformed into an interactive, multisensory theater experience at the New York City Children’s Theater.

Most Interesting People 2017: Lisa Wong

The community activist is making our city more diverse with the Cleveland Asian Festival and her efforts to spread awareness about Asian cultural events to all.

Most Interesting People 2017: Margo Hudson

After 11 years of studying, the Clevelander got her GED at 52 and is now an advocate for adult learning. 

Most Interesting People 2017: Michael O'Malley

The new Cuyahoga County prosecutor takes office this month with plans to listen to the community and have open conversations.

Most Interesting People 2017: Shelby Miller

Since arriving in July, the Cleveland 19 News reporter has tackled covering the Cavs parade and the World Series.

Most Interesting People 2017: Shelley and John Pippin

The Brewnuts couple taps into Cleveland's craft beer and dining renaissance with its tasty treats.

Most Interesting People 2017: Steven Caple Jr.

The Land writer and director continues to push for honest and raw stories with his latest project.

Most Interesting People 2017: Tammy Lyons

The Inner Bliss Yoga Studios owner and Believe in CLE founder has taken yoga to the masses.

Most Interesting People 2017: Terrelle Pryor Sr.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver was a bright spot during the team’s losing 2016 season. 

Most Interesting People 2017: The Rev. Melvin Motley

The Lake County NAACP Chairman of Religious Affairs returned to school at the age of 60 when he received an epiphany from God.

Most Interesting People 2017: Timothy Miller

The health care entrepreneur saves kids, climbs mountains and has a black belt in karate. 

Most Interesting People 2017: Xyla Foxlin

The Case Western Reserve University student makes long-distance relationships more meaningful with her Parihug stuffed bears.

Most Interesting People 2017: Zion Clark

Born without the lower half of his body, the former high school athlete proves hard work can pin any obstacle.

Remember That Time a Statue of a Naked Donald Trump Showed Up?

Sculptor Joshua “Ginger” Monroe talks a Trump presidency and how art and politics mix.

This Timeline of 2016 in Cleveland Has all the Right Moves

You lived it, Cleveland. Now remember it. 

Three Ways to Get Off the Couch This Month

From live-streamed yoga to some peaceful floating, we're here to help with your resolutions.

Turns Out the Election Wasn’t a Surprise After All

University of Akron political science professor John C. Green says signs of a Trump win were there all along.

Was 2016 Great, or Nah?

Two Cleveland history buffs give us the for and against. 

We Lost Some Big Timers in 2016

From favorite old school haunts to public luminaries, we remember some of the people and places we lost last year.

Why Are We Such Cold Weather Wussies?

Folks in Northeast Ohio complain about chilly weather. A lot. But is it really that bad?

Entertainment

A Popular Haunt for Horror Films

Richmond Heights’ Greenwood Farm hosted two scary movie shoots and is often visited by paranormal investigators.

Cleveland’s 2017 Guide to Movie Madness

Grab your popcorn and hold onto your Snowcaps: we’re buttering you up with these sneak peaks of Cleveland-centric films premiering on the big (and small) screens this year.

New Opera Works Fest Isn’t the Fat Lady’s Opera

Cleveland Opera Theater lifts the curtain on experimental works and pop-takes on the classical genre.

Police and Civilians Unite For A Photo Story

The Black and Blue Side by Side project has a gallery opening this month.

Pressing Matters: Vintage Letterpress Returns to Cleveland

A hometown-forged 1899 Chandler and Price printing press heads to the new Artful community art studios in Cleveland Heights.

Tap Your Inner Glow Worm At Waterloo Arts’ New Exhibit

DayGlo’s glow-in-the-dark paint makes a gallery show a party.

The Cloud Nothings Matures with Polished Album

The Life Without Sound is frontman Dylan Baldi’s most personal album yet

The Top 3 Pop Culture Uses for Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin's jazzy composition pops up all over.

At Home

Be-Jeweled: We’ve Got the Home Decor Color Forecasts for 2017

Sherwin-Williams’ deep greens and moody blues are trending. Here’s how they can work on and off the walls.

Style

Don't Battle Bridal Show Season Alone

Three tips to take full advantage of walking down the bridal show aisles.

How to CLE Your Wedding: 3 Must-Have Photo Locations

Capture unforgettable moments during your big day with pictures at these quintessential Cleveland spots.

How to CLE Your Wedding: Beautiful Backdrops

Give your guests a unique glimpse of Cleveland with several impressive views throughout the area.

How to CLE Your Wedding: Cleveland Dessert Menus

Guests will experience a sugar rush after indulging in local treats, whether it’s for a dessert table or wedding favors.

How to CLE Your Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Add a personalized touch of Cleveland to your nuptials with one of these DIY projects.

How to CLE Your Wedding: Iconic Venues

Incorporate legendary Cleveland landmarks into your wedding or reception to wow guests with our remarkable city.

How to CLE Your Wedding: Planning Tips

Set the tone for your wedding day with a nod to everything Cleveland.

Winter Warrior: 3 Boots to Wear This Season

We pick the best snow, casual and trendy boots to stock your closet with.

Health

Heart to Heart

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one in four deaths each year in the U.S. But area hospitals are working on better ways to diagnose and treat this killer.