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December 2009

Food + Drink

La Strada World Cafe: Picture Perfect

News Bites

Psst ... Down Here

Speakeasy, Sam McNulty’s new secret spot beneath Bier Markt, serves stiff drinks and a cool vibe. Keep this between us, OK?

Winter Warmth

In the CLE

Brides Gone Wild

Nothing gets some soon-to-be-married women wound up like designer gowns at deep discounts. Our writer braved Filene’s Basement’s annual Running of the Brides to see if she could find the dress of her dreams.

How to: Make a Wise Donation, Raise Giving Kids and Be a Good Volunteer

Jolly, Hollywood Christmas

Artist Mark Klaus loves this time of year, and his 6,000-square-foot museum offers visitors a closer look at some of their favorite holiday movie memories.


Live the Good Life

Ruff Cuts

A dachshund’s health care crisis convinces our writer that we have turned to our pets to replace our lost sense of community.

Seen and Heard

Something for Everyone

No more excuses — there’s a volunteer opportunity to fit your lifestyle, no matter who you are. We’ve uncovered a few organizations looking for someone just like you.

Target Market

The Perfect Present

Toy Story

What It Feels Like to Hear Thousands of Christmas Wishes

Every year, Jack Warren of Avon Lake takes time off from his day job as general manager for Comfort Keepers — an in-home medical service — and adopts a new personality: Santa Claus.

Where Are They Now: Craig Ehlo

The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard/small forward from 1986-1993 remembers the most infamous moment of his career: The Shot.

Where Are They Now? Amy Murphy

Where Are They Now? Don Webster

Where Are They Now? Elwood Edwards

Where Are They Now? Hickory Hideout

Where Are They Now? Jim Finerty & Cathy Brugett

Where Are They Now? Kelly O'Donnell

Some thrilled us on fall days along the lakeshore. Others visited us at home each night. They are the people who introduced us to the golden age of rock ’n’ roll. They’re the faces of our memories, and here’s what they’ve bee

Where Are They Now? Len Barker

Where Are They Now? Liz Claman

Where Are They Now? Mayor Jane Campbell & Her Cabinet

Where Are They Now? Nancy & 'Safari Jane' Tetzlaff-Berens

Where Are They Now? Suzie McConnell-Serio

Where Are They Now? The Kardiac Kids

Where Are They Now? The Voices of WIXY 1260

Who Wants to Be Mayor of East Cleveland?

The struggling suburb has seen its share of mayoral scandals — from Eric Brewer’s cross-dressing photos to Emmanuel Onunwor’s corruption conviction. Gary Norton, who will lead the city beginning in January, knows the history but thinks h

Yesterday's News


A Christmas Cause

Art About Town

Orchestrating Success

With a mix of metal and classical music, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra strikes a holiday chord with Cleveland audiences.

The Art of the Actress

Tour de Force


Girly Interrupted

Dirty Pretty Things appeals to the bad girls, girly girls and any girl who wants to make a statement.


Get Involved: Check Out Our Guide to Find an Organization That Fits Your Interests

Stay Healthy, Live Better

Whether you’re hoping to jump-start a stalled exercise regimen, need advice for how to cope with a sudden job loss or just want to avoid catching this year’s big bug, local experts share their advice for building a healthier life for you and y

The Artist: Linda Armstead-Perry, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland

The Comforter: Charles Morelli, Jennings Center for Older Adults

The Good Sport: Kristen Hord, Youth Challenge

The Rough Riders: Paul Renshaw and Dan Rindfleisch, United Way of Greater Cleveland