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Home to the world’s largest basket and largest Native American earthworks and celebrating 100 years of ice cream

Newark, Ohio – Since 1808 when Licking County o­fficially became the 29th Ohio County, it’s been welcoming visitors to escape the confines of their everyday lives and spend time exploring nearly 700 square miles of some of the best of the American Heartland.

CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE ANNOUNCES YOUTH AUDITIONS FOR

MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE APRIL 26 FROM 3-7 PM

CLEVELAND, OH (April 11, 2014) Cleveland Play House (CPH) will hold youth auditions on April 26 for their upcoming world premiere production of Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life. Starring dance legend Maurice Hines, this explosive production will pay tribute to the late Gregory Hines and a number of showbiz forerunners including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole. Featuring contemporary tap icons The Manzari Brothers, and backed by the sizzling 9-piece band The Diva Orchestra, the evening will culminate in a tap-dancing extravaganza. Co-produced with Alliance Theatre and Arena Stage, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life will dance its way onto PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre stage May 30 – June 29

David Johns, Executive Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, to Participate in Several Events at University of Akron’s 7th Annual Black Male Summit

David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will take part in several events Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, at the University of Akron’s 7th annual Black Male Summit, in Akron, Ohio.

University Circle to be site of city's first market-rate, 20+ story residential tower in more than 40 years

CLEVELAND - April 10, 2014 - University Circle is about to get a big addition. University Circle Inc. has partnered with a world-class development team to bring a $130 million residential high-rise that will be a towering and tasteful addition to this east side neighborhood of Cleveland.

Residential Broadband Adoption in Ohio Surpasses National Average

Adoption statewide up by 6 percentage points since 2011; Adoption in Appalachian Ohio up 10 percentage points since 2012

COLUMBUS – Connect Ohio today released new data showing that broadband adoption in Ohio surpasses the national average, with 72% of households subscribing to broadband service in 2013, up from 66% in 2011. Broadband adoption in rural Appalachian Ohio increased to 63% in 2013, a 10 percentage point increase from 2012.

State Supports Minority Business Development

State Releases New Plan to help grow business and create jobs

Businesses in every county in the state have a Minority Business Assistance Center ready to serve their needs. The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced the locations of each center and the counties they will serve.

La Fiesta Latina Celebrates 10 Years of Bringing a Little “Salsa and Spice” to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park

(Cleveland, OH) – The I-X Indoor Amusement Park, presented by Marc's, is pleased to announce the 10th Annual La Fiesta Latiná April 12th and April 13th! La Fiesta Latiná, hosted by the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center and Latinocleveland.com, celebrates the very best of Hispanic heritage and culture. You will find 2 days jammed packed with Latin music with national and local acts, dance, arts and even a kids fiesta for all patrons to enjoy!

LARGEST GATHERING EVER OF PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS OUTSIDE OF CANTON COMING TO THE I-X CENTER IN CLEVELAND, OHIO FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME SHOW OF SHOWS MAY 3-4

Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Barry Sanders, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp & Franco Harris among unprecedented gathering of 100 Hall of Famers

Cleveland – Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest hits the field in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Cleveland’s International Exposition (I-X) Center and BaAM Productions to present this inaugural, interactive, must- attend event.

Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Hosts Army Musical Concert

CLEVELAND - HSA is hosting the United States Army Musical Outreach Concert on Monday, 7 April, at 1:40 pm in the high school gymnasium. The school is located at 6000 S. Marginal Road in Cleveland. The featured performer is Sergeant Corrin Campbell from Duluth, MN. Sgt. Corrin served 3 years in the Reserve Component in Maryland. She has shared stages with many artists including Sarah McLachlan, Toby Keith, The Indigo Girls, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ted Nugent, Sara Barielles, and more. All in attendance will receive a free CD from Sergeant Corrin Campbell.

Advocates Press for Second Hearing on Bill to Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Rape Cases

Senate Bill 83 would give law enforcement more time to investigate crimes

Columbus—Today, State Senators Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) held a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse calling for additional hearings on Senate Bill 83, legislation that would repeal the statute of limitations for the prosecution of rape and sexual battery cases. They were joined at the event, which also marked the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, by Katie Hanna, Executive Director of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and a survivor of sexual assault.

IN CELEBRATION OF RED CROSS MONTH, MULTIPLE CLEVELAND ORGANIZATIONS COME TOGETHER TO OFFER LIFE-SAVING RED CROSS TRAINING TO CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS

Both teachers and students will participate in training

The American Red Cross is proud to announce its collaboration with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland EMS, Cleveland State University, and The Greater Cleveland YMCA to provide first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training to over 75 nurses and teachers in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The domino effect of this initial training, detailed below, makes this collaboration very unique.

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CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE APPLAUDS RE-USE OF HARDEST HIT FUNDS TO TACKLE BLIGHT THROUGH DEMOLITION IN CUYAHOGA AND SUMMIT COUNTIE

Warrensville Heights, OH – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement following the February 28th announcement by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) of first-round funding awards to land banks in 11 counties through the “The Neighborhood Initiative Program” (NIP). This program is based on approval by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reallocate up to $60 million of the state’s remaining Hardest Hit Funds for demolition purposes.

Cleveland Botanical Garden Vice President Encourages Kids to Experiment with Gardening in New Book Hitting Shelves April

Renata Fossen Brown of Cleveland Heights to hold book signing

Renata Fossen Brown has shared her passion for plants with thousands of students from pre- kindergarten through graduate school over her 10 years at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Now, the Cleveland Heights resident aims to instill a lifelong love of gardening, botany, ecology and the natural world into young people through her first book, “Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden,” to be released April 1 by Cool Springs Press.

CLEVELAND MAYOR, CMSD CEO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCE PLANS TO EXPAND PRE-K IN CITY OF CLEVELAND

PRE4CLE plan calls for expansion of high quality pre-K to children in the city

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Cleveland Pre-K Task Force announced PRE4CLE, a plan to expand access to high-quality pre-K programs to children in the City of Cleveland. PRE4CLE is a major next step in implementing Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools.

Wild Ride lets you bike through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Take a detour from your normal bike route and ride through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo instead!

Cyclists of all ages will have two chances to cruise through the Zoo on their bikes this year when Wild Ride at the Zoo returns on Friday, May 9 and Friday, July 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cleveland Play House Announces 2014-15 Season

99th Season First Selected By Artistic Director Laura Kepley

CLEVELAND, OH - Artistic Director Laura Kepley announces the lineup for the 99th consecutive season of Cleveland Play House, the first she has programmed. A classic American drama, a variety of new work including a world premiere, comedies and music highlight the 2014-15 Season. “The theme of our 99th season is Legacy,” reflects Kepley. “Many of the stories this season involve a changing of the guard. As one era ends, a new, sometimes shaky, sometimes confident world sprouts up, the future of which might be doomed or might be glorious– but it will always be theatrically thrilling.”

Congresswoman Fudge, Governor Kasich Request Pilot Program to Increase Minority Business Participation in Federally Funded Transportation Projects in Cleveland

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Ohio Governor John Kasich have each sent letters to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) to grant the State of Ohio a waiver to the Department’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program for upcoming projects in the City of Cleveland.

Ohioans Gather to Demand Fair Access to the Ballot Box

Second "Testimony Tuesday" brings together diverse group of voters to demand end to ballot rule shenanigans

COLUMBUS—Today on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, legislators, community leaders, and voting advocates gathered at the second Testimony Tuesday event to call upon the state’s political leaders to stop enacting restrictive voting policies, and to instead encourage broader participation in government.

Fewer Ohio Kids Abusing Rx Painkillers, Many Texting & Driving

Survey by Ohio Department of Health monitors students' health risks & behaviors

COLUMBUS—Prescription painkiller abuse by teens dropped nearly in half during the past two years, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). In 2011, 21.3 percent of students reported using prescription pain relievers or painkillers without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life; in 2013 that dropped to 12.8 percent. The number of Ohio’s youth who reported using heroin also decreased from 3.1 percent to 2 percent.

Attorney General DeWine Announces New Help for Number One Ohio Consumer Complaint: Motor Vehicles

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)- Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today a new tool to help consumers buy used cars. The Attorney General’s Used Car Buyer Checklist covers purchasing, maintenance, and contract issues.

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