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๐Ÿ† Happy Monday. Congrats to our women's March Madness challenge winner Joel Speck.

โ˜€๏ธ Today's weather: Partly sunny with a high of 68.

๐ŸŽง Sounds like: "Staring at the Sun" by TV on the Radio

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Cleveland member Florence Murray!

Today's newsletter is 923 words โ€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐ŸŒ‘ Time for the eclipse

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

It's the cosmic phenomenon Northeast Ohio has been anticipating for over a year.

Why it matters: Monday's total solar eclipse is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to town and pack businesses throughout the region.

  • With the event just hours away, we've got answers to the questions you may have:

โฐ What time is the eclipse?

It is expected to enter totality in Cleveland around 3:13pm.

โณ How long does it last?

That depends on where you are.

  • The duration of totality in Cleveland will last approximately 3 minutes and 49 seconds.

๐Ÿ‘€ Where is the best place to watch?

Avon Lake, according to Burrell Observatory director Gary Kader, due to the suburb being right on the centerline.

  • Avon Lake will experience 3 minutes and 52 seconds of totality.

๐ŸŽ‰ Where can I celebrate?

The Northeast Ohio headquarters for the eclipse will be on the lakefront where the Great Lakes Science Centers' Total Eclipse Fest is taking place and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is hosting SolarFest.

๐Ÿ‘“ Do I need special glasses to view the eclipse?

To view the eclipse safely, you must wear eclipse glasses or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2.

  • Destination Cleveland has a list of local vendors with limited supply.

๐ŸŒค๏ธ What is the weather going to be like?

Rain showers are expected to pass by mid-morning and clouds likely won't ruin your experience, according to CNN.

๐Ÿ• Should I worry about my pet?

You can put protective eyewear on your pet, but animals generally don't look up at the Sun as humans tend to do, according to experts.

๐Ÿง How many people will be in town?

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to visit Northeast Ohio, according to Destination Cleveland.

๐Ÿš˜ What will traffic be like?

The Ohio Department of Transportation is warning drivers to expect heavy traffic and delays.

  • Cleveland will have more than 100 officers focused on traffic Monday with several downtown streets closed to prevent traffic jams near hospitals.

๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ What if I'm reading this and I'm not in Ohio?

NASA has a searchable map showing the eclipse's path of totality and when it will be visible in your region.

Go deeper: Destination Cleveland's "Know Before You Go" eclipse guide

2. โšพ New-look Progressive Field

Home sweet home. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

โ€‹โ€‹Even a total solar eclipse can't black out excitement for today's Guardians home opener.

Driving the news: Cleveland hosts the Chicago White Sox at 5:10pm at Progressive Field.

  • Gates will open at 2pm so fans can watch the eclipse.

Catch up quick: In January 2023, the Guardians announced details of "Progressive Field Reimagined."

  • The $435 million project, which began after last season, focuses on new social gathering spaces and improvements to the ballpark's upper deck.

The intrigue: Completed enhancements include new blue seating in the lower bowl, as well as an open-air Terrace Garden in left field with patio-style seating and drink rails for standing-room-only ticket holders.

  • Right field now houses Paul Davis Pennant District, an open-air space for small and large group gatherings.

Between the lines: The Guardians have also added signage to the newly christened John Adams Bleachers, honoring the longtime superfan and drummer who died last year.

If you go: A few tickets are still available for today's game. You can also still buy a Ballpark Pass, which includes a standing-room ticket to every Guardians home game in April.

  • For those attending, Progressive Field is now a cashless venue. Purchases must be made via a credit or debit card or mobile app.

If you watch: The game will air on Bally Sports.

What's next: Progressive Field Reimagined is expected to be completed by the start of the 2025 season.

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3. The Terminal: Local news ripples

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

๐Ÿข The steeply discounted sale price of the downtown skyscraper 200 Public Square โ€” to a realty group known for acquiring distressed malls โ€” will have ripple effects on Cleveland's tax base. (News 5 Cleveland)

๐Ÿ˜Ž The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has issued no statewide policy on whether incarcerated people will be able to view the solar eclipse today, leaving decisions to individual facilities. (Cleveland Scene)

๐Ÿ€ Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia, who own competing mortgage companies, have a bitter personal and professional rivalry. (ESPN)

๐ŸŽญ Playhouse Square has acquired the Greyhound bus station on Chester Avenue for $3.35 million. (Cleveland.com)

4. ๐Ÿ’ฌ Quote du jour: Bibb on ceasefire resolution

Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

"Any discussion of the current conflict must be centered in the condemnation of Hamas and a plain understanding that it is the fundamental obstacle to peace today."
โ€” Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, in a statement

State of play: Bibb last week declined to sign a city council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

  • He said the resolution, which condemned both Islamophobia and antisemitism and the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, did not "adequately reflect [his] views."

Between the lines: City council's resolutions are largely symbolic.

  • Council passed the resolution at its March 25 meeting, on the heels of a similar United Nations resolution and after months of persistent calls from the local Palestinian community.

The other side: Bibb's refusal to sign was "appalling," said Faten Odeh, the executive director of CAIR-Ohio.

  • "Choosing not to sign a ceasefire resolution essentially means he does not want the violence to end on innocent civilians who are being murdered by the thousands," Odeh said in a statement.

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5. ๐Ÿ“ธ Capturing Cleveland

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This week's photo was taken by Scott Fenwick (@sfenfoto) outside of The Treehouse pub in Tremont.

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๐Ÿ€ Sam is monitoring closely the situation of Bronny James (son of LeBron), who just declared for this summer's NBA draft while also entering the NCAA transfer portal.

๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ Troy is still catching his breath after that amazing women's NCAA Championship game in Cleveland yesterday.