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February 15, 2024

πŸ–₯️ On this day in 2005, YouTube went live online.

🌬️ Today's weather: Breezy and rainy with a high of 48.

🎧 Sounds like: "Many Rivers To Cross" by Jimmy Cliff

⚾️ Situational awareness: Cleveland Guardians pitchers and catchers begin spring training today in Goodyear, Arizona.

Today's newsletter is 927 words β€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!

No shortage of scissors to cut the ribbon. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

Newcomers to Cuyahoga County now have a one-stop shop for essential services when they arrive from other countries.

Why it matters: County Executive Chris Ronayne has been touting the economic and cultural benefits of immigrants since the campaign trail in 2022, and he framed yesterday's ribbon-cutting for a Welcome Center in Old Brooklyn as a promise kept.

What's happening: Job training, medical care, school selection, legal support, benefits enrollment, language and translation services β€” you name it, it'll be covered at the new center.

Zoom in: It'll be located within the county government offices at 4261 Fulton Parkway and will be open 9am-4pm Tuesday-Thursday.

  • "Those hours will expand," Ronayne said. "We have to walk before we can run."
  • Allied nonprofits, including Global Cleveland and Re:Source Cleveland, will help staff the center.

Between the lines: Ronayne said the location is strategic, sandwiched between Clark-Fulton, home to the city's densest concentration of Latinos, and Parma, a prime destination for the recent wave of Ukrainian immigrants.

The intrigue: The county has also received a "Certified Welcoming" designation from Welcoming America, becoming the second county and the fourth municipality in Ohio to be so recognized.

  • The certification is bestowed on municipalities that have created policies and programs that demonstrate a commitment to immigrant inclusion.

The bottom line: Cuyahoga County is home to more than 120 unique nationalities, and leaders celebrated the new center not only as a practical resource for newcomers, but also as a physical symbol of the region's values.

  • "The Welcome Center embodies the compassion, empathy and solidarity that define us as a community," said County Councilwoman Meredith Turner. "It's a testament to our belief in the inherent dignity in every human being."

2. Frontier's new frontiers

Photo: Courtesy of Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines is about to become the carrier at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with the most total destinations.

Driving the news: The low-cost carrier, which has a local crew base set to open in March, announced yesterday that it will launch 10 new nonstop routes from CLE beginning in May.

  • These routes are in addition to the new and expanded service to Minneapolis and LaGuardia Airport in New York announced last month.

By the numbers: Frontier will serve a total of 30 cities, increasing average peak summer daily departures by 38% percent from a year ago.

Details: Frontier will begin service to the following cities:

  • Houston (IAH); 4x per week; beginning May 17.
  • Jacksonville (JAX); 4x per week; May 22.
  • New Orleans (MSY); 4x per week; May 22.
  • Myrtle Beach (MYR); 3x per week; May 21.
  • Austin (AUS); 3x per week; May 16.
  • Charleston (CHS); 4x per week; May 17.
  • Savannah (SAV); 3x per week; May 16.
  • Salt Lake City (SLC); 3x per week; May 16.
  • Pensacola (PNS); 3x per week; May 21.
  • Baltimore (BWI); 3x per week; May 16.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP); 4x per week; May 17.
  • New York City (LGA); daily; April 10.

3. The Terminal: Devoted to headlines and hot news

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

πŸš™ Must-read: A deep dive on the state of parking and parking lots in the city of Cleveland β€” 28% of downtown is devoted to lots and garages. (Cleveland Scene)

🚌 CMSD chief executive Warren Morgan has proposed cutting out-of-school programs and administrative staff to forestall a looming $168 million budget deficit due to the expiration of pandemic-era aid. (Ideastream)

πŸ“° Dale Anglin, a Cleveland Foundation VP, has been hired as the inaugural director of Press Forward, a national coalition of funders investing millions to strengthen local news. (Crain's Cleveland Business)

πŸ₯© Veteran vendors at the West Side Market discuss their priorities amidst the changing organizational structure there. (The Land)

4. 🎸 Rock Hall dives into Living Colour

The members of Living Colour. Photo: Mick Hutson/Redferns

Living Colour broke boundaries in the 1980s as a platinum-selling, all-Black rock band.

What's happening: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame today is hosting "Album Deep Dive: Living Colour's Time's Up," a discussion led by Kimberly Mack, author of a 33 1/3 series book on "Time's Up."

Flashback: Living Colour formed in 1984 in New York City and took off after an endorsement from Mick Jagger.

The intrigue: "Time's Up" isn't the album most think of when it comes to Living Colour.

Yes, but: It was "Time's Up," Living Colour's sophomore effort, that struck a chord with Mack.

  • "I feel a more of a personal connection to that album," she says. "I liked that it felt angry. It allowed me to tap into my own anger that had been somewhat repressed."

If you go: The event starts at 7pm and is free with registration.

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5. πŸ‘ See it or skip it πŸ‘Ž

Artist Kara Walker's work is featured in Cleveland Museum of Arts' "New Narratives" exhibit. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

πŸ–ΌοΈ New Narratives

Details: The Cleveland Museum of Art's exhibition "New Narratives: Contemporary Works on Paper" is made up entirely of print and drawings, showcasing the stories that artists can convey on simple paper.

πŸ’­ Our thought bubble: See it. The works are a snapshot of history, focusing on events like the Haitian Revolution and Antebellum South.

🎀 216 Day

Details: Tomorrow is Feb. 16, meaning it's 216 Day. You can honor Cleveland's area code with a DJ party at B Side Lounge featuring the sounds of local hip-hop. Tickets are $2.16.

πŸ’­ Our thought bubble: See it. Cleveland hip-hop doesn't get the credit it deserves, and the event is promising "surprise special guests."

β˜• Cocoa Run

Details: It's $35 to participate in the second annual 5K (or 1-mile walk) on Saturday at North Coast Harbor. The event includes a shirt, medal and cup of hot cocoa.

πŸ’­ Our thought bubble: Skip it, unless you run like the wind. It will be around 30Β° with a chance of snow. Cocoa can't cure that.

Thanks to our editor Lindsey Erdody and copy editors Rob Reinalda and Yasmeen Altaji.

✈️ Sam may try to persuade his wife to spring for a Frontier Airlines' All You Can Fly pass. New Orleans! Salt Lake City! Austin! Charleston! Baltimore! WHO SAYS NO!?!?!

❓ Troy wants to know if our editor Lindsey would run a 5K for cocoa.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Lindsey has run in temperatures colder than 30 and absolutely would run a 5K for cocoa.