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Join us at Luke Easter Park tonight from 5 -8:30 p.m.!

Tonight Mayor Frank G. Jackson invites you to come out and celebrate “National Night Out Against Crime.” 
This national event is held annually to give residents an opportunity to meet and greet their community police officers and neighbors.

We will have police, fire and EMS representatives on hand along with many activities for the entire family.

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Remembering Dr. Martin L. King


The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his thunderous speech at Glenville High School on April 26, 1967, saying “We’ve got to organize so effectively and so well and engage in such powerful creative protest that there will not be a power in the world that can stop us.” Photo courtesy of Cleveland Public Library.

As the nation pays tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin L. King today, we thought it only fitting to remember his connection to the city of Cleveland.

As Clevelanders, we know that our city holds a plethora of history including the first city in the nation to have publicly lit streetlights – Public Square;  it was once known as the richest community in the world with Millionaire’s Row a.k.a. Euclid Ave as its showcase; and we have darker memories that include the infamous Hough Riots.

We all know who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was, what he stood for, and we appreciate that most of us get a day off from work in his honor.  However, have you ever thought about how strongly connected to Cleveland he actually was?

Dr. King frequently visited Cleveland in the mid-1960’s after the Hough riots aiding community leaders and offering advice on dealing with the city’s racial problems while working feverishly to register black voters and to assist in boosting Carl Stokes’ chances of becoming the first black mayor of an American city.

On April 26, 1967, during his visit to Glenville High School, Dr. King offered this advice to those in attendance, “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures.” That quote has become a staple in many African American households.

Dr. King’s efforts in Cleveland proved fruitful when Carl B. Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland on November 7, 1967, fifty years ago this year.

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Flashback Friday: Winterfest 2011


Scenes from the 2011 Winterfest celebration on Public Square. Join us next Saturday, November 26th as Winterfest 2016 returns to the Square! The Cleveland Department of Public Utilities will have plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained! So stop by our booths in the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center on Euclid Avenue.

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CLE history with an electric spark


A snapshot inside Wade Memorial Chapel.

There are many hidden treasures throughout Cleveland, but one of the most spectacular treasures rich in history is located deep inside of Lakeview Cemetery.  The cemetery itself is beautiful and is oozing with history as many prominent people made this their final resting place.

Lakeview Cemetery was created by Jeptha H. Wade, who was a working-class businessman in the mid-1800’s from Seneca, New York, but found his big break in the telegraph industry and quickly became a millionaire when he began the Western Union Telegraph Company.  Cleveland was home to many of the world’s millionaires in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, but most of them weren’t as generous as Wade.  He definitely made his mark in Cleveland through philanthropy.  He constructed the Cleveland Orphan Asylum and donated a $140 thousand endowment, a substantial sum of cash in the late 1800’s.  In 1885, he donated 75 well-groomed acres for the creation of “Wade Park” in what is the University Circle/Uptown area.  By 1960, it was estimated that the Wade family had donated over $25 million to the city of Cleveland.  The family has also donated a number of artworks to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Did you know Wade Memorial Chapel was wired by Thomas Edison?

So now that you have a little bit of history about Jeptha H. Wade let’s talk about this breathtaking chapel.  As I stated previously, the Wade Memorial Chapel is located inside of Lakeview Cemetery, and it was built to honor the late Jeptha H. Wade.  Jeptha H. Wade II, the grandson of Jeptha H. Wade, was the mastermind behind the chapel. The two men had an extraordinary bond, and after the passing of his grandfather, the younger Wade pondered a way to commemorate his grandfather’s memory resulting in the construction of the  Wade Memorial Chapel.

Believing that only the finest quality would do, young  Wade met with Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of Charles W. Tiffany founder of Tiffany & Co. Jewelers, to develop the design for this memorial chapel.  Tiffany was considered one of the most creative and prolific designers,  best known for his signature “Tiffany Lamps.”.  He agreed to take on this extensive project under one condition; Wade II had to agree to allow the chapel to become the first publicly illuminated building in Cleveland.  There were no objections, and the chapel was built in 1901.

It is one of the few interiors left in the world that was totally designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studios.  It’s apparent the intended focus of the Chapel is the spectacular “Flight of Souls” stained glass window, which was the first element of the chapel to be constructed.  Before being installed, the window won a gold medal during the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, giving it credibility as an important example of Tiffany’s highly- prized ecclesiastical work.  From the mosaic floor to the cuts of thousands of pieces of mosaic glass creating the intricate artwork on the walls which showcase the “River of Life” on one side of the chapel and the “River of Death” on the other, Tiffany definitely made his mark.  The exterior of the chapel was constructed by Hubbell & Benes  a local architectural firm responsible for many other notable buildings in Cleveland and features a classical Greek design.

When Wade II commissioned the construction of the chapel, he specifically stated to create a structure that would last at least 500 years, with foundations carried down to solid rock 25 feet below the surface.  The doors that welcome guests weigh five tons and the pews were made out of wood shipped in from the holy land.  As if all of these facts aren’t already amazing, the wiring for the electrical work was done by none other than Tiffany’s good friend Thomas Alva Edison.

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No mystery, just electricity


This was the scene as Cleveland’s “whale wall” featuring “Song of the Whales” was dedicated in 1997.

Social media, Facebook specifically, has been awash with posts about the “mysterious” building with the whales on the wall. This last weekend, we were tagged in two posts on the subject, so we thought we would try and put an end to the intrigue.

Seasoned Clevelanders are very familiar with the site and if you ask some about Cleveland Public Power – they instantly think WHALES!  The “Whale Wall” is on the side of CPP’s former generation plant and is visible to anyone who drives The Shoreway. The plant has not generated power since 1977. Today, Cleveland Public Power operates a transmission substation on the property.

So now you know what happens on this site, but you’re probably still scratching your head trying to figure out why whales would be on the side of a building next to a lake – right?

The “Whale Walls” project was launched by artist Robert Wyland in 1981 in an effort to increase appreciation and understanding for aquatic habitats and the life within. In 2008, Wyland’s goal of painting one hundred of these walls was reached and the Wyland Foundation reveled in the success stating, ““Our goal with these projects over the last three decades has been to convey the urgency of conservation issues to the public. The health of our ocean and waterways are in jeopardy, not to mention the thousands of marine animals and plants that face extinction if we do nothing.”

Cleveland’s wall was dedicated in 1997 under the administration of former Mayor Michael R. White. Below are some interesting facts about the mural:

  • 75th mural
  • Titled “Song of the Whales”
  • Meaning behind the wall – to be eye opening and to remind us to preserve and protect all of our water habitats: the lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands, etc.

What better location to send such a strong message than CPP’s substation, which is right next door to our greatest natural resource – Lake Erie.

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Join us at Winterfest Saturday!

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Join us Saturday in the IdeaCenter and take a photo to commemorate the Annual Winterfest celebration!

We’re excited to once again join the Downtown Cleveland Alliance in bringing Winterfest 2015 to PlayHouse Square. To commemorate the experience stop by Cleveland Public Power’s booth in the Idea Center and snap a holiday photo of you and the family! Then follow us on social media with the hashtag #thisiscpp. We will post photos to our Facebook  Page, Instagram and Twitter sites.


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It’s time to race! Rev up your engines for CPP’s 2nd Annual Solar Sprint

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

We’re gearing up for the 2nd Annual Cleveland Public Power Solar Sprint and we’re looking for Cleveland students interested in building their own race cars! If you have youngsters who like to take things apart and put them back together, who find enjoyment in math and science or who have a creative flair – they are the perfect candidate!

In an effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) hosted its first Solar Sprint last fall and it was a huge success. Students participated from the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles E. Mooney and Tremont Montessori as well as The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, among others.

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Contestants await the signal to start their cars. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Sprint is a miniature solar-powered car race. However, before you get to racing, you have to build your car. To build your prize-winning vehicle, each team will purchase a Solar Sprint Kit for $24*, containing all of the basic necessities i.e., solar panel, motor, and other necessities; however the bulk of the car is left to the ingenuity and imagination of the students.

There are two divisions for the competition – Junior and Senior. Juniors are students in grades 3-5 and seniors represent those in grades 6-8.

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

So to join the fun we need for you to do the following:

  1. Recruit team members (teams must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of four)
  2. Attend one of the Solar Sprint Engineering Workshops on Saturday, September 12th or Saturday, September 19th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  3. Build your race car
  4. Compete on Saturday, October 10 during Cleveland Public Power’s Annual Public Power Week Open House!

For more information call CPP’s Marketing Department at 216-664-3922.

*The $24 fee will be refunded on race day.

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