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Plain Press 2022 fundraising letter and donation form

November 2022 Dear Plain Press Readers and Supporters, This year marks the 51st anniversary of the award-winning* community newspaper, the Plain Press. A free community newspaper founded in 1971, the Plain Press continues to present issues and community news to residents of Cleveland’s west side. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Plain Press continued its mission … Continue reading

December 2021 Plain Press – PDF

2021 Plain Press 50th Anniversary Fundraiser

In Memory

Michael O’Brien 1945-2021 (Plain Press, November 2021)                  Michael O’Brien, a librarian turned bookseller, came to the Near West Side as part of the Catholic activist movement to the neighborhood in the early 1970s and joined the Thomas Merton Community living in their house on W. 38th and Clinton.      O’Brien was the proprietor of the Six Steps Down … Continue reading

July 2021 Issue of the Plain Press – PDF

Industry changes over time, some still survives on Madison Avenue

by Alana Whelan (Plain Press, February 2021)             Madison Avenue has largely been a hub for industry and residential housing, both dating back to the 1890s, when the National Carbon Co. office was built at W. 117th Street.     Madison Avenue stretches all the way from W. 58th Street in Cleveland, into Lakewood, and ends perpendicular with Rocky … Continue reading

Plain Press Editor purchases a Cleveland Street Chronicle

Plain Press Editor Debbie Sadlon’s Editorial Comment “The Virus: Mask it, or Casket”


ATTENTION PLAIN PRESS READERS (Plain Press, April 2020) Please feel free to pick up extra copies of the Plain Press to drop on a neighbor’s or friend’s porch. The Plain Press distribution crew will monitor many of our distribution points and provide additional newspapers as they run out. Thank you for helping to bring the … Continue reading

Metro West and partners invite media to a conversation regarding comprehensive planning for Clark Fulton area

by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, October 2019)           Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana assured reporters at a September 17th meeting held at the South Branch of the Cleveland Public Library that she was very excited about the MetroHealth project and its positive impact on Ward 14. The meeting was organized on behalf of Metro West Community … Continue reading