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Cuyahoga Falls -- Imagine a normally quiet city block alive with activity.
That is what longtime friends and Falls natives Samantha Coldwell and Getta Kutuchief had in mind when they successfully secured a grant to make a section of the city's pedestrian mall a Better Block.
Coldwell, Kutuchief and their team of volunteers are inviting the public to meet downtown on Front Street between Portage Trail and Stow Avenue and see the potential there during Falls Better Block, Aug. 26 and 27.
Friends since ninth grade at Falls High, Coldwell and Kutuchief have fond memories of growing up in the Falls.
"It's always been home to me," said Coldwell. "I have a huge extended family; lots of aunts, uncles and cousins and the majority of them live here in the Falls. I grew up riding my bike along the riverfront, going to parks, neighborhoods, so for me it's always been home."
Kutuchief said she wasn't born in the Falls, but she attended high school here and has lived here for the past 20 years. "Even though I work in Akron, this is my home," she said. "I'm very invested in this area."
For more information, visit fallsbetterblock.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.
See the Aug. 21 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.