Bath trustees deny rezoning request

Developer wants to build senior living facility on Medina Road site BATH — With a near-capacity crowd at the March 19 Bath Township Board of Trustees meeting, trustees voted 2-1 against a request to rezone property at 4837 Medina Road. Property developer Omni Senior Living requested a change in zoning from R-2 (Residential), which allows one house per 2.5 acres, […]

Akron may raise tobacco buying age to 21

Also, Council approves city’s 2018 budget DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council is mulling raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21. Councilwoman Linda Omobien (D-at large) introduced an ordinance March 19 that would penalize retailers in Akron caught selling tobacco products to consumers under 21 with fines, while not criminalizing smoking. The law would apply to both cigarettes […]

Boston trustees agree to increase zoning fees

The Boston Township Board of Trustees agreed to increase some zoning fees at the March 14 meeting. The residential construction fee is increasing from $70 to $100, while the cost for an addition is going from $40 to $50. For nonresidential construction, the cost is increasing from $100 to $150, with an addition increasing from $50 to $100. The fee […]

Springfield super highlights district safety measures

SPRINGFIELD — Protecting the well-being of all staff members and students is a top priority within Springfield Local Schools. “Safety is at the forefront of everything we do,” said Superintendent Chuck Sincere. The security measures provided to the district by local police departments were highlighted by Sincere at the March 20 meeting of the Board of Education. In attendance were […]

New Norton Council clerk bringing experience to role

NORTON — A new year meant a new clerk of Council for the City of Norton. Kerry Macomber officially assumed the role Jan. 2, Council’s first meeting date of 2018. “I have been in local government for close to 25 years, and I’m very interested in local government because it truly speaks to the issues that are impacting the daily […]

Green BOE OKs high school curriculum for next school year

The Green High School curriculum guide and course descriptions for the 2018-19 school year were approved at the Green Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) meeting March 19. Green High School Principal Cindy Brown said the state will offer more specific honors diplomas for the Class of 2019, including honors in arts, social sciences, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) […]

Manchester officials discuss security

NEW FRANKLIN — After recent threats against Manchester Local Schools and school shootings across the country, the superintendent and school resource officer met with parents March 13 for a meeting on safety and security. Superintendent James Robinson and school resource officer Jason Tirbovich taught the same ALICE training that the staff has each year and also discussed safety concerns with […]

Copley trustees approve reimbursement of property code fines

Copley Township will be reimbursing $4,150 in property maintenance code violations following what Community and Economic Development Director Matt Springer called a “wildly successful” first year of the township’s new property maintenance code. “In this first year since its adoption, it was new to us and new to the people in the community,” Springer said of the new enforcement effort, […]

Fairlawn City Council passes 2018 budget

During Fairlawn City Council’s March 19 meeting, a final budget of $23.1 million was approved for 2018. “It is a long process that begins in September, and we thank all the department heads and Council for all their hard work and time they spent considering this,” said Assistant Finance Director Jacob Kaufman. “This was the final step in the process. […]

Sharon trustees approve alcohol exemption for festival

During the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting March 13, trustees discussed whether a beer and wine tasting event should be made part of the Sharon Showcase Festival June 16. Trustee Brian Guccion said he had contacted Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Richter about the possibility of adding this event to the summer festival on Sharon Circle scheduled for June 16. […]

Manchester officials hear educational plan for district

Manchester Local Schools officials heard the report of the second year of a three-year plan at the March 20 Board of Education meeting. Rachel Willis, director of curriculum and instruction, presented the report for the 2016-17 school year as part of a three-year plan developed with input from teachers and administrators. The plan is a revolving document that is an […]

Student’s performance highlights Highland board meeting

Highland Local Schools Board of Education members and district officials were treated to a special musical performance by a student at the board’s meeting March 19. Flutist Sadie Nayman, a Highland High School junior, performed Gabriel Faure’s composition “Fantasie” with the school’s choir director, Christopher Ilg, accompanying her on piano. Band Director Ed Marquette said Nayman performed this song Feb. […]

County Council hears update from zoo

Officials from the Akron Zoo reported to Summit County Council at the March 19 meeting that after a record-breaking year in 2017, the zoo plans major expansions in the future. Council heard an update from Akron Zoo officials and got a visit from Buzz, a tawny frogmouth who is one of the zoo’s ambassadors. Zoo President and CEO Doug Piekarz […]

Village Council highlights upcoming Lions Club events

A Village of Lakemore service club has several upcoming activities planned to continue impacting the community in a positive manner. At a brief regular meeting March 19, Council heard a short update on the Lakemore Lions Club from club President Heather Anderson. She announced the Lakemore Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be April 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. […]

Board agrees to change Hillcrest’s name, among other business

The Revere Local Schools Board of Education agreed March 13 to change the name of Hillcrest Elementary to Richfield Elementary School, effective for the 2018-19 school year. Board member Dana Appel said the reason for the name change is for the district to honor both communities in the Revere district with one elementary school named for Richfield and one named […]