Mayor says Green is ‘healthy’ in address

GREEN — The City of Green is alive and well, Mayor Gerard Neugebauer said at his annual State of the City address to bolster pride in the flourishing community and promote initiatives to keep residents on the path of wellness. “I am pleased to share the good news that Green continues to be healthy and prosperous,” said Neugebauer, as he […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A Kirtland man reported he was on Wigeon Lane Jan. 23 when he received a call from someone who claimed to work at his bank. He provided information to the caller and later learned someone accessed his savings account to make a $100 purchase at an Eastlake gas station. The manager of a Manchester Road business reported Jan. 23 […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police responded to the following burglary reports: Jan. 29 in the 1500 block of Bryden Drive; Jan. 31 in the 600 block of Mineola Avenue and the 1300 block of Bryden Drive; Jan. 1 in the 300 block of Mineola Avenue; and Feb. 3 in the 200 block of Overwood Road, the 800 block of South Hawkins Avenue […]

New Franklin man in favor of EdChoice

To the editor: People of Northeast Ohio. We have a big problem in our area. Our children are not being educated to a passing level in our public schools. Akron just passed a 6.9 percent, three-year raise package for educating the children to an F* level as graded by the Ohio Board** of Education. Barberton got an F for [prepared […]




Manchester football coach honored for most wins in Ohio high school history

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Bill Roemer (R-District 38) honored Manchester High School Principal and head football coach James “Jim” France Jan. 30 for his achievements as a football coach. According to Roemer’s office, France is acclaimed as the coach with the most wins in Ohio high school football history. Over 49 years, France compiled a record of 401-129-4, winning 23 […]

Green boys swim team ready for postseason

GREEN — Green High School boys swimming head coach Mike Lazor said this year’s team compiled a 5-1 in dual meets both overall and in the Federal League, finishing second behind North Canton Hoover. “The season has gone really well,” he said. “We have a lot of boys who are training well and swimming fast. This is a coachable group […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Jan. 12-18, 2020 (continued from last week): Josephine B. Nemer, Fairlawn, 102, died Jan. 3, 2020 David R. Nixon, Cuyahoga Falls, 63, died Jan. 11, 2020 Dennis Nolan, Akron, 68, died Jan. 13, 2020 Cameron Kahle Nunnally, Akron, 39, died Jan. 6, 2020 Elizabeth T. Pagac, Akron, […]

Lakemore Council member continuing to serve

LAKEMORE — Jon Strittmatter is no stranger to Lakemore Village. Strittmatter, who was born and raised in the village, recently was appointed to fill the remaining two years of Richard Cole’s seat on Village Council after Cole was elected mayor in November. He also was chosen by Council last June to serve out the remainder of former Councilman and current […]

Village eyes filling administrator position

LAKEMORE — Currently, Lakemore Village does not have a village administrator in place, but that soon may change. Village Council is mulling several new pieces of legislation introduced at the brief Feb. 3 meeting, including a resolution to put in place an interim village administrator. According to the proposed legislation, Mayor Richard Cole, who began in the role last month, […]

Towpath Tennis introduces MultiBall System

MERRIMAN VALLEY — This winter, Towpath Tennis Center, 2108 Akron-Peninsula Road, introduced the MultiBall System, an interactive hitting wall that is designed to bridge the gap between video games and the tennis court. According to Towpath officials, MultiBall was created by Fun With Balls, a Munich-based company, and Towpath is only the sixth location operating the MultiBall System in the […]

Akron sells property for apartments

If funded, new building would house I PROMISE School students’ families DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council approved legislation Feb. 3 to sell approximately 2 acres of land for $1 at the corner of Maple and Cedar streets to the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. (EANDC). Councilman Jeff Fusco (D-at large) said the vacant land at the southwest corner of […]

AHA forum raises awareness of youth vaping

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Teen e-cigarette use, or vaping, is drastically rising, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA’s Akron chapter held a forum, E-cigarettes & Youth — Addressing an Epidemic, Jan. 30 at The University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium to discuss the rise of youth vaping. According to AHA officials, the forum is part of a larger effort […]

Politics part of family history for Schneiders

PENINSULA — For many families, holiday gathering conversations can, at times, get animated. That dynamic can become even louder when several family members hold local public office. “It’s not so much yelling as it is trying to get someone to listen,” laughed Peninsula Village Mayor Daniel Schneider Jr. of his family, which includes his 10-term Peninsula Councilman father, Daniel Schneider […]

Council debates flooding solutions

Norton City Council debated ways to address flooding in the community during the committee meeting Feb. 3. Councilman Jack Gainer (Ward 1), chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, urged Council to take action to hasten the establishment of the stalled Wolf Creek Watershed Conservancy District, the goal of which is to raise funds to address flooding in the […]

Newly appointed Council member ready to serve

RICHFIELD VILLAGE — Finishing fourth for the three seats on Richfield Village Council that were up for election last November, Jeff Stoppenhagen thought it would be logical he would be chosen to fill the vacated Council seat of Michael Wheeler when the latter was elected mayor. Six candidates ran for the three Council seats up for election with Sue Ann […]

Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center getting new flooring

The Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center will be closed for the first two weeks of March so both floors can be resurfaced, Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten reported during the Feb. 3 Fairlawn City Council meeting. “The floors haven’t been touched in quite some time,” he said. “It’s linoleum tile and what happens with tile is it shrinks over time. Now, […]

County Council reviews capital projects

DOWNTOWN AKRON — County officials are preparing for $9.2 million in road and bridge work, including $7.4 million for the pavement maintenance program, as part of the 2020 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). During Summit County Council’s Finance Committee meeting Feb. 3, officials discussed the CIP for 2020-25 and the appropriation of $21.4 million in local funds for $85 million in […]

Fairlawn-West United donates to Resnik students

WEST AKRON — Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ and its preschool recently donated various items to students at the Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center. The items included 563 pairs of underwear, 13 T-shirts, 269 pairs of socks, 83 pairs of mittens or gloves, seven mitten/hat sets, seven scarves, 19 hats and one satchel. The items were collected during Advent […]

West Side Senior News & Notes

Ombudsman program seeking local volunteers to be voices for long-term care consumers COLUMBUS — Do you enjoy making a difference in the lives of others? Do you believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect? Do you want to help others make informed choices about where they live and the care they receive? If so, your regional […]

West Side Business News & Notes

Earth Fare Inc. liquidating, closing stores FAIRLAWN/PLAIN — Officials from Earth Fare Inc., the specialty natural and organic grocery store, announced the company has begun inventory liquidation sales at all stores. According to company officials, the inventory liquidation sales features merchandise and store fixtures at significant price reductions. Area stores include 3737 W. Market St. in Fairlawn and 3939 Everhard […]

Trustees OK stipend for fire department

The Sharon Board of Trustees approved an on-call stipend for overnight coverage for the Sharon Fire Department at the board’s meeting Jan. 28. Assistant Chief Michael Stanec said the department has budgeted $45,625 for the stipend, which would entail staffing five people per night at $25 per person and $125 per night. Stanec said he wants the stipend to go […]

Woodridge boys bowling team wins league title

KENT — The Woodridge High School boys bowling team placed first at the Portage Trail Conference Postseason Tournament Feb. 1 at Spins Lanes in Kent. According to team officials, Bryce Oliver led the team with a 769 series (244, 236 and 289) and received a first-place medal. Connor Jewell had a 704 series (224, 224 and 256) and received a […]

Sheriff’s Office deputies sworn in

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry swore in five new deputies Jan. 16, shown at right. Sheriff’s officials stated the deputies graduated from The University of Akron/Summit County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy thanks to scholarships provided by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS). County officials worked with The University of Akron to […]

Gospel Meets Symphony offering inspirational music

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Gospel Meets Symphony, an Akron tradition since 1994, will return Feb. 8 to present uplifting, spirit-filled gospel and classical music. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall, located at 198 Hill St. Presented by the Akron Symphony Orchestra (ASO) under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins and the Gospel Meets Symphony […]

West Side Education News & Notes

Copley High School students earn Scholastic Art & Writing Awards COPLEY — More than 100 pieces of artwork from Copley High School students were submitted and 56 of them were recognized at the recent Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a recognition program for creative teens in grades seven through 12. The categories in which awards were made included: architecture, ceramics […]

Klondike Adventure teaches Scouts survival skills

PENINSULA — Over 200 Boy Scouts representing 27 patrols gathered at Camp Manotoc Jan. 18-19 for the Boy Scouts’ annual Klondike Derby, themed North to Alaska and hosted by the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Great Trail Council’s Chippewa District. The Scouts’ tents near Gilwell Pavillion are shown below. According to BSA officials, the event taught participants survival skills as […]

West Side News & Notes

Akron mayor releases 2020 safety, streets budget DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan released the city’s plan for spending $15.8 million for Akron’s police and fire departments, as well as streets, in 2020. According to city officials, in 2017, Akron voters overwhelmingly supported Issue 4, a charter amendment that levied an additional 0.25-percent income tax to support police, fire […]

New Richfield Village officials looking forward to future

RICHFIELD VILLAGE — Richfield Village’s new mayor and two new elected members of Council are looking forward to the future as they take their new positions. In this past November’s General Election, two Village Council members went head-to-head for the mayor’s seat, with Michael Wheeler defeating Michael Lyons, a former mayor, with 52 percent of the vote. Then-mayor Bobbie Beshara […]

Village of St. Edward opens Green location

GREEN — The Village of St. Edward has expanded to a third location with the recent opening of a new care facility in Green. Construction of the new facility, located at 3813 Fortuna Drive, began in late 2018 and was completed ahead of schedule, according to Annette Walters, corporate director of marketing for The Village of St. Edward. Walters said […]

West Side Real Estate News & Notes

Master Gardener Saturday Gardening Series planned MERRIMAN VALLEY — The Summit County Master Gardener Saturday Gardening Series will be presented Feb. 29 and March 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Todaro’s Party Center, located at 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road. Organization officials said both days will offer four informative speakers, a silent auction, raffle baskets and a books and bulbs […]

Highland wrestlers working toward strong postseason

GRANGER — Highland High School wrestling head coach Tim Maxworthy said his team has adopted the motto “Gotta want to” this season. “We decided that it fits everything we do,” he stated. “From practice to match day, if you don’t have the want to, then you’re not going to like the results. And we have had pretty good results thus […]

Boy Scouts earn Eagle award

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Boy Scouts Gavin Carr, Liam Kiley and George McWilliams, of Boy Scout Troop 179, have earned the Eagle Scout Award and celebrated the honor with family and friends during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (IHM). The Eagle Scout award is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve. To […]

Metro Parks user supports new levy request

To the editor: I plan to vote for Issue 11 in March to benefit the Summit Metro Parks. I started running the Towpath and some trails in the last couple of years. Before that, I had really spent very little time in the Metro Parks, at least since over 40-plus years ago. I’ve found the experience to be enlightening and […]

Granger man raises concerns about proposed SR 18 project

To the editor: To anyone not fully aware of the scope of the Menards store and shopping center being proposed in Granger Township, this shopping center will be bigger than Summit Mall and will impact not only the residents of Granger Township, but also residents of Bath, Sharon, Copley — anyone living in the Yellow Creek district, which is prone […]

Highland gymnasts compete in invitational

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS — Gymnasts from Highland High School competed in their first meet of the season at the Ron Ganim Invitational Jan. 18 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. According to coach Jen Lewis, senior Mackenzie Yu, the team’s only veteran gymnast, competed in her first all around meet since suffering a complete anterior cruciate ligament rupture at the Suburban League […]

None Too Fragile brings ‘On Clover Road’ to life

WEST AKRON — Nothing much happens on Clover Road — there is little traffic and the buildings are in shambles. But Playwright Steven Dietz named his play “On Clover Road.” Dietz is among the top 20 playwrights in the country, ranking with Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams in having his plays most produced. None Too Fragile Theatre, which is housed […]