April 1, 2020, updates/cancellations/closures

Summit County Public Health offers additional guidance on mass gatherings SUMMIT COUNTY — As the number of COVID-19 cases identified in Summit County increases, Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda is providing additional guidance on public gatherings. Summit County Public Health is asking that, as a result of COVID-19, funeral homes and religious entities restrict and limit certain gatherings including […]

Brody Russell Baker

Brody Russell Baker, age 37, of Akron passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Born April 12, 1982 to Harold and Lorna Baker, Brody was a lifelong resident of the Portage Lakes area and attended the Coventry School system, graduating at the top of his class. Brody was an excellent tennis player, and was Coventry’s first single. […]

April 2, 2020, updates/cancellations/closures

Stark State College cancels in-person commencement, plans other celebrations for 2020 graduates NORTH CANTON/DOWNTOWN AKRON — Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Stark State College is not hosting its May graduation and certificate ceremonies in person, but will celebrate graduates in various ways. “The health and safety of our students, employees, family members and friends are our top priority,” said Stark State […]

April 6, 2020, updates/cancellations/closures

METRO RTA reduces bus service beginning today, April 6 GREATER AKRON — Beginning Monday, April 6, METRO will run reduced service and its Contingency Schedule will go into effect. METRO’s Contingency Schedule is available at akronmetro.org. Riders will see reduced bus service Monday through Friday. Saturday service will remain the same. Beginning April 12, 2020 there will be no Sunday […]

West Side Education News & Notes

Firestone students earn Scholastics Art and Writing awards WEST AKRON — Visual arts students at Firestone Community Learning Center received awards in the 2020 North-East Central-Ohio (NECO) Scholastic Art Awards. The NECO contest, for students in grades seven through 12 in six counties, including Summit, Medina, Stark, Portage, Tuscarawas and Wayne, accepts artwork in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and […]

Akron mayor conducts virtual town hall meeting

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan held a town hall meeting March 30 using Facebook live to provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic. Horrigan thanked the organizations that have stepped up to help others and encouraged residents to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 to save lives. “One day this will pass, and we […]

Meals on Wheels continuing meal delivery

But agency says more volunteers, donations needed GREATER AKRON — Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio (MOWNEO) officials have adopted a different service model in order to continue serving clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. MOWNEO, a program of VANTAGE Aging, delivers food to more than 2,300 homebound individuals in Summit, Stark and Wayne counties, according to agency officials. These individuals […]

Concordia at Sumner promoting social distancing through programs

COPLEY — Concordia Lutheran Ministries is doing its part to promote social distancing through different programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Concordia officials, the organization is one of the largest nonprofit senior care providers in the country, serving over 40,000 people annually through home care and inpatient locations in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Tampa, Florida. Concordia at Sumner […]



West Akron man thinks parks should be closed

To the editor: I am a resident of Akron living in a condo adjacent to Smith Road’s F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. I am also a 64-year-old man with underlying health issues. Yesterday, March 26, because it was a beautiful day and [I] thought an isolated outside walk would not be a problem (the State of Ohio is on lock-down), I […]

Granger officials address operations during COVID-19 pandemic

The Granger Board of Trustees discussed some changes in operation during the COVID-19 pandemic at the board’s meeting March 23. Trustee Richard Pace said throughout the course of the pandemic, township officials will only handle essential department business and meetings will be much shorter. He said social distancing will be observed at these meetings. Pace urged the public to address […]

County creates fund to help small businesses

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County officials are stepping up to assist small businesses in weathering the economic hardships of COVID-19. During the March 30 virtual Summit County Council meeting, legislation was introduced to create the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program Fund through a partnership between county officials and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce. According to […]

Carter Property Restoration offering home improvement services

NORTHEAST OHIO — Carter Property Restoration has been providing home restoration and improvement services to customers since 1993. Wayne Carter, owner of Carter Property Restoration, said his business is family-owned and operated and focuses on serving customers and taking care of their needs. He added the company performs both residential and commercial work. Some of the services Carter Property Restoration […]

Falls Council OKs agricultural district application

During a short March 23 Cuyahoga Falls City Council meeting, members approved an application from Amy Mothersbaugh and Gary Blaine, owners of property located at 2190 Sourek Trail, to place the property into an agricultural district, and the sale of used Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department equipment to the City of Stow. Also during the meeting, Mayor Don Walters said City […]

Sports-related camp

LOYAL OAK GOLF COURSE Loyal Oak Golf Course, located at 2909 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road in Norton, is offering a summer golf program for children ages 8-16 to learn to golf. A Kids and Juniors Golf Program will run for eight weeks on Tuesdays beginning June 9 and allow participants to learn to play golf through group lessons and actual play. […]

General or multiple-themed camps

AKRON RECREATION AND PARKS SUMMER CAMPS The City of Akron Recreation and Parks Division will offer summer fun camps at various community centers June through August. Campers can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities including games, sports, arts and crafts, and field trips. Ages, costs and times vary per camp. All camps have limited space and registrations must be made in […]

Firestone girls bowling coach reflects on successful season

WEST AKRON — Firestone girls bowling head coach Charles Burger said this year’s team finished the season with a familiar-sounding 10-4 record. “Last season, we finished with the same record,” he said. “I was happy with how well we performed throughout the regular season. Our ladies had a quiet confidence in matches. They also communicated well together as a team […]

Scholarship renamed in honor of Fairlawn woman

FAIRLAWN — Fairlawn resident Carolyn Cox received a surprise visit from members of The University of Akron Women’s Club (UAWC) recently. The 93-year-old Cox, a member of UAWC, was honored by the board, whose members unanimously agreed to rename the organization’s scholarship the Carolyn Cox Scholarship for her continued efforts to support UAWC. According to organization officials, Cox was supposed […]

Bath trustees approve items at meeting

During the March 23 Bath Board of Trustees meeting, several items pertaining to township business were approved. At the meeting, trustees: • approved a contract with B&C Communications for the purchase of 13 Motorola APX 6000 portable radios and accessories for police use, at a cost of $50,462, which was provided by a donation from the Walt and Teri Bettinger […]

Fairlawn Heights hosts window decoration challenge

FAIRLAWN HEIGHTS — St. Patrick’s Day green recently bloomed in the windows of many Fairlawn Heights homes in response to a decorating challenge. The window and door decorating challenge, sponsored by the Fairlawn Heights Neighborhood Association, provided entertainment to those stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shown above is 7-year-old Niko Tseneckos with his St. Patrick’s Day creation. […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated the following burglary reports: March 24 in the 700 block of West Exchange Street and the 1100 block of Winhurst Drive; March 27 in the 1000 block of Nome Avenue; and March 31 in the 600 block of Storer Avenue. On March 23, police responded to a disturbance during a custody exchange outside a Weathervane Lane […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A Swartz Road man reported someone broke into his pickup truck March 23 and damaged the steering column in an attempt to steal the vehicle. The manager of a South Arlington Road business reported March 24 an employee was assaulted by his live-in girlfriend while they were on a bus. When they arrived at the business, the attack continued […]

EMA coordinating county efforts battling COVID-19

SUMMIT COUNTY — County and local officials are working together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summit County Emergency Management Agency’s (EMA) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated March 13 in response to federal, state and local emergency declarations to help support public health officials and first responders in their efforts to address COVID-19-related activities. According to Summit County […]

Tuesday Musical names new executive director

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Following a national search that drew 30 applicants from around the country, Tuesday Musical has named Cynthia Snider as its executive director. Snider joined Tuesday Musical in 2015 to direct the organization’s fundraising and communications programs, and has served as interim executive director since September 2019. “I’m honored to help Tuesday Musical continue its powerful mission of […]

Bath centenarian honored

BATH — State Rep. Bill Roemer (R-District 38) presented Louis Culiner, a 100-year old World War II veteran and resident of Heritage Crossing Senior Living, with a commendation recognizing his longevity and service to the nation. Shown at right, from left, are Culiner and Roemer. In attendance for Culiner’s birthday celebration were Bath Township Police officers along with more than […]

Fairlawn woman enjoyed chalked note

To the editor: In difficult times, the gestures of goodness are so much more meaningful. I have not been out of my house for quite a while. When I went to my mailbox a couple of days ago I found a wonderful, heart warming message, written with chalk on my driveway wishing me to “HAVE A GOOD DAY.” Thank you […]

Cuyahoga Falls creates initiative to help residents

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Area individuals, organizations and communities are stepping up to offer help to those in need during the COVD-19 pandemic, which has created some challenges due to the need for social distancing. Among those is the City of Cuyahoga Falls. Cuyahoga Falls launched the Cuyahoga Falls Cares initiative for residents who are willing to give or need assistance […]

Sharon trustees OK permanent appropriations

The Sharon Board of Trustees approved appropriations for 2020 at the board’s meeting March 24. The board approved and made the temporary appropriations permanent with changes made by Fiscal Officer Christine Lawson. The $6.25 million in appropriations include $2.47 million for the General Fund and $1.06 million for the Roads and Bridges Fund. The trustees also approved a resolution to […]

Religion-based camps

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH Faith Lutheran Church Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School (VBS) will take place June 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the church, 2726 W. Market St. in Fairlawn, for children in preschool through fifth grade. This traditional VBS will teach children that Jesus powers people through all the twists and turns on the train tracks […]

Arts-centered camps

COLORFUL CANVAS Colorful Canvas, located in Bath at 1969 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road on the second floor of The Garth Andrew Co., will offer a Colorful Canvas Art Camp for ages 9 and up June 22-24 and July 13-15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Campers will work with watercolors, acrylics and hot glue to create a variety of art pieces. The […]

Boston trustees respond to COVID-19 crisis

The Boston Board of Trustees unanimously approved declaring a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the March 25 meeting. Township attorney Al Schrader told trustees they could attend future meetings via telephone because of a bill passed by the Ohio General Assembly. In other news: • Trustee Amy Anderson offered condolences to the family of Marcy Mercer, […]

Academic-enrichment camps

CHALLENGE ISLAND Challenge Island STEAM camps will take place in June and July at various locations for children ages 5-14. Challenge Island is a one-of-a-kind adventure on the cutting edge of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education. Camps take children on a unique “island” adventure where they work in collaborative teams to take on various STEM/STEAM challenges using […]

Akron man says patience needed for reactions to COVID-19 crisis

To the editor: The interesting part of this crisis is in our response to it. Some think it’s a page in the Bible, a prophecy of repentance and returning to God. Is this a special punishment on a people that are full of gratuitous greed and live in a culture of consumption? Do we have more than we need? Perhaps. […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of March 15-21, 2020: Stanley Anthony Antoskewicz, Twinsburg, 76, died March 11, 2020 Avanella Louise Baker, Akron, 84, died March 16, 2020 Elizabeth Jane Baltrinic, Richfield, 90, died March 5, 2020 Maurice Bishop, Barberton, 66, died March 12, 2020 Annette B. Brady, Akron, 73, died March 16, 2020 […]

West Side News & Notes

COVID-19 causes state changes in voting, tax filing and more OHIO — State officials have adopted a number of changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio Primary Election, which had been scheduled for March 17 but was deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended, with mail-in voting only available until April 28, according to the Ohio Secretary […]

Springfield adopts COVID-19 measures

Springfield officials have adopted a number of changes in response to COVID-19. Trustees began these efforts two weeks ago by suspending all public meetings, including boards, commissions and community group meetings, as well as events that were not required for the continuation of township operations. Also, in-person access to Town Hall has been limited to those individuals with immediate and […]

Springfield girls bowling season included PTC, sectional titles

LAKEMORE — Springfield High School girls bowling head coach Frank Testa said this year’s team not only finished with a 10-1 overall record, but also took home championships in the Portage Trail Conference (PTC) and at sectionals. “Going into the PTC season-ending tournament, we were tied for first with Crestwood and Norton,” he said. “We ended up winning that tournament, […]

Manchester wrestling coach impressed with freshman class

NEW FRANKLIN — Manchester High School wrestling head coach Josh Cintron said this year’s team finished in fifth place in the Principals Athletic Conference-7 (PAC-7) and showed plenty of progress throughout the season. “With so many young guys, I’m really happy with how they improved,” he said. “We had a young group — very young experience-wise — and we didn’t […]

Green Together offering aid to residents

GREEN — City of Green officials have established Green Together to help residents with everyday tasks made more challenging due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. “These are unprecedented times and now, more than ever, we need to support each other and help our neighbors and those in need,” said Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer. “As a community, we […]

Financial Planning Commission loosens forecast guidelines

COVENTRY — The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission approved an amendment to the Financial Recovery Plan (FRP) for Coventry Local Schools that loosened requirements for the district to get out of fiscal emergency. During the March 26 meeting, conducted through a teleconference, commission members and district officials held a work session on the FRP to review various concerns raised after […]

Springfield police unveil new patrol car logo

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Police Department rolled out new graphics on its squad cars recently. The new graphics, which uses shades of red and gray and the Spartan logo, as pictured above, was designed through a collaborative effort by the department, Marazita Graphics Inc. and Springfield trustees, as well as with permission from Springfield Local Schools Business Manager Dustin Boswell, […]

South Side Senior News & Notes

Ohio’s Alzheimer’s patient population projected to grow HUDSON — As Ohio’s population continues to age, the state will need more medical specialists and better trained primary care physicians to deal with the anticipated onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease cases, according to Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter officials. Chapter officials said that is a key finding in the Alzheimer’s Association’s […]

Green resident recovering from COVID-19

GREEN — Nicole Foster thought it was just her allergies bothering her March 21 as she experienced a headache, mucus and a scratchy throat. Foster, who is 44, was just two weeks into her nursing career at Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Downtown Akron. The next day, March 22, she began to have body aches, but thought it was from […]