2020-04-16

Maco Drive closed to through traffic


NORTON — The City of Norton has temporarily closed Maco Drive between Hemphill and Reimer roads. According to city officials, the Norton Street Department placed no outlet signs and jersey barriers March 17 to prevent through traffic. Norton Administrative Officer Robert Fowler said the city received some complaints specifically from school bus drivers about the condition of the road. “The […]

Norton Kiwanis members learn about CASA/GAL


NORTON — At the March 6 meeting of the Norton Kiwanis Club, Joseph Kernan, shown at right, spoke about the Court-Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian ad Lidem (CASA/GAL) Program of Summit County, of which he is a staff attorney. He is also an at-large representative on Norton City Council. The CASA/GAL national organization, formed in 1977, helps protect neglected and abused children […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch


COVENTRY: The owner of rental property on Fruit Drive reported April 6 a tenant left the water running, flooding the septic tank and yard. The tenant stated she did not leave the water on. The property owner shut off the water to the residence so the problem could be repaired. Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies contacted a representative of an […]

SCPH commissioner gives COVID-19 update


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Public Health (SCPH) Commissioner Donna Skoda provided some “good news” during her update on COVID-19 at the April 13 Summit County Council meeting. “Based on the prediction of regression analysis in Summit County, if we continue the social distancing and other safety measures … we will not see the huge spike of 800 deaths or […]

ODOT determines speed limit OK at Copley Circle


COPLEY— A reduction in the speed limit on a portion of Copley Road entering Copley Circle is not warranted, according to the results of an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) study requested by the Copley Township Board of Trustees. Copley officials requested the study be conducted by ODOT to determine if reducing the speed limit on the portion of Copley […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch


WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports April 7 in the 1000 block of Dover Avenue; April 9 in the 200 blocks of West Market and Grove streets, the 400 block of North Hawkins Avenue and the 500 block of Crosby Street; April 10 in the 600 block of West Exchange Street; April 12 in the 1900 block of West Market […]

April 22 marks Earth Day’s 50th anniversary


CVNP — Think about an issue or belief that is important to you. Have you noticed a moment in time when it caught on and more people began to care about it? As a National Park Service employee, I am interested in times when value for parks and the environment has increased. We might be in one of those moments […]

New member appointed to Council


Peninsula Village Council met as a whole body via Zoom at the April 13 meeting. Mayor Dan Schneider Jr. announced he appointed and swore-in George Haramis Jr. to the open seat on Council earlier in the day. Haramis replaces Mike Matusz, who died in February. Council agreed to let Schneider Jr. make the appointment at the previous meeting. Haramis owns […]

West Side News & Notes

AMATS accepting input on plans GREATER AKRON — While Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public comment on two items are being accepted online at amatsplanning.org and the organization’s Facebook page. These items include the Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2021 Through 2024 and an amendment to Transportation Outlook […]

Revere students selected for Costa Rican STEM adventure


BATH — Two Revere High School students have been selected for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) travel experience through the JASON Learning Argonaut program. Shown above, from left, sophomore Nnemdi Amanambu and junior Zachary Coffey will go to Costa Rica in July for a week-long expedition on conserving wild bees and pollinators. School officials said they were selected […]

Donald looking for quiet family


WEST AKRON — “Hi, my name is Donald. I am so over this COVID-19 stay-at-home order. I miss my volunteers and visitors. I miss my people. I’m not overly fond of my roommates and would prefer a quiet home with only two-leggeds. Four-leggeds irritate me. I am about 5 years old and very friendly and affectionate once we know one […]

West Akron man wants parkway reopened


To the editor: With all the talk of additional [Summit Metro] Parks funding by way of a property tax levy, I believe it’s time for Metro Parks to give the people of West Akron a concrete time as to when they will no longer be denied use of Sand Run Parkway between Merriman Road and Portage Path. It seems every […]

Cartoons


     

Charlie Willie ready for new adventures


TWINSBURG — “Hi there! My name is Charlie Willie, and I’m in search of my forever family! I’m a 3-year-old shepherd mix and weigh about 25 pounds. I think that I’m a great catch and have so much love to give. I can be shy when I first meet new friends, but with a bit of patience, I warm up! […]

Easter bunny arrives on fire truck


SHARON — Residents in Sharon Township were surprised with visits from the Easter bunny arriving on the township’s fire truck, which drove through neighborhoods with sirens and lights April 11. One such stop “delighted” Deborah Miksch’s 5-year-old granddaughter, Paige Schlegel, daughter of Mark and Annie Schlegel. Miksch said the Easter bunny got out and danced with Paige in the driveway. […]

West Side Education News & Notes


APS Board of Education continues payroll for certain employees DOWNTOWN AKRON — During a special Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education meeting April 10, the board agreed to continue payroll for certain classifications of employees during the school district closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the resolution, the board originally had authorized to pay employees who have […]

Fairlawn resident makes plea for mask use


To the editor: Being a Fairlawn resident, I went out today to two stores and was shocked and disappointed people are still not wearing protective masks. Less than 30 percent had zero protection on hands and face. What else can we do? These people are quite selfish and are hurting everyone around them. Some cities are fining people $800 if […]

West Side Business News & Notes


Agency offering help to job seekers during pandemic SUMMIT COUNTY — Career Development and Placement Strategies is providing career and personal development services, along with job search training and placement, for those seeking jobs during the outbreak of COVID-19. The agency offers free personal career planning, as well as job search training and placement assistance, funded by the Summit County […]

Akron mayor updates community on city’s COVID-19 response


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan held another virtual town hall meeting April 13 to give residents an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and to answer questions. Horrigan said celebrating Easter, which took place April 12, was much different this year with families not gathering in large groups due to COVID-19 and the state’s stay-at-home order. He said there […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of March 29 through April 4, 2020: Dale Allan Abbot, Akron, 60, died March 24, 2020 Teresa Lee Altizer, Akron, 56, died March 30, 2020 Brandon Anderson, Akron, 24, died March 22, 2020 John P. Arthur, Sagamore Hills, 67, died March 27, 2020 George E. Auten, Akron, 86, […]

Boston may cancel Memorial Day events


The Boston Township Board of Trustees noted the township’s annual Memorial Day activities with Peninsula may be the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic at the April 8 meeting. Trustee Amy Anderson said she doubted the Woodridge High School band would be allowed to participate in the parade if schools open back up May 4. Trustee Randy Bergdorf suggested township […]

Woodridge girls bowling team’s highlights include state qualifier


CUYAHOGA FALLS — According to head coach Keith Shovestull, the expectations for this year’s Woodridge High School girls bowling team were “to work hard, develop more skills and improve upon last year.” “The team is very young due to the fact that this is only the second year in the past five years that we have had a girls varsity […]

Village approves cost-share agreement


Richfield Village Council unanimously approved an ordinance executing a community cost-share agreement with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District at the April 7 meeting. The ordinance allows the village to use $120,000 in funds from the account to help with the purchase of the David Slowbe property, which is approximately 6 acres on the south side of Wheatley Road next […]

Bonded pair seeking home together


BRUNSWICK — “Hi we are Big Mike (shown at far right) and Jordan (shown at near right). We are a bonded pair and are the gentlest of souls. What could be more inviting than a pair of wiggle butts greeting you? We exuberate love and affection and love everyone we meet. We are also very eager to please.” Jordan is […]

County projecting steep deficit due to pandemic


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County officials are preparing for a significant drop in revenue by planning for and making cuts now. During the April 13 Summit County Council meeting, Brian Nelsen, chief of staff for the Executive’s Office, presented a revenue report to explain the county’s finances and what is projected. He called the forecast “a guess” and added he […]

Green cleaning up from tornado damage


GREEN — Green City Council heard an update from city officials during the April 14 meeting regarding the response and cleanup from the EF1 tornado, which touched down in the city last week. Green Fire Chief Jeff Funai said the city’s alert notification system, CodeRED, sent out a severe thunderstorm warning to the entire city April 7 at 11:38 p.m. […]

First responders donate gift cards back to residents


NEW FRANKLIN — Sixty-eight full- and part-time New Franklin firemedics, police, dispatch and Service Department employees recently received $35 in gift cards to the eight open restaurants in the city as a way to support local businesses and thank the employees for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. These employees unanimously agreed, however, to forgo getting gift cards each week […]

Springfield increasing planned road improvements


The Springfield Board of Trustees is increasing the number of road improvement projects scheduled for this year thanks to revenue from the license tax fund and the 1-mill road levy approved by voters in November 2018. During the April 9 meeting, trustees approved a $97,500 contract for Ronyak Paving for the chip and seal program and a $142,000 contract to […]

Coach happy with Coventry boys basketball team’s improvement


COVENTRY — With one year in the books now, head coach Devon McAfee said he believes “the foundation has been formed” for the Coventry High School boys basketball program. “We were able to get everything solidified, including a lot of team bonding off the court, which is huge for us,” he said. “We were really young this year — and […]

Trustees OK no-parking zone on Portage Lakes Drive


COVENTRY — The Coventry Board of Trustees voted April 9 to establish a no-parking zone on the east side of Portage Lakes Drive from Aqua Boulevard to South Turkeyfoot Road. The move comes in response to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) installation of bollards in the ODNR right-of-way, as part of the East Reservoir Dam restoration project. Trustee […]

South Side News & Notes


New Franklin Volunteer Committee created NEW FRANKLIN — City of New Franklin officials are rolling out the New Franklin Volunteer Committee to connect residents in need of help with skilled and willing volunteers from the community. “The program comes at a time when there is a lot of need in the community, but it has been in the works for […]

April 15, 2020, cancellations/closures/updates

Barberton Municipal Court provides updates to its procedures during COVID-19 pandemic BARBERTON — In further response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and in effort to align the Court with the directive of its host city, the Barberton Municipal Court hereby temporarily issues the following: 1. The Barberton Municipal Building, which houses the Court, remains closed. However, the Court and […]

April 13, 2020, cancellations/closures/updates

Cuyahoga Falls postpones Memorial Day Parade CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade Committee and The City of Cuyahoga Falls is announcing that due to the corona virus outbreak the Memorial Day Parade and ceremony is canceling the Parade for Memorial Day weekend only to postpone it to Labor Day. The decision has been made to regroup the […]