West Side News & Notes

LJFF partners with The Tangier to create facility for I PROMISE School families DOWNTOWN AKRON — The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) has partnered with The Tangier to create a sports complex and community space for I PROMISE School students. Officials explained the upper deck of Tangier’s parking structure will be converted into a multi-use sports complex with basketball courts, […]

Area offering plenty of fishing opportunities

NORTHEAST OHIO — While many activities have been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fishing remains a fun, family-friendly activity area residents can still enjoy. “I think people have embraced the parks and all the different activities we have to offer, such as fishing, and I think people are definitely taking advantage of being able to do this […]

Council creates utilities assistance program

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Area residents can apply to receive help to pay overdue utility bills thanks to the new Summit County CARES Utility Relief Program. According to the legislation, the $1 million program — created and approved on first reading by Summit County Council during its regular July 13 meeting in collaboration with the Summit County Department of Job and […]

Divided Council OKs facial covering rule

Peninsula Village Council approved an ordinance requiring people to wear facial coverings while in the village at the July 13 meeting. The ordinance, requested by Councilman Mike Kaplan, mandates people wear facial coverings inside a retail establishment, when not seated in a restaurant or bar, or in office spaces open to the public unless the owner allows a mask not […]

Boston trustees authorize police levy for ballot

The Boston Township Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously approved July 8 placing a five-year, 7-mill renewal levy for police services on the Nov. 3 General Election. Voters approved the levy with almost 68 percent of the vote in 2015, when it was a five-year replacement levy. Funds from the levy pay for police protection services for the township, according to […]

The Farmer’s Rail coming to Falls

An established Bath artisanal butcher shop is expanding into the City of Cuyahoga Falls to provide the community with a specialized grocery shopping experience. The Farmer’s Rail, 1572 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, is readying to grow, and Falls Council is ensuring the business, focused on offering customers sustainably sourced and locally raised products, can flourish on the riverfront. At the July […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of July 5-11, 2020: Geralyne Acuff, Stow, 81, died June 30, 2020 James K. Anthony, Akron, 54, died July 5, 2020 Amy M. Apinis, Akron, 35, died July 1, 2020 Daniel J. Bard, Akron, 69, died June 26, 2020 Leola Jean Bauch, Cuyahoga Falls, 79, died July 5, […]

Samson looking for active family

BRUNSWICK — “Hi, I’m Samson. I am a magnificently handsome boy who lives every bit up to my mighty name. I am loyal, loving, sweet and affectionate. I am great with children, gentle with senior citizens and friendly with dogs and cats. I would make a great addition to a family. I am quite generous with kisses, but shhh … […]

Sister kittens hoping to find homes

GREATER AKRON — Haven For Pets has two female kittens available for adoption. They are sisters but look nothing alike. They are both 14 weeks old and are completely vetted and ready for their forever homes. For adoption information, visit www.havenforpets.org or call 330-310-1322.

Norton district seeks parental input on fall classes

Norton City Schools Superintendent Dana Addis announced during the July 13 Board of Education meeting a reopening plan for students and staff is nearing completion and will be released to parents in early August, along with a survey that asks them to commit if their child or children will attend school physically or via the district’s online Google Classroom remote […]

Leora, kittens ready for new life

AKRON — “My name is Leora and I am a dilute tortoiseshell Persian mix. I was dumped at a local horse barn when I got pregnant. Only one of my babies survived. A Friends of Pets foster took me and 12 other cats and kittens to foster. I am very shy, but when picked up, I loved to be petted […]

Cuyahoga Falls Library to expand available services

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls Library’s four-phased reopening plan is currently in phase three, with virtual programming and drive-thru services, as shown above with Missy Littell, customer experience manager. Phase four will begin July 22, with additional hours and browsing for those over age 18. The new hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., […]

APS leaders still mulling reopening plans

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During a more than four-hour virtual meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education July 13, district leaders provided updates regarding this fall’s school reopening. Ellen McWilliams-Woods, APS chief academic officer and assistant superintendent, and Pat Shipe, president of the Akron Education Association, initially shared recommendations to the board June 29 and have since adjusted […]

Council approves study cost increase

Richfield Village Council approved increasing the amount the village plans to spend on a community center feasibility study at the July 7 meeting. Council unanimously approved increasing the $30,000 allocated to the study by $5,000. Council Vice President Gary Domanick said a $35,000 bid by PROS Consulting was the lowest offered, with some bids as high as $60,000. Mayor Michael […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports July 7 in the 100 block of South Balch Street and the 1900 block of West Market Street; July 8 in the 600 block of Vanita Avenue; July 11 in the 200 block of North Portage Path, the 500 block of Wildwood Avenue and the 600 block of Noble Avenue; and July 13 in […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: An East Waterloo Road woman was charged with failure to control her dog July 3 after the dog went into a neighbor’s yard and attacked her dog, requiring veterinary treatment. Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a fight involving two men at a Portage Lakes Drive residence July 5 and arrested a Brown Street man after determining he […]



Bessie seeking forever family

TWINSBURG — “Hi there! My name is Bessie, and I can’t wait to find the family of my dreams. As a Mastiff mix, I’m a pretty big girl, but that just means that I’m extra full of love and ready to share it. My most favorite thing to do is hang out with my human friends. There’s nothing better than […]

NowWereHauling.com offering decluttering services

HUDSON — NowWereHauling.com is a fully insured residential and commercial clean-out, deconstruction and demolition contractor serving clients in Northeast Ohio. The business, celebrating 10 years of service, is located at 118 W. Streetsboro St., Unit 129. “We are an independent business and locally owned and operated, not a franchise, and therefore we do not have hidden costs to pay,” said […]

Copley trustees place two levies on Nov. 3 ballot

COPLEY — Copley voters will see two replacement operating levies for the fire and service departments on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot, following action by the Copley Board of Trustees July 13. Trustees unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the placement of a continuous 3.3-mill replacement levy with a 0.2-mill increase on the ballot for the fire department and a […]

City Council institutes face coverings mandate

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the July 13 Akron City Council meeting, members approved an ordinance mandating people wear a face covering while in public spaces. The ordinance was approved 11-0, with Councilman Mike Freeman (D-Ward 9) abstaining and Councilman Donnie Kammer (D-Ward 7) absent. Councilwoman Tara Samples (D Ward-5), who drafted the ordinance, said she has been working on the […]

Council approves waterline project for Hilen Road

During Fairlawn City Council’s July 13 meeting, members unanimously approved a $229,911 bid from Spano Brothers Construction Co. for a Hilen Road waterline project. “There is currently no water on that road, and we’ve had three or four people who have had real issues with wells,” said Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten. “It has become an urgency to get water […]

Green exploring trail project engagement

GREEN — During the July 14 Green City Council meeting, members discussed at length two pieces of legislation relating to notification and public engagement for the development of future trails in the city. The first piece of legislation, sponsored by Councilman Matt Shaughnessy (Ward 4), would establish prior Council approval for the expenditure of funds for professional services used to […]

South Side News & Notes

New Franklin water project to begin soon NEW FRANKLIN — The City of New Franklin, in partnership with Aqua Ohio, has been selected as one of two recipients included in the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to receive a Water Supply Revolving Loan Account regionalization loan under its principal forgiveness program. According to city officials, the $4.2 million in […]

South Side Education News & Notes

Springfield Local Schools employees agree to pay freeze LAKEMORE — The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education approved a pay freeze for all labor union members and administrators at a special June 30 meeting. This move was overwhelmingly approved by employees and will save the district $400,000 in the upcoming school year, according to district officials. “I am extremely proud […]

Coventry places replacement levy on Nov. 3 ballot

COVENTRY — The Coventry Board of Trustees voted July 9 to place a 0.95-mill replacement General Fund levy on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot. Trustee Ed Diebold reported the township received its estimated property tax revenue certificate from the Summit County Fiscal Office, which the board had requested at its June meeting. “The replacement levy will cost the owner […]

Tudor House to offer lakeside mini weddings

NEW FRANKLIN — The historic Tudor House on Portage Lakes, located at 655 Latham Lane, will offer outdoor mini weddings on select Saturdays in August, September and October. Mini weddings, often referred to as pop-up weddings, are becoming more popular in recent years but have seen a dramatic increase in popularity in recent months, according to city officials. The idea […]

Trustees working on Springfield Lake’s health

SPRINGFIELD — While the Springfield Board of Trustees agreed to dissolve the Springfield Lake Task Force at the July 9 meeting, township officials are not letting the matter of the lake’s health end. The task force was appointed Oct. 23, 2019, to investigate ongoing environmental issues and to suggest measures to improve the health of the lake. Township officials have […]