Trustees discuss virtual meeting options

The Granger Board of Trustees and other township officials discussed a proposal to virtually broadcast their meetings at the board’s meeting July 27. The board heard a presentation from Sharon Township Administrative Assistant Mark Jackson, who introduced the concept of holding virtual meetings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He explained that the township he lives in uses the […]

Akron Council discusses police union resolution

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the July 27 Akron City Council meeting, members discussed at length a resolution presented by Councilman Russel Neal (D-Ward 4). The resolution urges the passage of comprehensive legislation around the nation to require unions representing law enforcement officers to bear financial responsibility to local government employers in situations where that union has appealed the termination of […]

West Side News & Notes

ACCESS Shelter seeking donations for Christmas in July DOWNTOWN AKRON — ACCESS Inc., a homeless shelter for women and children, has established a wish list of much needed items and is asking residents to embrace the holiday spirit by participating in its online donation event, “Christmas in July.” To support this effort, area residents are invited to donate directly to […]

Council updated on COVID-19 affected employees

Richfield Village Council heard an update at the July 21 meeting on two village employees who tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor Michael Wheeler said that one employee, a police officer, had been cleared by Summit County Public Health to return to work, while the other was resting comfortably at home. As a result of the two employees testing positive, Assistant […]

Woodridge district outlines reopening plans

Board also OKs final step to place renewal levy on ballot During Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education’s July 21 meeting, members heard and approved the district’s reopening plan for school this fall. Superintendent Walter Davis presented the district’s plan, which includes an in-person option along with the option to enroll in the Woodridge Virtual Academy. He thanked everyone who […]

I PROMISE Village welcoming first families

WEST AKRON — The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) hosted tours July 22 of the I PROMISE Village by Graduate Hotels, located at 22 Rhodes Ave., prior to the first group of families moving in. LJFF officials stated the transitional housing for families of I PROMISE School students in need of safe and stable housing will provide a family-first environment […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: An Ellet man staying at his girlfriend’s North Turkeyfoot Lake Road home reported July 18 he left an Akron bar and arrived home at 2:30 a.m. to find a stranger on the sofa with his girlfriend. The man assaulted him, knocked him to the floor and left. Neither the victim nor his girlfriend could identify the stranger, whom the […]

UA students create curriculum

DOWNTOWN AKRON — More than a dozen students at The University of Akron (UA) recently designed and created outdoor education curriculum kits that both educators and parents can use to teach children about subjects ranging from tracking wild animals to learning how Ohio’s earliest inhabitants used the state’s natural resources. UA officials said the virtual kits were initially intended to […]

Ward 1 Council member resigns

Former Cuyahoga Falls City Councilman Drew Reilly (D-Ward 1) said he is committed to continuing to work for the betterment of his community despite his departure from the elected position. Reilly, first elected to the Ward 1 seat in 2017, submitted to the city his letter of resignation, effective yesterday, July 29. “I am still going to be around, and […]

Akron gets grant for Gorge Dam project

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The City of Akron was awarded a $1 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant July 21 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Gorge Dam removal project. During a tour of the Gorge Dam, U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the grant, which the city will put toward the development of a design plan […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports July 21 in the 1700 block of Dominion Drive; July 22 in the 400 block of Treeside Drive; July 23 in the 800 block of Fried Street; July 24 in the 600 block of Noah Avenue; July 26 in the 800 block of Packard Drive; and July 27 in the 100 block of Oak […]

Anna J. Cretin

Our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away on July 8, 2020. Anna was born in Elkhurst, WV on April 16, 1929 to the late William O. Moore and Mamie Ethel (Jones) Moore. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bernard, in 2014, her brothers Darrell and Don Moore and sister Willa Cloninger. She is […]

Revere finalizing reopening plans

Public discussions set for August BATH — Following Superintendent Matthew Montgomery’s announcement at the Revere Local Schools Board of Education’s July 21 meeting that the district’s reopening plan will be announced Aug. 6, the board decided public discussion of the plan was important enough to open both the board work session Aug. 11 and the regular board meeting Aug. 18 […]

Summit Metro Parks providing activities for summer fun

SUMMIT COUNTY — With many summer camps and other activities canceled or scaled back this summer due to COVID-19, parents everywhere are looking for fun ways to fill these long, warm days. With that in mind, Summit Metro Parks (SMP) has created a suite of nature-based activities, crafts, videos and more as part of our At Home in Nature initiative. […]

Trustees consider increase in transient vendor license fees

After reinstating transient vendor licenses that had been suspended due to COVID-19 concerns, the Copley Board of Trustees is continuing discussions about whether to increase license fees. The trustees unanimously approved the reinstatement of the previously suspended licenses at a special meeting July 20. No further action was taken at the July 27 regular meeting, but the possibility of increasing […]

APS students will learn from home this fall

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the July 27 virtual meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, board members unanimously approved a 100 percent online return to school for at least the first grading period, a period of nine weeks. In the meeting, which lasted nearly four hours and — at one point — had more than 450 online […]


Boston trustees approve applying for grant

The Boston Township Board of Trustees agreed July 22 to apply for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to cover the costs of a new truck. Deputy Fiscal Officer Catherine Anson said the trustees needed to decide what percentage of a cost share they would take on when applying for the grant. According to Anson, a 25 percent share would […]

Copley-Fairlawn district outlines plan for fall

With 18 percent of respondents to a recent Copley-Fairlawn City Schools parent survey indicating they would prefer their students take online classes at the start of the 2020-21 school year, Superintendent Brian Poe said that could result in upwards of 700 students taking part in the district’s Virtual Academy. “We will have five days in school or the Virtual Academy,” […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of July 19-25, 2020: Larry R. Akers, Hudson, 84, died July 22, 2020 Valeria Alexander, Peninsula, 91, died July 17, 2020 Carolyn Schmidt Arvay, Akron, 84, died July 16, 2020 Cherylann Atkins, Barberton, 64, died July 15, 2020 Ruth M. Beal, Cuyahoga Falls, 94, died July 19, 2020 […]

Beth El creates art project for Tisha B’av remembrance

WEST AKRON — Today, July 30, Jews observe the holiday of Tisha B’av to remember tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history and to reflect upon the suffering that still occurs in the world, according to Beth El Congregation officials. Tisha B’av began the evening of July 29 and ends this evening. Beth El Congregation plans to enhance […]

County hears COVID-19 update

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Public Health (SCPH) Commissioner Donna Skoda announced at the July 27 Summit County Council meeting the county was downgraded from the red category (Level 3) to orange (Level 2) in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, a new state risk ranking for the spread of COVID-19. The four-level color-coded advisory system was adopted in early […]

Lakemore, Springfield focused on improving lake

LAKEMORE/SPRINGFIELD — Officials from Lakemore and Springfield are moving forward on various initiatives to improve the health of Springfield Lake as algae blooms continue to negatively impact its aesthetic and recreational uses. The Springfield Lake Task Force’s Summary Report and Recommendations identified several major contributors causing algae blooms in the lake over the past several summers. The task force was […]

South Side News & Notes

Green’s Children Entertainment Series, Senior Expo canceled GREEN — The City of Green has canceled its remaining Children’s Entertainment Series for August, after canceling June and July events. In addition, the Senior Expo set for Sept. 10 has been canceled. Also canceled are: Knit-for-the-Needy, held on the first and third Thursdays of the month; Senior Card Games, held weekly; Senior […]

Green BOE OKs plan for students’ return to school

Also, board approves placing renewal levy on November ballot GREEN — The return to school plan for the 2020-21 school year was approved by the Green Local Schools Board of Education at the July 27 meeting. Students will have the option to attend school in person or online, according to Alana Niemiec, director of student services. Niemiec presented the plan […]

PLAC awards first Lynn Stamp Conservation Scholarships

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Portage Lakes Advisory Council (PLAC) recently awarded its first Lynn Stamp Conservation Scholarships, which will be awarded annually. Recipients include: • $1,000 to Megan Raines, a member of the Coventry High School Class of 2018 and a junior at Malone University; • $500 to recent Manchester High School graduate Shannon Saikaly, who will attend Cleveland State […]

Coventry students’ project finalist in national OurEcho Challenge

COVENTRY — Coventry Middle School (CMS) is a finalist in national environmental competition OurEcho Challenge, which is organized by Philippe Cousteau Jr.’s nonprofit organization EarthEcho International. According to EarthEcho officials, the OurEcho Challenge is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) innovation competition that empowers U.S. middle school students to take a closer look at biodiversity in their communities. “The […]