2020-08-20

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Kelly wins Senior Players Championship at Firestone


SOUTH AKRON — At Firestone Country Club Aug. 16, Jerry Kelly won the 2020 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, an event played without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a two-hour-and-15-minute rain delay, the tournament did not end until early evening, with the congratulatory fist and elbow bumps taking place around 7 p.m. Though it could be argued the […]

StoryWalk comes to Faith Lutheran site


FAIRLAWN — Faith Lutheran Church Preschool’s playground now includes StoryWalk®. This presentation offers participants an opportunity to enjoy the book “A View at the Zoo,” by Kathleen Long Bostrom and illustrated by Guy Francis, alongside a walk around the perimeter of the playground fence to see each page. Pictured above are two children viewing one part of StoryWalk. The public […]

Back to School News & Notes


Woodridge BOE approves purchase of land CUYAHOGA FALLS — At Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education’s (BOE) Aug. 11 special meeting, the board approved the purchase of 2.6 acres of land located behind the district’s bus depot. Treasurer Tom Morehouse said the property recently went up for sale and the district was contacted to see if it would be interested […]

Area parochial schools preparing for fall session


GREATER AKRON — Schools are starting to reopen for the fall term. We have gathered information from area districts and private and parochial schools in the West Side Leader’s coverage area to offer parents resources and information about the coming year. Many schools are offering both in-class learning and remote learning options and will require students in kindergarten through 12th […]

Akron Derbytown Chorus entertaining crowds


AKRON — The COVID-19 pandemic may be altering the performance schedule for the Akron Derbytown Chorus, the Akron chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, but it has not put a damper on its members’ love for barbershop harmony. “It’s a wonderful activity — it satisfies the camaraderie of a group interested in harmonious singing,” said Jim Bishop, who has been […]

West Side Business News & Notes


Akron launches Akronite app to support small businesses DOWNTOWN AKRON — The City of Akron has partnered with Colu, a company that creates a custom-branded mobile application for cities, to launch the Akronite app to help build relationships between residents and small businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to city officials, the app is a comprehensive, city-centered […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch


COVENTRY: Summit County sheriff’s deputies investigated a report of a burglary at a Judy Avenue residence Aug. 8, when a woman reported someone entered her home and disturbed items inside, moving some things away from a door in order to enter. She reported nothing was missing, and deputies found no signs of forced entry. Also on Aug. 8, deputies arrested […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch


WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Aug. 12 in the 1100 block of Cadillac Boulevard and the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane; Aug. 13 in the 300 block of Noah Avenue; Aug. 14 in the 1-100 block of South Rose Boulevard; Aug. 15 in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Weathervane Lane; Aug. 16 in the 500 block of White […]

Sharon accepts COVID-19 relief money


The Sharon Board of Trustees accepted COVID-19 relief funds at the board’s virtual meeting Aug. 11. Fiscal Officer Christine Lawson said Sharon received $63,297 in funds from Medina County’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act fund. She pointed out any funds not used by Dec. 23 must be sent back to the Medina County Auditor’s Office. After the board […]

Siblings hoping to rehome together


WEST AKRON — “Hi! We are Roush (6 years old), shown at right, and Stella (7 years old), shown above. We are brother and sister and lost our owner. We would love to find a forever home together. We really like to go on walks and are really good on a leash. We would love to meet you and become […]

Revere board OKs opening plan


BATH — The Revere Local Schools Board of Education returned to an in-person meeting format for the Aug. 11 work session, at which the board discussed and approved the district’s hybrid 2020-21 reopening plan, Restart Revere Responsibly, before an audience of about 10 people in the Bath Elementary School cafeteria. Superintendent Matthew Montgomery gave an overview of the process for […]

George hoping for new wonderful life


WEST AKRON — “Hi, I am George and am a gentle 15-pound giant. I am neutered and vaccinated. I am sweet and will play with toys. I have a wide gorgeous face and am FIV positive.” If interested in adoption, call Friends of Pets at 330-316-5165.

Spice seeking sweet companion


GREATER AKRON — “Hi, I’m Spice! I am a beautiful 12-year-old tortoiseshell. I am looking for a nice calm and quiet home that I can live my retired years in. I love to lay around in comfy cat beds, especially in the warm sun! I love watching the birds and people pass by. Although I am older, I still love […]

Pixel picturing family of her own


TWINSBURG — “Hi friends! My name is Pixel, and I just cannot wait to find my forever family. At 9 years old, I might be a bit older than some of my friends here at the shelter, but don’t let my age fool you — I’m still full of energy. I love nothing more than to play with toys of […]

Voters will see charter amendments on ballot


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Voters in the City of Akron will decide on six proposed charter amendments on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot. The six proposed amendments were recommended following a nine-person Charter Review Commission that reviewed the city’s charter over several months and held virtual meetings. Ellen Lander Nischt, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan’s press secretary and assistant director of […]

Dressler receives Ohio House commendation


RICHFIELD — State Rep. Bill Roemer (R-District 38) presented Richfield Police Department Officer Scott Dressler with a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives, recognizing his selection as School Resource Officer of the Year in June. Pictured above, from left, are Richfield Police Chief Mike Swanson, Dressler with the commendation, Roemer and Bath Police Chief/Administrator Vito Sinopoli. “Officer Dressler has, […]

Summit County approves expansion of FairlawnGig


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County officials are moving forward with a plan to design and construct a fiber-optic network to connect the Summit County Jail, various courthouses, policing agencies and social services. During the Aug. 17 Summit County Council meeting, members approved entering into a grant agreement with the City of Fairlawn for $6.5 million to fund the expansion of […]

West Side News & Notes


Akron completes second round of Recycle Right campaign DOWNTOWN AKRON — The City of Akron and Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) over the past month completed Recycle Right 2.0. According to city officials, recycling contamination — meaning incorrect or soiled materials placed in the recycling system — leads to increased costs, decreases recovery of recyclable materials and threatens the sustainability of […]

Buddy wishing for new friend


GREATER AKRON — “My name is Buddy and I’m a 1-year-old male who is good with other dogs. I need continued training in an adult home with a fenced yard. I would love another dog to play with.” If interested in adoption, visit www.goldentreasuresrescue.org.

Brecksville Dam removal complete


BRECKSVILLE — The Brecksville Diversion Dam and historic Pinery Feeder Dam have been removed and the Cuyahoga River is now free-flowing in Brecksville for the first time in over 190 years, according to National Park Service (NPS) officials. Officials stated that as a result of this project, the river is now open for recreational use, and paddlers can now travel […]

Bath resident upset meeting not open to public


To the editor: The Granger Township trustees seem to just continue to disappoint local residents regarding the Menards project, appearing to once again place corporate development timelines above their elected responsibility to their constituents. After posting on the Granger Township website for months that the Menards Special Meeting would not occur until Ohio’s stay-at-home order and ban on large gathering […]

Peninsula considering options for road department building


Peninsula Village Council approved at the Aug. 10 meeting putting out a request for qualifications for architects for a proposed new road department building. Peninsula has used Boston Township’s garage since a fire destroyed the village’s garage in January 2019. A lease agreement between the village and the township will expire at the end of September. Councilman George Haramis, roads […]

GriefCare Place hosting memorial brick fundraiser


STOW — The GriefCare Place, which offers free, peer-led grief support programming and services in Northeast Ohio, is presenting a commemorative brick sale for its Memorial Garden, a serene place open to all for contemplation. The brick, with some of them shown at right, costs $100 each, with all proceeds used to help sustain grief support groups and programs, officials […]

West Side Education News & Notes


LeBron James’ game shoes available through fundraiser WEST AKRON — The LeBron James Family Foundation and sports memorabilia company Upper Deck are hosting a fundraiser for I PROMISE School and I PROMISE Village initiatives that offers area residents the opportunity to purchases Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James’ game shoes. For this fundraiser, area residents can purchase of one […]

New website helps identify, manage woody invasive plants


For landscapes plagued by autumn olive or entangled in oriental bittersweet, a new website offers help identifying and managing woody invasive plants like these. WoodyInvasives.org, developed by the Woody Invasives of the Great Lakes (WIGL) Collaborative, contains information about how to distinguish woody invasive species from similar beneficial plants, an interactive map showing how these species are regulated by Great […]

Church garden helping Revere families


RICHFIELD — Several area families from the Revere Local School District have been receiving a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to Bethel Lutheran Church and Richfield Police Department Officer Scott Dressler. After a brainstorming session last year, the church’s Service Ministry decided to create a Community Outreach Garden to grow produce for those in need, said church member […]

Summit County death notices


Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week Aug. 2-8, 2020: Jerome Steven Adaska, Akron, 67, died Aug. 2, 2020 Judith Eileen Aderhold, Akron, 61, died Aug. 3, 2020 David A. Angel Sr., Akron, 77, died Aug. 1, 2020 Kenneth Ray Ball, Akron, 82, died Aug. 3, 2020 Judith Anita Barnette, Akron, 69, died July 31, […]

Boston trustees look at potential COVID-19 policy


The Boston Board of Trustees examined a draft COVID-19 policy Aug. 12. Trustee Randy Bergdorf distributed draft policies for the township and the Boston Township Hall Committee (BTHC) and a health assessment chart employees would use to check for COVID-19 symptoms and turn in at the end of each month. The township policy addresses the availability of township facilities to […]

Louis Michael Poda


7 April 1942 – 11 August 2020 (78 years) – Born in Cleveland, Ohio; grew up in Akron, Ohio. Son of Louis and Josephine (Pavlov) Poda. He leaves sisters: Josephine (Poda) Scipione, Ohio; Christine (Poda) Gradijan, Texas; Jennifer Poda, Ohio; brother Christopher Poda, California; nephew, grandniece, nieces. Member St. Bernard’s Parish; last 10 years–St. Hilary’s. Member Boy Scouts of America. […]

Manchester officials provide sports update


COVENTRY/NEW FRANKLIN — Manchester Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) members addressed many concerns of parents who sent in questions regarding fall sports during the Aug. 18 virtual meeting. While Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave the go ahead for fall contact sports earlier that day during his afternoon press conference, Summit County Public Health (SCPH) recommends districts wait until Oct. […]

Green OKs new plan for return to school


GREEN — Green Local Schools officials outlined the new plan for the return to school for students at the Aug. 17 Board of Education meeting, with protests from about 50 students and parents before the meeting. Superintendent Jeffrey Miller said because of Summit County Public Health’s Aug. 10 recommendation for all schools to begin the 2020-21 academic year with remote […]

Springfield BOE fails to approve all remote start


Parents can choose option they want LAKEMORE — The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education is letting parents decide how they want their children to begin the school year, voting down a revised reopening plan to have all students start the first semester virtually. A discussion and a vote on the revamped restart plan for the district took place at […]

Committee raising funds for K9 program


The Springfield Township K-9 Committee is working to raise $10,000 to help with the purchase a new Chevy Tahoe for the Springfield Police Department’s K-9 program. During the Aug. 13 Springfield Board of Trustees’ meeting, Springfield Police Chief Jack Simone stated the K-9 program vehicle has a lot of miles on it and is experiencing costly maintenance issues. “Springfield Township […]

Lakemore discusses latest lake sample results


LAKEMORE — The most recent collection of samples in and around Springfield Lake continue to show unsafe bacterial levels, with the highest level of E. coli taken from runoff along Springfield’s side of the water, according to Lakemore Village officials. At the Aug. 17 Lakemore Village Council meeting, Councilman Jon Strittmatter discussed the results of the latest tests at the […]

ReWorks seeking artists for educational art program


GREATER AKRON — ReWorks, the solid waste management authority for Summit County, has established an art and education program, called cReate Works, to encourage new and innovative perspectives toward the practices of reduce, reuse and recycle. According to ReWorks officials, the intention is that art generated from this program be a catalyst to conversations about these topics to help educate […]

Springfield board brings back art, PE positions


Also, treasurer says major cuts are coming if levy issue fails again Springfield Local Schools students returning for the 2020-21 school year in person specifically will have face-to-face instruction in the areas of art and physical education (PE), as the Board of Education approved bringing back several previously cut teaching positions. At the Aug. 18 regular meeting, the board unanimously […]

Coventry OKs contract for road spoils


The issue of where to dispose of leftover debris from Coventry paving projects may be resolved. At the Coventry Township Board of Trustees’ meeting Aug. 13, trustees approved a $5,500 purchase order to Butcher and Sons to transport and dispose of the road debris, known as “road spoils.” The move comes after a previous proposal to dump the road spoils […]