2020-10-08

Editor’s Note


Candidates in races for Medina County recorder and District 22 and 37 state representatives did not submit answers to our position paper question by the stated deadline.

Position paper: Medina County prosecutor


Dean Holman (Democrat) vs. S. Forrest Thompson (Republican-incumbent) Medina County voters will vote for one candidate for Medina County prosecutor in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by incumbent Republican S. Forrest Thompson, with his response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not independently verified […]

Position papers: Summit County Council District 8 representative


Anthony DeVitis (Republican) vs. Paula Prentice (Democrat-incumbent) Voters will vote for one candidate for Summit County Council District 8 representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by Leader Publications. District 8 includes Green, Lakemore, Coventry and Springfield in the South Side News Leader coverage area.   Anthony […]

Position papers: District 36 state representative


Matt Shaughnessy (Democrat) vs. Bob Young (Republican) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 36 state representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by Leader Publications. District 36 […]

Position paper: State Board of Education District 5 representative


Christina Collins vs. Lisa Woods (incumbent) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 5 representative on the State Board of Education in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by candidate Christina Collins, with her response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not independently verified […]

Position paper: District 13 U.S. Congressional representative


Michael Fricke (Libertarian) vs. Christina Hagan (Republican) vs. Tim Ryan (Democrat-incumbent) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 13 U.S. Congressional representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by incumbent Democrat Tim Ryan, with his response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not […]

Position paper: District 69 state representative


Donna Beheydt (Democrat) vs. Sharon Ray (Republican) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 69 state representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by Democrat Donna Beheydt, with her response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not independently verified by Leader Publications. Republican […]

Position paper: Medina County commissioner


Bill Hutson (Republican-incumbent) vs. Michael Kovack (Democrat) Medina County voters will vote for one candidate for Medina County commissioner for the term commencing Jan. 2 in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by Democrat Michael Kovack (not the Medina County auditor), with his response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information […]

Position paper: Summit County executive


John Chapman (Republican) vs. Ilene Shapiro (Democrat- incumbent) Summit County voters will vote for one candidate for county executive in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the incumbent Democrat Ilene Shapiro, with her response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not independently verified by […]

Position paper: Ohio Supreme Court justice


Jennifer Brunner (Democrat) vs. Judi French (Republican-incumbent) Voters will vote for one candidate for Supreme Court justice for the term commencing Jan. 2 in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by incumbent Republican Judi French, with her response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not […]

Position papers: District 16 U.S. Congressional representative


Aaron Godfrey (Democrat) vs. Anthony Gonzalez (Republican) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 16 U.S. Congressional representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by Leader Publications. District […]

Position paper: District 11 U.S. Congressional representative


Marcia Fudge (Democrat-incumbent) vs. Laverne Gore Republican) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 11 U.S. Congressional representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by Republican candidate Laverne Gore with her response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not independently verified by Leader […]

Position papers: Summit County Council District 3 representative


Louis Berroteran (Democrat) vs. Gloria Rodgers (Republican-incumbent) Summit County voters will vote for one candidate for Summit County Council District 3 representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by […]

ODOT advisory: Medina County weekly construction report

Week of October 12, 2020 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, October 8, 2020) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Medina County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.   Interstate 71/76 interchange pavement repairs – Ramps at the I-71/I-76 interchange will have nightly ramp closures as needed for pavement repairs. NEW IMPACTS Compacted aggregate and prime […]

ODOT advisory: Summit County weekly construction update

WEEK OF OCTOBER 12 AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, October 8, 2020) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.   Interstate 76 projects Interstate 76 widening and reconstruction, Akron & Barberton – reconfiguration of I-76/Wooster Rd./State St. interchange to improve traffic. Project also includes widening of I-76 between […]

Position papers: District 14 U.S. Congressional representative


David Joyce (Republican-incumbent) vs. Hillary O’Connor Mueri (Democrat) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 14 U.S. Congressional representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by Leader Publications. […]

Position paper: District 28 state senator


Michael Downey (Republican) vs. Vernon Sykes (Democrat-incumbent) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 28 state senator in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by incumbent Democrat Vernon Sykes, with his response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not independently verified by Leader Publications. […]

Position papers: District 34 state representative


Emilia Sykes (Democrat-incumbent) vs. Henry Todd (Republican) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 34 state representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by Leader Publications. District 34 […]

Position paper: District 35 state representative


Tavia Galonski (Democrat-incumbent) vs. Jodi Sarver (Republican) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 35 state representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by incumbent Democrat Tavia Galonski, with her response to our question printed as submitted. Republican Jodi Sarver did not submit an answer to our question by the stated deadline. District […]

Position papers: District 38 state representative


Joe Campbell (Democrat) vs. Bill Roemer (Republican-incumbent) Voters will vote for one candidate for District 38 state representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by Leader Publications. District 38 […]

Position papers: Medina County commissioner


Michael Conway (Democrat) vs. Steve Hambley (Republican) Medina County voters will vote for one candidate for Medina County commissioner for the term commencing Jan. 3 in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not […]

Position papers: Medina County Common Pleas Court judge


Mike Callow (Republican) vs. Joyce Kimbler (Democrat-incumbent) Medina County voters will vote for one candidate for Medina County Common Pleas Court judge in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by […]

Position papers: Medina County Juvenile-Probate Court judge


Kevin Dunn (Republican-incumbent) vs. Kimberly Oliver (Democrat) Medina County voters will vote for one candidate for Medina County Juvenile-Probate Court judge for the term commencing Feb. 9 in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses […]

Position papers: Summit County Council District 1 representative


Rita Darrow (Democrat) vs. Ron Koehler (Republican-incumbent) Summit County voters will vote for one candidate for Summit County Council District 1 representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the responses was not independently verified by […]

Position paper: Summit County Council District 5 representative


Veronica Sims (Democrat-incumbent) vs. Rick Wilson (Republican) Summit County voters will vote for one candidate for Summit County Council District 5 representative in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by incumbent Democrat Veronica Sims, with her response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not independently […]

Position paper: Summit County fiscal officer


Jay Iula (Republican) vs. Kristen Scalise (Democrat- incumbent) Summit County voters will vote for one candidate for county fiscal officer in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by incumbent Democrat Kristen Scalise, with her response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not independently verified by […]

Position paper: Ohio Supreme Court justice


Sharon Kennedy (Republican-incumbent) vs. John O’Donnell (Democrat) Voters will vote for one candidate for Supreme Court justice for the term commencing Jan. 1 in the Nov. 3 General Election. The information provided below was submitted by incumbent Republican Sharon Kennedy, with her response to our question printed as submitted. The factual accuracy of information contained in the response was not […]

Akron looking to attract retail along Romig Road


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the Oct. 5 Akron City Council meeting, members heard details about amending two sections of the city’s zoning code along Romig Road to allow for new retail development. Akron Zoning Manager Mike Antenucci said the city has been examining the current zoning districts along Romig Road near the former Rolling Acres Mall. He said in 2006, […]

Marine life inspiring art for Bath native


KEY LARGO, Fla. — A former resident of Bath now living in Key Largo, Florida, has combined science and art to create colorful depictions of marine life. Brittany Parker, a 2008 graduate of Revere High School, received a bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology from The University of Tampa in 2012. She took art classes throughout her childhood and […]

Ballet Excel Ohio holds pop-up performances


CUYAHOGA FALLS — Ballet Excel Ohio has been looking for creative ways to bring dance to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Sept. 26, the company held pop-up performances next to Leo’s Italian Social and near the amphitheater in Downtown Cuyahoga Falls on Front Street. These free dance performances, choreographed by New York City Choreographer Tom Gold and […]

Falls’ Quirk Cultural Center reopens


CUYAHOGA FALLS — City of Cuyahoga Falls officials began a phased reopening of the Quirk Cultural Center Oct. 6. According to officials, for this initial phase the building will open for scheduled groups and appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The Craft Shoppe in the building also will be open. The […]

Trustees OK CARES Act application


The Richfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act fund application at the Oct. 1 meeting. The application was attached with a sub-recipient agreement with Richfield Village for the township’s fire and emergency medical services (EMS) contract with the village. Township Administrator Mindy Remec explained Summit County made an agreement with Richfield […]

West Side Business News & Notes


Chowder House Café moves to Akron MERRIMAN VALLEY — Chowder House Café has relocated to 1244 Weathervane Lane after 11 years on Chestnut Boulevard in Cuyahoga Falls. Opened in 2009 by Chef Louis Prpich and his wife, Kerry, the award-winning Chowder House Café will offer an expanded menu and has a full liquor license that features handcrafted cocktails and local […]

Copley football team off to strong start in coach’s second season


COPLEY — Following a 2-8 record in his first season as Copley High School’s football head coach, Jake Parsons has the 2020 team out to a 5-0 start. “It’s been an exciting year,” he said. “Obviously, kids are more excited when you’re winning, but there’s been a culture shift. The kids and the coaches have come together and that’s spurred […]

County to observe Stormwater Awareness Week


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council recognized the importance and impact of stormwater issues by declaring Oct. 18-24 as Stormwater Awareness Week at the Oct. 5 meeting. According to the legislation, population growth, residential and commercial development and the resulting changes to the landscape are expected to increase stormwater problems in the county. The legislation states that while stormwater problems […]

Trustees move forward on development of new preserve


The Bath Township trustees took several major steps in the development of the North Fork Yellow Creek Preserve at the Oct. 5 virtual meeting. Trustee Elaina Goodrich reported the six subcommittees evaluating various elements of the property at 4400 Everett Road have submitted their reports and recommendations on trails, wetlands, flora/fauna, steams, buildings, a virtual tour and history. The trustees’ […]

West Side Education News & Notes


Revere PTAs hosting Reflections Program BATH/RICHFIELD — The PTAs of Revere Local Schools are participating in the Ohio/National PTA Reflections Program, which is designed to recognize students in kindergarten through 12th grade in literature, music composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography and film production. For this program, students are invited to create as many entries on this year’s theme, “I […]

West Side News & Notes


Early voting available at county boards of elections SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Early voting for the General Election is underway across the state, with local Board of Elections (BOE) offices open for voters who wish to cast a ballot before Election Day, Nov. 3. According to Sec. of State Frank LaRose’s office, early voting began Oct. 6 and will run through […]

Summit County death notices


Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week Sept. 20-26, 2020 (continued from last week’s edition): Jason Michael Cart, Barberton, 40, died Sept. 17, 2020 Nancy Ann Clay, Akron, 84, died Sept. 19, 2020 Mitchell Stephen Cochran, Stow, 68, died Sept. 21, 2020 Billie R. Coile, Copley, 86, died Sept. 20, 2020 Justin James Coleman, Boston, […]

Woodridge renewal levy on ballot


CUYAHOGA FALLS — Voters living in the Woodridge Local School District will see Issue 43 — a 10-year, 2.09-mill renewal levy — on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot. Treasurer Tom Morehouse said the levy generates approximately $1 million each year for the district and costs the owner of a $100,000 appraised home $64 annually. Superintendent Walter Davis said the […]

Videos offer lawn renovation tips


WOOSTER — While the ideal time for lawn renovation has come and gone, a video series created by Zane Raudenbush on home lawn renovation can help those who may need it. Raudenbush is an assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CFAES) Horticultural Technologies. Instead of waiting until next summer, some extra time spent now to […]

Choices mural brightens Akron neighborhood


SOUTH AKRON — Choices A Community Social Center, funded primarily by the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and located at 320 E. South St., offers lunch, activities, support groups and more to adults with mental health challenges receiving treatment or living in Summit County. Recently, organization officials teamed up with a local artist and volunteer […]

LEAD for Pollinators has concerns with tree plan


To the editor: I read the July 23, 2020, article in the West Side Leader concerning Fairlawn’s plan to update the trees on city property, “Fairlawn working to update trees throughout city.” As we know, a balanced ecosystem is comprised of a diverse array of flora and fauna. As an active participant with the City of Akron, to revise their […]

Fairlawn names acting police chief


Terry Wisener has been named acting chief of the Fairlawn Police Department (PD), replacing former chief Donald Duman, who died Sept. 6. “Terry is the senior lieutenant, having served every position from patrolman all the way on up,” said Mayor William Roth during the Oct. 5 Fairlawn City Council meeting. “He is very experienced, he knows the department, and he’s […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch


WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Sept. 29 in the 500 block of Diagonal Road; Oct. 1 on Hickory Street/Memorial Parkway and in the 1800 block of Copley Road; Oct. 2 in the 1800 block of Merriman Road; Oct. 3 in the 500 block of West Exchange Street; Oct. 4 in the 1200 block of Weathervane Lane and the 2200 […]

ODNR offering fall color forecasts


OHIO — To help area residents monitor the changing fall colors, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and state officials will provide regular updates on the best locations to enjoy the colors of autumn at ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/go-and-do/see-the-sights/fall-color. The website offers weekly color updates and information to help area residents plan a fall color adventure; ideas for scenic road trips; unique overnight […]

Green Schools seeking renewal levy approval


GREEN — Green Local School District officials are asking voters to approve Issue 39 — a 10-year, $4.8 million emergency levy on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot. According to district officials, the levy was originally passed by voters in 2011 and renewed in 2016 and costs the owner of a $100,000 appraised home $179.87 per year. Jennifer Doerrer, the […]

County to observe Stormwater Awareness Week


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council recognized the importance and impact of stormwater issues by declaring Oct. 18-24 as Stormwater Awareness Week at the Oct. 5 meeting. According to the legislation, population growth, residential and commercial development and the resulting changes to the landscape are expected to increase stormwater problems in the county. The legislation states that while stormwater problems […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch


COVENTRY: Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated reports of marijuana smoke in the 100 block of Flowerdale Street Sept. 28 but found nothing suspicious. A South Gregg Drive woman reported Sept. 28 her estranged husband went inside her residence when she was not home and after she had the locks changed. Deputies advised her of the process to obtain a […]

Board member urging support for levies


To the editor: As of Oct. 9, the Ohio Department of Education is designating the Springfield School District to be in fiscal caution. If our November levy does not pass we will be forced to make drastic cuts that will include most or all of the following: closure of Young Elementary School and the reduction of 20-30 staff positions throughout […]