2020-11-05

Summit County Public Health advisory:

Summit County Public Health Offering Drive-thru Flu Vaccination Clinic Summit County – A drive-thru Flu vaccination clinic will be held in Akron on November 11, 2020 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  No appointment is needed. Those with and without insurance are welcome. Quantities are limited. First come, first served. SCPH Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic WHO: Summit County residents WHAT:  […]

West Side News & Notes

Warriors’ Journey Home Witness Tree program honors veterans GREATER AKRON — Warriors’ Journey Home (WJH) of Northeast Ohio will present its annual Witness Tree program in several area locations through Veterans Day, Nov. 11. According to organization officials, the program, open to the public with mandated social distance guidelines, includes a brief meditative and reflective ceremony, followed by 22 dog […]

Smartickles Toy Store offering variety of items


SHARON — Smartickles Toy Store is more than just a toy store. Located at 986 Medina Road, Smartickles offers a variety of general toys, games, educational items and toys for those with special needs. Owner Julie Bennett said the idea for the store came from her experience of homeschooling her two sons for a period of time and realizing not […]

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SCPH urges residents to avoid gatherings


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Public Health Commissioner Donna Skoda is urging area residents to avoid family gatherings for the coming holidays. At the Nov. 2 Summit County Council meeting, Skoda said the county has seen about 100 cases of COVID-19 a day in the past week (last week of October), which is up from the 20-30 cases a day […]

West Side Education News & Notes


APS Board of Education OKs winter sports AKRON — During a special virtual meeting Nov. 2, the Akron Public Schools Board of Education agreed to allow students to participate in high school winter sports and authorized COVID-19 testing of athletes, as well as a service agreement to conduct the testing. District officials reported there have been a total of four […]

Highland girls golf team finishes fifth in state


GRANGER — By winning a league title and making it to the Division I Girls State Golf Tournament, which took place Oct. 23-24 at The Ohio State University, head coach Mary Becker said this year’s Highland High School girls golf team was able to achieve two of its biggest goals for the season. “In dual matches, we were 4-1. But […]

Large-scale murals taking shape on Civic’s walls


DOWNTOWN AKRON — The large-scale murals being created by internationally recognized artists are beginning to take shape on the Akron Civic Theatre’s north and south exterior walls. As part of the Civic’s Staging the Future capital project, theater officials said they developed a public art strategy that will contribute to the aesthetic landscape of the areas surrounding the theater and […]

Boston trustees hear fire district news


The Boston Township Board of Trustees heard the latest updates on the Valley Fire District (VFD) at the Oct. 28 meeting. Trustee Amy Anderson, the township’s representative on the VFD Board, said the district’s new fire engine should be in service this week after employee training on the engine was finished. The board also is looking at a proposed three-year […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch


WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Oct. 28 in the 300 block of Grace Avenue; Oct. 30 in the 1700 block of Collier Road; Nov. 1 in the 800 block of Copley Road; and Nov. 3 in the 500 block of Noble Avenue. Police were called to a Delia Avenue apartment building Oct. 24, when a man reported his neighbor […]

Board hears solid waste management plan update


At a remote meeting of the Sharon Township Board of Trustees Oct. 27, township officials heard from Jeremy Sinko, of the Medina County Solid Waste Management District, regarding an update to the district’s waste management plan for the township. He said the township would not be charged for waste that is waived, but said there will be a fee of […]

Copley formally dedicates Sunside Trail


Path part of larger connectivity plans in township COPLEY — The latest project in Copley Township’s long-range trail connectivity plan was officially memorialized Oct. 29. The dedication of Sunside Trail, a 900-foot asphalt walking path connecting Copley Community Park to the Sunside Drive neighborhood, held a personal connection to one township trustee. “My best friend and I used to ride […]

RHS recognizing veterans


To the editor: A letter to our U.S. military veterans: One of the most honored traditions at Revere High School [(RHS)] is the opportunity that we have each Nov. 11 to celebrate the service of our great men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. We look forward to spending time with you, hearing your stories, recognizing your achievements and […]

SCPH offering new programs


SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Public Health (SCPH) officials announced new programming is available for older adults and people with known and suspected Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and family caregivers. According to SCPH officials, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Ohio, and it is estimated 10 percent […]

Understanding Medicare


Guest column Now is that time of year, during open enrollment Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, when more than 2 million Ohioans on Medicare are sifting through a myriad of plan options ultimately trying to decide the best fit for them in 2021, and what is within their budget. This can be an unnerving task, especially when it comes to […]

Akron Council OKs sports complex project


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the Nov. 2 Akron City Council meeting, members approved a conditional-use permit to establish a sports complex on the upper level of The Tangier’s parking deck on West Market Street. According to city officials, the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) plans to turn the underutilized level of the deck into the future site of the I […]

Fairlawn reduces speed in construction zones


During Fairlawn City Council’s Nov. 2 meeting, members adopted an ordinance that creates speed limits and increases in penalties in construction zones in an effort to promote the safety of the public and roadway workers. Safety Committee Chair and Councilman Michael Detorakis (Ward 5) said the need for this ordinance was brought to light with last weekend’s reopening of the […]

Coventry woman finds writing cathartic during pandemic


To the editor: Wouldn’t you know that a virus would come along just when we are checking off items on our “bucket list!” What really bothers me is the time it will take to be able to go back and successfully attempt those well thought out desired and treasured items. When that time comes, and I’m sure it will, age-related […]

Incumbents win in most local/area races – South


Fatheree new sheriff’; new member elected to County Council; Sutton wins seat on court of appeals SUMMIT COUNTY — Voters stuck with incumbents in most local races in the Nov. 3 General Election, and Democrats maintained control over Summit County offices. In the race for U.S. president, results between the two front-runners, Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joseph Biden, […]

Green girls golf team finishes fourth in state


GREEN — Green High School girls golf head coach Jake Shocklee said this year’s team had what he called “a very successful season” — including a 9-0 overall record in the regular season, a league title and a strong appearance at the Division I Girls State Golf Tournament. “We were undefeated in the [Federal League] and won both the preseason […]

Incumbents win in most local/area races – West


Fatheree new sheriff; new County Council member elected; Sutton wins seat on court of appeals SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Voters stuck with incumbents in most local races in the Nov. 3 General Election, and Democrats maintained control over Summit County offices. In the race for U.S. president, results between the two front-runners, Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joseph Biden, were […]

New Franklin resident prepared for cold winter


NEW FRANKLIN — Catalina Drive residents Pete and Nancy Hirschfelt take extreme pride in keeping a “ridiculously neat” yard, according to their neighbor, Georgiene Stevens. As one example, this effort includes a pile of perfectly stacked firewood, shown above with Pete Hirschfelt. The 81-year-old Hirschfelt said the pile, which includes about 10 chords of ash, came from trees his neighbors […]

Serbian church raising funds for frescoes


SPRINGFIELD — St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church is hosting a take-out bake sale to raise funds that support the creation of new frescoes in the church. According to church priest the Rev. Milan Pajic, the church, located at 2552 Pickle Road, was consecrated in 1987, although the congregation started meeting in Akron in 1971. It currently includes about 160 […]

Village allows Springfield access to stray dogs program


LAKEMORE — Lakemore is extending one of its newest programs — Lakemore Dogs Homeward Bound — to Springfield Township, with Council adopting legislation to make it official. At the Nov. 2 meeting, Council approved an agreement allowing the township to take advantage of the program that is focused on returning lost dogs to their homes. “I am proud of this […]

State park discounts available for military members, veterans


OHIO — In honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in cooperation with U.S. Hotel & Resort Management, will offer U.S. military, both active duty and veterans, a 30 percent discount on one camping getaway rental, state-operated cabin or resort lodge stay in November. To check availability or to make a reservation for state-operated […]

South Side News & Notes


New Franklin looking to help residents get connected NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin officials are working on how to assist residents without broadband service due to a lack of infrastructure near their homes. According to city officials, they have identified more than 40 homes in pockets around the city where broadband service is still nonexistent and are continuing to seek […]

Voters approve Akron Zoo, Coventry levies


Green Schools’ renewal passes; voters OK Springfield Schools’ renewals, defeat new levy SUMMIT COUNTY — Levies for the Akron Zoo, Coventry Township and Green Local Schools were approved by voters in the Nov. 3 General Election ballot. While voters approved two renewals for Springfield Local Schools, a request for new money failed at the polls. The following is a rundown […]

Voters approve Akron Zoo, Woodridge levies


SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Levies for the Akron Zoo, the Woodridge Local School District and several local communities were approved by voters in the Nov. 3 General Election ballot. In Medina County, voters supported a renewal levy for the Medina County Drug Advisory Committee. The following are unofficial results on issues from Summit and Medina counties’ boards of elections (BOE). For […]

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South Side Neighborhood Watch


COVENTRY: Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an Oct. 26 report by a Gougler Road couple, who said their son violated a protection order by coming to their residence. They stated that an unknown person came while he was there and sold him a firearm and ammunition from the back of a truck, and they showed deputies video surveillance […]

Akron Municipal Court event advisory:

THE AKRON MUNICIPAL COURT AND MOUNT PEACE CEMETERY TO HONOR CIVIL WAR VETERAN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Akron, Ohio, November 4, 2020 – The Akron Municipal Court and Mount Peace Cemetery will co-host a socially distant in-person tribute on Monday, November 9, 2020 beginning at 2:00 p.m. for Civil War Veteran Alvin C. Smith. Smith, who passed away in 1948 […]

Summit County Engineer’s Office advisory:

Bath Township, OH – Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker, PE, PS would like to alert residents and motorists of a 210-day closure of West Bath Road at Revere Road starting Wednesday, November 11th. The road will be closed for landslide repair project. The road will be completely closed starting at the Revere Road intersection to approximately 600 feet east to […]

Summit County Engineer’s Office advisory:

ROAD CLOSURE ALERT– Eastbound W. Bath Road Closure Scheduled for Monday, November 9, 2020 City of Cuyahoga Falls Service Director Anthony L. Zumbo, PE, PS, has announced the closure of eastbound W Bath Road between Sand Run Road and Riverview Road beginning Monday, November 9, 2020, for storm drainage work. The project is expected to take approximately four weeks to complete. […]