2020-11-26

ODOT District 3 advisory:

Weekly Construction Report Week of November 30, 2020 MEDINA COUNTY (Wednesday, November 25, 2020) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Medina County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. North Carpenter Road major reconstruction – North Carpenter Road, between Grafton Road and Boston Road, will have daily lane closures for continued project work. Crews […]

ODOT District 4 advisory:

SUMMIT COUNTY: Weekly Construction Update WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30 AKRON, Ohio (Wednesday, November 25, 2020) – Below is the current status of construction projects still considered active in Summit County. The Public Information Office will continue to notify you of any changes in lane restrictions and/or closures as they occur. As in previous years, we will no longer issue the […]

St. Hilary School building Congo sister school


FAIRLAWN — St. Hilary School officials celebrated the school’s 60th anniversary Sept. 28 by planting a crimson maple tree on campus that kicked off a fundraising campaign to build a sister school in Boma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The tree planting ceremony included one student from each classroom and Gaspard Nzita, of Green, who is a native of the […]

Copley-Fairlawn superintendent gives COVID-19 update


COPLEY — Copley-Fairlawn City Schools’ Superintendent Brian Poe gave an overall upbeat update on how the district is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic heading into the midway point of the 2020-21 school year. Poe did note, however, the situation remains a fluid one and plans are subject to change quickly. “We have had a low number of cases affecting students,” […]

CSEA Drive-Up DNA testing honored for innovation


DOWTOWN AKRON — The Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency’s (CSEA) Drive-Up DNA testing event was chosen as one of four across the country by the National Child Support Enforcement Agency (NCSEA) to participate in a national “Hackathon” Oct. 29, which looked at innovative ways to find solutions to problems or challenges raised due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel […]

Trail Mix Peninsula gifts support CVNP


PENINSULA — Knock your holiday shopping out of the park this year with one-of-a-kind gifts that support small businesses, local artists and Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) programs by shopping with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the nonprofit friends group of CVNP. Shopping with the Conservancy is the perfect way to give back to the national park that […]

Trails & Trivia Hikes hosted at Richfield Heritage Preserve


RICHFIELD — The Friends of Crowell Hilaka (FoCH) will celebrate this holiday season with special hikes at Richfield Heritage Preserve (RHP), located at 4374 Broadview Road. The self-guided “Trails & Trivia” hikes take place over approximately 5 miles of scenic nature trails at RHP from Thanksgiving weekend until Dec. 31. There will be five separate loops and a bonus loop […]

Archbishop Hoban wins state football championship


MASSILLON — The Archbishop Hoban High School football team (11-0) defeated Massillon Washington High School (10-2) 35-6 to win the Division II state championship Nov. 20. The game took place at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon after Ohio High School Athletic Association officials decided Nov. 19 to move the game from Fortress Obetz in Southeast Columbus due to health […]

Granger trustees hear about township road plan


The Granger Township Board of Trustees held a virtual meeting Nov. 19 and heard from Service Director Mark Novak about the township’s road plan. Novak said he received an additional final bill of $1,849 from Melway Paving for the township’s 2020 road plan. Fiscal Officer Donald Baker said the board would discuss the township’s 2021 road plan at the next […]

Pandemic alters community lightings, events – West


GREATER AKRON — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is altering or canceling many local holiday tree lightings and holiday community events. Some events are being conducted virtually and some are moving forward with additional safety measures in place. Local events include the following: • The City of Akron’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, located at Lock 3 Park, will not take place this […]

Angel Tree seeking sponsors for children


GREATER AKRON — Prison Fellowship®, a Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners and their families, is looking for residents, churches and other organizations in the Akron-Canton area to sponsor area children of incarcerated parents in the Greater Akron and Canton areas for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree® program. Prison Fellowship
 has more than 40 years of experience in helping restore men […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch


WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Nov. 17 in the 400 block of Roslyn Avenue, the 1300 block of Nome Avenue and the 1700 block of Cromwell Drive; Nov. 21 in the 1800 block of Merriman Road; and Nov. 22 in the 400 block of Rose Boulevard and the 900 block of Copley Road. A man reported he went to […]

Fugitive Safe Surrender Hotline created


GREATER AKRON — U.S. Marshal for Northern Ohio Peter Elliott; Bishop Joey Johnson, of the House of the Lord Church in West Akron; and the Rev. C.J. Mathews, of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Cleveland, have created the Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) Hotline at 1-877-FSS-USMS. According to the Marshal’s Office, Elliott and Mathews created the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program in […]

MCPD’s Lake Medina entrance redesigned


GRANGER — Lake Medina’s Granger Road entrance has reopened following a nearly two-and-a-half-month project that improved visitor access to the 103-acre former reservoir and walking trails along the West Branch of the Rocky River. Medina County Park District (MCPD) officials stated the project included replacement of a small gravel parking area with a 40-space asphalt lot, pictured below, and a […]

Woodridge BOE approves five-year forecast


During the Nov. 17 Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) meeting, members approved the five-year forecast. Treasurer Tom Morehouse said the five-year forecast is a “moving target” and with everything going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, the forecast is continually changing. He said the district typically receives approximately $100,000 each year in casino revenue, but this year he projects […]

Enjoying holiday meals without weight gain


Chow Line Q: I’m wondering if you can offer any tips to help me avoid gaining weight but still enjoy the fall and winter holidays? I’ve already gained several pounds while working from home due to COVID-19 and I’m worried that the holidays will cause me to gain even more. A: With the holidays approaching, many people are concerned about […]

West Side News & Notes

County executive, SCPH commissioner issue Stay-At-Home Advisory SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda issued a Stay At Home Health Advisory Nov. 19 in response to the recent rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. “We are seeing an alarming trend in both the number of cases and the positivity rate […]

St. Peregrine hosts groundbreaking for new church


RICHFIELD — St. Peregrine Catholic Church & Academy and community officials recently broke ground on a new Romanesque church at 3086 W. Streetsboro Road and announced plans for a shrine to St. Peregrine — the patron saint of cancer patients — to provide a place of prayer and healing for individuals with cancer. The project is expected to be completed […]

Akron holiday events celebrate the season


DOWNTOWN AKRON — City of Akron officials will welcome the holiday season with new programming at Lock 3. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the City of Akron’s limit on private gatherings, as well as Summit County Public Health’s stay-at-home health advisory, both through Dec. 16, the Welcome Santa Holiday Parade has been canceled and the ice rink at Lock […]

County grants hazard pay to sheriff’s personnel


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council approved hazard pay for Sheriff’s Office personnel related to working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. During its Nov. 23 meeting, Council approved on first reading a memorandum of understanding among the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Ohio Labor Council Inc. and Summit County Executive and Sheriff’s offices for hazard pay for deputies in the […]

Richfield Council gives historic barn more time


Richfield Village Council discussed the future of the Eastwood Preserve Barn during a work session at the Nov. 17 meeting. At the last regular meeting, Council unanimously approved a motion to reject all bids for the repair of the barn after the two active bids received were $217,000 and $425,000, above the estimated $125,000 cost of the project. A $124,000 […]

Woodridge boys cross country team wins third straight state title


CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Woodridge High School boys cross country team won its third consecutive state title and head coach Jeff Howard said the entire roster had a hand in achieving that feat. The Division II Boys State Cross Country Tournament took place Nov. 6-7 at Fortress Obetz and Memorial Park. “Our strength continues to be our depth,” Howard said. […]

West Side Business News & Notes


County helps small businesses, identifies more help available from the state SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County, working with the Greater Akron Chamber, has provided over $12 million in grants to 3,058 small businesses using federal CARES Act funding to date. According to county officials, this program was one of the first of its kind in the nation and has been […]

Sugar Plum Tour of Holiday Homes on sale


GREATER AKRON — The 19th annual Sugar Plum Tour of Holiday Homes will take place virtually Dec. 5-6. The Sugar Plum Tour of Holiday Homes is the signature fundraiser of the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation. Foundation officials stated last year’s event raised more than $150,000 for the fund, which supports programs that positively impact the local […]

Probate Court hosting art show with Summit DD


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Probate Court has teamed up with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) to bring art to the Summit County Courthouse. According to court officials, the art show, which runs through Dec. 16, highlights various artists with developmental disabilities from across the community. Many of the works are for sale, with proceeds going directly […]

Akron to purchase homes in flood prone area


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the Nov. 23 Akron City Council meeting, members approved legislation to accept an approximately $1.2 million grant to help assist with flooding of homes in the Wilbeth Wetlands area. Service Director Chris Ludle said the city would enter into an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Ohio EMA for the Hazard Mitigation Grant […]

How to choose a Christmas tree


(NAPS) — There’s more to decking the halls with just the right Christmas tree than many people realize. Here are seven hints that can help provided by arborist Mark Chisholm: • Select your location: Before you head to the lot or store to pick out this year’s tree, you must be certain of where you want to place the tree […]

Summit County death notices


Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Nov. 8-14, 2020 (continued from last week): John Mayer, Fairlawn, 86, died Nov. 5, 2020 Leonard William Maze, Green, 88, died Oct. 31, 2020 Mark McGlaughlin, Barberton, 66, died Oct. 27, 2020 Timothy Gerard McMullen, Akron, 68, died Nov. 10, 2020 Kenneth Arlan Meek, Tallmadge, 88, died […]

Stan Hywet’s Deck the Hall to feature nostalgia, holiday lights


WEST AKRON — Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is welcoming the holidays once again with its annual Deck the Hall event, with this year’s theme “A Very Merry Christmas,” Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 3-6, 10-23 and 26-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. According to Stan Hywet officials, Deck the Hall will be set up in the historic Manor House as […]

Akron Zoo hosting annual holiday lighting event


WEST AKRON — The Akron Zoo will be host its annual holiday lighting event, Wild Lights, presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-23 and 26-30 from 5 to 9 p.m. According to zoo officials, guests can explore the zoo decorated in holiday lights and lighted displays during Wild Lights. “We’re very excited to be hosting […]

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Mail/package tips for holiday safety


(NAPS) — For many of us, this season is a time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Unfortunately, thieves take advantage of the holidays to steal packages containing gifts for loved ones or supplies needed for holiday celebrations. The U.S. Postal Service annually delivers holiday cheer, along with more than 15 billion mail pieces. The U.S. Postal Inspection […]

Revere district dealing with COVID-19 uptick


BATH — The Revere Local Schools Board of Education received an update on the current status of COVID-19 in the district’s schools during the Nov. 17 meeting. Superintendent Matthew Montgomery said the district has seen a significant spike in COVID-19 cases over the past 10-12 days with a total of 21 cases. He said 13 of those cases were students […]

Woman urges Copley-Fairlawn district to address diversity issues


To the editor: An open letter to the Copley-Fairlawn [City Schools (CFCS)] Board of Education: I have been following the student-based group known as CFforall [Copley Fairlawn For All] and have had the opportunity to speak with some of these young leaders. I have been impressed with their passion and desire for change. They have created a list of demands, […]

Small Business Saturday, Artists Sunday encouraging shopping local – West


GREATER AKRON — Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 by American Express, focuses on holiday shopping at locally owned businesses. Held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving — Nov. 28 this year — Small Business Saturday offers an opportunity for residents to support local businesses that in turn support local youth organizations, sports teams, schools and communities. “This year we’ve seen […]

Green boys cross country coach happy with team’s finish


GREEN — Green High School boys cross country head coach Jake Saylor said this year’s team saved its best for last. “We started off the year a little slow, in my opinion, with some not so great races,” he said. “But we improved a lot throughout the year and by the bigger meets at the end of the year, I […]

Santa Claus coming to various locations – South


GREATER AKRON — Visiting Santa Claus will be a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations and communities have canceled their events with Santa, and some are offering virtual or socially distant visits. Some of the area opportunities for children wanting to visit with Santa and share their wishes for the holiday season, include: • Belden […]

Green Local Schools dealing with COVID-19 cases


Green Local Schools officials opted to have all students at Green Middle School and Green High School attend school remotely Nov. 23 and 24 ahead of the Thanksgiving break in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Superintendent Jeff Miller at the Nov. 23 virtual Board of Education meeting. The Thanksgiving break for all students began Nov. 25 and runs through […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch


COVENTRY: Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Nancy Avenue woman for theft of merchandise from a Manchester Road store Nov. 16 and also charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia found in her purse. A Greer Road man reported Nov. 16 he sold a generator to two men who were not satisfied with it and came to his home. […]

Santa Claus coming to various locations in Summit County – West


GREATER AKRON — Visiting Santa Claus will be a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations and communities have canceled their events with Santa, and some are offering virtual or socially distant visits. Some of the area opportunities for children wanting to visit with Santa and share their wishes for the holiday season, include: • Graf […]

Small Business Saturday, Artists Sunday encouraging shopping local – South


GREATER AKRON — Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 by American Express, focuses on holiday shopping at locally owned businesses. Held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving — Nov. 28 this year — Small Business Saturday offers an opportunity for residents to support local businesses that in turn support local youth organizations, sports teams, schools and communities. “This year we’ve seen […]

Council OKs policing contract renewal with Clinton


NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin Council has approved a two-year renewal of its policing contract with Clinton Village, effective January 2021 through December 2022, for $150,000 per year. At the Nov. 18 Council meeting, Mayor Paul Adamson said conversations with both Clinton Village and New Franklin Police officials led to the two-year contract. The current four-year policing contract between the […]

Pandemic alters area community holiday lightings, events – South


GREATER AKRON — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is altering or canceling many local holiday tree lightings and holiday community events. Some events are being conducted virtually and some are moving forward with additional safety measures in place. Local events include the following: • The City of Akron’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, located at Lock 3 Park, will not take place this […]

Coventry BOE hears positive forecast details


COVENTRY — Coventry Local Schools officials are projecting a positive five-year forecast moving forward. During the Nov. 18 Coventry Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) meeting, members approved the five-year forecast presented by Treasurer Sherry Tyson. Tyson said she worked with members of the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission when putting together the five-year forecast. According to the forecast, the […]

South Side Education News & Notes


PLCC Board approves forecast GREEN — The Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) Board of Education approved the fall five-year forecast, for 2021-25, at its Nov. 19 meeting. PLCC Treasurer Chris Wright stated the first two years of the forecast are balanced, while the final three years have small operating deficits. “We believe those [deficits] can be avoided with some rather […]

2021 Safety Kids Calendar contest winners announced


GREATER AKRON — The grand-prize winner of the 2021 Summit County Prosecutor’s Office’s 19th annual Safety Kids Calendar contest is Lily Headley, a sixth-grade student at Springfield Local Schools’ Schrop Intermediate School. Lily’s poster told children to be their own beautiful bird for the rule “Trust Yourself — Don’t Give in to Peer Pressure,” according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri […]

Green City Council discusses 2021 budget


GREEN — During the Nov. 24 Green City Council meeting, members discussed the city’s budget for next year and the capital appropriations. Finance Director Steve Schmidt gave an overview of the operating budget for the city for 2021. Council is expected to vote on the approximately $34.8 million budget at the next meeting. Mayor Gerard Neugebauer thanked Schmidt for his […]

City of Akron advisory:

City of Akron Municipal Offices Closed for Thanksgiving One-Day Delay for Curb Service Updates to Lock 3 Programming and Events   Akron, Ohio, November 24, 2020 — All municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26th and Friday, Nov. 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no curb service on Thursday, Nov. 26th. There will be […]