Council discusses role in saving Oviatt House

Richfield Village Council discussed what its role is in trying to save a historical home at the Dec. 1 meeting. Council voted 6-0, with Councilwoman Bobbie Beshara abstaining, to put on its agenda a resolution supporting saving the Oviatt House. The house is located at the south entrance of the Richfield Heritage Preserve, which is managed by the Richfield Joint […]

Summit Metro Parks honors first naturalist

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit Metro Parks observed Bert Szabo Day Dec. 4 in honor of the park district’s first interpretive naturalist. To help mark this annual occasion, Sand Run Parkway has been renamed “Bert Szabo Parkway” for December. Szabo is pictured above with a banner marking the occasion. The 34-year park district employee and volunteer celebrated his 100th birthday Dec. […]

Take advantage of winter darkness in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Exploring CVNP CVNP — As fall moves to winter, daylight becomes increasingly shorter. Evenings become shrouded in darkness. It isn’t just cold that drives us inside. After work, instead of heading to a park as we might do in the summer, we feel the impulse to stay inside, where it is light. There are rewards, however, for fighting this impulse […]

Trustees approve development agreement

The Richfield Township Board of Trustees approved a development agreement with J.J.J. Properties at the Dec. 3 meeting. Summit County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ray Hartsough said the agreement with J.J.J. Properties will include the company building an extension of Columbia Road, constructing a secondary access roadway and installing water and sanitary sewer lines. Hartsough said the agreement was originally between […]

Kenmore businesses light up for holidays

KENMORE — Akron’s Kenmore Boulevard was lit for the holiday season Nov. 27, and visitors are invited to drive by to see more than a dozen storefronts decorated by a different local artist, family or organization, as part of Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance’s “Light the Boulevard” event, created after the City of Akron Lights event was canceled due to the pandemic. […]

Akron hiring additional police officers using grant funding

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The City of Akron plans to hire 12 new police officers focused on enhancing community connections and reducing gun violence in neighborhoods. During the Dec. 7 Akron City Council meeting, legislation was introduced to accept funds through the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Hiring Grant. According to city officials, the officers will be specifically focused on intercepting gun […]

Trustees consider rezoning of Montrose hotel property

The Bath Board of Trustees agreed at the Dec. 7 virtual meeting to consider a rezoning request for a property located at 4073 Medina Road. The trustees scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 4 for a request from Akron Fairlawn Properties to rezone the property, which currently is home to the Holiday Inn Akron West-Fairlawn. Township Planning Director/Zoning Inspector William […]



Council approves energy services

During the Dec. 7 virtual meeting of the Fairlawn City Council, members unanimously passed two ordinances to offer more eco-friendly energy to residents. The ordinances authorized an agreement with Akron-based Suvon LLC, doing business as FirstEnergy Advisors, for electric energy aggregation consulting services, and with Zentility Inc. for the purchase of electric energy. “I’m all for that,” said Councilwoman Barbara […]

Falls man encouraging community support for school funding change

To the editor: Dear citizens: When I began working on levies for Woodridge Local Schools, I interacted with many of you that both agreed and disagreed with the need for the levies. The team of people involved in our campaigns made a commitment to do something about the unconstitutional school funding model with the hope of easing the tax burden. […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Nov. 15-21, 2020 (continued from last week): Eileen D. Kadilak, Barberton, 93, died Nov. 16, 2020 Lewis Richard Kidd, Akron, 69, died Nov. 8, 2020 Rita M. Koncal, Sagamore Hills, 100, died Nov. 14, 2020 Dorothy Krum, Hudson, 81, died Nov. 19, 2020 Jimmy Lee Lane, Akron, […]

BBA offering gift basket raffle

BATH — The Bath Business Association (BBA) Gift Basket Raffle, part of the group’s promotion for this season’s “Shop Local — Shop Bath!” effort, includes items shown above. The response has been so positive that BBA officials said they will create gift baskets for two winners. To enter the drawing, print a raffle ticket found at local BBA business member locations or […]

Council OKs Wooster Road repairs, waterline improvements

Norton City Council unanimously passed two ordinances regarding repairs on Wooster Road during the Dec. 7 meeting. Councilman Scott Pelot (at large) said the road is overdue for improvements and the storm sewer on the road will be repaired first. The city will work with Cavanaugh Building Corp. to complete the $150,000 storm sewer project. “We need to get the […]

BOE hears update on remote learning, development project

During a special Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) meeting Dec. 1, members heard several updates from Superintendent Walter Davis. He said the district began complete remote instruction Dec. 2 and instruction will remain remote through Dec. 18. The BOE approved the remote instruction plan for December presented by Davis. Following remote instruction through Dec. 18, students will then […]

West Side Business News & Notes

eGift card program supports local businesses SUMMIT COUNTY — The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber, Hudson Chamber and Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber have partnered to form a locally focused eGift card program called ShopLocal330. The ShopLocal330 is a community-based digital eGift card that makes it easy to keep local spending local. The eGift Card allows participants to enjoy favorite restaurants, shops, entertainment and […]

County Council hears local COVID-19 update

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Four local hospital leaders presented information on the status of COVID-19 at their institutions during the Dec. 7 Summit County Council meeting. Dr. Cliff Deveny, president and CEO of Summa Health; Dr. Brian Harte, president of Cleveland Clinic Akron General; Dr. Robert McGregor, chief medical officer of Akron Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO […]

KNR hosts socially distanced turkey giveaway

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Pictured above, Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s (KNR) annual Coats & Cans for Kids Turkey Giveaway event distributed 1,000 turkeys drive-thru style Nov. 20 at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, with help from that agency’s staff. Offered since 2013, the event asks for the donation of a gently used coat or nonperishable food item in exchange for a turkey, […]

Making holidays greener

Guest Editorial In Northeastern Ohio at this time of year, there are always a multitude of holiday colors on display, often against a backdrop of sparkling white snow. The several holidays usually observed this time of year all have historical colors associated with them, including red, white, green and blue. This year, I would like everyone to help create a […]

West Side Education News & Notes

Akron-Summit Council on Holocaust & Genocide Education hosting student project GREATER AKRON — The Akron-Summit Council on Holocaust & Genocide Education is presenting the Holocaust Student Collaborative Project, formally known as the Akron-Summit Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest. The theme for this year’s program focuses on the question, “What Does the Holocaust Teach Us About Opposing Hatred and Cruelty?” Project […]

Area older adults create art for Summit County Probate Court

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit Metro Parks staff and Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer partnered to have local seniors contribute to a piece of community art. According to Metro Parks officials, the artwork project was designed to offer a sense of hope and togetherness during periods of lockdown this year. The artwork, called “Birds of a Feather,” consists […]

OPEN M seeking volunteers to distribute Christmas gifts

SOUTH AKRON — On Dec. 25, more than 668 children will wake up to presents under the tree and food on the table thanks to OPEN M’s Christmas for the Love of Children Program. OPEN M is a Christian nonprofit organization that serves more than 40,000 individuals annually, providing food, health and employment services, all intended to create pathways out […]

Area infectious disease doctors urging COVID-19 precautions

GREATER AKRON — As the second wave of COVID-19 continues, impacting lives and inundating hospitals with new cases, local infectious disease experts are urging individuals of all ages to stay the course — following the recommended health measures to protect themselves and others. The latest surge of COVID-19 likely will continue throughout the holiday season, thus people cannot let their […]

VFW Post 349 supports CVSR rides for veterans

FAIRLAWN — For the past five years, the Harry Donovan Fairlawn Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 349 has donated $500 annually to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) to support complimentary train rides for veterans, active duty personnel, first responders and their family members. Post officials stated the donation continued this year, despite losing the opportunity to raise funds […]

Pandemic worsening food insecurity

OHIO — Bringing higher rates of unemployment and poverty, the COVID-19 pandemic has also pushed more people into a struggle to buy the basics, including food. Grocery store food prices have gone up only about 5 percent since January 2019, but with so many people out of work, food banks have seen a surge in demand, according to Zoë Plakias, […]

Trustees discuss plans for Santa visits with community

At the Dec. 7 meeting, the Copley Township Board Trustees discussed plans for welcoming Santa Claus to the township in a COVID-19 safe manner Dec. 20. Trustee Bruce Koellner presented the idea of township vehicles parading through township neighborhoods, with Santa greeting children from one of the vehicles. Township Administrator Janice Marshall said similar events have been held for birthday […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Dec. 1 in the 600 block of Treeside Drive; Dec. 2 in the 900 block of Slosson Street; Dec. 4 in the 600 block of Noah Avenue; and Dec. 5 in the 1-100 block of North Portage Path. Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of Westwood Avenue Nov. […]

West Side News & Notes

Akron accepting conservation proposals for Theiss Road property DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan’s Office of Integrated Development is soliciting proposals for the acquisition of nearly 45 acres of land in the Merriman Valley for conservation purposes. According to city officials, the city issued a request for proposals (RFP) for residential development of this site in August. The residential […]

Holiday happenings

• GREEN — Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 1800 Steese Road, has 11 nativity displays that area residents are invited to see during holiday display driving tours. These include the nativity scene set up in the Massillon and Steese roads’ roundabout. • GREATER AKRON — Ohio Shakespeare Festival is offering a free recording of “A Christmas Carol: Radio Play,” by […]

Green boys bowling team aiming for league crown this season

GREEN — According to head coach Randy Hanson, the best word to describe this year’s Green High School boys bowling team is “fun.” “Every day at practice they crack me up,” he said. “They are working hard, but they have a great attitude. They are always joking around with each other. We have always tried to use ‘BIF’ as our […]

Lakemore amends vicious dog ordinance

Also, Santa to ride around village Dec. 13 to spread holiday cheer LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village continues to monitor the owning and breeding of vicious canines in the community for the wellbeing of others. In 2016, Lakemore first enacted its vicious dog ordinance, putting in place restrictions and guidelines, keeping an eye on dogs fitting into the vicious animal category […]

New Franklin increases part-time firefighter wages

NEW FRANKLIN — In an effort to attract and retain part-time firefighter/paramedics, New Franklin Council approved a request to increase wages for the fire department’s part-time employees. During the Dec. 2 meeting, New Franklin Fire Chief Steve Leslie said the department’s part-time rate of $15.50 per hour is among the lowest of area fire departments. The legislation increased that amount […]

Green clears trees to improve sight distance at intersection

GREEN — Earlier this year, concerns regarding speed and sight distance were raised to Green City Council regarding the intersection of South Arlington and East Nimisila roads. The intersection has stop signs for motorists on East Nimisila Road along with an overhead flashing red light. Motorists on South Arlington Road have a flashing yellow light but do not have to […]

Commission, Coventry Schools discuss fiscal emergency status

COVENTRY — The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission and Coventry Local Schools officials discussed the district’s possible release from fiscal emergency at the Dec. 3 meeting. The district produced a positive five-year financial forecast last month, which was the last measure the district needed to complete to be released from fiscal emergency. The district was placed in fiscal emergency five […]

Green City Council approves 2021 budget

GREEN — During the Dec. 8 Green City Council meeting, members approved the 2021 annual operating appropriations for the city. Councilman Rocco Yeargin (Ward 3) said the budget is “conservatively built” and is 8.44 percent less than this year’s budget. Finance Director Steve Schmidt previously gave an overview to Council of the approximately $34.8 million budget during the Nov. 24 […]

South Side Education News & Notes

SCPH issues recommendations for schools, districts SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Public Health (SCPH) officials said they have worked to implement disease mitigation strategies and provide guidance and technical assistance to communities and schools. The initial guidance for schools was based on a lower risk level; however, on Dec. 3, Summit County was placed in Level 4/Purple — the highest […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: On Nov. 25 at approximately 9:45 p.m., a 24-year-old Norton man driving westbound on Portage Lakes Drive lost control of his vehicle, which ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail before coming to rest in the westbound lane of traffic. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to a hospital by […]