Conservancy for CVNP launching new series for adults, youth

PENINSULA — The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) has launched two new series intended to connect both adults and youth with Northeast Ohio’s national park — Crooked River Reads: A Distinguished Author Series, and Cuyahoga Connections, a monthly youth challenge. As the weather continues to be cold and going outside becomes more difficult, Conservancy for CVNP officials said […]

Mel looking for family of dreams

SHARON — “Hi my name is Mel. I was at the pound for a long time and then Maggie’s Mission Rescue took me in. I am people and dog friendly and housetrained. I love to sit in laps, although sometimes it’s hard to fit. I love toys and going for walks. My perfect home would be with a big active […]

Humane Society of Summit County offers pet food to food pantries

GREATER AKRON — Thanks to a grant from Summit County and the Akron Community Foundation, made available through federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding, the Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) recently distributed over 25,000 pounds of dry dog and cat food, offering a month supply each to Summit County residents in need through a partnership with […]

Copley participating in county road repair program

Copley trustees approved the township’s annual participation in the Summit County Engineer’s Office’s road repair program for 2021 at the first official board meeting of the year Jan. 12. The county program allows Copley to take part in a countywide bidding process, lowering overall road repair costs. Unrelated to the county’s 2021 road repair program, trustees also authorized a letter […]

Trustees approve truck replacement

The Boston Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a new truck at the Jan. 13 meeting. Road Superintendent Dave Krusinski said of the three bids to replace the township’s large dump truck, he recommended a $123,879 Freightliner be purchased, which the trustees approved. The township was awarded an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Volkswagen Mitigation Grant last month to […]

West Side Education News & Notes

UA receives grant to mentor at-risk youth DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron (UA), working with Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College and Stark State College, has received a two-year, $345,000 OhioCorps Pilot Grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to develop mentorship programs that provide pathways to higher education for at-risk high […]

Housing development projects on rise in Akron

GREATER AKRON — Several proposed and under construction housing development projects are one way City of Akron officials are hoping will grow the city’s population. Some of the projects have been met with opposition from residents, who have voiced their concerns to the Akron Planning Commission and Akron City Council. Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development James Hardy said not only […]



West Akron woman offers memorization tip

To the editor: I have been reading about cars being ransacked and personal items stolen in our neighborhoods. It seems that the one time you forget to lock your car, someone else seizes that opportunity to help themselves to the valuables left inside. We are all busy and have a lot on our minds, and it is hard to remember […]

Rubber worker statue installation coming this spring

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The City of Akron’s 12-foot-tall bronze rubber worker statue, originally planned for a fall 2020 installation, will be installed in late spring due to material and shipping delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to city officials, the statue, created by Ohio Sculptor Alan Cottrill, is complete and all of the materials, including the tiered granite base […]

Buddy yearning for new life

WEST AKRON — “Hi, my name is Buddy. I was surrendered by my owner to One of A Kind Pet Rescue, and I have been very confused about the experience. I have made great friends at the rescue, but I would so love a new home of my own. I am 8 years old and fairly low-energy. My favorite thing […]

West Side News & Notes

Fraudulent unemployment claims and identity theft increasing SUMMIT COUNTY — Area residents are being warned of fraud activity related to pandemic unemployment claims. According to Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, county and state officials have received a significant number of complaints from individuals who reported receiving a U.S. Bank Relia Card in the mail in recent weeks. This debit card […]

Woodridge board hears COVID-19 update

During the Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) special meeting Jan. 12, members heard an update from Superintendent Walter Davis regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Davis said the district has had a total of 69 positive COVID-19 cases this school year with 362 quarantines. He added so far things are going “very well” and the number of positive cases at […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Dec. 20-26, 2020 (continued from last week’s edition): Floyd (aka Elmer) Walters, Copley, 82, died Dec. 19, 2020 Patricia Ellen Warner, Akron, 71, died Dec. 6, 2020 Martha C. Wasson, Macedonia, 97, died Dec. 17, 2020 Joan Ruth Wetzel, Akron, 92, died Dec. 20, 2020 Jeffrey Jay […]

Trustees address residents’ concerns

At a virtual meeting of the Sharon Board of Trustees Jan. 12, township officials addressed residents’ concerns. Trustee Joe Canestraro reported he received an anonymous complaint from a resident about a law enforcement support flag on a telephone pole on Sharon-Copley Road east of Sharon Circle. He said the resident sent photos of the flag along with a letter calling […]

Winners of BBA raffle selected

BATH — During December, visitors to local businesses that are members of the Bath Business Association (BBA) were encouraged to enter the organization’s “Shop Local — Shop Bath” raffle to win one of two raffle baskets, shown at right, created by BBA members. On Dec. 15, Jessica Schurr, a customer of the Bake Shop in Ghent, and Joanne Mayors, a […]

Active Bart seeking home

GREATER AKRON — “Hi, my name is Bart! I am a 5-year old pit bull and weigh 85 pounds. I am large and strong, but the biggest teddy bear. I love people so much and am working on learning that jumping on them isn’t the best way to meet them. I am good with other dogs but have not met […]

New District 1 County Council member takes seat

Rita Darrow defeated incumbent to win in November DOWNTOWN AKRON — Macedonia resident Rita Darrow, 58, a Democrat, has assumed the District 1 seat on Summit County Council after winning 51 percent of the vote during last November’s General Election to beat incumbent Republican Ron Koehler. Darrow was sworn in Dec. 29 by Rocky River Municipal Court Judge Donna Congeni […]

West Side Business News & Notes

TRIAD selects Design4Good grant recipients CUYAHOGA FALLS — TRIAD, a design, digital and marketing firm, has selected eight area nonprofit organizations to receive marketing, digital and graphic design services through its Design4Good pro bono partnership program. Company officials said the Design4Good program is an annual grant review and selection process done by all TRIAD employees and resulting in a defined […]

Copley-Fairlawn school board names officers

The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education named its officers and adopted its regular meeting schedule for 2021 at the Jan. 12 organizational and regular board meeting. Board members Stephen Coon and Paul Cevasco were named president and vice president, respectively. Cevasco also was named the board’s official delegate, and James Borchik official alternate, to the Ohio School Boards Association […]

Petey ready for adoption

TWINSBURG — “Hi friends! I’m Petey, and I can’t wait to find my forever family! I’m about 7 years old and full of spunk. As a Chihuahua and hound mix, I’m just a little guy — about 22 pounds. I can be shy when I first meet new friends, but with some patience and time, I warm up. I enjoy […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Jan. 12 in the 900 block of Lawton Street, Jan. 13 in the 1200 block of Copley Road, Jan. 14 in the 1500 block of Frederick Boulevard, Jan. 15 in the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane and Jan. 17 in the 1300 block of Weathervane Lane and the 1600 block of Treetop Trail. On […]

Highland girls basketball team looking for deep playoff push

GRANGER — Highland High School girls basketball head coach James Madison said the best word to describe this year’s team is “relentless.” “There is no quit in this team. The top highlight this season was coming back down 17 points to Revere and winning the game by three points, 50-47,” he said of the game played Jan. 16. “The team […]

Summit Metro Parks gets Sand Run project funding

WEST AKRON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has awarded Summit Metro Parks $2.6 million for critical infrastructure and ecological improvements in Sand Run Metro Park. This funding complements work underway with a previously awarded $2 million Clean Ohio grant. Together, the $4.6 million funding package allows Summit Metro Parks to complete erosion control and habitat […]

City presses on says mayor in State of City

FAIRLAWN — In his annual State of the City address, Mayor William Roth said the City of Fairlawn persevered in 2020, continuing to serve the community “seamlessly” despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and will stay the course in 2021. Roth presented his customary speech at the Jan. 19 City Council meeting, with Council members recognizing Fairlawn’s numerous accomplishments amid a challenging […]

Coventry trustees approve funding for more park improvements

COVENTRY — Continued improvements to two township baseball fields are expected to begin soon as township trustees gave the projects a green light at the board’s Jan. 14 regular meeting. Trustees approved a $5,000 purchase order to Sentry Fence to furnish and install additional fencing at the baseball field at Cottage Grove Park. “We’ve done a lot of work over […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: Following a traffic stop on State Street Jan. 8, a driver was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia after Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies found methamphetamine and a drug pipe in his possession. The man was taken to the Summit County Jail on a warrant. Deputies responded to a fight involving two women at a Portage Lakes Drive […]

‘Gritty’ Walsh hockey team targets strong postseason run

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Walsh Jesuit High School hockey coach Pete Calleri said he has been happy with the team’s chemistry this season. “We’ve got a team where we don’t have any real superstars, but we have players who work very, very hard, work very well together and never quit working,” he said. “It’s really a great group of kids to […]

Manchester BOE appoints officers

NEW FRANKLIN — Manchester Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) held its organizational meeting Jan. 13 followed by a short regular meeting. During the organizational meeting, members elected Joe Hercules as president and Cindy McDonald as vice president. The board also agreed to continue to hold meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration […]

Village Council OKs fiscal office staff changes

Also, Police Sgt. John Smith announces retirement LAKEMORE — A new individual will be handling some fiscal duties in Lakemore Village, as Sam Ray, assistant to Village Administrator Tracy Fast, has taken employment elsewhere. At the Jan. 19 meeting, Council accepted Ray’s resignation, which listed Jan. 22 as his last day of employment with the village. In his resignation letter, […]

Trustees honor police department personnel

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees recognized several of the township’s Police Department personnel and assistants for their service during a special meeting held at Town Hall prior to the regular Jan. 14 meeting. During the special meeting, Springfield Police Department Officer Denise Moore was promoted to captain and will serve a one-year probation period with an annual salary […]