2021-04-29

Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 advisory:

SUMMIT COUNTY: Weekly Construction Update WEEK OF MAY 3 AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – 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 […]

Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 weekly advisory:

Weekly Construction Report Week of May 3, 2021 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Medina County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. State Route 3 northbound closure – State Route 3, between Fenn Road and Hamilton Road, is closed to northbound traffic for pavement reconstruction. THE ROAD […]

Fowler-Mack named APS superintendent


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During a special April 27 meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, board members offered the district’s superintendent position to Christine Fowler-Mack. Fowler-Mack, a graduate of East Community Learning Center (CLC) and current chief portfolio officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, will take over for David James, who is retiring June 30 after […]

Trustees OK first phase of Menards development


GRANGER — During the Granger Township Board of Trustees virtual meeting April 26, the proposed addition of a Menards home improvement store to Medina Road and Medina Line Road was addressed. Kristin Hopkins, of CT Consultants Inc., discussed several revisions to the planned development district, including a reduction in overall lighting, additions to buffer landscaping and two retention basins at […]

Acme celebrating 130 years in business


SUMMIT COUNTY — For the past 130 years, Acme Fresh Market has been serving Northeastern Ohio. Company Vice President of Marketing Katie Swartz said Acme is celebrating the milestone in the middle of a global pandemic. She said the company remains focused on providing a safe and clean shopping experience for customers. As a part of the 130-year celebration, the […]

Kiwanis to host prayer program


NORTON — For May 6, the National Day of Prayer, the Norton Kiwanis Club will host a virtual Community Prayer Program with help from Grace Church in Norton through the Zoom videoconference application. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Cary Duckett, lead pastor at Grace Bible Church in New Franklin. The program will start at 7 a.m. Duckett and […]

Revere board honors middle school state champs


BATH/RICHFIELD — At the Revere Local Schools Board of Education’s virtual meeting April 20, the board recognized three Revere Middle School (RMS) students who earned speech and debate state championships. RMS speech and debate coach Lydia Mainzer noted the speech and debate team had to compete in a “unique and virtual season” that included 13 virtual tournaments and the state […]

Coach issues farewell


To the editor: After 18 years of coaching three sports at Firestone High School, I was informed by my athletic director that the school was “going in different direction” and that my basketball services were no longer needed. Upon receiving the news, a flood of emotions went through my mind. Sadness was first and foremost, but I felt much gratitude […]

Akron’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Taskforce releases reports


DOWNTOWN AKRON — Last June, Akron City Council declared racism a public health crisis in the city, which led to the creation of the city’s Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Taskforce. According to city officials, the RESJ Taskforce assembled for the purpose of developing a pro-equity strategic plan responsive to this crisis. The mission of the taskforce — which […]

District to host prom, graduation, summer school


COPLEY — While a date is still being determined for the Copley High School prom, the event will take place in person this year. “Prom is on, though there will be distancing — as allowed by the Summit County health department,” Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Superintendent Brian Poe said at the April 20 Copley-Fairlawn Board of Education meeting. “We will [also] […]

Former St. Sebastian pastor passes away


WEST AKRON — The Rev. William Karg, 82, retired pastor of St. Sebastian Parish Church, died April 18, 2021. According to parish officials, Karg served at many parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland, including St. Vincent de Paul, the Church of the Epiphany, St. Catherine and St. Henry, and returned to Akron to serve as the fourth pastor at St. […]

Signs of spring in Summit Metro Parks


SUMMIT COUNTY — What is your favorite thing about spring? Is it the greening up of plants? The songs of birds twittering in the trees? Maybe the sound of rain softly tapping on your window and the fresh scent it leaves behind? Spring is a fantastic time of year to connect with the natural world and witness its transformation right […]

Summit County death notices


Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of March 7-13, 2021 (continued from last week): Leslie Margaret Voll, Tallmadge, 75, died March 3, 2021 Dannie Lee Wade, Akron, 76, died March 3, 2021 Charles Walsh III, Akron, 76, died March 2, 2021 Ronald B. Weintraub, Akron, 72, died March 8, 2021 Ruby Jewel Wells, New […]

Hale Farm offering garden-related events


BATH — Hale Farm and Village, located at 2686 Oak Hill Road, will host the Citizens of Hale Plant Sale May 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. and May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Heirloom plants and herbs with significance to Northeast Ohio will be offered along with unique perennials — all grown at Hale Farm & Village. […]

West Side News & Notes


Red Cross ‘Sound the Alarm’ campaign focusing on home fire safety GREATER AKRON — Red Cross volunteers will “Sound the Alarm” in Northern Ohio neighborhoods as part of a national effort to educate people about home fire safety. For this effort, area residents can meet with organization volunteers by appointment outside their homes to receive fire safety information and to […]

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Council hears development updates


CUYAHOGA FALLS — At the April 26 meeting, Cuyahoga Falls City Council heard a report on economic development in the city presented by Diane Colavecchio, the city’s community development director. Colavecchio said groundbreaking for the Summit County Developmental Disabilities (DD) Board’s project is taking place May 3. The project includes a 7,000-square-foot addition to the existing 15,800-square-foot facility at 2355 […]

Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis Club flower sale planned


COPLEY — The Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis Club’s annual spring flower sale will return May 6-8, after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at a new location. “We will be offering a wide variety of flowers from an 80-foot-long tent, which will be located behind the Copley Methodist Church, 1518 South Cleveland-Massillon Road,” said Len Shetler, chairman of the annual […]

Woodridge BOE hears textbook presentation


CUYAHOGA FALLS — Woodridge Local Schools plan to purchase 120 new high school science textbooks for the next school year. During the April 20 Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education meeting, members heard a presentation from Kristin Jagger, director of academic services, about the upcoming textbook purchase. She said the current high school science textbook for physical science is from […]

Akron Council continues evictions discussion


DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the April 26 Akron City Council meeting, members continued to discuss two pieces of legislation aimed at assisting tenants who rent housing in Akron. The first piece of legislation is known as “pay to stay” legislation, which allows tenants to build a legal defense against a pending eviction if they pay the past due rent and […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch


Editor’s note: Regarding area residents’ reporting of fraudulent activity related to receiving unemployment benefits that weren’t sought, police advise victims of this type of fraud to file a police report, contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ fraud hotline, notify their financial institutions and credit reporting agencies, monitor their credit and bank accounts […]

Norton seeking federal funds for Kungle Road bridge


NORTON — Norton City Council members discussed infrastructure improvements at their April 26 meeting. “Is there any chance that there might be any money available for the Kungle Road bridge from that package, since that’s one of the items he’s targeting, is repairing bridges,” Council Vice President Scott Pelot asked during committee updates. Pelot was referring to President Joe Biden’s […]

County Council hears opinions on Everett, Oak Hill road vacations


Council holds public hearing on proposed plan DOWNTOWN AKRON — Residents and community and county officials weighed in on a proposal to vacate segments of Everett Road in Bath, Richfield and Boston townships, as well as Oak Hill Road in Boston Township, during a public hearing on the matter at the April 26 Summit County Council meeting. According to the […]

Village community center project on pause


RICHFIELD — A new community center will not be coming to Richfield Village in the near future. Richfield Village Council Vice President Gary Domanick made the announcement April 20. Domanick, the Parks and Recreation Board representative, said after talking to Mayor Michael Wheeler, Parks Board President Jason Kepler and members of Council, he would make a recommendation to table the […]

Green BOE OKs administrative, certified contracts


GREEN — Eight administrative contracts were approved along with 48 certified personnel contracts at the April 26 Green Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The board approved the following three-year administrative contracts at the in-person meeting: Bill Bridenthal, Green High School assistant principal; Kelli Fultz, Green Primary School assistant principal; Scott Shank, Greenwood Early Learning Center principal; Wendall Jackson, director of […]

Coventry BOE requesting release from fiscal emergency


COVENTRY — Coventry Local Schools is one step closer to being removed from fiscal emergency. During the April 21 Coventry Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) meeting, members approved a resolution asking Auditor of State Keith Faber for the district to be removed from fiscal emergency. Board President Josh Hostetler read the resolution, which states the district is meeting the […]

PLCC students plant flowers to beautify Green Fire Station 1


GREEN — Portage Lakes Career Center National Technical Honor Society students replanted flowerbeds at the City of Green’s Fire Station 1 as part of their project to give back to the community, as pictured below. Shown above, from left, are Grant Palmer (prenursing, from Green), Alexa Nemeth (sports medicine, Coventry), Andrew Bond (automotive technology, Springfield) and Morgan Kennedy (cosmetology, Coventry). […]

South Side News & Notes


Norton seeking federal funds for Kungle Road bridge NORTON — Norton City Council members discussed infrastructure improvements at their April 26 meeting. “Is there any chance that there might be any money available for the Kungle Road bridge from that package, since that’s one of the items he’s targeting, is repairing bridges,” Council Vice President Scott Pelot asked during committee […]

Manchester school board chooses new district superintendent


Plus, OFCC approves state funding for district’s building projects NEW FRANKLIN — Manchester Local Schools will have a new superintendent leading the district Aug. 1. Board President Joe Hercules said the board has selected Shaun Morgan to replace current Superintendent James Robinson, who is retiring July 31 following 48 years with the district. Hercules said 28 applications were received for […]

Green Council discusses Raber Road trail project


GREEN — A new multi-purpose trail could soon be coming to a portion of Raber Road in the City of Green. During the April 27 Green City Council meeting, members discussed a $50,000 contract with BL Co. for professional engineering services for the Raber Road multi-use trail project. City Engineer Paul Pickett said the plan is to construct a 10-foot-wide […]

South Side Education News & Notes


  Springfield Schools Special Services director resigns LAKEMORE — The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education held an emergency meeting April 23 to accept the resignation of director of special services Bradley Beun, who has been charged with attempting to solicit sex with an 8-year-old girl. Beun, 41, of Uniontown, was arrested April 16 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites […]

Council OKs new modular home for fire personnel


NEW FRANKLIN — With an expectation of not renewing the city’s fire service contract with the Village of Clinton, New Franklin City Council approved a contract with Dalton-based Advantage Homes for the purchase and installation of a modular home to house fire department personnel. “It appears at this point that Clinton has decided to be more independent,” New Franklin Mayor […]

Trustees lift demolition order on Albrecht property


SPRINGFIELD — A previously condemned multi-unit dwelling in Springfield Township soon can be rehabilitated into a two-unit rental now that the structure has been secured. The Springfield Township Board of Trustees lifted a demolition order on 3003 Albrecht Ave. at the April 22 meeting, giving the property owner 90 days to address existing foundation issues and progress toward transforming the […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch


Editor’s note: Regarding area residents’ reporting of fraudulent activity related to receiving unemployment benefits that weren’t sought, police advise victims of this type of fraud to file a police report, contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ fraud hotline, notify their financial institutions and credit reporting agencies, monitor their credit and bank accounts […]