Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction update:

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 15 AKRON, Ohio — The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. Interstate 76/77 Akron Beltway Interstate 76/77 Akron Beltway reconstruction, Akron – reconstruction of I-76/I-77 between Princeton Ave. to V. Odom Blvd., I-77 between Cole Ave. and Waterloo Rd., and at State Route 8/I-76/I-77 […]

Safety Kids Calendar contest winners named (South Side News Leader)

SUMMIT COUNTY — Winners of the 2022 Safety Kids Calendar contest, sponsored by the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, were recently recognized. The contest invites middle school students to submit posters on the “12 Ways to Stay Safe.” Winners are selected in 12 categories, as well as three each for “Prosecutor Picks” in the humorous and creative categories. Summit County Prosecutor […]

Doll collection expands world view for Resnik students

WEST AKRON — Growing up in Akron, Leah Holden never would have guessed her collection of nearly 50 international dolls would someday have an impact on today’s young learners. Holden, an alumna of Portage Path and Case elementary schools, Litchfield Middle School and Buchtel High School, was recently preparing to move to a new home in Akron when she came […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Oct. 10-16, 2021(continued from last week): Charles W. Shirey II, Barberton, 59, died Oct. 1, 2021 Gilda Evelyn Shope, Akron, 74, died Sept. 30, 2021 Vincent C. Simon, Valley City, 77, died Sept. 17, 2021 Steven Newell Sitts, Uniontown, 48, died Oct. 2, 2021 Faith E. Smith, […]

Council updated on opiate abatement efforts

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council heard a report on the county’s efforts to abate the opiate epidemic and use of funds from an associated court settlement at its Nov. 8 meeting. The county received about $104 million from a federal opioid trial settlement in the fall of 2019. The lawsuit was filed shortly after County Executive Ilene Shapiro declared […]

South Side News & Notes

Summit County Animal Control now accepting volunteer applications GREATER AKRON — Summit County Animal Control is now accepting applications for its new volunteer program. According to the facility website: “This Department will provide compassionate care for impounded animals and responsible enforcement of canine laws, thereby creating a safer and more desirable community for the citizens of Summit County.” Animal Control […]

Playoff run ends for Norton Panthers

NORTON — The season came to a close for the Norton High School Panthers football team Nov. 5 following a 28-0 loss to Parma Heights Holy Name High School in the Division III second-round game of the playoffs. Norton senior Carter Metz is shown below attempting to tackle Holy Name senior wide receiver Eric Jones Jr. during the first quarter. […]

Soccer coach reaches 200 wins

COPLEY — Copley High School boys soccer coach David Antal reached a milestone Oct. 5 after recording his 200th career win with a 4-1 victory over Tallmadge High School. Shown above is Antal with his team following the 200th win. Antal said he has been coaching for 24 years, which includes five years as an assistant and 19 years as […]

West Side Education News & Notes

COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5-11 arriving in Ohio OHIO — More than 367,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine formulation were expected to arrive in Ohio over the last week for children ages 5-11. “Thanks to the authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 5 to 11 years old, we can now better protect these school-aged children from […]

mbellish: one room design one day at a time

MERRIMAN VALLEY — Upon lockdown, a star was born … mbellish. mbellish is a division of m2creative (a full scope interior design service from conceptual to completion). mbellish is named after Nancy Marchetta’s mother, Isabelle Marchetta. She was fashion forward to the end. Her attention to detail and impeccable sense for fashion separated her from the rest. She was known […]

British singer performing in Akron

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Following her rendition of the national anthem at a Cleveland Browns’ game last month, one of Northeast Ohio’s well-known headliners will bring her vocal stylings to Downtown Akron Nov. 13. Performing “The Star Bangled Banner” at FirstEnergy Stadium in October and being able to sing again in Akron is extra special for her, said Helen Welch. “I […]

South Side Education News & Notes

Summit ESC award winners announced SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit Educational Service Center’s (ESC) 2021 Education Celebration, an annual event that honors and recognizes educators from around Northeast Ohio who are making an impact in students’ lives, included honoring Lifetime Achievement Award winner James Robinson, recently retired Manchester Local Schools superintendent. Robinson has been dedicated to his profession for over […]

Copley police chief thanks voters

To the residents of Copley Township: On behalf of all the men and women of the Copley Police Department, I would like to thank our residents for the vote of confidence at Tuesday’s election and for your continued support. In these difficult times, when many folks on the national level have been quick to criticize all police due to the […]


Falls Council hears about electric repair process

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Cuyahoga Falls City Council heard Nov. 8 about efforts to reduce major disruptions while a power pole was being fixed. On Oct. 19, an electric insulator on a single utility pole owned by FirstEnergy outside city limits on Portage Trail Extension caught fire and the top of the pole snapped and fell over. The static line hit […]

Trustees host public hearing on rezoning

BATH — Prior to the regular meeting Nov. 8, the Bath Township Board of Trustees held a public hearing on a request to rezone a property at 645 N. Revere Road. The 5.7-acre property is the current home of the West Side Church of Christ. Paul Couch, an elder of the church, explained the church is not seeking to develop […]

Norton district seeks mentors

NORTON — During the Nov. 8 Norton City Schools Board of Education meeting, Jonathan Greer, of Red Oak Behavioral Health, spoke about his organization’s iCARE (Creating Authentic Relational Energy) program with the Norton district. Greer, director of mentoring and prevention, said the partnership with Norton began prepandemic. He added that iCARE Coordinator Eric Nevins is now looking for adult volunteers […]

AROPI raising funds to build legacy

AKRON — The Akron Rites of Passage Institute (AROPI) provides programming to help the African-American community move from one developmental stage of life. A Council of Elders provides wisdom and resources. The organization recently launched a capital campaign to fund its “Legacy Building Project.” This $5 million project includes the construction of a multifunctional center to house AROPI’s headquarters; provide […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Nov. 1 in the 400 block of Bacon Avenue and Nov. 6 in the 1-100 block of Westgay Drive. A resident of a White Pond Drive apartment building reported Nov. 1 she was assaulted in the community room when a woman struck her arm three times with a cane. Police stopped a driver for […]

Green Council approves new apartments

GREEN — Construction of 298 market-rate apartment units will move forward following approval from Green City Council Nov. 9. Council approved rezoning 26 acres of land from B-2 (Business Office) to PD (Planned Development) and accepted the plan of the proposed Spring Hill Farms Planned Development. Councilman Matt Shaughnessy (Ward 4) cast the only vote against the rezoning and the […]

Akron planning parks and recreation improvements

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Improvements are in the works for several Akron community centers and parks. During the Nov. 8 Akron City Council Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, Council members heard a presentation regarding how city officials intend to spend a portion of the money received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on parks and public spaces. Catherine Breck, director […]

Trustees OK truck repair cost increase

RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Richfield Township Board of Trustees approved increasing the amount needed to repair a pickup truck at the Nov. 4 meeting. Trustees Robert Luther and Janet Jankura approved closing a purchase order with Valley Ford Truck Inc. to repair the township’s Ford F-250 truck at a cost not to exceed $8,000 and opened a replacement purchase order […]

Village welcomes new assistant fire chief

RICHFIELD VILLAGE — In front of a packed audience, Richfield Village welcomed a new assistant fire chief at the Nov. 3 Village Council meeting. According to fire department officials, the position has been vacant since Fire Chief George Seifert was elevated from assistant to interim chief in February after former Chief Phil McLean’s retired, and then named to the permanent […]

Football playoff games schedule

• Friday, Nov. 12: Cleveland Benedictine and Walsh Jesuit, 7 p.m., Mercy Health Field at Ely Stadium • Friday, Nov. 12: Macedonia Nordonia and Archbishop Hoban, 7 p.m., Portage Community Bank Stadium • Friday, Nov. 12: Highland and Toledo Central Catholic, 7 p.m., Bellevue First National Bank Stadium • Friday, Nov. 12: Green and Wooster, 7 p.m., Jim Schalmo Field […]

West Side News & Notes

Summit County Animal Control now accepting volunteer applications GREATER AKRON — Summit County Animal Control is now accepting applications for its new volunteer program. According to the facility website: “This Department will provide compassionate care for impounded animals and responsible enforcement of canine laws, thereby creating a safer and more desirable community for the citizens of Summit County.” Animal Control […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: Employees of a Manchester Road business reported Oct. 18 a Youngstown man became irate when he was unable to cash a check at the business, yelled and pounded on a plastic partition and left before Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived. Deputies responded to a Bender Avenue location Oct. 18 after a woman reported the father of her child […]

Granger trustee appreciates support

I want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Granger Township for your support in reelecting me as your township trustee. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve Granger Township as a trustee for the past 12 years. I look forward to working with the current board of elected officials to tackle the township’s challenges […]

City seeking federal funds for trail project

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin City Council Nov. 3 authorized the application for federal Transportation Alternate Set Aside (TASA) funds through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) to construct a multipurpose trail on Vanderhoof Road connecting the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to Portage Lakes State Park. At the meeting, Mayor Paul Adamson said the city has been […]

Legacy of American veterans in workplace

Guest Editorial As our country emerges from the longest war in its history, the 4.5 million veterans who served during this period are poised to lead our workforce and the U.S. economy into the next decades. This group of talented Americans, known as the post-9/11 veterans, have channeled their talent, skills and leadership into post-military success, achieving higher labor participation […]

Springfield BOE OKs financial recovery plan

LAKEMORE — The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously to adopt the district’s five-year forecast during a special Nov. 4 meeting. The board voted 3-2 to support a required Financial Recovery Plan (FRP) due to the state by Nov. 14 in response to being placed in the state’s fiscal watch category Sept. 14. According to the forecast, […]

Parking Meters on Parade returning

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls Parking Meters on Parade contest will return to the downtown area for the holiday season. This program will offer decorated parking meters and free street parking with a two-hour limit. Families, businesses, organizations, community groups and others are invited to decorate a meter. Applications are due tomorrow, Nov. 12, and decorations must be installed […]

Norton Council approves tap-in rates for projects

NORTON — Norton City Council voted 4-2 to adopt two ordinances establishing annual increases for access to sanitary sewer and water services during its Nov. 8 meeting. Council members Charlotte Whipkey (at-large) and Paul Tousley (Ward 4) were the two dissenting votes, and Council member Dan Karant (Ward 3) was absent. “Every year that the people don’t tie in to […]

Granger officials discuss proposed subdivision

GRANGER — During the Granger Township Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 8, township officials discussed zoning issues related to a proposed subdivision. Nils Johnson, of Cunningham and Associates, reported he submitted a proposal for a subdivision to the Medina County Planning Department and then to township officials. He said the township ultimately recommended disapproval of the subdivision because it did […]

Church group visits holy statue

WINDSOR — On Oct. 7, friends and parishioners of St. Francis de Sales Church and Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, located in Coventry and Green, respectively, made a pilgrimage to the Servants of Mary Shrine in Windsor Township to see the world’s largest statue, at 50 feet, of Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to Queen of Heaven parishioner Liliana Shockey. […]

City of Akron public notice: Merriman Road closing between Monmouth Drive and Treaty Line Road for Ohio Edison improvement work

Akron, Ohio, November 10, 2021 — The City of Akron will be closing Merriman Road between Monmouth Drive and Treaty Line Road between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday beginning today, November 10, 2021 and continuing through the beginning of December. There will also be a closure at the Riverwoods Drive/Merriman intersection during this time […]