West Side Business News & Notes

Purity Wellness comes to Fairlawn FAIRLAWN — Purity Wellness has opened at 3075 Smith Road. According to co-owner Sarah Roeder, Purity Wellness offers highly individualized wellness plans for patients looking for a healthier lifestyle, as well as services such as lab testing, nutrition education, diet and lifestyle changes and stress management. Roeder is a registered nurse with a master’s in […]

Akron’s BioCEPT project now fully operational

MERRIMAN VALLEY — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and other city officials announced Jan. 13 the completion of the Biologically Chemically Enhanced Primary Treatment (BioCEPT) facility located in the Water Reclamation Facility (shown above) at 2460 Akron-Peninsula Road. The BioCEPT area is shown below. According to city officials, this project is one of the 26 major projects in the city’s consent […]

Green district continues new facilities discussion

GREEN — The Green Local Schools Board of Education took the next step Jan. 10 to a put a bond issue to pay for new facilities on the May 3 Primary ballot. The board approved a declaration of necessity to place the $67.8 million bond issue before voters. District Treasurer Eydie Snowberger said the Summit County Fiscal Office would determine […]

Newest Copley-Fairlawn school board member ready for work

COPLEY/FAIRLAWN — Newly elected Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education member Beth Hertz said that after 14 years as a parent leader in the district, she felt the time was right for a school board run last November. “My kids all went to Copley-Fairlawn Schools — my youngest graduated last year — and I was PTA president for a lot […]

Council fills two remaining vacancies

PENINSULA — Peninsula Village Council filled the two vacancies on Council at the Jan. 10 meeting. The vacancies were caused when incumbent Council members Mike Kaplan and Chris Weigand chose not to run for another term, with Council members Dan Schneider Sr. and George Haramis the only names on the November General Election ballot. That left two Council seats open […]

Sharon officials revisit senior home issue

SHARON — The Sharon Township Board of Trustees continued discussions regarding ongoing problems with the StoryPoint Senior Living facility on Medina Road Jan. 11. The discussions began after the Sharon Fire Department received multiple 911 calls from the retirement community regarding nonemergency situations. Trustee Brian Guccion explained that while StoryPoint personnel initially said the establishment had its own medical staff […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies Dec. 29 noticed a vehicle belonging to a Barberton woman who was wanted on a warrant in the parking lot of a Manchester Road motel. They knocked on the woman’s room door, and when she opened the door deputies noticed a substance she reportedly admitted was methamphetamine, as well as other contraband on the […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated the theft of a vehicle from a home in the 1200 block of Nome Avenue Jan. 6. The victim stated she might have left the keys in the vehicle. A Bellevue Avenue woman reported Jan. 6 her ex-boyfriend came to her home several times but she refused to let him in. She stated he returned, sat […]

Springfield trustees place levy on May ballot

Chief says replacing three levies with 7-mill continuous levy best option for department SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Township Board of Trustees Jan. 13 approved rescinding a resolution seeking the replacement of three existing tax levies for police operations and opting instead to proceed with placing a continuous tax levy before voters. The township had twice before asked the Summit County […]

West Side News & Notes

Draft Merriman Valley Master Plan available online AKRON/CUYAHOGA FALLS — The cities of Akron and Cuyahoga Falls have released a draft master plan for the Merriman Valley and Schumacher neighborhoods. According to city officials, the report, prepared by urban planning firm Farr Associates, is the result of months of work studying the area and gathering feedback from stakeholders about their […]

Lakemore Council swears in two returning members

LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village Council members Nicki Coontz and Jon Strittmatter were sworn in for another four-year term at the Jan. 18 meeting. Coontz and Strittmatter, who were absent from the Jan. 3 swearing-in proceedings, were administered their oath of office by Council President Laura Cochran, as Mayor Richard Cole was absent from the meeting due to illness. 
Coontz’ sister, […]

Charley seeking active buddy

BRUNSWICK — Charley is independent and friendly with people, dogs and cats. Give him an enclosed yard and he will entertain himself romping around, picking up sticks and dipping into any water (or mud) filled holes. He may wander off into the sunset if let loose in an unenclosed yard, as he loves adventures. Charley has been known to follow […]

District eyeing major buildings overhaul

COPLEY — The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education approved a $37,000 contract with Fanning/Howey Associates at the Jan. 11 board meeting for capital improvement planning services related to planned building renovations throughout the district next year. Superintendent Brian Poe said the scope of the project includes updating the Copley High School (CHS) stadium, including the entranceway, field house and […]

Highland board discusses face mask use

GRANGER — During the Highland Local Schools Board of Education organizational meeting Jan. 13, Dr. Norman Christopher was re-elected president and board member Chris Wolny was elected vice president, with Treasurer Neil Barnes administering the oath of office. Additionally, the board appointed Wolny to serve as the Ohio School Boards Association’s legislative liaison for 2022 and Christopher to serve as […]

West Side Education News & Notes

Woodridge BOE conducts routine business CUYAHOGA FALLS — During the Jan. 11 Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) organizational meeting, members elected Tammy Heffernan as president and David Lydic as vice president of the board for this year. Also, newly elected board member Scott Karlo was sworn in during the meeting, along with Heffernan and Lydic, who were re-elected […]

Copley shoots past Highland

COPLEY — The Copley High School boys basketball team defeated Highland High School 59-41 Jan. 14 at Copley High School. Highland jumped out to a 22-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Copley held Highland to only six points in the second quarter and two points in the third quarter while racking up their own points. Shown […]

Upcoming sporting events

Bowling • Monday, Jan. 24: Norton and Cloverleaf, 3:45 p.m., Charger Lanes • Tuesday, Jan. 25: Akron North and CVCA, 4 p.m., Stonehedge Entertainment Wrestling • Wednesday, Jan. 26: Copley at Norton, 6 p.m., Norton High School Swimming • Wednesday, Jan. 26: Highland at Copley, 5:30 p.m., Copley High School • Friday, Jan. 28: Tallmadge at CVCA, 6:30 p.m., The […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Dec. 26, 2021, to Jan. 1, 2022: Tyler David Abbott, Akron, 24, died Dec. 19, 2021 Donald A. Achberger, Barberton, 45, died Dec. 14, 2021 Lois Marie Allen, Green, 93, died Dec. 21, 2021 Larry Hugo Allshouse, Akron, 83, died Dec. 22, 2021 James Michael Almer, Akron, […]

South Side Education News & Notes

Manchester BOE conducts routine business NEW FRANKLIN — During the Jan. 11 Manchester Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) organizational meeting, members elected Joe Hercules as president and Cindy McDonald as vice president of the board for this year. In the regular BOE meeting that followed, the board approved routine items that included two personnel items, 10 policy updates and […]

Trustees hear about sewer line cost estimates

BOSTON — Members of the Boston Township Board of Trustees heard the latest on potential economic development at the board’s Jan. 12 meeting. Trustee Bill Clifton said the estimated cost to put a sewer line in the Boston-Cuyahoga Falls Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) has increased from $1.2 million to $1.6 million. JEDD officials have explored putting water and sewer […]

Bonded beagles need new home, loving cat also seeking family

SHARON — The bonded pair Buddy, a 5-year-old beagle mix, and Lucy, a 7-year-old beagle, both shown at right from left, had their world turned upside down when their owner died. Lucy’s neck was rubbed raw from a shock collar, but it is now fully healed. This sweet pair loves to cuddle with their people, take walks and enjoy being […]

Littermates Gabe, Tanner hoping to find loving homes

GREATER AKRON — Gabe and Tanner are 6-month-old littermates that came from a puppy mill. Gabe, shown above, is shy and fearful, and his perfect home would have someone who can be patient and continue to work with him. He will require another dog and a conventional fence. Tanner, shown above right, is a joyful golden, full of life and […]

Schulte named Copley trustees chairperson

Plus, fire department reports record call volume in 2021 COPLEY — The Copley Township Board of Trustees appointed 2022 board chairpersons and committee assignments at the first meeting of the year Jan. 10. Trustee Jim Schulte was elected 2022 board chairperson and Trustee Scott Dressler vice-chair. Schulte also was appointed trustee representative to the Southwest Summit Council of Governments (SWSCOG) […]

South Side News & Notes

Green CAB now offering electric vehicle charging GREEN — Four new electric vehicle-charging stations have been installed at the City of Green Central Administration Building (CAB), located at 1755 Town Park Blvd. According to city officials, each station is a level 2 charger with the ability to provide up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge. The universal […]

Sam Ray returns to village council

LAKEMORE — Serving on Lakemore Village Council again “feels like coming home,” according to newly elected Councilman Sam Ray, who grew up in the village. Ray won 270 votes, behind incumbents Laura Cochran’s 277 votes and Nicki Coontz’ 283 votes, in the November General Election. Ray unseated incumbent Tracy Douglas, who got 138 votes. The 2008 Springfield High School graduate […]

Seneca likes quiet comforts

WEST AKRON — Seneca, a 4-year-old, 39-pound German shepherd mix, is a sweet, quiet girl who prefers small circles, as she is an introvert. She is not fond of the cold and prefers a warm and deep dog bed in front of a fireplace. She had a litter of puppies last year but is now ready for a loving home […]



Coventry trustees sworn in for new terms

COVENTRY — Re-elected Trustees Edward Diebold and Jeff Houck, along with newly appointed Fiscal Officer David Gissinger, were sworn in to office by Barberton Municipal Court Judge Todd McKenney Jan. 13. Diebold and Houck both successfully defended their seats in the Nov. 2 General Election. Diebold is currently in his third term in office and Houck begins his first full […]

West Akron poodle, owner win trick competition

WEST AKRON — Eli, a 6-year-old miniature poodle and his West Akron owner, Leslie Gelesh, have won the 2021 American Kennel Club (AKC) Trick Dog Competition. For this third annual competition, a virtual event open to Elite Performers — AKC’s highest level of trick dogs — included 143 competitors from 31 states, Canada and Turkey who submitted videos of performances […]