ODOT District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction update:

WEEK OF APRIL 18 AKRON, Ohio – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County this week. All outlined work is weather permitting. I-76/I-77 Akron Beltway Reconstruction 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 […]

ODOT District 3 (Medina County) Weekly Construction Report

Week of April 18, 2022 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, April 14, 2022) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Medina County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. State Route 18 major reconstruction – State Route 18, from just west of Alber Drive to Nettleton Road, will have single lane closures as crews widen and reconstruct […]

Fans watch RubberDucks win home opener

DOWNTOWN AKRON — A few hours before the Akron RubberDucks took on Reading in the Ducks’ April 12 home opener, John Rasinski was outside Canal Park entertaining early arriving fans with his sax playing. Rasinski has been a fan of Akron’s minor league club for 17 years and has been playing the saxophone at games for the last four. He […]

Police News & Notes

Campaign to help survivors of sexual assault underway GREATER AKRON — Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh is relaunching the “Start By Believing” campaign. Created by the group End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), the Start By Believing global campaign is designed to end the cycle of silence and change the way society responds to sexual assault. The public awareness […]

Woodridge officials reveal coming athletic upgrades

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Improvements are coming to several athletic facilities in the Woodridge Local Schools district. At a special Woodridge Board of Education meeting April 5, Superintendent Walter Davis shared a report on several upcoming facility projects. The first includes installing FieldTurf and making other improvements at Woodridge High School Stadium/Lahoski Field, with construction to begin when this season ends. […]

Tour celebrating Fairlawn Heights’ 100th year

WEST AKRON — Residents of Fairlawn Heights are opening their homes for public tours June 12 as part of the neighborhood’s Centennial Celebration of Homes. The event, running from 1 to 5 p.m., invites visitors for self-guided interior tours of five Fairlawn Heights homes, as well as the grounds of three additional homes and gardens, with the site accessible off […]

APS leaders approve school repairs

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education adopted a resolution authorizing nearly $2.5 million in emergency school repairs and replacements April 11. Officials stated this next phase of capital improvements includes projects at the former Essex Elementary School, 1160 Winhurst Drive in Northwest Akron, and Stewart Primary School, 1199 Vernon Odom Blvd. in West Akron, and […]

Upcoming sporting events

Baseball • Tuesday, April 19: Norton at Woodridge, 5 p.m., Woodridge High School • Tuesday, April 19: Padua at Hoban, 5 p.m., Hoban High School • Tuesday, April 19: St. Edward at Walsh Jesuit, 5 p.m., Walsh Jesuit High School • Wednesday, April 20: Highland at Copley, 5 p.m., Copley High School • Thursday, April 21: Firestone at CVCA, 5 […]

Highland athletes sign letters of intent

GRANGER — Five Highland High School senior student-athletes signed letters of intent Feb. 16 to attend and play sports at their chosen colleges. According to district officials, each student received a full or partial academic and/or athletic scholarship. The students, shown above from left, and their schools are: Derek Evans, Lake Erie College; Alessandra Goyette, Walsh University; Emily Keeling, Ashland […]

Former DD Board site sale finalized

BATH — Summit County officials have finalized the sale of a former Summit County Development Disabilities (DD) Board location at 340 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, pictured above, for $900,000. According to county officials, the property was purchased by TKM Global Technologies LLC, with proceeds to go to the DD Board as compensation for improvements and investments made to the property. Legislation […]

Open enrollment, salaries discussed at Norton board meeting

NORTON — The Norton City Schools Board of Education discussed staff pay and open enrollment April 11. Resident Aaron Burnette spoke on concerns about the influx of open-enrollment students, stating that over 30 percent of students in the district are open-enrolled. He added he believes open-enrollment students are causing problems that include bad behavior, which is leading to resident students […]

Spring success for lawns, gardens

(BPT) — Americans have spent the past year getting very familiar with their homes and gardens. That’s left owners and renters alike primed to tackle this year’s spring do-it-yourself projects with newfound enthusiasm and expertise. Fortunately, with the right equipment and a little tenacity, just about anyone can create a spectacular yard. It’s time to seize the season with these […]

Seats in place for RubberDucks anniversary season

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Not long after its 2021 season ended, the Akron RubberDucks posted a photo on social media of a gutted Canal Park. Above it was the caption “BREAKING NEWS! Canal Park will be a B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Seat) ballpark in 2022.” If you have attended one of the Ducks’ early season games, you are aware there is […]

Green Council approves paving contract

GREEN — Resurfacing of several streets in the City of Green is expected to begin in mid-May. During the April 12 Green City Council meeting, members approved an approximately $1.8 million contract with Northstar Asphalt Inc. for this year’s resurfacing program. Roads scheduled for work include Christman Road from Mount Pleasant to East Comet roads, Meyersville Road from state Route […]

New Franklin purchases new fire alarm system

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin City Council approved April 6 the $52,000 purchase of a fire station alarm system from Bryx Inc. to be used at the city’s two fire stations. Fire Chief Steve Leslie explained that voice-to-text technology will allow the new system to route 911 calls to responders in real time, eliminating the need for dispatchers to key […]

Top summer bulb bloomers

Do you want summer bloomers in your garden? One way to do that is to plant richly flowering summer bulbs. Planting in the spring results in a sea of flowers in the summer months. Summer bulbs are bulbs that cannot withstand freezing temperatures. That is why they are planted in the garden in the spring as soon as the risk […]

South Side News & Notes

Great Eight Race Series kicks off May 7 GREEN — The City of Green’s Great Eight Race Series this year runs May 7 to Nov. 24. The Great Eight Race Series includes eight 5K races in Green that benefit local nonprofit organizations. The series begins with the Green Schools Foundation’s “Run for Education” May 7, an evening glow-themed race at […]

Summit County Council supports Ukraine

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council took a stand against the Feb. 24 Russian invasion of Ukraine during its April 11 meeting. Council passed a resolution condemning the invasion, denouncing Russia’s aggression against the sovereign nation, supporting Ukraine and the Ukrainian people and encouraging the U.S. and its partners to continue to provide arms and assistance to Ukraine and to […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated thefts from motor vehicles April 1 in the 800 block of Cordova Avenue, April 4 in the 1600 block of Treetop Trail and April 5 in the 1-100 block of Glendora Avenue. Following a traffic stop on Diagonal Road April 1, police arrested a man for driving under suspension and possession of cocaine. A Horizon Drive […]

Green Adopt-a-Spot program returning

GREEN — The City of Green Adopt-a-Spot program, a volunteer program designed to enhance specific areas in city parks, is accepting applications from local groups, families and residents who want to plant and care for flowers in chosen park areas. The program provides flowers and offers stewards the resources to water and weed the planting site during the growing season, […]

Bloom hikes offered at RHP

RICHFIELD — The Friends of Richfield Heritage Preserve is offering a self-guided hike to help visitors enjoy spring flowers in bloom in April and May at the Richfield Heritage Preserve (RHP), 4374 Broadview Road. The hike is a 2-mile loop trail that starts just south of The Lodge and follows the Buckeye Trail through one of the most scenic sections […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Feb. 27 through March 5, 2022 (continued from last week): Beverly M. Scott, Akron, 88, died Feb. 25, 2022 Lorraine Jesse Shaw, Akron, 98, died Feb. 22, 2022 Edward R. Sheeler, Massillon, 75, died Feb. 26, 2022 Diana Lyn Shew, Tallmadge, 66, died Feb. 19, 2022 Robert […]

Patrick Burch newest Norton school board member

NORTON — Patrick Burch, the newest Norton Local Schools Board of Education member, graduated from Newbury High School in 2007 and then earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from The University of Akron. While in college he met his wife, Courtney, whom he married in 2013, after they both graduated, and they have lived in Norton since 2014. […]

Norton Council member questions towing costs

NORTON — During financial reports at Norton City Council’s meeting April 11, Charlotte Whipkey (at-large) asked for an explanation regarding payments made to Hooker’s All Ohio Recovery LLC. In December, the city switched from using Jeffrey’s Towing Inc. for towing and impound needs to Hooker’s. According to Whipkey, roughly $17,000 has been paid to the Barberton-based towing company in the […]

Akron City Council hears details of historic designation

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The former John S. Knight House, located on South Portage Path, will soon have a historic designation. During the April 11 Akron City Council meeting, members discussed legislation to approve the house as a historic landmark. Built in 1921, the house was the home of former longtime Akron Beacon Journal Editor and Publisher John S. Knight and […]

Bath trustees OK expanded Montrose sidewalk project

BATH — The Bath Township Board of Trustees approved the expansion of the Montrose sidewalk project at the board’s April 11 meeting. Two cooperative agreements with Summit County were approved to enable the sidewalk project to continue into second and third phases. The first phase, completed in 2019, built a new sidewalk along the north side of state Route 18 […]

Richfield trustees OK insurance renewal

RICHFIELD — The Richfield Township Board of Trustees approved the annual renewal of the township’s insurance policies April 7. The insurance renewals include the township’s auto, inland marine, crime, property, general liability and public officials’ insurance policies with Wichert Insurance for a total cost of $24,428. Administrator Mindy Lott said the cost includes an increase of about $300 from the […]

West Side News & Notes

ODOT projects to begin in Medina County MEDINA COUNTY — The Ohio Department of Transportation announced upcoming construction projects for District 3, which includes Medina County, are underway, with some continuing and new ones to start soon. These projects include the following, with traffic to be maintained in all: • the rehabilitation of state Route (SR) 18 from just west […]

Comments sought on trail plan

DOWNTOWN AKRON — City of Akron officials are accepting public comments regarding the planned Rubber City Heritage Trail until May 7. The Rubber City Heritage Trail is a proposed multi-use trail linking East Akron, Middlebury, The University of Akron, South Akron, Firestone Park and Kenmore via an abandoned rail line. The trail alignment follows 6 miles of the former ABC […]

Richfield road project stalls

RICHFIELD — Richfield Village Council was unsuccessful in passing legislation at the April 5 meeting that would have permitted the solicitation of bids for a road project. The proposed resolution would have allowed officials to solicit bids for a project that would extend Grant Street and improve access to the Richfield Branch Library, as well as construct new public parking […]

Summit Missions helping Ukraine

GREEN — A faith-based nonprofit mission headquartered in Green is providing aid to Ukrainians impacted by the conflict in their country. Organization officials stated Summit Missions International has partnered with churches and Christian leaders to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people dwelling in Europe’s poorest regions since 1994. When the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine began to unfold after […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A Magua Drive man reported March 31 he went to West Minor Avenue residence to provide an estimate for services and the homeowner’s dog bit him on both arms. Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies spoke to the dog owner, who provided the dog’s vaccination record. The resident was cited for failure to control his dog. A Ronald Avenue man […]

Falls Downtown Fridays series restarts in June

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Falls Downtown Fridays summer entertainment series will return to Downtown Cuyahoga Falls June 17 to Aug. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays. The series is being presented by the city, Western Reserve Hospital, Pilot Plastics and Clear Gold Audio. Falls Downtown Fridays will highlight local entertainers and vendors in celebration of the arts community […]

West Side Business News & Notes

Camella Living opens in Copley COPLEY — Camella Living, an assisted living home specializing in neurodegenerative brain changes, has opened at 416 Silver Ridge Drive. Owners April and Brian Daniska stated the facility has 11 bedrooms with private baths, a communal kitchen and dining room and secured outdoor patios. The home is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and its caregivers are […]

West Akron man grateful for Copley police help

I wanted to write this thank you letter to the Copley Police Department. I really appreciate all the help that officer Jeff Harris, his partner and all the other patrolmen who came together to help solve a crime that I was a victim of. I was trying clothes on in the men’s dressing room at JC Penney when a man, […]



Peninsula Village Council changes meeting dates

PENINSULA — Peninsula Village Council approved April 11 moving the date of its regular monthly meetings from the second Monday of each month to the second Tuesday. Council voted 5-1, with Councilman Rich Fisher Jr. voting against the change, which takes effect with the May meeting. Meetings will now be one day later than they usually are, except for meetings […]

Springfield Schools seeks levy passage

Voters will see 3.9-mill operating levy on May 3 ballot LAKEMORE/SPRINGFIELD — Voters in Lakemore and Springfield will be asked to weigh in on Issue 4, the Springfield Local Schools’ 3.9-mill, 10-year operating levy, on the May 3 Primary Election ballot. According to district officials, if passed, Issue 4 would raise approximately $1.8 annually and cost the owner of a […]

Springfield Township police levy would replace three levies

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield voters will see a 7-mill continuous operating levy for the Springfield Township Police Department on the May 3 Primary Election ballot, which police officials say is a 1.6-mill reduction of the department’s current levy structure. If passed, Issue 20 would replace and make permanent three of the four police operating levies currently funding department operations, Police Chief […]

Summit County Sheriff’s Office advisory: Traffic crash in Green

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at approximately 3:35 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit Metro Crash Response Team investigated a crash in the City of Green. The crash occurred on Interstate 77 South near the Lauby Road exit. When the crash occurred, a 54 year old male from Barberton was driving a 2014 refuse truck south on […]

ODOT District 4 (Summit County) advisory: Akron Beltway ramp closures

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 Central Interchange. NEW IMPACT – On the following nights, the ramp from I-76 eastbound to I-77 southbound will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the LaFollette bridge demolition. The […]

Event cancellation advisory: Featured Speaker Erin Brockovich event postponed at Kent State University at Stark

Event previously scheduled April 13 to move to a later date  (JACKSON TOWNSHIP, April 12, 2022) – MEDIA ADVISORY: Featured Speaker Erin Brockovich will not speak Wednesday, April 13, as previously scheduled at Kent State University at Stark. The consumer advocate and environmental activist canceled her presentation Tuesday after experiencing complications from an outpatient medical procedure, according to Dylan Kirkpatrick, […]

ODOT District 3 (Medina County) weekly construction report

Weekly Construction Report Week of April 11, 2022 MEDINA COUNTY – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Medina County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. State Route 18 major reconstruction – State Route 18, from just west of Alber Drive to Nettleton Road, will have single lane closures as crews widen and reconstruct the roadway. […]

ODOT District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction update

SUMMIT COUNTY: Weekly Construction Update WEEK OF APRIL 11 AKRON, Ohio – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. I-76/I-77 Akron Beltway Reconstruction 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., […]