ODOT District 3 (Medina County) Weekly Construction Report

Week of May 2, 2022 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, April 28, 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 […]

South Side News & Notes

Green Drug Task Force, faith community hosting Crisis Awareness Sunday GREEN/SPRINGFIELD — The City of Green’s Drug Task Force has partnered with the area faith community to present Crisis Awareness Sunday May 1. According to city officials, the day is designed to raise awareness about substance abuse disorders, offer hope to those suffering from them, destigmatize addiction and to help […]

Girl Scout Gold Star project focuses on traffic stop safety

GREEN — When Katie Brown saw flashing lights come up behind her last March, the young driver immediately pulled over, even though she knew she had not disobeyed any traffic laws. “Since it was my first time being pulled over, I did not know what to expect,” said Brown, 18. “My mom said she also would have pulled over.” When […]

Council refers housing project back to PZC

GREEN — A proposed planned development housing project at the northeast corner of Greensburg Road and Winning Way is going back to the Green Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) for further consideration. During the April 26 Green City Council meeting, a public hearing was held to change the zoning classification of approximately 30.5 acres of land at the northeast corner […]

West Side News & Notes

Summer Youth Employment Program registration underway SUMMIT COUNTY — Registration is now open for the Summit County Summer Youth Employment Program. The program is for youth ages 16-23 as of June 1 who are part of families using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds or services. TANF families have household incomes not exceeding 200 percent of the federal poverty […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies questioned the occupants of a vehicle on East Pace Avenue April 10, arrested a Munroe Falls man on a warrant for telecommunication harassment and took him to the Summit County Jail. Employees of a Manchester Road business reported April 10 a man filled a basket with $100 in merchandise and left without paying for […]

County adding security cameras in Akron

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County officials are hoping to reduce crime in one Downtown Akron neighborhood by installing security cameras that will monitor the area for suspicious activity. During Summit County Council’s April 25 meeting, members passed on first reading a resolution to advertise for bids for the Public Safety Monitoring project designed to address criminal activity in an area […]

Akron dedicating park to honor Rich Swirsky

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Former Akron City Council member Rich Swirsky (D-Ward 1) will soon be honored with a park in the Highland Square neighborhood to be named after him. During the April 25 Akron City Council meeting, members approved a resolution urging Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan to rename Highland Triangle Park, located at 77 N. Highland Ave., in honor of […]

KAB Daffodil Tour features seven area gardens

GREATER AKRON — Keep Akron Beautiful’s (KAB) Daffodil Tour is in peak bloom and ready for visitors, according to KAB officials. Last fall, KAB’s Flowerscape crew planted approximately 8,000 bulbs of 18 varieties at seven gardens across the city to create a flower trail that will be added to over the next three to five years, noted KAB officials. Daffodils […]

‘Journey of a Comet’ unveiled at BOE meeting

COVENTRY — Coventry Local Schools officials have released the Journey of a Comet image, which depicts skills and attributes designed to empower all students to reach for success now and in the future. Superintendent George Fisk and other district officials presented the image during the April 20 Coventry Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The image features the Coventry […]

Highland official briefly addresses teacher’s arrest

GRANGER — In a short regular session of the Highland Local Schools Board of Education meeting April 25, district officials had little to say about a teacher’s arrest last week. According to the Medina Municipal Court website, Highland High School teacher Kyle Brooks, 55, of West Akron, was arrested by Medina County Sheriff’s Office deputies April 21 at the high […]

APS breaks ground on new Buchtel field

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education announced April 25 the Cleveland Browns are constructing a new football field at Buchtel Community Learning Center (CLC). Earlier that day, Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack and several board members participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new field, which was also attended by Haslam Sports Group Executive Vice President/Partner J.W. […]

Kiwanis Club’s annual flower sale coming up

COPLEY — The Copley-Fairlawn Kiwanis Club’s annual spring flower sale will be offered May 5-6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a tent behind the Copley Methodist Church at 1518 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Len Shetler, chairman of the annual fundraising event, said a wide variety of flowers would be available […]

Woodridge board approves changes to virtual academy

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Woodridge Local School district is making some changes to the Woodridge Virtual Academy for 2022-23. During the April 19 Woodridge Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Walter Davis stated there are approximately 80 students in the virtual academy this year. He added district officials have learned the academy works best for older students, as younger students need […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated damage to or theft from motor vehicles April 16 in the 800 block of Stadleman Avenue; April 19 in the 1300 blocks of Nome Avenue and Vernon Odom Boulevard; April 20 in the 800 block of Diagonal Road; April 21 in the 1300 block of Orlando Avenue; April 23 in the 1-100 block of Rhodes Avenue; […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of March 13-19, 2022 (continued from last week): Fannie L. Tolbert, Akron, 83, died March 13, 2022 Barbara J. Tomlinson, Munroe Falls, 95, died March 12, 2022 Willie D. Tonkin, Stow, 85, died March 13, 2022 Garrett Lamar Troyer, Fresno, 11 months, died March 16, 2022 Phillip Ungar, […]

Annual Prom on the Pitch to benefit area nonprofits

COPLEY — The Akron Women’s Rugby Team will present its 15th annual Prom on the Pitch May 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Akron Rugby Pitch, located at 1763 Wadsworth Road. Akron Rugby Football Club, founded in 1971, offers competitive events for men and women. New players and spectators are welcome to join, with or without prior […]

Richfield Council approves income tax agreement

RICHFIELD — Richfield Village Council approved an Income Tax Job Creation Incentive Grant Agreement with AGRANA USA April 19 after a brief executive session. Council voted 6-0, with Councilman Ralph Waszak Sr. absent, on the grant agreement, which will offer a 15 percent income tax rebate collected on the company’s estimated $9.3 million payroll for 10 years. An ordinance declaring […]

Development city’s top issue, say new Council members

NEW FRANKLIN — New at-large New Franklin City Council members Kevin Powell and Jack Daniels both believe running the city like a business is key to its success. Powell said making an impact in one’s community first requires leaving the sidelines. “I fully believe if you want to see a change, you need to be willing to get involved in […]

Bath trustees hire new police officer

BATH — The Bath Township Board of Trustees approved hiring a new full-time police officer and addressed other employee matters April 25. Police Chief Vito Sinopoli introduced officer Matthew Deep following trustees’ approval of his hiring and his swearing in by Trustee Elaina Goodrich as family, friends and other officers watched. “It’s always exciting to get great candidates who bring […]

Upcoming sporting events

Baseball • Monday, May 2: Streetsboro at Woodridge, 5 p.m., Woodridge Baseball Field • Monday, May 2: Manchester at CVCA, 5 p.m., CVCA Baseball Field • Tuesday, May 3: Buchtel at Firestone, 5 p.m., Firestone CLC • Tuesday, May 3: Cloverleaf at Norton, 5 p.m., Norton High School • Tuesday, May 3: Field at Coventry, 5 p.m., Logan Baseball Field […]

Woodridge, Coventry, Streetsboro compete in track meet

STREETSBORO — Woodridge, Coventry and Streetsboro high schools competed in a track and field meet April 21 at Streetsboro High School with Woodridge coming in first place in both the boys and girls events and Coventry coming in third. Shown at near right, Woodridge junior Anna Rorrer grimaces as she lands while completing her long jump attempt. Pictured at far […]

Copley-Fairlawn district commits to diversity, inclusion

COPLEY — The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education April 19 approved a resolution condemning racism and affirming the district’s commitment to an inclusive school environment. Board President Paul Cevasco said the district has continually made efforts to address racism, including the formation of its diversity advisory group, and the new resolution formalizes that commitment. That resolution states in parts: […]



Council to review nuisance property regulations

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin City Council is considering ways the city can better regulate nuisance properties following comments from a Valley Crest Drive resident at Council’s April 20 meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Margaret Grigsby asked if the city could assist in the cleanup of 586 Valley Crest Drive, which she said has become a […]

Green board approves routine matters

GREEN — The Green Local Schools Board of Education approved a number of routine business items April 25. Those items included the purchase of security camera software for a cost of $21,469, which Superintendent Jeffrey Miller said was paid for with an Ohio Attorney General’s school safety grant. “We are trying to extend taxpayers’ dollars and keeping the [existing] security […]

Lock 3 summer concerts return May 27

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Lock 3’s Rock the Lock summer concert series, presented by the City of Akron and 97.5 WONE, will offer a variety of tribute bands May 27 to Sept. 2 on the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Stage in the park, located at 200 S. Main St. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the concerts, which are free […]

Revere school board OKs union contracts

BATH — The Revere Board of Education April 19 approved new three-year contracts with the Revere Education Association (REA) and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE). The new contracts, for the 2022-25 school years, will change pay schedules from 26 biweekly payments annually to 24 bimonthly payments and add Juneteenth (observed June 19) as a paid holiday. According […]

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Area event advisory: Dreams Academy to host former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick April 29

Dreams Academy Event Features Special Guest Speaker: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Dreams Academy announced Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be the featured speaker Friday, April 29, 2022, at 12 PM at the City of Joy Event Center, 610 W. Exchange St., in Akron, Ohio. Mayor Kilpatrick is known for rising to high political ranks and becoming the youngest mayor of […]

Area event advisory: Veterans Service Commission of Summit County to host free Job Fair April 28

Summit County VSC Hosts Free Job Fair & Welcomes Local Veteran Community Looking for Employment Late April Job Fair Held in Partnership with Volunteers of America to Help Provide Veterans with Employment Opportunities & Career Coaching Akron, Ohio – The Veterans Service Commission of Summit County (VSC) will host a free Job Fair Thursday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to […]

ODOT District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction project advisory:

Summit County – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County next week. All scheduled work is weather permitting. 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. CONTINUING IMPACTS – The following lane restrictions […]

ODOT advisory: Upcoming State Route 162 closure

MEDINA COUNTY (Monday, April 25, 2022) State Route 162 just east of Highland Green Drive, between SR 3 and SR 57, will close Monday, May 2 for a culvert replacement. The detour route for eastbound motorists will be SR 162 to SR 3, north on SR 3 to SR 18, east on SR 18 to SR 57, south on SR […]

District 3 (Medina County) Weekly Construction Report

Week of April 25, 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. NEW IMPACTS Crews […]