ODOT District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction update:

WEEK OF JUNE 13 AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, June 9, 2022) – 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., and […]

ODOT District 3 (Medina County) weekly construction report

Week of June 13, 2022 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, June 9, 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 […]

Ornamental plants: the more the merrier

If you love ornamental plants, you’ll love perennials. When you combine several kinds of perennials, you can have a beautiful garden all year long — from flowers to foliage. You also get a bonus: butterflies and birds. Mix and match Perennials make your garden pretty as a picture, even during the winter months. It starts off every spring with the […]

Springfield arts programs ‘critical’ to students

Music and art programs have proven success in boosting problem solving, strengthening hand-eye coordination, improved memory, enhanced language capabilities and building self-confidence in students, making them critical programs. Springfield Local School District is laying off arts and music program teachers Mrs. [Ashley] Fraley, Mrs. [Elizabeth] Crites and Mrs. [Lindsay] Scarano, who have been motivational and inspirational leaders. Teachers need strong […]



Fairlawn Council OKs Ridgewood Road rezoning

FAIRLAWN — Despite objections from residents who spoke at the June 6 Fairlawn City Council’s public hearing on the matter, Council passed an ordinance to rezone land on Ridgewood Road. The 8.27-acre property, located at 2859 and 2889 Ridgewood Road, will change from an R-1 Single Family Residence District to an R-6 Planned Multiple Dwelling Residence District, as recommended by […]

More Tudor House improvements planned

NEW FRANKLIN — The City of New Franklin has received $300,000 in state funding for improvements at the Tudor House, shown above from front and below from back, as one of 28 Summit County projects approved June 2 through state capital appropriations. The historic Tudor House mansion, located at 655 Latham Lane, was built in 1927 and now owned by […]

Lakemore Council passes late charge fees

LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village Council June 6 approved an ordinance that changes the late charge fees to be assessed for late payments of sewer/water bills received after the 18th of the month at 4:30 p.m. Officials stated a late charge of $25 collected will be dispersed as follows: into the Sewer Fund, $15; Water Fund, $5; and Trash Fund, $5 […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: An Akron woman reported May 22 that while she was driving on Interstate 77 she argued with her boyfriend, who was a front seat passenger, and he said he would kill them both and jerked the steering wheel, causing the car to crash into a culvert. She regained control of the vehicle and drove the Canton man home. Summit […]

West Side Business News & Notes

Crystal Clinic launches pain management services FAIRLAWN — Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center has opened Crystal Clinic Pain Management to provide a professional alternative to managing pain at its 3975 Embassy Parkway location. Center officials stated available treatments will include physical therapy, medication management and minimally invasive interventional procedures to reduce inflammation or decrease pain signals from nerve tissue, such as […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police responding May 29 to reports of shots fired in the 400 block of Zahn Drive recovered eight shell casings from a parking lot. No one in the area reported seeing anyone in the vicinity and no structures were hit by gunfire. Also on May 29, police responded to an East Avenue residence where a man regained consciousness […]

Granger trustees OK cemetery signs purchase

GRANGER — The Granger Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of cemetery signs at the May 31 meeting. The signs are being purchased from North Coast Sign and Lighting Services Inc. for Reid Hill, Ganyard, Coddingville and East Granger cemeteries at a total cost of $2,920. Sexton Roberta Gifford said the new signs would be placed in cemeteries that […]

Miller South art students celebrate new mural in style

AKRON — Visual art students at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts got the red carpet treatment during the recent unveiling of a new mural created with help from a professional artist. According to Miller South art teacher Malia Tschantz, the visual students partnered with Firestone Community Learning Center alumni Lizzi Aronhalt to paint an 88-foot mural […]

Medina County Park District eyeing upcoming projects

MEDINA — The Medina County Park District (MCPD) and its nonprofit partner, Friends of Medina County Parks Inc., will soon be the stewards of the “farm in the city” located on 17 acres at 4092 Medina Road next to Medina Hospital. An aerial view of the property is shown above. Park officials stated the property consists of three houses, including […]

Growing veggies without access to a garden

Q: I’d like to grow my own fruits and vegetables so that I can increase my access to fresh, healthy foods. But I live in an apartment and don’t have access to a garden or patio. Any tips on what I can do? A: First, I want to commend you on seeking innovative ways to add more produce to your […]

Akron Rotary awards scholarships

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Rotary Club awarded scholarships to Akron Public School (APS) students in various career pathways during a recent dinner reception at The University of Akron School of Business, with keynote speaker Rachel Tecca, APS assistant superintendent/chief of leadership and learning. According to club officials, 56 APS students applied for a $1,000 scholarship, 40 were interviewed and […]

Highland students sign letters of intent

GRANGER — During a signing day program May 11 at Highland High School, 11 student-athletes were recognized for recently committing to attend and play sports for their chosen college. The students, their sport and chosen college, shown above, from left, are: (back row) Corey Haney, wrestling, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Griffin Albright, baseball, University of Mount Union; Baily Tessena, gymnastics, […]

Congo missions organizer grateful for support

[An open letter to] Friends and Family: I will like to thank everyone who has been supporting us in prayers and financials to make this happen. It has been three years since the time St. Joseph Community Hospital of BOMA open its doors and many people have been helped. Especially with our free maternity service to overcome the existing shameful […]

Dzeba, Gulotta married

Kristina Dzeba and Steven Gulotta were married April 9, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in South Akron with the Rev. Frank Godic officiating. Caroline Zrinka Dzeba served as maid of honor, and the bridesmaids included Caitlin Rickus, Taylor Farmer, Victoria Koke and Brenna Gulotta. William Ramsey served as best man and the groomsmen were Harrison Krieger, Maxwell Krieger, […]

Scout updates church shrine

GREEN — Jack Cole, a Queen of Heaven Catholic Church parishioner, altar server and member of Boy Scout Troop 334, has refurbished Chapel in the Woods, a 2007 Eagle Scout Project, and updated it as the Divine Mercy Shrine in the Woods for his Eagle Scout project. Located behind the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, it is a quarter-moon concrete walkway […]

Akron man saved by belt

AKRON — Shown above from left are Ohio State Highway Patrol Akron Post Commander Lt. Jon Ganley, Akron resident Allen Summers and Trooper Bounthan Saengsiphanh. Summers recently received a “Saved by the Belt” certificate, which is presented to those who have benefited from their decision to wear a safety belt. He also received a “Saved by the Belt” license plate […]

Mud Run Clubhouse named Ray Kapper Clubhouse

WEST AKRON — First Tee — Greater Akron, in partnership with the City of Akron and Summit County, officially dedicated the Mud Run Golf Course & Driving Range Clubhouse, located at 2000 S. Hawkins Ave., in the name of Ray Kapper May 19. Shown above is new signage at Mud Run Clubhouse to honor Kapper. The dedication ceremony included members […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of April 10-16, 2022 (continued from last week): Marlene Mae Niebuhr, Akron, 87, died April 7, 2022 George Ronald Palmer, Cuyahoga Falls, 87, died April 8, 2022 Allen K. Perry, New Franklin, 82, died April 8, 2022 Jordan A. Piatt, Akron, 31, died April 7, 2022 Bartholomew John […]

‘Peter Pan’ on stage at the Civic

DOWNTOWN AKRON — All-City Musical will perform “Peter Pan: The Musical” June 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and June 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. All-City Musical presentations feature high school students. Shown above are “Hook,” played by Emelia Aceto, and “Peter Pan,” played by Megan Archer. Tickets are $25, $20 and $15 and […]

Master Gardeners’ Tour of Gardens set for June 25

GREATER AKRON — The Summit County Master Gardeners’ annual Tour of Gardens will showcase six outstanding and unusual local gardens June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to organizers. Check-in will take place in the parking lot at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 1361 W. Market St. in West Akron, with visitors receiving a map of the […]

License plate cameras approved for Akron

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Additional cameras are coming to the City of Akron in an effort Akron Police Department (APD) officials hope will assist with crime. During the June 6 Akron City Council meeting, Council members approved a contract with Flock Group Inc. for the purchase of equipment, hardware and software services for license plate reader technology. According to the legislation, […]

South Side News & Notes

Green recycling events planned GREEN — The City of Green will host several recycling events for residents at the City Highway Building entrance, 5383 Massillon Road. These events, with a full list of accepted materials listed at cityofgreen.com/recycle, include: • Household Hazardous Waste Recycling, June 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, for Green residents only, with proof of residency required. […]

West Side News & Notes

Officials to present on ARPA broadband investment plan FAIRLAWN — Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro will provide details on the county’s plan to use federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to build a high-speed broadband public safety network during a live stream presentation set for tomorrow, June 10, at 10 a.m. via the executive’s Facebook page. Summit County Council […]

Eviction Summit results in programs to help residents

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Two programs and several ideas to help those facing eviction were presented to Summit County Council June 6. Steve McGarrity and Maria Duvuvuei, of Community Legal Aid, told Council the ideas were developed as a collaborative response to the April 28 Eviction Prevention Summit, which focused on the eviction pandemic that has “plagued Summit County for decades.” […]

New Franklin Council moves forward on resurfacing project

NEW FRANKLIN — In anticipation of an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project to completely resurface South Cleveland-Massillon Road from Grill Road to Eastern Road in 2023 and 2024, New Franklin City Council approved legislation June 1 granting ODOT permission to complete the project. “We are qualified for ODOT funds on state highways, although unfortunately we don’t have many in […]

Let’s Move draws walkers, bikers

SOUTH AKRON — Summit County Council member Veronica Sims (D-District 5) hosted the Let’s Move Summit County Bike & Hike event at Summit Lake Community Center May 21. Event organizers stated more than 100 preregistered bike riders and 150 walkers participated, and volunteers included Summit County Council President Elizabeth Walters (D-at large), Gloria Rodgers (R-District 3) and Jeff Wilhite (D-District […]

Green woman celebrates century

GREEN — Maida White recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at the Retirement Residence of Green on Town Crossing Boulevard. White is pictured above at center with her daughter, Kay Becker, and Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer, who presented her with a proclamation to mark the milestone.

Fairlawn City Women’s Club awards scholarships

COPLEY — Fairlawn City Women’s Club presented $1,000 scholarships to these Copley High School graduating seniors, pictured at right, from left: Kushi Patel, Sandra Owusu and Amelia Hermes, standing next to Club President Carol Brockenbrough, as well as Luke Conwi and Ava Porterfield. Also receiving a scholarship but not pictured is Jaci Moses. Two of the scholarships awarded were given […]

Bath gets state grant for North Fork Preserve Park

BATH — Bath Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli announced at the June 6 Board of Trustees meeting Bath has been awarded a State Capital Budget grant of $120,000. Sinopoli said the grant would support improvements at the North Fork Preserve of Bath, located at 4400 Everett Road. He said the grant proposal, which was written by trustee president Elaina Goodrich, received […]

Akron Police provide update on 17-year-old’s homicide

Akron Police Department release: In the days since the untimely death of 17-year-old Ethan Liming on June 2, 2022, detectives have worked around the clock in a collaborative effort to identify and locate the persons responsible for this senseless tragedy. During the early stages of the investigation, detectives conducted numerous interviews and obtained and evaluated scores or related evidence. Investigators […]