Akron Ward 4 meeting Aug. 2

AKRON — Akron City Council member Russel Neal (D-Ward 4) will host a meeting Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St. Police Chief Steve Mylett and Lt. Mike Miller will attend. Discussion will focus on healthy community relations. Also, Buchtel High School Principal LaCresia Beecher will share information on the Buchtel Community open […]

Copley Gold wins Community Baseball League championship game

COPLEY — The Copley Gold Community Baseball League won the F League championship game 9-6 July 9 against the Buckeyes, a community West Akron Baseball League (WABL) team. Throughout the season teams from Copley, Revere, Highland, Norton and WABL competed against each other. The Copley Gold team is shown at left from left: in the back row – coach Don […]

Local winners crowned at 84th Soap Box Derby

SOUTH AKRON — World champions were crowned July 23 at the 84th running of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs. According to derby officials, champions were crowned in the Local and Rally divisions, where they won $36,000 in scholarships from the Bill Speeg Memorial Scholarship Fund. The champions receive $3,000, while second place receives $2,000 and third […]

Norton Music Booster Golf Outing set for Aug. 21

CANAL FULTON — The Norton Music Booster Golf Outing will take place Aug. 21 beginning at noon at Lyon’s Den Golf Course, located at 6347 Manchester Ave. N.W. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 for a foursome and includes 18 holes of golf and a cart, food and snacks on the course and dinner. To register, call 330-825-7277 […]

Summit County earns awards

SUMMIT COUNTY — The National Association of Counties has awarded Summit County the Best in Category Award for Health for its Opioid Abatement Advisory Council’s (OAAC) collaborative work to abate the opioid epidemic, as well as an Achievement Award in the Community and Economic Development category for its Minority Contractor Capital Access Program (MCCAP) support for minority contractors. County officials […]

Rawlins Park renamed for city’s first mayor

NEW FRANKLIN — Rawlins Park, a 3.5-acre parcel of green space at the corner of Rawlins Avenue and Latham Lane, was officially renamed July 26 for the man who once saved it from becoming a commercially developed area. During a ceremony held at the park, a large boulder with the new name was unveiled to identify the area as Bollas […]

Green Council approves expanded sheriff contract

GREEN — The City of Green will add more services to the city’s contract with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office beginning in September. During the July 26 Green City Council meeting, members approved an amended contract with the sheriff’s office to add one more patrol car and a deputy for 40 hours per week, along with a K-9. Larry Brown, […]

Akron Council defers support for superintendent

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Following two meetings discussing a resolution expressing Council’s support for Akron Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack and urging the APS Board of Education to withdraw and revisit its remarks criticizing Fowler-Mack, Akron City Council members took time on the resolution July 25. The resolution was first introduced July 18 by Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Council President […]

West Side News & Notes

Akron’s State of the City Address postponed AKRON — The Akron State of the City address, originally scheduled for Aug. 17, at the John S. Knight Center, has been postponed, with a new date to be announced at a later time. Those who have purchased tickets will still able to use them for the rescheduled date, or request a refund […]

CVNP re-opens Canal Exploration Center

Exploring CVNP CVNP — Cuyahoga Valley National Park has reopened Canal Exploration Center, located adjacent to Lock 38 at 7104 Canal Road in Valley View. Canal Exploration Center is housed in a building that once served as a tavern and grocery for travelers along the Ohio & Erie Canal. When the canal opened in 1827, the U.S. was a young […]

Trustees place parks levy increase on ballot

COVENTRY — Voters in Coventry will see a 5-year, 0.5 mill replacement Parks and Recreation levy with a .25 mill increase on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot after the Board of Trustees approved placing the levy on the ballot during a special July 22 meeting. Administrator Anna Bryant said the current parks levy, passed in 2018, with collections beginning […]

Bath seeking input on services

BATH — Residents of Bath will soon have the opportunity to provide feedback on community services. At the Bath Board of Trustees’ meeting July 25, Administrator Vito Sinopoli announced that an online survey on community services will be available in the summer edition of the Bath Quarterly magazine coming out soon. Sinopoli said survey topics will include zoning regulations, housing […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of May 29 through June 4, 2022 
(continued from last week): George Elmer Sours, New Philadelphia, 82, died May 27, 2022 Giovanni Kwame Stanford, Unknown, 23, died May 26, 2022 Charles A. Stankivicz Jr., Twinsburg, 83, died May 29, 2022 Patricia Stanley, Tallmadge, 58, died April 21, 2022 […]

Copley-Fairlawn to place bond issue on ballot

COPLEY — The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education took the first step July 19 in placing a $50 million, 30-year bond issue before voters in the Nov. 8 General Election by approving a resolution that declares its necessity. “This is for the fiscal agent to tell us the millage required based on the interest rate,” district Treasurer John Wheadon […]

Copley man says “Twister” played on Jacoby Road

Standing back and observing the current events revolving around the proposed rezoning of a property on Jacoby Road brings to mind a contortionist at the County Fair. The subject property has issues, both natural and man-made. This property has been abused and mis-used over many years. There have been comments that to contest this rezoning is somehow depriving the owners […]


Lakemore OKs business matters

LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village Council July 18 approved items that included police business, fire department resignations and policy changes, as well as an application for infrastructure funding. In police department matters, Council amended the position of school resource officer to make it a full-time position. The officer will earn $21 per hour and be eligible for insurance after 60 days. […]

Last St. Mary High School class hosting 50th reunion

GREATER AKRON — The last graduating class of Akron’s St. Mary High School will celebrate a major milestone as they meet for its 50th reunion Aug. 20-21. Committee members stated that following the 1972 graduation of the all-girls class, many of the students chose to stay in the Akron area and have maintained friendships. “Our class was small, with 120 […]

Falls Council approves Front Street development

CUYAHOGA FALLS — A major revitalization project for South Front Street took a step forward as Cuyahoga Falls City Council approved the preliminary subdivision plat for a planned development July 25. At council’s July 18 committee meetings, Community Development Director Diana Colavecchio explained the $14 million project will consist of the construction of 50 three-story townhomes on the west side […]

Green DAR helps veterans

GREEN — Members of the Green Catherine Richards Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to preserving history, patriotism and education, volunteered at the July 16 Veterans’ Resource Fair at MAPS Museum. They collected and offered T-shirts, socks, McDonalds gift cards, playing cards, calendars and more to veterans at the event. Members also […]

Springfield High School busing returns

LAKEMORE — At a special July 16 Springfield Local Schools Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Shelly Monachino announced the district will extend bus routes to include picking up students in grades nine through 12 this school year. Previously, the districts had made cuts to save money and cut busing to minimum state guidelines, which allow for kindergarten through grade eight […]

Revere board approves facility naming rights policy

BATH — The Revere Local Schools Board of Education approved a policy on naming district facilities and grounds July 19. The policy states: “the Board of Education may name District facilities and grounds in recognition of accomplishments or positive contributions made to the District and/or community by a person(s) or entity, including financial contributions, and may physically display such name […]

Eagle Scout creates saints path

GREEN — Gabe O’Brien, a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s Troop 334, earned his Eagle Scout rank by creating the “Walk with the Saints” pathway at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, which sponsors the troop. O’Brien directed volunteers to construct and level posts, spread 15 wheelbarrows of fill dirt along the walkway, laid landscaping fabric, spread 10 tons […]

Council approves conditional certificate

RICHFIELD — Richfield Village Council approved a conditional zoning certificate for an office and showroom at 3791 Brecksville Road July 19. According to the legislation, the structure will be home to a new building for Meridan Construction. In minutes of a prior Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) meeting from the village’s website, the business is moving from Valley View. Owner […]

APS district faces more losses

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Members of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education once again began their July 25 meeting with a moment of silence held in memory of 14-year-old Toshaye Pope, who drowned July 23 at Melanie Lake in Uniontown as part of an outing with the Ellet Community Learning Center (CLC) football team. He was an incoming freshman […]

Copley 18-year-old designs MLB cleats

COPLEY — As they tuned into this year’s Major League Baseball (MLB) All Star Game July 19, one Copley family was paying close attention to a specific part of players’ uniforms — their cleats. Copley High School graduate Zach Heckendorn, 18, of Copley, was commissioned by Adidas to create custom All-Star Game shoes for a number of players this year, […]

ASGA’s iCan Bike Camp helps new riders

COPLEY — The Autism Society of Greater Akron’s ninth (ASGA) iCan Bike Camp, held recently at Copley High School in collaboration with iCan Shine, a nonprofit organization based in Paoli, Pa., taught 40 individuals of all disabilities ages 8 and older how to ride a two-wheel bicycle with help from volunteers providing physical support and encouragement. The Safe Mobility Project […]

Granger trustees devote ARPA money to lake project

GRANGER — The Granger Board of Trustees July 25 pledged $15,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to a water treatment project at Granger Lake Condominiums. Fiscal Officer Donald Baker said the township received its second round of ARPA money July 12, totaling $246,937. Trustee Richard Pace suggested that some of the funding go toward the Granger Lake Condominium […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

AKRON: No police reports were available by presstime. BATH: An employee reported he arrived for work July 15 at 4 a.m. and found the Medina Road company truck had been damaged and left with its engine running. Police reviewed video surveillance that showed a man cut into boxes and steal loaves of bread. Police investigated a July 15 report that […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A Klinger Street man reported July 10 an acquaintance from Akron drove her vehicle onto his lawn and hit him in the face several times before driving away. After a witness confirmed the man’s statement, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged the woman with assault and took her to the Summit County Jail. Deputies investigated the burglary of a […]

West Side Education News & Notes

Woodridge weapons policy not changing CUYAHOGA FALLS — Weapons will continue to be prohibited on Woodridge Local School’s district property. During the July 19 Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education meeting, the board approved a resolution to keep the existing weapons policy in place. The resolution comes following Ohio House Bill 99, which allows staff to be armed with guns […]