Wednesday, 02 December 2015 06:27

Full Page Ad Paid For By UA Foundation

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The University of Akron is under the spotlight -- once again -- this time for an advertisement that appeared in Sunday's Akron Beacon Journal.

The full page ad was signed by business leaders, urging the community to "come together" and support the university.

The criticism comes after several noticed that the ad stated it is was paid for by "Friends of the University of Akron" for $5,000, but UA later clarified that is was paid for by the University of Akron Foundation. Some are questioning why that wasn't made clear in the ad.

UA offficials released the following statement Tuesday:

"The private, non-scholarship funds that were used for the ad are being donated to The University of Akron Foundation for this type of purpose by Richard W. Pogue, former chair of The University of Akron Board of Trustees, to help support efforts by the university and the community to – as the message in the ad stated – "Come together" and help position UA for "...greater success, growth and positive economic impact on our community." We wanted to check with Mr. Pogue before publicly identifying his contribution."

Of those business leaders who signed the ad, seven are part of a new nine -member advisory board including the presidents of FirstEnergy, Goodyear and FirstMerit.

On the web: www.ohio.com

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 16:30

McCown Out For Season, But Who Starts?

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown was pulled out of Monday night's game with the Ravens when he was injured.

Now, that injury will sideline him for the rest of this season.

"It's the worst case scenario for Josh," Browns head coach Mike Pettine told reporters in a conference call on Monday. "He will miss the remainder of the season with a fracture to his collarbone."

Coach Pettine says that McCown's injury won't require surgery, but the quarterback won't be able to come back before season's end.

"It's not displaced so he does not need surgery, but it will take more than the rest of the season to get it healed up," Pettine says.

Pettine says Josh means a lot to the team.

"He's in the locker room, practice field, game day, just the positive energy that he exuded, and leadership," Pettine says, "I just can't say enough positive things about Josh McCown and what he's done for this football team, and what he means for this football team."

Pettine won't, however, name a starter in McCown's absence.

Second string quarterback Austin Davis led the Browns to a touchdown drive on Monday. Johnny Manziel was active as the third string quarterback, but did not play.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 16:12

HOF Village Project Getting Upscale Hotel

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The new "Hall of Fame Village" at the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have an upscale hotel, and a member of the Hall of Fame is involved in the project.

The HOF Village has reached an agreement with Crestline Hotels and Resorts to co-develop and manage what's being called "an upper upscale hotel" as a key anchor to the $500 million dollar project.

Hall of Famer Bruce Smith is also involved in the hotel project. Smith's company is involved in other hotel projects with Crestline.

Construction on the Hall of Fame Village project got underway in September, and the hotel is expected to open in the Summer of 2018.

(Pro Football Hall of Fame, news release) Hall of Fame Village, LLC, a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group, has reached an agreement with Crestline Hotels & Resorts, LLC to have Crestline co-develop and manage an upper upscale hotel in Hall of Fame Village. Hall of Famer Bruce Smith (Class of 2009) is also collaborating in the property that will be a key anchor to the Hall of Fame Village project, a $500 million development on the Hall of Fame's campus that got underway this past September.

"Hall of Fame Village will be a world class destination and our partnership with a leading hospitality management company is evidence of the high quality planned for the village," David Baker, President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, stated. "It is also gratifying to have a hero of the game like Bruce Smith as a teammate in this project. He represents all of the Hall's values of commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence, and brings a great level of talent and expertise to this wonderful project."

"We are excited about the progress at Hall of Fame Village and bringing on Crestline to manage the Hotel & Conference Center and Bruce Smith to be its ambassador," said Stu Lichter, President of Industrial Realty Group. "The hotel is a key element in the next phase of development at the project."

Crestline Hotels & Resorts is one of the country's leading and largest independent hospitality management companies. Crestline expects to announce a national flag for the estimated $100 million luxury four-star hotel and conference center in the coming months. Construction will begin on the football-themed property, which will include approximately 250 guest rooms and suites, early next fall with a planned opening in the summer of 2018. Bruce Smith Enterprise LLC is a partner in several other Crestline hotels.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to manage this beautiful new hotel which will surely become a landmark for events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We are committed to supporting and promoting the rich heritage of this prestigious organization and are excited to bring Pro Football Hall of Famer, Bruce Smith, as our ambassador/partner for the hotel. We are dedicated to providing an excellent guest experience, but equally as important – ensuring a warm and gracious welcome for the entire Pro Football organization and Canton community," said James Carroll, President & CEO of Crestline Hotels & Resorts.

"I am honored and extremely enthused to partner in this choice hotel which will further elevate the Pro Football Hall of Fame by eminently servicing the needs of its distinguished members and devoted fans. As a proud Hall of Famer, and frequent participant in its ceremonies and events, I am delighted to have the unique opportunity to utilize my expertise as a real-estate developer to help create a more pleasurable and luxurious experience for the enshrined and the legions of enthusiasts who journey to Canton to celebrate the Game and its Heroes," shared Smith.

A Cuyahoga Falls man shot in a dispute at a home near Woodridge High School two weeks ago is now facing his own charges.

The Beacon Journal reports that Fred Fleischer faces child endangering and drug-related charges.

38 year-old Jason Beavers of Ravenna was arrested earlier for shooting and wounding Fleischer, in an apparent dispute over marijuana growing equipment.

Police looking into the shooting found evidence of a grow operation at the house on Quick Road.

They say Beavers used to live there, but didn't remove the growing equipment.

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On the Web: Akron Beacon Journal, www.ohio.com

 

The current and new Akron mayoral administrations have tapped someone who will manage their transition, and will become the new mayor's chief of staff next year.

Mayor Jeff Fusco and Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan say James Hardy will start Tuesday to ensure "a smooth and effective transition". He'll become Horrigan's chief of staff on January 1st.

Hardy is currently the Assistant Director of Community Health at the Summit County Health Department.

He served as an Akron school board member and became the board president in 2009.

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(City of Akron, news release) Mayor Jeff Fusco and Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan announced Monday that James J. Hardy, MPH, will join the administration on December 1, 2015, as an Assistant to the Mayor for the purpose of coordinating transition activities.

"When I assumed the position of Mayor in June, I knew I would be passing the torch to another Mayor on January 1st," Mayor Fusco said Monday. "In my six months as Mayor I've made it a priority to not only advance new initiatives and improve existing services and processes, but to set the groundwork for a seamless changeover between my administration and the next administration. I see significant value to the City in bringing James on board now to facilitate efficient and effective communication and planning as the City prepares for Dan Horrigan's new leadership."

"I have enormous respect for Mayor Fusco and how he has served and will continue to serve this City, and I'm grateful for his partnership in this process," remarked Mayor-elect Horrigan. "Our announcement today affirms our joint commitment to ensure a smooth and efficient transition."

Hardy currently serves as an Assistant Director for Community Health at Summit County Public Health. There he has led the Health Equity and Social Determinants Unit, managing a diverse portfolio of community-based programs and public health services. Previous professional positions include service as Special Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees of Kent State University, as a Regional Director for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, and as an Executive Office Intern for Former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

In 2005, Hardy was elected to the Akron Public Schools Board of Education. During his six years on the Board he served as chair of several committees, including the Joint Board of Review and the district's Finance and Capital Management Committee, which oversees Akron Public School's $313 million general fund budget. In 2009, his peers elected Hardy as Board President.

Mayor-elect Horrigan also announced today that Hardy would serve as Deputy Mayor for Administration, Chief of Staff beginning January 1, 2016.

"I've known James for 15 years, and during that time I've seen him emerge as acommitted, thoughtful leader who cares deeply about his community and the future of Akron," said Mayor-elect Horrigan. "He has always impressed me with his ability to manage complex issues and challenges with integrity and good judgment. His knowledge of Akron, and diverse professional background, makes him well suited for this role."

Hardy brings to the position a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science-Criminal Justice from the University of Akron, and a Masters in Public Health from Kent State University with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.

A lifelong resident of Akron, Hardy is involved in various community organizations including service on the boards of Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI) and the Akron Regional Interprofessional Area Health Education Center. He is a past recipient of the Greater Akron Chamber's 30 For the Future Award (2011).

Hardy's salary will be $106,454, consistent with other Assistants to the Mayor.

Monday, 30 November 2015 13:50

Goodyear Heights Rapist Staying Behind Bars

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A man who raped more than a dozen women in Goodyear Heights for 11 years starting in 1985 won't be getting out of prison any time soon.

The Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for David Allen Bellomy, also known as the "Goodyear Heights rapist", who was convicted in 1996 and sentenced to a minimum prison term of 20 years, and a maximum term of 50 years.

The Summit County Prosecutor's Office passed word of Bellomy's parole denial. In a statement, Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh calls Bellomy "a dangerous criminal" who needs to remain in prison.

His next parole hearing is in 2025.

(Summit County Prosecutor's Office, news release) Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that the Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for David Allen Bellomy, also known as the Goodyear Heights rapist.

Bellomy was convicted in 1996 for raping more than a dozen women in Akron's Goodyear Heights neighborhood between 1985 and 1996. Bellomy was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years in prison.

"David Bellomy is a dangerous criminal and needs to remain in prison. David Bellomy spent a decade terrorizing a neighborhood and our community," said Prosecutor Walsh. "We are pleased with the parole board's ruling. David Bellomy has no business being released back into society. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of opposition to the Parole Board, as well as those who signed the petition to keep Bellomy in prison."

Bellomy will not be eligible for parole again until September of 2025.

Monday, 30 November 2015 09:01

Jackson Alum Killed In Cali Ski Accident

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A Massillon native is dead following a California skiing accident over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Natalie Altieri was a 2013 graduate of Jackson High School and working an internship with fashion retailer and manufacturer BCBGMAXAZRIA in Los Angeles; she was a second year student of the University of Cincinnati's fashion design. She had also worked a fashion internship in Singapore as part of her studies.

Family members posted on Facebook; her sister Audrey noted "...I cannot imagine my life without her. My family and I are heartbroken. We truly appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts." In Cincinnati, a group of ski enthusiasts the Cincy Snowcats posted "...It is never easy to lose a member of the skiing community, but especially not one so close to home. A terrible reminder of the dangers of the sport that we all have such a passion for; this tragedy will not soon be forgotten. Rest easy, Natalie."

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Saturday, 28 November 2015 16:43

Businesses Celebrate Small Business Saturday

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Today is Small Business Saturday and the small mom and pop shops are capitalizing on the increased number of business.

"You get people especially during the holiday season purchasing gifts for people who don't even know we exist, so that's how we expand and we grow."

Angela Roloff, general manger of Rubber City Clothing, a business located in downtown Akron that sells Akron apparel, said community is one of the advantages of being a small business. She said it's being able to communicate and connect with customers that's one of the best parts.

"Being closer with the community, Roloff said. "Being able to give them what they want and not have to present it to a round-table before you give them what they want."

American Express has been credited with coming up with the concept Small Business Saturday, after seeing small business suffer from the Black Friday bargains.

Marge Klein, owner of the Peanut Shoppe that's been a fixture in the Akron community for over 80 years, said in order to have a successful small business, you have to be able to answer to what customers want.

"It's up to you and your employees and co-workers, to be able to keep a store going without having to answer to anybody, but your customers."

Shawn Ritchie, of Ritchie's Sporting Goods in Tallmadge, said people tend to think they can find cheaper deals at bigger, more established stores, but he said that's not always the case.

"They think they can get a better deal with the big box stores. You go online and I tell them all the time; I'll match anybody's prices of any other big box store because it's going to be the same price as mine."

The first day of Small Business Saturday was November 27, 2010. It encourages people to shop and support small and local businesses.

In 2014, an estimated $14.3 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday, according to American Express.

Saturday, 28 November 2015 13:00

Akron Welcomes Santa at Annual Parade

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It sure does feel like Christmas.

The 29th annual "Welcome Santa Parade" kicked off in Downtown Akron on Saturday.

The parade started at 11:00 am and featured over 75 units including marching bands, floats, costume characters, dance groups and area organizations.

"I was happy to be in the parade," St. Sebastian's Arabelle Loyed said.

There were thousands of spectators along Main Street in front of Lock 3 to watch old St. Nick come to town. Spectators will also be treated to a mini concert from Nuance, an 18-member, all-male a cappella group from The University of Akron, along with other activities.

Arabelle's mother Marie said it was her kids first time being in the parade. She said they had a lot of fun and she enjoyed it as well.

"I think it's great. They enjoyed playing in the band. They enjoyed marching in it. Even though it was cold and wet."

Marie said it's different as a parent when Christmas rolls around. She said it makes her happy seeing the smile on her kids faces during this time of year.

"A lot of fun. I get to see family and get to see the kids enjoy Christmas. So it's that's the best part."

As for what's on Arabelle's Christmas list, she said she wants a Maestro toy from Santa that plays beats, while having to match the colors it plays.

The parade's media sponsors were our very own radio stations WAKR-AM, WONE-FM and WQMX-FM. WAKR's Jasen Sokol of the "Jasen Sokol Show" emceed the event.

Saturday, 28 November 2015 10:14

Cyber Monday Shopping Tips From The BBB

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The digital shelves are stocked for Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, and the Better Business Bureau of Akron has some tips to help make the experience safe and easy.

First is to be what they call a "savvy shopper", meaning take your time and read the fine print especially on the store's return policy. Depending on the item you buy, some online orders may be returned for a full refund, but others could have restocking fees.

Next, make sure you know the advertiser. It's easy for fake websites to disguise themselves as popular retailers, so make sure you know that you're on a legitimate site. Also, If a deal sounds like it's too good to be true, it might be. So, only use retail websites that you trust.

When you're ready to checkout , the BBB recommends using a credit card as opposed to a debit card, because it provides additional protection in case of fraudulent transactions.

For the full list of tips, and to look up a business, you can visit the Better Business Bureau's website at bbb.org.

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