It is day five of the Rubber City Radio Group’s spotlight on the heroin epidemic, and today, we look to what we as a community can do next. Summit County sheriff Steve Barry joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to inform what his office is doing to stop the heroin outbreak. Sheriff Barry says the county is putting teams together to gather as much information as possible to educate the public about opiates and the subsequent addiction. Why is it so bad in Akron? He believes our location nationally, as well as a lower economic state, are large factors. What can the people do? Barry urges the public to read the signs and call their local law enforcement agency if they come across suspicious activity. By doing so, officers can arrest the local traffickers, then working their way up to the suppliers.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 06:45

Day Four: Summa Treating Victims Of Opiate Abuse

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It is day four of the Rubber City Radio Group’s platform on the heroin epidemic in the area. The spotlight today is on the treatment of opiate addiction and the various in the area who are there to assist. Summa Health System’s Dr. Alan Shein, MD of Addiction Medicine Services, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the treatment program an addict will undergo. First off, Dr. Shein touched on how and why a person would make the jump from prescription drugs that include opiates to heroin, which would not only quell the pain, but to illicit a euphoria. The program at Summa is designed to help the victims get off heroin dependency and assist with the withdrawal symptoms. Though the detoxification process is an uncomfortable one, the medical staff will prescribe medication to the patients, which will help flush the opiates out of the body. The timeline is about four to five days, then the patient will transition to the next level of care.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 09:45

Aurora Mayor Looks Ahead With Geauga Lake Property

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The announcement came down last week that Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom would be shutting down after Labor Day. Wildwater Kingdom has been in existence since 2005, not long after SeaWorld vacated the premises.

Was this a surprise? Not to Ann Womer Benjamin, the mayor of Aurora. Womer Benjamin joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what is ahead with that property as far as development. She said Aurora is working in conjunction with Bainbridge and Cedar Fair on developing the surrounding area into a mix of retail and housing. Though Wildwater Kingdom was a good source of revenue, Aurora will not take much of a tax hit, as most waterpark jobs tend to be seasonal.

The Aurora mayor mentioned she was more upset with SeaWorld and Geauga Lake closing, which closed its doors in 2000 and 2007, respectively. However, she feels the prime real estate can be “redeveloped into something fantastic.”

In our continuing coverage of the heroin crisis in Summit County, we showcase some of the facilities in the area dedicated to helping those find the path to recovery. The Interval Brotherhood Home, or IBH, is a drug and alcohol recovery center located on S. Main Street near the Portage Lakes. The recovery center has been in operation since 1970, and Joe Rifici, an associate clinical director, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what IBH does. Rifici spoke in depth about the recovery program, which helps patients find their spiritual side. Since 2009, when he joined IBH, Rifici says victims of heroin abuse has increased exponentially, mainly in the last year. He notices patients come from every background come through the doors, no matter the race or economic upbringing.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 10:05

Day Two: Helping Addicts On Road To Recovery

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Terry Pluto is an award-winning sportswriter and columnist with the Plain Dealer, and is known across the region for his thoughts and analysis of the Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians. But what may not widely known is his work with prison inmates and addicts in their paths to recovery. Pluto joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his experience in dealing with struggling or recovering addicts, specifically heroin. In the decades he has been meeting with these victims, Pluto has seen the growth of heroin in these communities, no matter the racial or socioeconomic background. He believes heroin is deadlier than crack cocaine.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 09:20

RubberDucks Groundskeeper Wins Eastern League Award

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In Akron and across the region, it has been a rather toasty summer. The only thing that has been burnt more than folks’ skin is the grass in their yards. Well, except down at Canal Park.

Chis Walsh, the head groundskeeper for the RubberDucks, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to gloss over how to manicure a professional baseball field. Walsh was named the Field Manager of the Year in the Eastern League, a high honor, especially with Canal Park hosting the league’s all-star game back in July.

Walsh, a Kent State graduate, explained the type of maintenance one has to tend to on a diamond, including fertilizing and moisturizing the infield, and how to appease the superstitious players.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 05:00

Day Four: AUDIO What To Tell Students About Heroin

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This week, the Rubber City Radio Group is putting the spotlight on the heroin epidemic that is not only affecting the Akron area, but across the country. Barberton, a once-bustling area that has fallen on hard times, is one of the communities hit hard by the heroin outbreak. Barberrton City Schools Superintendent Patti Cleary joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what the Barberton community is doing to educate families of this drug epidemic.

Cleary believes most students understand the risks of heroin, but further education on drug use and its affects will continue to be put in place.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 08:34

Tom Leopold Discusses Career In Acting, Comedy Writing

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He began his career as an actor, working with such greats as Steve Allen and Donald O'Connor. The second wave of his career brought him on the other side of the camera, writing for Seinfeld and Cheers.

So is Tom Leopold pleased with his life and career? Why wouldn't he be?

Tom joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, hosted by Tony Mazur, to discuss his five decade-long career, whether it was acting as Ted Knight’s son on The Ted Knight Show (not to be confused with his later sitcom, Too Close For Comfort) or writing Chevy Chase’s post-SNL comedy special. Both Tom and Tony are fans of old showbiz periphery, so Tom also talked about his crosswalk encounter with Groucho Marx and seeing George Jessel perform at the end of his life.

Aside from the acting and writing, Tom assists with the website ComedyWire, and has also hosted radio shows on his conversion to Catholicism.

The finishing touches are going into the new Firestone High School. Though not everything will be completed by the first day of school, according to the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, the bulk of the project will be all done.

David James, the APS superintendent, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to gloss over the Firestone/Litchfield project. James says this has been a process directly from listening to the community as far as input in the school. He believes this building will serve a larger purpose for the surrounding community, not just for the students.

The open house at the new facility will be on August 28th.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:27

AUDIO: Rep. Renacci Reviews His Tax Plan

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Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a wide array of topics concerning citizens both locally and nationally.

The Ohio congressman called to discuss his new tax plan, one in which he has been pushing for years. Renacci believed there needed to be an overhaul in our tax system, so he took matters into his own hands. The goal for his tax plan is to watch out for the middle class and to ensure businesses keep hiring.

In addition to his tax plan, Rep. Renacci recapped July’s Republican National Convention and how he will spend the month of August meeting with his district’s mayors and citizens.

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