Meijer has announced a major hiring wave across Northeast Ohio for three new supercenters opening in late Spring, including in Stow.

According to a press release (below), Meijer is hiring more than 900 employees for the Stow, Mentor, and Avon stores.

Full and part-time positions include team leaders, cashiers, cake decorators and more. You can apply online at 


(MEIJER) – Meijer has begun hiring more than 900 employees for three northeast Ohio supercenters in Avon, Mentor and Stow. The family-operated retailer announced the first Greater Cleveland stores are expected to open in late spring, expanding its presence after more than 37 years in the Buckeye State.

“Foundations are set, floors are poured, and the walls are up at each of our new Northeast Ohio stores, so every day we’re a little bit closer to opening our first three locations in Greater Cleveland,” Regional Vice President Tom Wilson said. “The opportunity to begin hiring for hourly positions and put together customer-focused teams is the next step in bringing our new neighbors a one-stop shopping solution. We look forward to hiring local team members who can be our future store leaders as we continue to grow in Northeast Ohio.”

Known for pioneering the supercenter concept back in 1962, the family-operated company opened its first supercenter in the state of Ohio just outside of Columbus in 1981. The retailer was the first to provide a unique offering that featured fresh produce, meat and dairy as well as a wide selection of general merchandise and customer-focused services. The retailer currently employs about 10,000 team members at 39 supercenters throughout the state of Ohio and a distribution center in Tipp City.  

The full- and part-time positions available include team leaders, cashiers, cake decorators, customer service, receiving clerks and meat cutters. Ideal candidates will possess a desire to provide exceptional customer service and potentially advance their career within Meijer. The retailer offers a generous benefits package to eligible team members, including paid time off, weekly pay, flexible scheduling, paid parental leave, tuition reimbursement, and health coverage options. The starting hourly wage varies depending on experience level and specific skills.   

Potential candidates can begin the hiring process by applying online at  Enter “Avon,” “Mentor,” or “Stow” in the location search field and click search. Hourly candidates can apply by clicking on the positions listed. Meijer leadership will screen applicants within the next few weeks and contact select candidates to schedule in-person interviews. 

The new supercenters in Avon, Mentor and Stow will feature fresh produce, meat and dairy delivered seven days a week, as well as apparel departments, pet supplies, toys, electronics, and a garden center. The Avon store will also feature a gas station, which will open approximately one month before the store.

In addition to traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, the stores will also have a pharmacy that features a free prescription program, as well as access to clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health.

Meijer has a strong family and corporate tradition of caring, including significant support of hunger relief and good will initiatives in the communities it serves. For example, Meijer recently provided free horse-drawn carriage rides around Cleveland’s Public Square as part of the city’s downtown Winterfest, and made the holidays a bit brighter by providing hundreds of in-patient children at Cleveland Clinic Children’s and University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

The retailer gives more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations each year, and each of its stores supports a food bank through its food rescue program. Its signature hunger relief program, called Simply Give,has generated more than $43 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest. 

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 240 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:44

Show Dog Missing from Summit Fairgrounds

Munroe Falls Police, and other local agencies are assisting in the search for missing Daria, a Saluki show dog that went missing after running from her owner at the Summit County Fairgrounds Saturday. 

The dog is said to be in or around the Stow area. 

See more from the Munroe Falls Police Facebook page below:  

Missing Saluki show dog has been spotted on 91 near Munroe Falls Ave. Photo to follow.

Judy Ellis’ Saluki female Daria escaped from the Summit County Fairgrounds Saturday morning. She is running scared in the Stow Ohio area, possibly with leash attached Judy is out searching for her but no sightings yet. 

She is very frightened and likely will not come to a stranger. 

Please contact Judy at 330 603-9741 by phone if she is seen. She has no internet so phone message only please

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OHSA has hit a Stow company with a hefty fine after audiograms of employees revealed 12 of them have suffered mild to moderate hearing loss since working there.

The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting Polystar Containment, located at 1676 Commerce Drive has been ordered to pay more than $331,000 in fines for exposing workers to excessive noise.

The company has 15 days to comply or contest.

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The city of Stow has two large retail districts, but the downtown area does not have much development. That may soon change.

At-large councilman Mike Rasor joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to showcase his ideas for a downtown Stow. Rasor says he put out a poll on social media, and response for downtown development was overwhelmingly positive. The idea is for an entertainment and retail district to be set up on the northwest corner of the Darrow Road and Graham Road intersection.

Rasor says this will be a few years away, but the city is talking to developers right now.

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:17

AUDIO: Mayor Kline on Downtown Stow Developments

The city of Stow has its share of restaurants are retail complexes, whether it is in the Stow-Kent area off Route 59 or the area near Graham Road and Hudson Drive. But those areas are on the outskirts of town. What about actual downtown Stow?

Sara Kline, the mayor of Stow, says the city plans to change that. Kline joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the Darrow Road corridor, near the Graham Road intersection, where a plan will be to construct a community entertainment complex. City council will have to approve these plans before Stow can file them to the state of Ohio.

The first step before it reaches council is to draw out concept plans and proposals, and Kline says they look to emulate nearby towns with developed downtowns such as Kent, Hudson, and Cuyahoga Falls.

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Friday, 22 December 2017 08:57

Local Mayor Wrap-Up 2017

As 2017 wraps up, the Ray Horner Morning Show caught up with a handful of local mayors to recap the year that was, as well as a preview for 2018.

Dan Horrigan - Akron

Bill Judge - Barberton

Don Walters - Cuyahoga Falls

Gerard Neugebauer - Green

Al Bollas - New Franklin

Sara Kline - Stow

David Kline - Tallmadge

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:44

Gymnastics Coach Gets Probation for Imposition

Derek Waskowski, 30, of Stow, was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday, after pleading guilty to inappropriate contact with a 10-year-old girl while he was a gymnastics instructor.

The incident happened back in 2015 when Waskowski worked for Little Leapers in Hudson. A Hudson Police report details the contact made on February 4, 2015. 

Waskowski pleaded guilty to one 3rd-degree-felony count of gross sexual imposition on August 7th. He was originally charged with three counts of imposition, but the other two charges were dropped. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands suspended a 42-month jail sentence; he was facing a maximum five years in jail. 

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Stow Police say a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank at 911 Graham Road around 12:30 on the afternoon of Saturday, July 8th. He was wearing a mask over his face and jumped the counter, demanding money from the bank tellers, or he'd shoot them. 

While police say the suspect never showed a weapon and no one was injured, the man did get away with some cash. Before leaving the bank, the man forced employees into an office and then again threatened to shoot anyone who tried to stop him from getting away. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Stow Police at 330-689-5700. 

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Just before 7 p.m. Sunday, Stow Police were called about the robbery of a pizza driver. 

According to the report, the driver arrived at a home on Hibbard Drive and said a man came at him with a large kitchen knife, demanding all his money. After he took the money, the suspect hopped in the driver's Hyundai Sonata and took off. 

The suspect was later identified as 45-year-old Matthew Robert Guzik (pictured) of Stow. Police caught up with him the next day, Monday, in Sagamore Hills.

The report indicates that Guzik used a fake name when placing the pizza order, but had the food delivered to his home. The driver told police that Guzik said he was robbing him because of marital problems and that he was "feeling very angry."

Guzik was being held in Summit County Jail and due for arraignment Monday. 

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Friday, 24 March 2017 06:42

Army Humvee Stolen From Stow Armory

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for a missing Army National Guard Humvee that was stolen from the Stow armory Wednesday morning. 

On Wednesday afternoon, around 3:30, State Troopers noticed the chain link fence around the facility near where the vehicle was stored was cut. Then they realized the Hummer was missing. OSHP says the thief or thieves disabled the lock on the vehicle. 

The Humvee is marked with the numbers 174 and 1-145 on the bumper near the left tail light and HQ-51 near the right tail light. 

The Highway Patrol has not released any suspect information and they're asking anyone who may have any information to call their office at 216-265-1677. 


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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:14

Stow Suspect Arrested In OD Deaths

Vernell Lavon Curry, 28, of Stow, has been arrested after nearly seven months on the run. 

U.S. Marshalls and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force took Curry in Tuesday, January 24, in connection to the overdose deaths of two women in his apartment back in June. He's being held in Summit County Jail on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter and Drug Trafficking. 

In June, 2016, Abigail Hackett, 22, and Sarah White, 25, both of Stow, were found dead inside Curry's Stow apartment. An autopsy showed the two women died within minutes of one another of acute fentanyl toxicity. Curry wasn't connected to the case until October when the autopsy results came back on the two women. 


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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 08:14

AUDIO: Wrapping Up 2016 With Local Mayors

As the year winds down, Ray Horner catches up with the mayors across the region and how their cities and townships fared.

Ray caught up with the mayors of Stow, Tallmadge, Wadsworth, and Barberton, and later on Cuyahoga Falls and Akron, on how 2016 was and what is to come in 2017.

Sara Kline - Stow

David Kline - Tallmadge

Robin Laubaugh - Wadsworth

Bill Judge - Barberton

Don Walters - Cuyahoga Falls

Dan Horrigan - Akron

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Friday, 14 October 2016 17:31

AUDIO Stow Set For Falls In Rivalry Game

Mark Nori, head coach of the Stow Bulldogs joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell live from Dontino's on E. Cuyahoga Falls Avenue to discuss his team's battle with Cuyahoga Falls this evening.

 Stow is looking to bounce back after a week 7 loss to the Hudson Explorers.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 19:14

AUDIO Stow Set For Grizzlies Friday

Undefeated Stow will begin Suburban League play Friday against the Wadsworth Grizzlies led by Justin Todd.

Head coach Mark Nori spoke about the Bulldogs with our own Brad Russell on 1590 WAKR.


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You'll have to reschedule plans if you were planning on going to the Bow Wow Dog Beach in Stow.

The park's website says it's closed through Thursday, Sept. 8 due to water quality issues.

Recent monitoring reportedly showed "bacterial levels trending upward." The beach is closed so crews can treat the water.


(City of Stow) We routinely conduct monitoring of the lake water at Bow Wow Beach. The monitoring is to check up on water quality and to let us know whenever bacteria or algal toxin levels present a potential health risk to those using the facility.

Recent monitoring showed bacterial levels trending upward. As a precautionary measure, we have closed the beach and will continue to treat the water.

We will continue to monitor the lake water on a regular basis, and any time results show that bacteria and/or algal toxins are trending upward, the park will be closed as a precautionary measure.

Recent Improvements
Significant improvements to the park were made that will help the park endure the high attendance that is experienced on a daily basis; the erosion control project at the east bank of the lake helps to stabilize that area, and the addition of 500 tons of brand new, clean sand is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also contributes to restoration of the beach. Let's keep it clean!

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Saturday, 20 February 2016 09:10

Stow BMV Reopens After Abrupt Closing

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Stow reopened Friday after abruptly closing last month.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the location at Fishcreek and Graham roads closed without notice on January 4th.  

It was announced later that month that Alfred Mason Jr., the BMV's acting Deputy Registrar since 2007, had been indicted for possible misconduct by the Summit County prosecutor's office.

The office was closed until the state could find someone to fill the position.

A grand opening of the Stow BMV will be held Monday with renovations completed by new Deputy Registrar, Cynthia Rhodes.


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Saturday, 13 February 2016 09:21

Stow Police Issue Missing Adult Alert

UPDATE This Missing Adult Alert has been cancelled. Mr. Strauss was located safely by Law Enforcement.

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Stow police have issued a missing adult alert for a 84-year-old man who was last seen in Tallmadge early Saturday morning.

Police say Thomas Strauss left his house on Crossing Circle around 5 a.m. He suffers from Dementia and may become disoriented.

He was last seen wearing glasses and a dark blue jacket. He could be in a silver 2006 Cadillac DTS with OH plate number GOW3474.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at:

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A Stow couple has waited 31 years for this day.

"It's like I won the lottery," said 66-year-old John Marshall.

Marshall couldn't hold back the tears while explaining the meaning behind getting a marriage license to legally tie the knot with his partner, 65-year-old James Neilsen.

"It's just like all of your life you've been denied something that you know in you heart is right," said Marshall. "And finally the door swings open."

According to the Summit County Probate Court, Marshall and Neilsen were the first male couple to recieve their marriage license in Summit County.

Marshall called it a historic day -- breaking down barriers and giving same-sex couples equal rights.

Within a two hour period, four couples applied for a marriage license Friday afternoon.

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