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Akron, Canton absent from FitzGerald's debate city wish list

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 24, 2014

Akron was noticeably absent from the list of cities on Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's debate wish list.

So was Canton.

FitzGerald, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has agreed to debates in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (two debates), Sandusky and Zanesville, and asked for additional matchups in Dayton, Lima, Marietta, Toledo and Youngstown, the Plain Dealer reported today.

Asked why Akron and Canton didn't make FitzGerald's list, Lauren Hitt, his campaign spokeswoman said, "The additional cities we challenged the governor in were located in media markets where we had not already received invitations."

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Akron mayor talks to Bloomberg about mayors meeting

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 23, 2014

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic was interviewed by Bloomberg today to discuss the topics at the just-completed U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Dallas.

Plusquellic said the mayors discussed a variety of topics, a reflection of the many issues they handle every day.

"There's a lot of issues that we get involved with beyond just filling chuck holes," he said in the interview, which is about five minutes.

Plusquellic said cities have an interest in climate change and decreasing the carbon footprint. He said he thinks of his grandchildren when it comes to topics like this.

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Vigil urging U.S. not to take military action in Iraq this afternoon in Akron

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 23, 2014

A vigil to urge the United States not to pursue military action in Iraq will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today in front of the federal buidling at Main and Market streets in downtown Akron.

The vigil is sponsored by the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, which is part of the Win Without War Coalition.

For more information, call Joe Mosyjowski at 330-628-2816.

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Akron's 311 information line celebrates 10th anniversary; upgrades are planned

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 20, 2014

Akron's 311 information line is 10 years old.

Since June 2004, the information line has fielded more than 1.8 million calls for non-emergency city services and information. Call takers entered more than 750,000 customer service request from these calls, according to a city press release.

The most common calls are for special bulk pick-ups, potholes, high grass and weeds, snow plowing and storm damage.

"Our 311 employees make a conscious effort to stay true to the center's original purpose of 'one-stop shopping' so that a resident's needs can be handled with one call," Mayor Don Plusquellic said in a news release.

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Medina County elections board to celebrate its new home Friday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 19, 2014

The Medina County Board of Elections may not have moved very far, but the board has twice the space in its new home.

The board will have a ribbon cutting at 3:45 p.m. Friday and open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday to celebrate its new office at 3800 Stonegate Drive, Suite C in Medina. The board was previously located at 4210 N. Jefferson St. in Medina.

The board was so cramped in its previous location that it had to borrow another county department's conference room to have enough space for in-person early voting.

Carol Gurney, the board's deputy director, said the new office won't have this space problem.

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Husted sets new early voting hours in light of federal court decision

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 17, 2014

In response to a federal court decision, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced early voting hours today that include the weekend and Monday before elections.

Husted said the new hours will apply to all future elections, including the Aug. 5 special election.

Husted had previously set early voting hours that were in line with the recommendation of a bipartisan, statewide group of election officials. The Democratic Party challenged these hours and a federal judge sided with the party.

The hours for in-person early voting in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 election will be: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Saturday before; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Sunday before; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Monday before.

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Update: Appleton to be honored by Realtists association

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 13, 2014

Grady Appleton, the president and CEO of the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, will receive the 2014 Community Recognition Award today from the Akron Chapter of the Ohio Realtists Association.

The Ohio Reatlists Association is holding its 64th-annual state conference at the Akron West Holiday Inn Thursday through Saturday. The group will pick officers and give awards at 7 p.m. today.

"I am particularly honored to receive this award from the Ohio Realtists Association because their goals and purposes align perfectly with EANDC's goals," Appleton said in a press release. "Both organizations strive to develop neighborhoods as we provide greater housing opportunities for families."

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Husted to tour Buehler's in Wooster this afternoon

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 5, 2014

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is spending a lot of time in Northeast Ohio these days.

Husted spoke at the Akron Press Club Wednesday and will be in Wooster today where he will visit Buehler's Fresh Foods. He will tour the store, speak with employees and present an Ohio Business Profile Commendation. Buehler's is a featured Ohio Business Profile company this month.

Buehler's is a family-owned grocery store that has been in business since 1929. Started in June 2011, Ohio Business Profile aims to raise awareness about companies registered and doing business in Ohio.

Husted will visit Buehler's, 3540 Burbank Road, at 4:30 p.m.

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Fusco is new chairman of Summit County Democratic Party

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 4, 2014

Akron Councilman Jeff Fusco's winning streak continued Tuesday night when he was elected chairman of the Summit County Democratic Party.

Fusco, who has never before lost an election, was chosen by precinct committee members elected in the May primary to take over for Wayne Jones.

Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples competed against Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee for the first vice chair spot, with Lee prevailing. The other officers are: Summit County Councilwoman Sandra Kurt, second vice chair; former Tallmadge Mayor Chris Grimm, treasurer; and Cuyahoga Falls Law Director Russ Balthis, secretary.

Fusco called it a "real positive night."

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