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U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge to speak at Summit County Democratic Party event

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 26, 2015

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge will speak at a Summit County Democratic Party fundraiser on Wednesday evening.

The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St. in downtown Akron. It will feature an open bar and light hors d'oeuvres.

The event sponsors include Mayor Don Plusquellic, Summit County Executive Russ Pry, Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan, and the mayors of Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Tallmadge, New Franklin and Lakemore.

Admission is $100, with sponsorships levels going up to $5,000.

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Akron City Council President Garry Moneypenny to be sworn in as mayor Sunday at East High School

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 26, 2015

Akron City Council President Garry Moneypenny will be sworn in as mayor Sunday not at City Hall, but at East High School, a school he once fought to keep open.

"It's only fair -- if there's any benefit to witness a swearing in -- that the residents get the opportunity to have the event in their community," Moneypenny said Tuesday in an interview with the Beacon Journal.

The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. in the East High auditorium, 80 Brittain Road. The pubic is invited to attend, with the doors opening at 3:15 p.m.

Moneypenny is replacing Mayor Don Plusquellic, who is resigning and retiring Sunday midterm. Moneypenny plans to run this year for a full mayoral term, but is expected to face competition.

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Sales of Don shirt going well; store hoping to sell more in the next week

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 22, 2015

Sales of the Don shirt have gone well in the past week.

Rubber City Clothing has sold about 50 T-Shirts with an image of Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, who is resigning and retiring on May 31, Greg Kiskadden, the store's co-owner said Friday.

The T-Shirt, which the Beacon Journal first reported about last Friday, features a very orange portrait of Plusquellic -- known for his dark tan -- wearing a tie with orange blimps that say "Akron."

Kiskadden said the most popular T-shirt color for the mayor's image is black.

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Akron to begin new summer basketball program to fulfill My Brother's Keeper pledge

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 20, 2015

Akron will begin a new basketball program this summer to fulfill the city's pledge to participate in President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenges.

My Brother's Keeper Community Challenges requires cities to develop a plan based on community input to provide expanded opportunities for young men of color.

Akron's new program, called My Brother's Keeper Basketball Plus Program, is a free summer program that will provide young men with recreation, informational and skill-building activities.

"The committee that recommended this basketball program wanted to provide something extra this summer for our young men that is interesting to them, that keeps them physically active, that allows for spirited competition, and that will help build lifelong skills," Mayor Don Plusquellic said in a news release.

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Akron City Council to hold caucus to address hot topics

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 15, 2015

Akron City Council will hold a rare caucus Monday afternoon to address some of the hottest topics the city is facing.

The topics will include Mayor Don Plusquellic's proposal that the city create its own construction company, the sewer project, the process to fill the vacancies for the Ward 10 seat and council president position, and "handling accusations of misconduct by council members," according to an agenda distributed to media this afternoon.

Council President Garry Moneypenny, who represents Ward 10, will become mayor after Plusquellic resigns and retires midterm on May 31. He plans to run for a full mayoral term this year, though numerous other candidates also are expected.

Council members Russel Neal, Jr., Tara Mosley-Samples and Bob Hoch, all who have recently been on the outs with Plusquellic and the council majority who normally supports him, called for the caucus.

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Akron union leader to bartend at benefit for new radio station

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 14, 2015

Akron union leader George Johnson will be the celebrity bartender for a benefit for a new Akron radio station that he is involved with starting.

Johnson, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1360, one of the city of Akron's four unions, admits that he has no bartending experience.

"I will be winging it," he said.

The benefit will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Delanie's Grille, 67 West Ave. in Tallmadge.

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Akronite talks about city leadership change

By Doug Livingston Published: May 12, 2015

Ted Thompson, president of the Coalition for a Safer Community, talks about better policing, hiring practices and other issues in light of a "regime change" after Mayor Don Plusquellic announced his early retirement.

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Akron Councilman Bob Hoch: mayor's resignation not cause of celebration

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 12, 2015

Akron Councilman Bob Hoch, who has been locked in a very public feud with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, said people have been congratulating him since the mayor’s surprise resignation Friday.

But, Hoch told the Beacon Journal in an interview and video Monday that he doesn’t think Plusquellic’s decision to resign and retire after 28 years as mayor is reason to a reason to celebrate.

“It’s not something that I expected,” Hoch said. “It’s not something that I thought would happen. All of us at some point in time find a reason to stop or to retire or to find a different part of our lives. I’m hoping that is what he’s doing.”

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U.S. Senate candidate to be guest at Summit Young Dems event

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 12, 2015

Cincinnatti City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be the special guest for the Summit County Young Democrats' annual spring fundraiser

P.G. Sittenfeld was the first Democrat to enter the race against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. Former Gov. Ted Strickland also is now in the race.

The event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Uncorked Wine Bar, 22 N. High St. in Akron.

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Ted Strickland to speak at labor awards banquet in Akron next month

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 6, 2015

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, now a U.S. Senate candidate, will be the keynote speaker at the Tri-County Regional Labor Council's 47th annual awards banquet next month.

The banquet recognizes people for community involvement and volunteerism. This year's recipients will be: Tom Seese, a retired president of UAW Local 856 and a former state representative, and Charlie Lemon, a retired president of Local 900 Boilermakers.

The event will be Thursday, June 11 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St. in Akron. A cash bar opens at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the ceremony at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person. For reservations or more information, call 330-253-2111. 

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