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VIDEO: Akron councilman, mayoral candidate Mike Williams responds to Garry Moneypenny announcement

By Kathy Antoniotti Published: June 5, 2015

Akron councilman and mayoral candidate Mike Williams talks about the Garry Moneypenny situation in the kitchen of his home Friday.

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Akron City Council goes green

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 2, 2015

Akron City Council is going green.

Council has started a new Green Committee that will be examining environmental issues. The committee, which has been discussed for several months, was set up Monday as part of a reshuffling of committee assignments required after Councilman Jeff Fusco was elected as the new president.

"Everything we do can be looked at," Fusco said of the new committee.

The committee will be chaired by Rich Swirsky, the Ward 1 councilman who has many residents interested in environmental issues and who has been vocal on this topic. The other members are: Marilyn Keith, Donnie Kammer, Russel Neal Jr. and Margo Sommerville.

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Ceremony to mark road renaming in honor of fallen Akron Officer Justin Winebrenner Thursday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 2, 2015

A ceremony to mark the renaming of part of U.S. Route 224 in honor of fallen Akron Officer Justin Winebrenner will be held Thursday.

Winebrenner's family and friends and local and state elected officials have been invited to attend.

The event will be at 6 p.m. in Akron City Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 166 S. High St. It is open to the public.

Winebrenner, 32, was shot and killed on Nov. 26, 2014 during a struggle with Kenan Dason Ivery. He was off duty and unarmed.

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Akron City Council to have special meeting to choose new president

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: May 31, 2015

Akron City Council will have a special meeting at noon Monday to choose a new president.

Council President Garry Moneypenny is taking over as mayor after the resignation of long-time Mayor Don Plusquellic.

As for who council will choose, that is unclear. Vice President Mike Freeman has said he isn't interested in the top council spot. Some council members are backing Councilman Jeff Fusco, while others have said they'd prefer Councilwoman Linda Omobien.

A majority of the 12 remaining members must agree on the new president. In the event of a 6-6 tie, council must revote, according to Law Director Patty Ambrose Rubright.

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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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