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U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge to have town hall meeting in Akron Wednesday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 24, 2015

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge will have a town hall meeting in Akron Wednesday evening.

The topics include pending events in Washington, D.C., updates from Fudge's offices, and upcoming local events and programs. Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, also will take questions from the audience.

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St. (Enter through Door #11.) Fudge has a district office in the community center.

Fudge represents the 11th District, which stretches from Cleveland down to part of Akron.

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Meeting to discuss plans for new Akron radio station

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 17, 2015

A meeting to discuss plans for Radio Free Akron, a new radio station, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Laborers Local Union Hall, 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway.

The low-power FM radio station, which will be broadcast on 96.9, has until this fall to begin broadcasting. A group of community leaders has been involved in starting the radio station.

The agenda includes updates on launching the station, applying to host programs, equipment and fundraising opportunities, and establishing a strategic plan.

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Akron mayoral forum on arts is planned

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 14, 2015

An Akron Mayoral Forum on Arts and Culture is planned for later this month.

"The city of Akron has historically been extremely supportive of arts and culture and we look forward to working with Summit Artspace to keep this topic at the forefront of discussion as we approach the election," said Nicole Mullet, executive director of ArtsNow, which is co-hosting the event.

The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St.

The candidates who have publicly declared their intent to run for Akron mayor have agreed to participate in the forum, including Sage Lewis, an independent candidate who is gathering signatures to get on the ballot. Any other candidates for Akron mayor also are welcome to participate and are asked to call Summit Artspace before Aug. 25.

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Kent State University professor who wrote book on GOP presidential primary to speak at Roundtable

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 13, 2015

A Kent State University professor who wrote a book on the 2012 GOP presidential primary will speak at the Akron Roundtable next week.

Danielle Coombs' topic is "Come to the Party, Leave the Flip-Flopping at Home: Essential Lessons from the 2012 Republican Primaries."

Coombs, an associate pressor in KSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, wrote Last Man Standing: Media, Framing and the 2012 Republican Primaries. She will discuss lessons from the 2012 primaries that could shed light on what can be expected as Cleveland's first Republican convention draws nearer.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway St. in Akron. The cost is $20. To make a reservation, visit the Roundtable website.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman bringing Jobs Tour to Akron; Democratic Party counters with No-Jobs-Rob event

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 12, 2015

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will bring his Jobs Tour to Akron Wednesday, touring a specialty food store.

The No-Jobs-Rob Farewell Tour, organized by the Ohio Democratic Party, will counter with a stop outside the store.

The events are planned for 3 p.m. at More Than Gourmet, 929 Home Ave.

Portman’s tour will visit 13 counties in five days. He said in a press release that he will emphasize how he has made bringing jobs to Ohio his top priority. He had a roundtable at the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

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Third debate planned in Akron mayor's race

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 11, 2015

A third debate is planned in the Akron mayor's race, this one sponsored by local pastors and community leaders.

The free event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Boulevard. The seating will be limited to the first 200 people who arrive.

The sponsors are Pastor Dennis K. Butts Sr., Pastor Jeffery Dennis, the Rev. Carl Wallace, Pastor Greg Harrison and Fannie Brown.

Harrison, of Antioch Baptist Church, said the sponsors will pose the questions, which will focus on "issues important to every day people." The topics will include education, employment opportunities, job creation, social justice, city services, crime and policing.

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City of Akron employees to hear from Akron mayoral candidates at event Wednesday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 11, 2015

City of Akron union members will have the chance to hear from the three remaining Akron mayoral candidates during a Wednesday evening event.

Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale was supposed to be the first speaker at 6 p.m., but he announced Monday that he is dropping out of the mayor's race.

Akron Councilman Mike Williams will speak at 6:30 p.m., followed by Akron attorney Eddie Sipplen at 7 p.m. and Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan at 7:30 p.m. Williams and Horrigan are Democrats competing in the Sept. 8 primary, while Sipplen is a Republican unopposed in the primary.

The event will be at the Akron firefighter union's hall, 161 Massillon Road. It is open to Akron firefighters and other city union members.

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Effort begins to engage young voters in Akron mayoral election

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 30, 2015

An effort has begun to engage young people in the Akron mayoral election.

Jefferson Center, a civic engagement organization in St. Paul., Minn. is in Akron this week to begin a new project that aims to reach out and involve young voters in the first election of a new mayor in Akron in 28 years. The effort will target millenials, those who are generally between 18 and 34 years old.

The center met Thursday morning with its partners in the project: the Beacon Journal, the University of Akron's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, WKSU and the NewsOutlet.

Kyle Bozentko, the center's executive director, said the long-term priorities are to answer these questions:

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Akron council approves plans for new retail development on West Point Market site

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 28, 2015

Akron City Council this week approved plans for a new retail development planned for where West Point Market now stands.

The vote was 11-1, with Councilman Rich Swirsky as the lone no vote. Councilman Jim Hurley was absent from the meeting.

Swirsky said he voted in the negative because he is concerned about how the new retail development may impact the Mustard Seed grocery store in Highland Square that recently opened. Swirsky represents Ward 1, which includes Highland Square.

S.J. Collins, the Georgia-based developer, plans to tear down West Point Market and two adjacent homes that had been converted into businesses and build a new organic foods grocery store and two other retail buildings on the property near the intersection of West Market Street and North Hawkins Avenue.

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Akron opposes proposed federal cuts to programs for community, housing programs

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 22, 2015

Akron City Council passed a resolution this week opposing proposed cuts to federal funding for local community and housing programs.

Helen Tomic, Akron's comprehensive planning manager, said the House version of the budget would basically maintain the 2014 levels of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funding, but the Senate version would significantly reduce both types of funding.

Tomic said the Senate budget would cut the federal HOME funding from $900 million to $66 million. She said Akron's portion of the HOME funding would drop from $1.1 million in 2015 to $78,000 in 2016.  ver  This would

"This would hurt the nonprofits," she said, referring to the local agencies that now receive funding through this source from the city. "They might have to close their doors."

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