1. At the Grammy Awards in February, the Black Keys — drummer Pat Carney and guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach — won three Grammys and a fourth went to Auerbach for producer of the year. The two Firestone High grads also made their debut on the Grammy stage, performing Lonely Boy. In accepting one award, Auerbach gave a shout-out to “everyone in Akron, Ohio.”
2. LeBron James married his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, in San Diego in September. Security was tight, and even months later, very little was known to the public about the nuptials.
3. Many garden centers stopped selling impatiens because of a funguslike disease. Gardeners were left scrambling to find replacements for the top-selling annual.
4. Fifty years after the release of Our Day Will Come in February 1963, the city of Akron honored Ruby and the Romantics in a ceremony at City Hall. The Akron-born group was also part of the inaugural class of the R&B Hall of Fame in August.
5. Tuesday Musical celebrated its 125th anniversary, and named new Executive Director Jarrod Hartzler to replace the retiring Barbara Feld at the helm of the arts presenting organization.
6. Mark Masuoka was named the new executive director of the Akron Art Museum. He plans to encourage more community interaction and a more welcoming vibe at the museum.
7. John Lithgow, who attended Perkins Middle School and Buchtel High School when he was a teen living on the grounds of Stan Hywet, returned to Akron in April to visit his old haunts and speak to a packed house at E.J. Thomas Hall.
8. Two movies with North Canton ties appeared in area venues. Underdogs, a football drama shot in the North Canton area, was an award winner at the Cleveland International Film Festival and later given a special premiere at the Cinemark Tinseltown. And a fish story, co-starring North Canton’s Eddie McClintock, had a special showing at the Canton Film Festival, with McClintock attending.
9. Akron tables lost two longtime favorites: Bessemer’s corn and Ninni’s Italian pastries. Don Bessemer quit growing fresh produce, citing new government regulations, while Ninni’s Bakery announced it will close for good on Tuesday.
10. WNIR-FM was often in the headlines, including the announcement of Stan Piatt’s plans to retire by 2014, then his more abrupt departure before 2013 was over — at the same time as his on-air associate Maggie Fuller.