July 30, 2014

Medina
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It’s been 20 years since Progressive Field opened as Jacobs Fields

Balloons fly during the national anthem before Friday's game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. (AP)

Twenty years later, to the day, another gray-haired southpaw opened the Indians’ home season with a ceremonial first pitch. Mike Hargrove doesn’t have the international clout of his predecessor on the mound — President Bill Clinton — but he’s beloved by Cleveland fans. The Indians celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of Progressive Field Read More…

Montville Township homeowners left with tax bill

Dan Pompili and David Knox | The Gazette MONTVILLE TWP. — Township trustees are working with county Auditor Mike Kovack to resolve delinquent taxes owed on land set aside as green space in the Cobblestone Park housing development. About $53,000 in back property taxes were owed on two parcels — totaling about 24 acres — Read More…

PHOTO: Lightening the mood with comedy skits

Blin Scatterday shines a flashlight in the eyes of Neal Beck during a performance of comedy skits Friday afternoon at the Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina Township. Scatterday played a bureaucrat at the gates to heaven and Beck played a young man disappointed he saw no light before entering the pearly gates. “Does that make you feel better?” Scatterday asked, after shining the flashlight at Beck and before looking up Beck’s “paperwork.” The WRMC Readers Theatre, performs shows throughout the year and will perform another “best of” comedy show — its final one of the season — at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Medina Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Road. The performance is free and open to the public. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Yoga studio owner looks to stretch out under the sun

Chelsea Piszczek will host yoga classes outside in Brunswick. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A former Medina resident is bringing her yoga studio to the outdoors this summer at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick. Chelsea Piszczek, 23, of Lakewood, plans to host yoga classes at the picturesque farm Saturday and Sunday mornings starting in May and continuing into early fall. Piszczek — who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012 Read More…

Drive continues to get book in hands of sixth-graders

Coordinators of a countywide drive to provide copies of an inspirational children’s book to every sixth-grader in Medina County are predicting a successful outcome. “We’re well on our way,” said Kelley Jones, event coordinator for the county’s United Way chapter. “The response has been amazing.” The book, “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio, is about a 10-year-old Read More…

PHOTO: Man uninjured as culvert collapses in Montville Twp.

A Montville Township man escaped from his car after a culvert under his driveway caved in Thursday night following daylong rain. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

According to Montville police, Frank A. Salerno Jr., was uninjured when the culvert on his driveway in the 6600 block of River Styx Road collapsed around 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Police Sgt. Matt Neil said the rushing water from what is normally a small stream compromised the integrity of the culvert and when the weight of Read More…

Cleveland squanders chance to gain ground

Charles Odum AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — A hot-shooting night has the Atlanta Hawks back in sole possession of a playoff spot. Poor shooting cost the Cavaliers in a game they desperately needed. Mike Scott ended a scoring slump with 26 points and the Hawks beat Cleveland 117-98 on Friday night in a costly Read More…

Kipnis contract is good start for home opener

  The first Indians home win of the season came early Friday morning. Before the 133-minute rain delay that included a half-hour of bright sunshine. Before the offense erupted for seven runs in its last three at-bats. Before starting pitcher Danny Salazar fought through 5⅔ innings and the bullpen slammed the door. Before the 7-2 Read More…

Swisher powers Indians over Twins

Chris Assenheimer The Gazette CLEVELAND — It was celebration day at Progressive Field on Friday. The festivities began early. During the morning hours, the Indians announced they had agreed to terms on a contract extension with all-star second baseman Jason Kipnis. In the afternoon leading up to the home opener, the team fought inclement weather Read More…

Federal judge says he’ll order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages

CINCINNATI — A federal judge said Friday that he will order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, a move that strikes down part of the state’s ban on gay marriages but stops short of forcing it to perform same-sex weddings. Judge Timothy Black announced his intentions in federal court in Cincinnati following final arguments in Read More…