July 31, 2014

Medina
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Businesses sought for Joint Economic Development District

Medina City Council on Monday approved a Joint Economic Development District agreement with Lafayette Township aimed at spurring development of University Center Innovation Park. For more than a year, Medina County Commissioners have urged creation of the JEDD to lure businesses to the industrial park, along Technology Lane north of state Route 162. As expected, Read More…

No more midnight runs for tax procrastinators

Jeanne Menich, of Medina, files her tax forms Monday at the Medina Post Office, 303 N. Court St. Serving her are postal workers Linda Materna, of Granger Township, and Byron Elston, of Akron. The deadline to file federal and state tax returns is midnight. But because most taxpayers now file electronically, post offices no longer stay open that late. In Ohio, only the main post office in Cleveland will have extended hours, but only until 9 p.m. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

“I just don’t trust computers,” Jeanne Menich said. That’s why she came to the Medina Post Office on Monday to file her tax returns. Menich’s allegiance to paper, envelopes and stamps makes her something of an endangered species. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that about 85 percent of the tax returns filed by today’s deadline Read More…

Montville resident wins cash for tourney picks

Jim Vojir stands in his Montville Township backyard Monday afternoon. Vojir won $2,500 for the best bracket in a tournament in 30 newspapers nationwide. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — A local retiree won big on the nationwide Bracketbucks contest sponsored by The Gazette. Jim Vojir, of Montville Township, won $2,500 for correctly guessing the Final Four teams on his March Madness bracket submitted last month. In a March Madness tournament that featured a number of stunning upsets, Vojir was one of only Read More…

Backup levy plan prepared

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick school officials are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. The school board Monday took the first step to place a 6.1-mill, eight-year renewal levy on the August special election ballot even though the same levy will be voted on in next month’s primary. Superintendent Michael Mayell stressed that if Read More…

Free ebook offers info on intellectual property laws

The latest information about intellectual property — patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets — is available in the Ohio State Bar Association’s free online book. Patricia Walker and Ralph Jocke, of the Medina law firm of Walker & Jocke Co., co-authored the chapter on intellectual property, which is included in the updated edition of the Read More…

Saville is the real deal

  Brad Bournival The Gazette Standing 5-foot-11, Courtney Saville is hard not to notice. Put a softball in the Brunswick junior’s hand and the attention she demands is almost palpable. While the right-handed pitcher’s success comes in part from her incredible athleticism, her determination is just as responsible for her early achievements with the Blue Read More…

Cardinals leave Pirates in the dark

Black River Pirates pitcher Glen Crabtree (L) and catcher Brock Waltz are unable to come up with a bunt by Brookside's Kyle Houston in the second inning. (Photo Josefczyk)

Albert Grindle The Gazette SULLIVAN TWP. — Well, that was awkward. Weekday high school baseball games almost always start around 4:30 p.m., but a communication snafu Monday caused Brookside to arrive at 5:21 for its Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Black River. Dudley Taw didn’t seem to mind, as the left-hander led the Read More…

Cavs, Irving eye strong finish

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers play their final game of the season Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Some would argue their season ended two games ago. After beating Detroit in impressive fashion last Wednesday but getting eliminated from the playoffs later that night when Atlanta beat Boston, Read More…

Mack happy to be a Brown

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Alex Mack is happy to be the highest-paid center in the NFL. Happy the venture into free agency is behind him. Happy to have a long-term contract, and the power to opt out after two years. And, yes, happy to be a Brown. Mack was back at Browns headquarters Read More…

Medina school board: Interim Superintendent David Knight is our man

Knight, David

The Medina school board is moving to drop the “interim” from David Knight’s job title. Knight, a retired Sidney Fenn Elementary School principal, was hired as interim superintendent after Superintendent Randy Stepp was placed on administrative leave April 8, 2013, pending completion of a special state audit into his spending of district funds from a Read More…