November 26, 2015

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Chelsea Cares blankets offer love and comfort to sick children, families

Betty Platner poses with pillows and crafting materials in the basement of her Montville Township home, where she stores hundreds of blankets and pillowcases that will be donated to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children's Hospital. Platner and her family have since 2007 led a nonprofit organization that donates the items. (NICK GLUNT /GAZETTE)

Since 2007, more than 10,000 sick children at Akron Children’s Hospital have received homemade blankets and pillowcases donated by a local organization. Betty Platner, who helps lead the nonprofit organization, told The Gazette on Sunday that she and her family donate the items out of a sense of empathy. “My granddaughter, when she was 20 Read More…

Brunswick teens get into the game as interns for RubberDucks

Gabe Wasylko, a Brunswick High School graduate, helped to work the scoreboard at Canal Park for the Akron RubberDucks baseball games this summer. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Lilian Cox | Special to The Gazette Have you ever dreamed of working for one of your favorite sports teams? For Brunswick teens Gabe Wasylko and Allison Rhoades, the dream came true. Both worked as interns for the Akron RubberDucks’ video production crew during the just-completed 2015 season through a relationship developed between the Ducks Read More…

Jazz concert in Medina’s Public Square draws a crowd (PHOTOS)

Bobby Selvaggio on alto saxophone, center, and The New Standards Project perform Saturday night at the gazebo on Medina’s Public Square. It was the final event of the “Jazz Under the Stars” series organized by Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach. Theron Brown is on keyboard, Aidan Plank plays bass and Dan Fernandez is on drums. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

A crowd descended on Public Square in Medina Saturday night as jazz musicians Bobby Selvaggio on alto saxophone and The New Standards Project performed. It was the final event of the “Jazz Under the Stars” series organized by the Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach group (ORMACO).

Brunswick’s Mapleside Farms kicks off fall fun

Pumpkin Village features a scenic hayride through the Apple Orchard. The first event of Pumpkin Village's 2015 season was Saturday at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick. (NIKKI RHOADES / GAZETTE)

Mapleside Farms kicked off the fall festival season Saturday with the annual opening of Pumpkin Village. “Our whole team thought of it about five years ago — me, my wife, and our kids wanted to have a series of festivals during the fall,” owner Greg Clements said. “The Johnny Appleseed Festival has been here for Read More…

Monument would pay tribute to veterans’ sacrifices

The Gold Star is a symbol of honor within the United States Armed Forces that recognizes and honors the families of service members killed in combat. The memory of the fallen warrior is often honored by wearing a Gold Star on a lapel or displaying a Gold Star Service Flag in a home window. The Read More…

A galaxy of ‘Star Wars’ merchandise in a store near you

TOP:  “Star Wars” display on Friday at the Target store on North Court Street in Medina draws consumers to an aisle filled with newly unveiled toys promoting the Dec. 18 release of “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.” The display, featuring the robot character BB-8, beeped and moved as customers walked past.  (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

The release of the new “Star Wars” movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “Force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film. The massive marketing blitz, which Disney has named “Force Friday,” spans all kinds of media and included an 18-hour global Read More…

Groups protest Jon Husted’s rejection of charter issues

Debra Beckstett, of Medina County, protests Wednesday outside the Athletic Club, 136 E. Broad Street, Columbus, where Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a keynote address during the Metropolitan Club Luncheon. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Dozens of people from across Ohio protested for hours Wednesday outside the Athletic Club, Columbus, where Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a keynote address during the Metropolitan Club Luncheon. A group called the Ohio Community Rights Network, OHCRN, sponsored the protest, which was directed at Husted’s recent decision to remove multiple county charters from Read More…

Vehicle crashes into Medina store, no injuries reported

The storefront of Vicarious Vapors at 
435 W. Liberty St. in Medina was damaged Tuesday when a Honda Civic crashed into it. (NIKKI RHOADES / GAZETTE)

A driver lost control of her 2006 Honda Civic on Tuesday morning and crashed through the front window of a Medina business, according to police reports. The woman, 75, was attempting to park outside Vicarious Vapors, an electronic cigarette store in a plaza at 435 W. Liberty St., at about 11:15 a.m. when she pressed Read More…

Event-goers get taste of Wadsworth eating spots

Residents eat at tables on Broad Street in downtown Wadsworth Wednesday night, during the 15th annual Taste of Wadsworth. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Visitors and residents enjoyed the 15th Taste of Wadsworth Wednesday night. About 22 food vendors set up tents in the parking lot behind Valley Cafe at High and Broad streets.

Lorain County couple sues NEXUS pipeline project to protect property

A Lorain County couple filed a lawsuit against NEXUS Gas Transmission on Wednesday in an attempt to protect their property from what they’ve described as a rude and deceptive company. The lawsuit, filed in county Lorain County Common Pleas Court by George and Sandra Springer, seeks $300,000 in damages and a jury trial to determine Read More…