September 2, 2014


Parents crusade for teen driving safety

As high schoolers pile into cars to head to school, dances, football games and other fall events, local law enforcement officers and parents are urging teens to make sure they follow state laws for young drivers. Ohio has laws that prohibit 16-year-old drivers from having more than one passenger who is not a family member. Read More…

Retail stores have a solid start to back-to-school shopping season

The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales. The National Retail Federation expects the average family with school-aged children to spend $669.28 for back to school items, up 5 percent from last year. That would be the second-highest amount since the industry trade group started Read More…

PHOTOS: Ladies Night Out in Medina draws customers to local businesses

Shannon Lang, left, and Lindsey Barazda, both age 10, get their hair braided by Mary Kay of VCS Salon and Spa during Ladies Night Out in Medina on Thursday. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

During Ladies Night Out events throughout the year in Medina, locally owned and operated businesses are open evening hours and feature special shopping deals, samplings of specialty food products and mini-makeovers. Thursday’s event was sponsored by merchants of Main Street Medina and the Medina Historic District with the support of VCS Salon and Spa.

Traveling Sept. 11 memorial to Medina to spread ‘never forget’ message


A mobile 9/11 memorial will roll into Medina at the end of August for two days. The 53-foot-long Tunnel to Towers tractor-trailer will make a stop in the city Aug. 26 and 27. It features an 1,100-square-foot interactive memorial to the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives trying to save people inside the Read More…

Blue Heron overgrowth to be cleared away, public to be welcomed soon


Montville Township trustees hope to open a small portion of the former Blue Heron Golf Course as a public park within two weeks. The board of trustees met Tuesday evening for the second time to discuss preliminary stages of a five-year financing and development plan for the proposed park. The trustees agreed in May to Read More…

Heads with new haircuts held high down school hallways

Angels for Kids founder Shanyn McCourt, right, poses with Kenny Crumpton, of Fox 8 News, stylists from Salon Rootz in Medina Township and area children who were given free back-to-school makeovers Monday to boost their confidence. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Three dozen area youngsters were pampered by stylists at Salon Rootz on Monday as part of an annual back-to-school event sponsored by the Angels for Kids Foundation. The children from around Northeast Ohio were given a haircut, new outfits for the first day of school, beauty and hygiene products and school supplies at the Medina Read More…

Brunswick company Philpott celebrates 125 years

State Rep. Dave Hall, right, shares a joke with Mike Baach, president and CEO of Philpott, Friday morning during a celebration commemorating 125 years in business at the company’s Brunswick headquarters. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

More than 200 employees, family, friends, business leaders and government officials crowded Brunswick’s Industrial Park on Friday morning to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Philpott. The company was founded in Cleveland in 1889 as a rubber hose and belting supply house by John W. Philpott, whose two sons-in-law managed the business before he sold it Read More…

United Way to hold annual school supply drive today

Local nonprofits are banding together to make sure children throughout the county don’t go back to school without the proper supplies. The United Way of Medina County will hold its annual Stuff the Bus event today at the Medina Walmart, 4141 Pearl Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Last year, thanks to the generosity Read More…

Medina’s Sushi on the Roll becomes Twiisted

Staff members from Twiisted cut the ribbon for their restaurant on Friday in Medina. Previously known as Sushi on the Roll, the rebranded restaurant focuses on combining dishes from the East and the West. From left: Damon West, Andy Johnson, Lee Ruffier, Charlie Franklin and Tiffany Bounce. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Sushi from the East has met gourmet cheeseburgers from the West at a new Medina restaurant. Twiisted, 985 Boardman Alley, previously known as Sushi on the Roll, held a grand opening Friday. General manager Damon West was brought in earlier this year to develop a fresh concept on the Medina food scene. “We Read More…

Spreading cheer in tough times


BY MARIA KACIK Staff Writer A classic Christmas song says the holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year,” but that’s not true for many during periods of economic strife. To help, the Medina County business community is trying to spread cheer with fundraisers and collection drives that aim to give to those Read More…