May 27, 2015


Community policing at center of Cleveland police reform plan

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CLEVELAND — The centerpiece of an agreement between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice on how to reform the city’s troubled police department is creating an organization that is more accountable and engaged with the people it serves. Community policing, improved training and policies concerning the use of force and more Read More…

Deadline closes in for tax exemption

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The deadline is Monday for Medina County residents hoping to save money by applying for the Homestead Exemption and the new Disabled Veterans Expanded Homestead Exemption programs. The Homestead Exemption allows low-income seniors and permanently disabled residents to reduce their property tax bills by shielding some of the market value of their homes from taxation. Read More…

Home remodel loans are available for Medina County residents

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Medina County residents interested in remodeling their homes can get low, fixed interest rates on loans as of June 1. Medina County Treasurer John Burke’s Fix-It Funds Program will allow residents to secure loans through Westfield Bank at a fixed interest rate up to 2 percent below the bank’s current rate. “Since its inception in Read More…

Cleveland, U.S. Justice Department to announce settlement in police brutality case

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WASHINGTON — Cleveland officials and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday will announce their settlement over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the city’s police department. An afternoon news conference will be held three days after a white policeman was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges for firing the final 15 rounds Read More…

Thousands attend Memorial Day parade, ceremony in Medina (PHOTOS)

The Color Guard fires a 21-gun salute for fallen soldiers at a Memorial Day ceremony in Medina’s Spring Grove Cemetery on Monday morning. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Thousands of people attended a Memorial Day parade in Medina on Monday morning to pay homage to fallen American servicemen and women. Marching bands, veterans, Boy Scouts and more took part in the parade, which started at 10 a.m. on Medina’s Public Square and ended at Spring Grove Cemetery. Following the parade, the cemetery became Read More…

Aungst is Brunswick’s new economic development director

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Brunswick’s new Community and Economic Development Director Grant Aungst hopes to combine his private- and public-sector experience in helping to support existing businesses and recruit new enterprises to the city. Aungst completed his first week on the job Friday and said he’s impressed with the community. “There’s a lot of activity here; the Brunswick community Read More…

Brunswick hosts Memorial Day parade, ceremony (PHOTOS)

A Color Guard fires a rifle salute during Memorial Day ceremonies in Brunswick. (NIKKI RHOADES / GAZETTE)

Brunswick celebrated Memorial Day on Monday with a festive parade that traveled from Visintainer Middle School to Westview Cemetery, also called Brunswick Center Cemetery. At the cemetery, the program included an introduction by Tom Chester, invocation by deacon Clem Belter, presentation of colors by American Legion Post 234 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520, Read More…

First Lady Michelle Obama sends off Oberlin College graduates

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Oberlin College commencement on Monday morning, May 25. (KRISTIN BAUER / GAZETTE)

“I should be here today,” first lady Michelle Obama told the crowd gathered Monday morning on Oberlin’s Tappan Square. She wasn’t forsaking her time at Princeton University, nor was she pandering to a packed audience. Instead, Obama was acknowledging a history that helped shape the 182-year-old college. “Oberlin is likely the only college I could Read More…

Those killed in action remembered in Medina County

Memorial Day is observed Sunday at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.  (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Hundreds fell silent Sunday afternoon to remember loved ones who were killed in action. People from all over Northeast Ohio gathered in front of the main flagpole at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery for a 3 p.m. ceremony to honor servicemen and women buried there. “People often think of Memorial Day as the kickoff Read More…

Genealogist studies past of historic cannons in Medina cemetery

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Nelson “Terry” Hart has spent 20 years researching, writing and giving classes on genealogy subjects, but it has always centered on people. Until now. As a member of the Medina County Genealogy Society, Hart was asked last year by fellow member John Gill to investigate the history of two cannons that decorate Spring Grove Cemetery Read More…