November 1, 2014


Bullying? ‘Not in our house,’ says Medina High School for Unity Day

About 70 Medina High School students and staff pose for a promotional photo wearing orange T-shirts to celebrate Bullying Awareness Month. This is the fifth year Medina Schools has participated in the month-long event, and it’s the first year events expanded beyond the high school to the middle and elementary schools. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

About 70 students, faculty and staff at Medina High School were united Wednesday in their anti-bullying message: “Not in Our House.” They all wore orange T-shirts sporting the message for Unity Day, part of Bullying Awareness Month. Biology teacher Dave Johnson’s first-period class came up with the “Not in Our House” slogan for the shirts Read More…

Medina Schools projects $4M loss in state funding for district

Medina Schools

Medina Schools may need to look for a new funding source to make up for nearly $4 million that could be lost from the state. School district Treasurer David Chambers presented a five-year financial forecast to the Board of Education for its review Monday night. The biggest financial loss involves the tangible personal property tax Read More…

Library bouncy ball drop wraps up ‘Wonder’ book program (with video)


MEDINA — More than 2,000 bouncy balls were dropped from the top floor of the Medina County District Library in Medina to the lobby on Friday to wrap up the library’s One Book, One Community program. The program consisted of dozens of events, speakers and book clubs focused on “Wonder,” a short novel by R.J. Read More…

Barbershop harmonies come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (with video)


The Matinee Singers brought their barbershop harmonies and showmanship to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Medina on Tuesday afternoon as part of the church’s Brown Bag Concert series. The group mostly is comprised of retired members of Akron’s Derbytown Chorus, who have flexible schedules and regularly perform and rehearse during the daytime. The group bills Read More…

Medina Schools dedicates Waite playground to late teacher

The Sherman family: Dan, Caleb, Loren and Alissa. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The playground at Ralph E. Waite Elementary School will honor the memory of fifth-grade teacher Dan Sherman, who died suddenly in June. The Medina school board approved “The Dan Sherman Playground” Monday night. Sherman, 36, of Montville Township, died of cardiac arrest June 3, after collapsing during a workout at a West Liberty Street gym. Read More…

Medina County considers boost in dues for business consortium

Medina County

Medina County may increase its annual dues by $5,000 to the consortium that works to boost Northeast Ohio businesses in the global marketplace. The county has been paying $25,000 a year to the Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium since 2005, when it entered into an agreement with the 10-county regional organization and became a Read More…

November workshop for parents, teachers to focus on drug prevention

Medina County Drug Abuse Commission

Drug awareness educators next month will host a workshop for parents, teachers, counselors and social workers about how to spot the signs of drug abuse and what drugs are popular among teenagers. “Education is really the key. It’s an opportunity to be more educated and more aware of the issue,” said Brian Nowak, director of Read More…

Brunswick High School’s roof to be fixed after hail storm, tornado

Brunswick Schools

BRUNSWICK — Three sections of Brunswick High School’s roof will be repaired before winter arrives. The school board Monday night approved a bid of $655,119 from Strongsville-based Professional Roofing Services. The roof was damaged during a hail storm and tornado that struck the city in June. “We were advised it would be better to get Read More…

Attorney for accused arsonist urges judge to end woman’s house arrest

Carol Gross

A Wadsworth woman charged with trying to kill her elderly father-in-law in a fire in 2012 has asked a judge to remove her from house arrest, a condition of her bond. Carol M. Gross, 45, posted a property bond last October, when her mother used her home as collateral. As a condition of bond, Gross Read More…

Public restrooms on Medina Public Square to open for Candlelight Walk


Work on the public restrooms on Medina’s Public Square should be complete in time for the city’s Candlelight Walk next month, city officials said. Service Director Nino Piccoli said the unexpected repairs to the water main in the 200 block of South Court Street did not slow down the work on the restrooms. “The restrooms Read More…