May 29, 2015

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Party in Medina’s Public Square celebrates end of school year (PHOTOS)

Maria Leng, left, shows customers her handmade jewelry and silk wall hangings at a booth on Medina’s Public Square during Main Street Medina’s Stroll the Square event Thursday evening. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Hula hoops, beach balls, jump ropes and hundreds of children made Medina’s Public Square a colorful, smile-filled place Thursday evening during what was called the first end-of-school dance party. Medina Schools sponsored the party 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the end of the academic year. Rock musician Alice Cooper’s song “School’s Out” started off Read More…

Rep. Renacci discusses taxes, highway funds with business leaders

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, speaks to members of the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council on Thursday in Cuyahoga Falls. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, told Akron business leaders Thursday he first ran for Congress in 2010 to defend the business community. Renacci, who said he’s owned more than 60 businesses, added he does not believe it is an easy time for small business owners given the current political climate. “The federal government does not Read More…

Cavs: LeBron James reflects on journey

The Cavaliers’ LeBron James poses for a selfie with fans. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is one of those athletes who doesn’t look back or ahead too often. But after the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals for the second time in their 45-year history by completing a sweep of the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the 30-year-old was in a rare reflective Read More…

Brunswick High School teens support local police with rally

Brunswick students posed for photos with police officers Tuesday at the high school for their social media campaign #EndThe Pain. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Isaiah Catania gathered a group of Brunswick High School students together Wednesday to start a social media campaign with a goal of showing support for law enforcement officers. The group, which includes black and white students, created T-shirts that say “Don’t Believe the Hype” and a logo of a black hand and white hand joining Read More…

Wadsworth sewing club unites women for patchwork of friends, advice

Quilter Carol Marona demonstrates applique. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

They sew quilts, they sew clothes, they help charities, they plan parties, they have fun. They are part of the Akron-Canton chapter of the nationwide American Sewing Group. They meet monthly, led by Laurie Schmeltzer, of Wadsworth, who says sewing is a hobby where people happily accept a plague of UFOs — that’s “unfinished objects.” Read More…