Story Time: Inspiring Early Readers

Most of Ohio’s 251 public library systems have children’s libraries, and most children’s libraries have weekly story times for young children — what many librarians and researchers say is critical to the development of early literacy.   Shelley Hall, the youth services manager for Kent Free Library, said reading is an important building block for success later on in life. “Reading to your child, especially a baby, is so important because it engages so many senses with your baby,” she said. “It starts their brain moving. They recognize pictures then, they hear the sound of your voice. It’s bonding time for you and the baby, so reading from a young

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A Look at Student Loans Through History

The United States Federal Reserve reports 44.2 million Americans bear the burden of student loan debt. Co-researchers Robert Cloud, education professor at Baylor University, and Richard Fossey,  education professor at University of Louisiana – Lafayette, estimate that 20 million of those Americans will never be able to pay back their loans. Fossey said eight million people have formally defaulted, meaning they’ve failed to make payments on their loans for over nine months. Two or three million are delinquent, having missed payments but not enough to default. Over six million are on income-based repayment plans that won’t actually pay back the loan.     “The vast majority of the people who

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Stow City Council hears resident concerns, passes legislation

Stow residents filled City Hall’s seats Thursday to speak out on an alleged altercation between the mayor and a councilman. Mayor Sara Kline reported to police that Councilman Bob Adaska shoved her after the March 22 council meeting.  Report made by Mayor Sara Kline against Councilman Bob Adaska. According to the police report, Kline accused Adaska of “assault” and “disorderly conduct – fighting or threatening.” Police charged Adaska Wednesday with simple misconduct. Law Director Amber Zibritosky said the Summit County Sheriff’s Office will complete the investigation. Adaska claimed he was getting out of his seat to leave the meeting when the mayor “yelled” at him and “pointed fingers” about comments

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Portage County organizations provide food, diapers for low-income moms

Ashley Pamela was on track to go to the University of Toledo on a full-ride scholarship. She looked forward to joining a sorority and getting involved on campus. She finally felt her life and her future falling into place — and then she got pregnant. Pamela’s boyfriend at the time, unwilling to let his girlfriend move away to a different city, intentionally impregnated her. “He was like, yeah, so you’re just gonna have to stay here,” she said. Pamela considered aborting the fetus and continuing on with her life, but her family’s background of strict religious beliefs encouraged her to keep the baby. Although she lost her mom when she

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Portage County organizations work to feed the hungry

For Karen Carpenter, feeding herself, her husband and her grandson is no easy task. Carpenter, 65, lives in Freedom Township, Portage County, with her husband and her grandson. She’s been on disability for 13 years from a bad back that makes her unable to hold a full-time job, and her diabetic husband is recovering from an invasive heart surgery. “It’s hard with limited income to buy school clothes and school supplies, and different things he needs, then turn around and buy groceries,” she said. The couple receives assistance in the form of disability checks and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, but she said it’s

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Nowhere to live and little help available: Homeless in Portage County

  After years of working to help the homeless at the Board of Life Mission in Barberton, Ohio, Marie Bruster never thought she could become homeless herself. But when the Mission’s donation base declined, Bruster lost her job, and she was forced to live out of her car with her two children and their pet guinea pig. “It was just so cold and I was like, I can’t deal with this anymore,” Bruster said. “I just wanted to end it.” Bruster and her children, Brianna, 9, and Eric, 16, survived a week without a place to stay. When she saw a sign for the Center of Hope, a food service

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Crash Course: Driving in Kent

Kent drivers kick off the new year with fifty eight reported accidents, many of which occur on the same intersections. Tv2’s Steven Geer takes us through which of Kent Ohio’s intersections are the most dangerous.   As more cars take to the streets than ever before, traffic accidents are on the rise nationwide, and Kent, Ohio, is no exception. In its 2016 annual report, the Kent Police Department wrote that there were 1015 total accident complaints that year, up 200 from 2014. Of those, 114 involved at least one injury. For Steve Pavliga, a senior psychology major, these statistics ring all too true. Pavliga was driving through the intersection of

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