Stow Police Complete Mission to Deliver Christmas Cheer with “Operation Blue Santa”

Stow City Council had their final meeting of the year on December 17th and despite the tough circumstances brought on by 2020, their was plenty of praise to go around for the Stow Police Department and Chief Jeff Film. On December 12th, 15 different families and over 30 kids in Stow were surprised by Stow Police as they commenced “Operation Blue Santa”. As Santa rode around town in an armored SWAT vehicle, officers donated almost $10,000 worth of gifts in total to families in need. Stow Police Chief Jeff Film said, “Stow residents, going out to Stow businesses and getting gift cards, giving them to us so we can donate

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Despite COVID-19, Kent City School District Support Staff Still Attempting to Work at Full Capacity

 Ky Kallinowski and Gershon Harrell The Kent City School District shut their doors in March due to the spread of COVID-19, forcing students to complete the remainder of their school year online, rendering the support staff such as bus drivers, maintenance workers and custodians nearly jobless.  One of the big issues was losing their bus drivers, especially considering there were a handful of drivers who worked during the summer months.  “Basically they got paid,” said Transportation Supervisor, Rick Lewis. “We kept everybody on the payroll so that we wouldn’t lose bus drivers, and it was the right thing to do.”  Jim Soyars, Director of Business Services for the Kent City

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Despite Spike in Cases and Heightened Legislation, Kent City Schools Continue To Safely Provide Entertainment and Utility For The Community

As the seasons change and fall sports wrap up for high school, Kent Soccer Coach Ross Adair looks back pridefully on the work that him and his players have done over the past few months, all while managing to stay safe as well. “Surprisingly, we had zero positive positive cases on the team… I think what helped was taking strict precautions from the the beginning to show parents we were serious about it, and then as time went on things did become a little bit more lax. I think it proved that doing some things are better than none,” said Adair. Adair said that despite the restrictions on spectators, the

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From Student’s to Doctors, Kent State Plays a Pivotal Role in Registering Voters Across Ohio

Across Ohio, efforts to register voters for the November 2020 election come to an end at 9 p.m., Monday October 5th. At Kent State University, students and faculty alike have made efforts in Kent and the surrounding communities to encourage citizens to use their right to vote. “It’s not a matter of us backing any sort of initiative or any sort of political party. We just want everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and take advantage of the right to vote… people died for this right. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,” said Cynthia Williams, Director of Public Relations for Kent State University Libraries. Kent

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Kent City Schools Face Challenges with COVID in a College Town

While almost all of Portage County’s school districts were planning a somewhat smooth return to schooling, Kent City Schools stood alone facing a unique challenge in battling COVID-19: wild college kids. Kent is not the only college town in Portage County, there is NEOMED in Rootstown, but aside from these two cities, Portage County is a generally rural and sparsely populated area. When creating strategies to go back to school, Kent School’s administrators had to weigh the risks of living in the same city Portage County’s premiere tourist attraction. “It was the idea that we need to be prepared because it probably will hit our district harder than Stow, Hudson,

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Erin Pontikos Q&A

Ky Kalinowski Reporting Public Policy 11 September 2020 Erin Pontikos Interview Erin Pontikos is a school counselor and advisor of the Key Club at Rocky River High School in Rocky River, Ohio. Located just outside of Cleveland, Rocky River is one of the most prestigious public-school districts in Ohio. Pontikos not only leads honor students in community service with Key Club but advises students into college admission and leads them through the process to achieve their top school choice. Ky Kalinowski: With school now taking place online, students lose out on a lot of social maturation, what steps are schools taking to make sure that students are receiving the social benefits of school still? Erin Pontikos: It’s

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