Emergency phones on campus affected by changes in technology

By Elizabeth Randolph and Jonathan Huntsman When junior fashion merchandising major Shannon Green walks around campus, she rarely notices her many surroundings. “I know that I can be the type of person that just goes and focuses on the next direction,” she said. A feature on campus that Green said she’s never noticed is the abundance of emergency blue light phones on campus. The phones are scattered around campus and are lit at night for people who may find themselves in danger. Sgt. Michquel Penn is a Kent State police officer and former community resource officer. Penn said that even though there are approximately 42 phones on Kent State’s campus,

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Kent Pizzeria Forced to Closed Half Their Doors

Story By: Pamela Marotta Ramella’s a local pizzeria in downtown Kent has been forced to close their doors due to a safety hazard the Kent Health Department discovered during a building inspection. Ramella’s has two buildings that are connected, the pizzeria and the spy night lounge. There is a window that is located on the inside of the building that connects to both buildings. This window is used for people to place orders to the pizzeria while in the spy lounge. Ramella’s must address this issue or they will lose their occupancy permit. According to the Kent Health Department this window is considered to be a safety hazard and needs to have flame

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Kent City Council discusses relocation of city hall

Story by Kelsey Leyva and Jason Meek, video by Jennifer Roberts Kent City offices to move from Jennifer Roberts on Vimeo.   The Michael Schwartz Center at Kent State University is among the locations being considered for temporary office space while City Hall relocates. City Hall relocation options At Kent’s City Council meeting Wednesday night, City Manager David Ruller presented the idea of Kent’s Health Department moving into the Schwartz Center. The department would get an entire floor in the building. “They essentially have 3,000 square feet available for Jeff [Neistadt] and the Health Department and they’re currently only using about 1,800 square feet,” Ruller said. It would cost about

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Fundraising begins for Dan Smith Community Park

City of Kent honors Dan Smith from Jennifer Roberts on Vimeo. Story by Kelsey Leyva and Jason Meek Dan Smith, former Kent economic development director, is known by many throughout the Kent community as one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of downtown. Smith lost his life in 2014 after a year-long struggle with glioblastoma brain cancer, but those who knew him are determined to see his legacy live on. In honor of Smith, members of the Kent community have come together to transform the vacant area between Bricco and Bar 145 on Erie Avenue into Dan Smith Community Park. Fundraising for the $250,000 project began a couple weeks

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New signs in downtown Kent provide direction, character

Story by J. Tyler Singleton Video by Mike Drake All throughout downtown Kent, new signs now direct visitors to the nearest parking lot or farmer’s market and tell them “You are beautiful!” or that “Graffiti goes here.” Downtown Kent signs have character from Michael Drake on Vimeo. The city of Kent placed the new signs as part of the Signage and Wayfinding program which started in 2011. The city of Kent paid $230,000 for the new signs and the banners coming to downtown Kent in spring. Jim Bowling, the superintendent of engineering in the city of Kent, said the city utilized a tax increment-financing (TIF) program to generate the funds

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Former courthouse’s next chapter

City of Kent’s plans to redevelop By Danielle Hess With the January 7 release of a request for proposals, the City of Kent is keeping an open mind when it comes to the redevelopment of the former Portage County Municipal Courthouse. Tom Wilke, Kent’s director of economic development, said no proposals for the South Water Street property have been submitted yet, since they’re not due until March 30, but a variety of ideas have been mentioned. “I’ve heard a lot of people mention the idea of putting in a micro brewery,” Wilke said. “I do think there are some physical challenges in doing that because of the way the building

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Kent bar popularity determined by image and location

Story by Chelsey Milkovich and Martin Harp Video by Jenson Strock The city of Kent offers locals and students alike a variety of bars to visit downtown. Over the last few years of renovations and development, the growth of the city has changed, shifting popularity from Franklin Avenue to South Water Street causing establishments to relocate or shut down. Mike Beder, owner of Water Street Tavern and Venice Cafe said there is a noticeable difference in walk in bar traffic at both locations. Venice Cafe, located at the corner of Erie and Franklin, sees a smaller population as compared to Water Street Tavern, located on South Water Street. Since 2001,

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How Safe is Downtown Kent?

Two months ago a twenty-year-old Kent State student was assaulted in downtown Kent after getting into a fight outside of Bar 145 downtown suffering severe lacerations to the face and other injuries. For those who heard about the assault it raises the question of safety in downtown Kent. It’s been four years since two men died as the result of a bar fight in downtown Kent. Dayton native, 22-year-old Christopher M. Kernich was fatally beaten in November of 2009 and a Delaware man, 28-year-old John T. White died three months later from the injuries he received in a beating in downtown Kent. Both were Kent State University students who died

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Mr. Zub’s Deli and Bar 145 are downtown kent’s top health violators

When biting into a tuna sandwich, the average consumer is not questioning whether the fish was stored properly or the sandwich maker washed his hands. Determining that is the job of health inspectors, who check restaurants to make sure they are preparing food in a safe way. In downtown Kent, these inspections have revealed both heavy violators and model restaurateurs. Search to see violations at downtown restaurants The top violators Kent Chief Public Health Sanitarian Justin Smith said violations are classified as critical or non-critical depending on severity. Critical violations are situations that could cause a foodborne illness if not corrected. “Just because it’s a critical violation, doesn’t mean someone’s

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Assaults in Downtown Kent

An assault is “carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm”, according to Wikipedia. Under Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 2903.13 Assault, no person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another or to another’s unborn and no person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to another or to another’s unborn.It is considered a first degree misdemeanor except in certain circumstances. Here in Kent, Ohio, the number of assault incidents in downtown are not alarming to the Kent Police Department. TV2’s Alaina Altieri has the number of incidents and how the police keep downtown safe.     The most

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