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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City Council passes motion to create parallel parking on West Main Street Bridge

Kent City Council voted to change the parking on the West Main Street Bridge from diagonal to parallel with a possibility of meter parking in the future. On Oct. 1, Mayor Fiala and the rest of the council heard a motion to keep the parking as is with potential metered parking from Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer but that was quickly voted against. “Parking over in the west river has not been well or completely managed and there is a lot of parking needs over there,” said Doug Fuller, owner of the West River Place building. “The bridge is part of those parking needs and I would hate to see them go.”

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City Council passes changes for West Main Street bridge parking

Kent City Council passed a motion Wednesday, Oct. 1, that will create parallel parking on the West Main Street bridge and explore the possibility of meter parking for the future. The motion was proposed by Councilman Garret Ferrara after Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer’s motion to keep the parking as is and explore paid parking for the future was shot down. Council members, Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala and administration discussed the future of the bridge after City Engineer Jim Bowling gave recommendations based on research and studies on the bridge. “I know any day now, (the bridge) should be seeing its conclusion,” City Manager Dave Ruller said as the discussion opened. Bowling

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Portage County employment offices to hold education and job fair Oct. 23

Ravenna High School will host a job and education fair on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The event, which is joint effort by OhioMeansJobs Portage County and Portage County Job and Family Services, is expected to draw 250 to 300 job seekers said Brian Boykin, workforce administrator at OhioMeansJobs Portage County. “Our goal is to help our county residents become employed,” Boykin said. “[For] those who are underemployed, we want to help them develop some skill sets and hopefully be employed in some occupation that can sustain a livable wage.” At least 15 businesses, seven educational institutions and six temp agencies will be at the fair said

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City of Kent Reaches to Community Through Social Media

The City of Kent has been reaching out to its community, but in the age of information, does it take advantage of social media too? The City of Kent’s City Manager Department does in fact involve itself in social media with its community. The department alone includes accounts in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, according to Suzanne Stemnock, Assistant to the City Manager. But Kent also has independently controlled social media sites belonging to their respective departments such as the Parks and Recreations, Fire, Economic Development and Police Departments. “The city got on its first social media site about three years ago,” Stemnock said. “The city thought it was a

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New plan to turn Haymaker Parkway land into ‘pocket park’

Kent City Council unanimously approved last week a 35-thousand-dollar landscaping plan that will transform the land next to the new downtown development along Haymaker Parkway into a ‘pocket park.’ TV2 City Reporter Raven Brinson explains. [rpavideo caption=” “]092513_LandscapingInstallation_PKG[/rpavideo] City council also voted to enter into a 15-year maintenance term with College Town Kent to ensure the area is looked after. Project Manager in Corporate Communications with Davey Tree Jennifer Lennox said the installation will begin sometime next week.

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Bridge to Kramer Fields closer to completion

[rpavideo caption=”After almost four years of delays and construction a bridge connecting Fred Fuller Park to the Kramer Ballfields is nearing completion. It’s taken a little longer and cost a little more than expected. At the same time the construction kept Kent’s athletes from playing on their favorite fields. TV2’s Sean Barie reports.”]RPA_Barie_Shook_KramerFields[/rpavideo] Bridge issues displace baseball, softball leagues, leave fields unused By Nick Shook A drive down Haymaker Parkway heading toward downtown Kent reveals a side street, running parallel with route 59. At one end of that street, “Road Closed” signs have been placed for what may seem like forever to the city’s residents, but fortunately for them —

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