Friday, 29 May 2015 17:50

Browns Tickets 2015: Tiered Pricing

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The Cleveland Browns are going to tiered ticket pricing for 2015.

Tickets will be priced based on the anticpated value of each home game - the highest tier includes games with the Tenneesee Titans and the Denver Broncos. The divisional games with Baltimore and Pittsburgh are in Tier 2, and games against Oakland, Arizona, Cincinnati and San Francisco are in Tier 3.

The two home preseason games, against Washington and Buffalo, are in the lowest tier.

The Browns say the pricing doesn't affect the overall pricing of season ticket prices.


(Cleveland Browns, news release) Browns season ticket members were notified today that all tickets, including single-game sales, will be variably priced in 2015. This model does not impact the overall price of season ticket packages. Variable pricing provides season ticket members the best value for each game by assigning price based on anticipated demand. Browns season ticket members will continue to be guaranteed tickets to all home games at the lowest prices.

The tiers and the respective games within those tiers are as follows, starting with the highest anticipated value:

Tier 1: vs. Tennessee (Week 2, Sept. 20), vs. Denver (Week 6, Oct. 18)

Tier 2: vs. Baltimore (Week 12, Nov. 30), vs. Pittsburgh (Week 17, Jan. 3)

Tier 3: vs. vs. Oakland (Week 3, Sept. 27), vs. Arizona (Week 8, Nov. 1), vs. Cincinnati (Week 13, Dec. 6) vs. San Francisco (Week 14, Dec. 13)

Tier 4: vs. Washington (Preseason 1, Aug. 13), vs. Buffalo (Preseason 2, Aug. 20)

To purchase season tickets, fans can visit or call 440-824-3434.

Cleveland Browns 2015 regular season home opponents:

Team 2014 Record (Win Pct.)

Arizona* 11-5 (.688)

Baltimore* 10-6 (.625)

Cincinnati* 10-5-1 (.656)

Denver* 12-4 (.750)

Oakland 3-13 (.188)

Pittsburgh* 11-5 (.688)

Tennessee 2-14 (.125)

San Francisco 8-8 (.500)

Totals 67-60-1 (.527)

Friday, 29 May 2015 11:21

UPDATE: ODOT Delays Kenmore Leg Reopening

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The weekend forecast has forced officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to delay the reopening of the Kenmore Leg until Wednesday, June 3.

ODOT officials expected the westbound lanes, between I-76 and I-277, to reopen this Sunday, but rain and thunderstorms in the weekend forecast caused the delay. 

"The reopening of the Kenmore Leg westbound has been delayed a little bit and that's primarily due to the weather," said Kovacs. "We're in the part of the project where we need dry weather and warm weather."

Weather permitting, crews will begin the resurfacing project on the eastbound lanes on Thursday. ODOT will be closing those lanes for next 35 days.

Unfortunately, that means traffic problems will be shifting to the other direction.

Here's a brief summary and detour options to move around the closure: 

kenmore leg

1. Beginning in mid-June, I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound between I-77 and I-277 will be closed through early August for pavement reconstruction.

2. Beginning in mid-June, the ramp from I-76 eastbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound will be closed through early August. The detour will be I-277 eastbound to I-77 northbound. (Detour in green).

3. Beginning in mid-June, the ramp from I-277 westbound to I-76 eastbound/Kenmore Leg will be closed through early August. The detour will be I-76 westbound to SR 21 northbound to I-77 southbound. (Detour in blue).

4. Beginning in June, the ramp from Kenmore Blvd. to I-76/Kenmore Blvd. eastbound will be closed through early
August. The detour will be Kenmore Blvd., to SR 93 southbound to Waterloo Rd. to I-277 eastbound to I-77
northbound.(Detour in purple).

Thursday, 28 May 2015 17:59

Browns Scrimmage In Columbus

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The home of the Scarlet and Grey will add two more colors this summer.

The Cleveland Browns' "Orange and Brown Scrimmage" will head down I-71 to Columbus to Ohio Stadium this August.

It's the second time the event hasn't been held in Cleveland. Last year, over 20,000 packed the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium.

That event sparked talk that the Browns training camp could land in Akron.

But the talk now in Columbus is that training camp could head there instead.

An Akron man has been sentenced to nine years in prison and has been ordered to pay more than three-quarters of a million dollars in restitution for food stamp fraud.

Johnnie Byrd III, 45, of Akron, was found guilty of a list of charges including engaging in pattern of corrupt activity and money laundering. The court ordered the nine year sentence would be a mandatory term, meaning Byrd cannot request any type of early release.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says Byrd stole money from "those who needed it the most and "sent his mother into bankruptcy."

Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigall–Jones handed down the nine year sentence and ordered Byrd to pay nearly $774,000 to the State of Ohio for restitution and reimbursement.

Community members are coming together to help rebuild a Munroe Falls business that was destroyed in Wednesday night fire.

"They just treat you like they've known you forever and it's just a really wonderful place," said Akron resident Nick Mancuso. "My heart broke as soon as I saw the fire."

Mancuso visits the Cornerstone Market every week. He set up a GoFundMe account just hours after the fire to collect donations to help with any rebuilding plans that may be in the works.

"It was the best idea because that market is all about community, all about family and there's not really a better place than GoFundMe to generate some awareness and to help them out," said Mancuso.

Within a few hours, more than a dozen donations were submitted to the GoFundMe page.

"I think it's a great way for anybody who feels a connection to that market, in any way, to say 'hey, I helped to rebuild this,'" said Mancuso "and whenever they do rebuild, they can all come back and feel like they were part of that."

Mancuso hasn't had a chance to reach out the owners of Cornerstone Market, but he hopes to present them with the money collected to help rebuild the store.

No one was injured in the fire, but investigators told NewsChannel 5 that the building was considered a total loss. The cause of the fire has yet to be released.

Click here to view the GoFundMe page. 



Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:47

UPDATE VIDEO Williams Announces Run For Mayor

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Akron City Council member at large Mike Williams has now officially announced his bid for mayor.

The announcement came in a video on his campaign website before a planned announcement at Akron City Hall Wednesday afternoon.


Williams also E-mailed the word to his supporters, and opened his campaign headquarters on West Market Street in Highland Square.

In the video, Williams highlights his long stint as a council member...calling his service on council "experience and vision".

Williams will be on the Democratic primary ballot along with Garry Moneypenny, the Akron City Council president who takes the oath of office Sunday to replace outgoing mayor Don Plusquellic.

Williams expects a number of other candidates will be on that September ballot, and Republicans intend their own candidates as well.


(Mike Williams, news release) Mike Williams announces run for Akron Mayor
May 26, 2015 - Akron City Councilman-at-large Mike Williams, announced his candidacy for the Mayor of the City of Akron. The news was delivered via email to his supporters and a video was posted on his website, Mike Williams has served on Akron City Council for 28 years.

Akron mayoral candidate Mike Williams has opened his campaign headquarters in Highland Square at 777 West Market Street. It will be open daily from 9 am until 9 pm. Residents are encouraged to stop by, get information, register to vote, and sign-up to volunteer.


(Earlier coverage) Akron City Council member Mike Williams is officially announcing his candidacy for mayor of Akron.

Political insiders and reporters have been speculating that the longtime councilman and 2011 mayoral candidate would try again for the position but Williams would not commit. A campaign spokesperson says he'll make the announcement today at 5:00 p.m. in front of Akron City Hall.

Even with the departure of Mayor Don Plusquellic, Williams will faces a battle. Akron City Council President Garry Moneypenny, who is being sworn in as the mayor Sunday, has announced his intention to run for a full term. Other Democrats may decide to run and Republican leaders are promising they'll also produce a viable candidate.

9,984 voters picked Williams in the 2011 primary election but that was only 43.7% of the vote compared to Plusquellic's 54.7%. A third candidate picked up 2%.


Garry Moneypenny's move to the Akron mayor's office will be made official on Sunday, in front of a crowd.

A city news release says the current Akron City Council president will be sworn in as Akron's 60th mayor on Sunday afternoon, in a public ceremony at East High School's auditorium at 4 PM.

Doors will be open at 3:15 PM.

Sunday is the same day that current mayor Don Plusquellic set for his resignation and retirement after 28 years leading Akron, and 41 years in city politics.


(City of Akron, news release) On Sunday, May 31, 2015, Garry L. Moneypenny will be sworn in as Akron's 60th Mayor at 4:00 PM in the East High School auditorium, 80 Brittain Road, Akron, Ohio 44305. The public is invited to share in this historic occasion. Doors open at 3:15 PM, and the ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 PM.

WHAT: Mayoral Oath of Office Ceremony for Garry L. Moneypenny

WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 2015, 4:00 PM; Doors open at 3:15 PM

WHERE: East High School, 80 Brittain Road, Akron, 44305

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:24

Students Dig Up Pig Remains

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A group of forensic archaeology students will be spending the next few weeks uncovering a mystery that lies beneath a pair of shallow graves in a wooded area in Bath Township.

It's a crime scene -- but it's not what you think. It's not real.

Everything has been set up -- including the remains of two pigs purchased from a local butcher. The animals were buried about a year ago in shallow graves in a wooded area staged as a mock crime scene.

"One of the reasons we developed this is it gives [students] practice mapping something very complicated," said KSU Assistant Anthropology Professor Dr. Linda Spurlock.

Archaeologist and UA professor Linda Whitman is one of the instructors in the three-week course designed to introduce students to forensic work and hands-on experience in the field.

"We take the bones back to the lab where they get washed and reconstructed and they look for the manner and cause of death," said Whitman.

While the story behind the pig's death is made up, the process is real -- including the smell left behind as students slowly uncover the decomposing fat, bones and clothing.

"This is what I like to do. I like to dig up bones," said UA Anthropology student Paige Dobbins. "It's kind of exciting to go from learning about it in the classroom to actually getting to dig to it."

Although it may appear to have some of the same qualities as a recent episode of Law and Order, there are still plenty of differences when compared to the real-life, forensic process.

"It's not quite as sexy as it is on television," said Dobbins. "It's a lot of dirt and decomposed fat."


Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:00

New Effort To Boost Ohio Tourism

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TourismOhio is launching a new campaign designed to bring more tourists - and their dollars - into the Buckeye State. 

Ohio is already a destination for travelers but state officials want to make it even more significant.

'In 2013, tourism was a $30 billion industry and that's just direct spending, " said TourismOhio's Tamara Brown.  "If you add in the indirect, it's a $38 billion industry and employs more than 400,000 people."

The goal is to increase direct and non-direct tourism spending to $42 billiion by 2018. 

Brown says they market Ohio's tourist attractions to prospective visitors all over the country but also to people who already live here that might be looking for things to do without driving too far from home. One tool that's being unveiled this year is a new phone app.

"It essentially takes the Ohio Travel Guide and puts it in a digital format which is very interactive," said Brown. "It has video, more photos and extended stories."

Brown says the app will help people find restaurants, hotels, entertainment and other attractions.

The new marketing plan is being developed and executed by a couple of different firms.

Monday, 25 May 2015 08:53

Summit Memorial Day Observances

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On this day the reason flags fly at half-staff until noon, and a moment of silence observed nationwide at 3:00 p.m.

The swimming, boating, gardening and cookouts to the contrary, Memorial Day marks the anniversary of end of the Civil War and honors all in service, those wounded in action and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in fighting for our freedoms.

There are suggestions Memorial Day observances have strayed from the original reason for the holiday, and some pushback to restore Memorial Day to it's traditional May 30th date and not fix the holiday to a three-day weekend.

Communities across northeast Ohio celebrate Memorial Day with flags, marching bands, parades and ceremonies.

Summit County Memorial Day Observances:

Akron will hold its Memorial Day Observance at 11 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Bath Township Memorial Day Observance will take place at noon at Bath Veterans Memorial Park.

Clinton Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Highpoint Christian Church on Comet Road.

Copley Township Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. from Copley Middle School to Copley Veterans Cemetery, 3788 Copley Road.

Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Lillis Drive and Portage Trail. Ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. in the Veterans Section of Oakwood Cemetery.

Green Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade at noon at the Green Veterans Memorial Park, 1900 Steese Rd. Activities include a pancake breakfast, parade, community picnic and car show.

Hudson Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. at Milford Road and Veterans Way.

Mogadore Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at James Street and South Cleveland, ending at Greenwood Cemetery. There will be a ceremony following the parade. A pancake breakfast will also be held from 8-11 a.m. at Mogadore Christian Church.

New Franklin Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Grace Bible Church parking lot. A remembrance service will follow the parade at the gazebo at Manchester Cemetery.

Northfield & Sagamore Hills Memorial Day Parade will start at St. Barnabas School at 10 a.m. and end at the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m.

Richfield Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast is hosted by Kiwanis at the Richfield Senior Center until 1:00 p.m. 

Peninsula and Boston Township Parade will start 11 a.m. from Boston Township Hall to Cedar Grove Cemetery. Another ceremony will be held at Boston Cemetery.

Stow Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Stow Cemetery at 10:15 a.m. There will be a march to the Veterans monument. The high school symphonic band will also perform.

Tallmadge Memorial Day Parade and Service will form in the Our Lady of Victory Church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and march to Tallmadge Cemetery. A ceremony will take place at the cemetery.


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