Domestic violence doesn't stop during a pandemic. In fact, it may increase as victims more than ever feel forced to remain with their abusers, because of the state's current "stay at home" order. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are options, as Victim Assistance Program Director, Leanne Graham tells Ray Horner.


Victim Assistance Program Contact:

24 hour hotline: 330.376.0040

24 hour text messaging: 330.376.0040

24 hour online chat:www.victimassistanceprogram.org

Friday, 27 March 2020 10:44

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-3-27-20 Featured

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Why the US Government wants to use spy tools against its own citizens in the fight against Coronavirus, Pentagon staff gearing up for months working at home, and a conversation with the author of a book sorely needed in times like these, "The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech Obsessed World".


Friday, 27 March 2020 08:50

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/27/2020

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:17 - It was announced on Thursday that the United States has surpassed Italy with the most confirmed cases of Coronavirus (sixth in total deaths worldwide). The morning show panel had a discussion on the warning signs and what happens when one has COVID-19.

3:53 - Stuck inside again this weekend? Need some streaming suggestions? Heard a bunch about something called Tiger King? Our movie guy Scott Wynn has you covered.

8:13 - Because restaurants are closed, eaters are forced to use takeout or delivery. Have you used Uber Eats, GrubHub, or DoorDash? If not, producer Tony walks the listeners through the process.

13:23 - Grocery stores are among the most essential businesses during this lockdown, so how is Acme Fresh Markets adjusting to the larger crowds and safety precautions. Director of marketing Katie Swartz explains.

21:28 - Finally, is social media causing a lack of empathy among kids, teens, and even adults? And during this time of staying home, does that play a large role, too?


Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:01

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/26/2020 Part 1

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:17 - Luckily for those stuck at home, the weather has been nice the last couple of days, and folks are getting out and stretching their legs.

6:08 - While social distancing can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, is it helping our communication skills and anxiety? Dr. Toni Bisconti from the University of Akron shared some advice for those kept inside.

16:40 - If there’s an industry that does not have the luxury of working from home these days, it’s the local food banks. Dan Flowers from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has been quite busy, but he carved out a few minutes for an interview with Ray.

20:22 - All non-essential businesses are closed, and that includes the barbershops and salons. Eric Garrett operates the Beyond Expectations Barber College, and he spoke of the frustrations his industry is enduring.


Thursday, 26 March 2020 08:59

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/26/2020 Part 2

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:17 - The $2 trillion stimulus bill to help families and those affected by the Coronavirus layoffs was passed by the Senate. US Senator Sherrod Brown called into the program to discuss the process and how the Senate has responded during this crisis.

6:58 - It’s no secret that the airline industry has taken a hit during this pandemic, and that includes airports such as the Akron-Canton Airport. Ren Camacho, the president at CAK, rattled off some numbers and how the airport

12:58 - Just to give another update locally, Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the show to discuss non-essential business shutdowns, the impact on the economy, and importance of social distancing.

19:42 - Globally, how well are the United States and China responding during this outbreak? Dr. Mark Cassell, professor of global politics at Kent State University, shared his thoughts.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:39

Safe Distance Learning: One Teacher's Story

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What is it like for teachers who are "sheltering" at home during the pandemic, conducting their classes, and maintaining an ultra-safe distance from their students? Ray talked to Leora Cohen, who teaches Science, at the Lippman School in Akron.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:36

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/25/2020 Part 1

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:17 - Very early Wednesday morning, a $2 trillion stimulus relief bill was approved for the American people. So what does this mean? Who qualifies for a check?

4:11 - Summa Health System’s Dr. Thomas File has been with us since the beginning of this Coronavirus pandemic, and based on what he’s studied, he’s comparing what we’ve seen recently to the SARS outbreak of 2003.

11:08 - During times of crisis, it’s not uncommon for folks to exercise their second amendment rights. Gun stores have lines around the building, and background checks are being filed. Tim Dimoff, of SACS Consulting, explained why people will arm themselves during these times.

16:53 - The people at the IBH Addiction Recovery Center are preparing themselves during this pandemic, according to Jonathan Wiley.

20:16 - Working from home? Need to know which video conferencing software to connect with? Melissa Lauby is our IT person at the Rubber City Radio Group, and she shared a few tips.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:32

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/25/2020 Part 2

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:17 - The finger-pointing between the United States and China continues, with each side blaming the other for the origination and spread of COVID-19.

6:34 - President Trump indicated he’d like the economy reopened around Easter, which drew cheers and confidence from the stock market. Just how powerful is the US economy, and what about the country’s reliance on manufacturing from China? David Pelleg, a finance professor at Kent State University, shared his thoughts.

13:21 - Pharmacies are getting swamped with requests for prescription drugs, but could this have adverse affects, especially during the opioid crisis? Dr. Doug Smith from the ADM Board discussed how his organization will combat this.

19:47 - You’re at home, you’re schedule is thrown off, you may be bored. How will you manage your time and even your anxiety? Dr. Toni Cooper is a psychologist, and she had some advice for those of us holed up inside.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:48

JoAnn Fabrics Answering Call for Medical Supplies

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Hudson-based JoAnn Fabrics is answering the urgent call for medical supplies coming from healthcare professionals and first responders nationwide. Listen here, as company spokesperson, Amanda Hayes, explains what they're doing, and how they're helping home-sewers step up, and help our nurses, doctors, keep us all alive.


Tuesday, 24 March 2020 11:55

Summit County Issues Pandemic Child Care Licenses

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(Summit County Executive's Office) In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has implemented the Temporary Pandemic Child Care License, a new rule which sets the process and requirements for child care providers to operate under a special pandemic child care license. This temporary licensure will allow approved programs to serve children whose parents are employees providing health, safety and other essential services as defined by the Director of ODJFS in consultation with the Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

There is no application fee and these programs will not be required to be rated in Step Up To Quality in order to provide publicly funded child care. Payment for these programs will be determined through an agreement process with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. ODJFS must use discretion regarding the number of licenses approved based on need and pandemic health concerns. As a result, ODJFS will evaluate programs based on location, capacity, and the number of children currently being served with parents employed to provide health, safety or other essential services.

Summit County has approximately 60 centers approved for Pandemic Child Care. A frequently updated list of local providers can be found here

All child care programs, including Family Child Care (FCC) Home Providers, must close by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Only licensed or certified pandemic child care programs can provide child care beginning March 26, 2020. FCC Home Providers who are currently licensed and currently certified in-home aides can apply for a pandemic child care license.

Providers who would like to become a pandemic provider should complete JFS 01258 "Application for Temporary Pandemic Child Care Center License" to apply for a temporary pandemic child care license. This form can be used by existing ODJFS-licensed child care centers when designated as an emergency child care location as well as new programs applying for a temporary pandemic child care system license. The form is available here

For more from the Summit County Executive's office, click here

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