Tuesday, 29 January 2019 13:51

Akron Mayor On Possible Plusquellic Challenge

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is responding to the possibility that former Mayor Don Plusquellic might run against him, noting in part that Plusquellic's "bitterness and stale personal feudes with council members, the local paper, and even federal decision makers poisoned his ability to lead the city".But he says, he says he's "proud of the reinvigorated energy and strategic focus" of his administration, and that he "welcomes the opportunity to compare his record and vision against any challenger."

Plusquellic told the Akron Beacon Journal he's considering a run for the job he held for 28 years. But, if he plans to challenge Horrigan in the May Primary; he's got until next Wednesday, February 6th, to file with the Board of Elections.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 13:42

City of Akron Still Dealing with Cyber Attack

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The City of Akron is still dealing with last week's cyber attack, letting residents know some systems are still off line, as they try to make sure all their equipment is free of the virus that took down part of the city's network.

The City’s online 3-1-1 portal is currently unavailable, but the 3-1-1 phone system is working for both landlines and cell phone users.

City phone systems and AkronOhio.gov are functioning, but the city email system has been greatly affected. Residents are urged to contact city departments by phone if they need assistance.

More details below from City Press Release:

City of Akron Continues Work To Remediate Malicious Virus
Some City services will be temporarily affected

Akron, Ohio, January 28, 2019 – The City of Akron is continuing its efforts to combat malicious cyber activity. These ongoing mitigation efforts are resulting in software and hardware disruptions to certain City platforms.

The City was first alerted to this malicious cyber activity on Tuesday, January 22nd through an unsuccessful attempt to access city funds. Over the weekend, the joint City, State and Federal team of IT and cyber security professionals worked to contain the malicious cyber activity and placed the City of Akron in a strong defensible position to begin proper remediation of the virus. The remediation process will evolve and remain constantly fluid, and it will ultimately require some city business systems to be taken offline temporarily. However, all vital systems related to public safety, including 9-1-1 and police/fire dispatch, are secure and remain fully operational.

The City still does not have any intelligence that suggests any personal information of our customers, taxpayers, or citizens was harvested. There is no indication that there is any risk to public safety.

Despite lack of access to some systems, the City of Akron government is open for business and operational. Mayor Horrigan has tasked the joint IT team with prioritizing our customer-facing systems to minimize the impact on customer interactions and public services.

Current impacts to the public include:

The City’s online 3-1-1 portal is currently unavailable, but the 3-1-1 phone system is working for both landlines and cell phone users.

City phone systems and www.AkronOhio.gov are functioning, but the city email system has been greatly affected. Residents are urged to contact city departments by phone if they need assistance. Citizens may also call 311 / (330) 375-2311 to be connected to the correct department. City employees currently don’t have access to emails.

Certain software and hardware systems are unavailable within the Akron Municipal Court, but the court is still functioning.

Online payment systems may be temporarily available.
Credit card payments are unavailable to the public in certain city departments, including Recreation, Building, and Tax. Tax payments can be mailed to City of Akron Income Tax Division, 1 Cascade Plaza - 11th Floor, Akron, OH  44308-1100.
For water/sewer utility bill payments, customers can:
Mail payment to Akron Utilities Business Office, PO Box 3674, Akron, Ohio 44309-3674, or
Visit the office at 146 South High Street, Room 211, Akron, Ohio 44308-1894 for personal assistance.

Late fees and penalties will not be assessed for customers who are unable to make a timely payment due to a payment system being unavailable. Utility service will not be disconnected due to late or non-payment until electronic payment processes are accessible and functioning.

The City of Akron will continue to send out pertinent updates to keep the public informed. We thank the public for their ongoing patience as we work to address this malicious activity. For the most up to date information, please follow the City of Akron on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 12:21

Help Find Missing Mansfield Teen Girl

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The National Center for Missing & Exploited children asking for your help locating 17 year old Khiajah Habeen Ullah who's been missing from her home in Mansfield, since November 17th. 

They say She may still be in the local area or she may have traveled to Akron, OH.

She is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Khiajah is asked to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST) or the Mansfield City Police Department at 1-419-522-1234.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:45

Summit Metro Parks Closes Programs for Weather

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(Summit Metro Parks) For the safety of our visitors, Summit Metro Parks centers will be closed, and all programs are canceled on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31, due to extremely cold temperatures forecasted for those dates. Closed locations include:

  • F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
  • Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
  • Summit Lake Nature Center, 390 W. Crosier St., Akron

Sled hills and ice skating ponds will also be closed. All other park areas will remain open. For more information, call 330-867-5511 or visit summitmetroparks.org.

Summit Metro Parks manages more than 14,000 acres, including 16 parks, several conservation areas and more than 150 miles of trails, with 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Annual attendance averages 5 million visits.

Harvest time in Akron, as the city's first licensed medical marijuana growing facility opened its doors yesterday, to show off their new buds.

AT-CPC, unveiled their new "Mimosa" and "Cuyahoga River" cannabis strains, which they will be used in medical marijuana products sold under the brand names "Song Wellness", and "Josh D".

Local officials, including Congressman Tim Ryan (pictured below) toured the facility at 1055 Home Avenue, in Akron's North Hill neighborhood.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:30

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/29/2019

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:17 - Quite an eventful way to begin a Tuesday. First, Ward 2 councilman Bruce Kilby sounded off in the Akron Beacon Journal on the mayor’s lack of awareness with city services during last week’s major snowfall. That prompted a response from….

8:30 - Mayor Dan Horrigan, who happened to be listening to Kilby’s commentary in the car, and presented a counterpoint.

13:26 - The city services are preparing for this week’s deep freeze, but what about the schools? Akron Public Schools superintendent David James joined the program to discuss how the district goes about the process of delaying or canceling school. He did break some news: Akron Public Schools are closed tomorrow.

20:22 - Every Tuesday during the tax season, Doug Klein will attempt to answer your tax questions.

28:40 - You may have heard about the cyber attack that happened over the weekend. SACS Security & Consulting president and CEO Tim Dimoff made some sense in how to prevent such attacks in the future.

34:42 - The Orange & Brown Report’s Fred Greetham stopped by to talk about the Browns’ offseason.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 07:27

METRO RTA Offering Free Rides

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(METRO RTA) Beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2019 through Friday, February 1, 2019, METRO is offering free fares on all services, including line-service, Northcoast Express, SCAT, and Call-A-Bus.
 
The Weather Channel has warned that the coldest arctic outbreak in at least 20 years is expected this week in parts of the Midwest. With temperatures so low, METRO invites members of the community to utilize its services for a dependable mode of transportation.
 
“We do not cancel operations; this is transportation people can rely on. We run 359 days a year, in all weather conditions,” said METRO Executive Director Dawn Distler. “We want to make the boarding process as easy as possible for folks coming in from the cold, so we decided to waive fares during the arctic blast. It was an easy decision to make.”
 
First-time riders can call METRO at 330.762.0341 or visit akronmetro.org for schedule information. Or, you can plan your trip using Google Transit.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 05:13

Akron Warming Centers Open Ahead of Brutal Cold

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(Community Support Services) As the National Weather Service warns that Wednesday, January 30, 2019 could be one of the coldest days on record, Akron area organizations charged with aiding the homeless are working to ensure that everyone will have access to shelter.  
                Community Support Services, Inc. operates the Homeless Outreach and Intake Center at 111 E. Voris Street, Akron; bringing supportive services for persons experiencing homelessness under one roof. Individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, have symptoms suggestive of severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder, and who is not already active in mental health and/or addiction treatment is eligible to utilize all the services at the Center. If a homeless individual does not meet program criteria, outreach workers will attempt to connect the individual with other community agencies and services. The Homeless Outreach office can be reached at 330-762-4663.
                Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E. Market Street, Akron, is accepting admissions at all hours in preparation for the cold.
                The City of Akron has opened warming centers at the following locations:

  • Mason Park Community Center, 700 E. Exchange Street
  • Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Ave (North Hill)
  • Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier Street
  • Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton Street (near West Side)

All these warming centers will be open from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm. 
According to Bob Stokes, President and CEO of Community Support Services, “Recent studies have shown that approximately 700 homeless individuals die each year due to hypothermia. With this dangerous polar vortex forecast this week, we are reaching out to the homeless men and women throughout our community in as many ways as we can to give them this potentially life-saving information.”

                Community Support Services, Inc. is a leader in behavioral healthcare for Summit County and the surrounding region. The agency provides comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, and support for recovery, primarily to persons most in need, to enhance the quality of their lives.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army of Summit County is responding as well: 

(Salvation Army) Local offices of The Salvation Army in Akron and Barberton will be open as warming centers as temperatures are expected to drop to what could be record lows in the area this week.

· Both Summit County Salvation Army locations will serve as drop in center/warming sites Tuesday through Thursday, January 29 through January 31, 2019.  
· Hours for the downtown Akron location, 190 S. Maple Street, south of St. Vincent de Paul Church on West Market Street, will be from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
· The Barberton location, 560 Wooster Road West, will be open from 9:30AM to 4:00PM.
· Donations of new or clean, gently used winter hats, scarves and gloves in all sizes will be appreciated and accepted at both locations.

 

Monday, 28 January 2019 11:30

CVNP to Re-open After Government Resolution

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Staff with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is working to clear snow and ice that's accumulated throughout the park since workers were furloughed more than a month ago.

With Friday's announcement of the continuining resolution to re-open the government for at least three weeks, the park expects to fully resume regular operations on Wednesday, though all trails and park restrooms are already open. In addition, the Boston Store Visitor Center is set to open Tuesday morning at 9:30.  

See the full press release regarding the re-opening of the park

(CVNP) Brecksville, OH – With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Cuyahoga Valley National Park have already begun the process of opening facilities that will allow the park to fully resume regular operations on Wednesday, January 30. Due to significant winter weather during the lapse in appropriations, park staff is working to clear snow and ice from walkways and other facilities to ensure the safety of visitors. Restrooms and trails are open. The Boston Store Visitor Center will open on Tuesday, January 29 at 9:30 a.m. Please visit www.nps.gov/cuva for updated information about the park.

“I would like to express the National Park Service’s gratitude to the park partners Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Countryside, and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, as well as local community members, for helping to care for and support Cuyahoga Valley National Park,” Paul Stoehr, acting superintendent said. “In addition, my appreciation goes to the staff who worked while in furlough status. They showed admirable dedication.”

Monday, 28 January 2019 10:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 1/28/2019

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:17 - It was announced Friday afternoon that the partial government shutdown will cease, at least temporarily. Dr. David Beer, professor of political science at Malone University, recapped what went down and the impact the shutdown has had on the political landscape.

6:50 - Another incident occurred Friday on the local front, as the city of Akron was hit with a cyber attack. Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the program to discuss the cyber event, with him believing this attack to be financially motivated.

14:36 - We may see negative digits for a high in the Akron area, so our veterinarian, Dr. Gary Riggs, urges owners to keep their pets inside as much as possible.

22:36 - For more on the government shutdown, Dr. David Cohen called in to talk about the stalemate that continues, even if building a wall may still be on the table.

Time now for our Business of the Week! Ray sat down with Paul Doerr, the owner of Quick Clean Car & Pet Wash in Akron.

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