Thursday, 12 October 2023 17:49

Patterson Park Renovation Project Underway In Akron

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A major renovation project that will greatly enlarge and improve the Patterson Park Community Center on on North Hill is now officially underway, after a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning.

The project, which will be paid for with federal funds, will cost $7.8 million dollars, and is expected to be complete by late 2024, or early 2025.

Our morning Show Host, Ray Horner, talked to Mayor Dan Horrigan about the project. Listen now:


In a press release, City officials explain that the existing 8,300 square foot building at 800 Patterson Avenue, will be replaced with a 12,400 sq ft footprint. The larger building will accommodate more recreational opportunities such as indoor volleyball, pickleball, and basketball. The community rooms will allow for more groups to meet at the center and utilize the space to fit their needs. The facility will be one level, with a new ADA accessible entry from a new parking area off of Patterson Ave. 

Community engagement has been vital to these investments. In 2019, the City of Akron Recreation and Parks Bureau presented the results of a community needs survey as well as a Strategic Plan to Akron City Council. The survey had over 1,500 responses from community members. That plan prioritized upgrading community centers, playgrounds, and both outdoor pools.  Community outreach was performed in 2020 with a survey which had over 500 total responses emphasizing Patterson Park as one of the three community centers in need of repair.

The construction is being funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars.  The next center slated for renovations will be Reservoir Park Community Center (1735 Hillside Terrace) with bids expected to go out in early 2024. 

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A continuing National blood shortage is prompting an urgent plea from the American Red Cross for donors in our area. 

Donors of all blood types are urged to book a time to give now, especially those with type O blood or those giving platelets.

Officials say your flu or COVID vaccination status is not an issue, and they're offering incentives to encourage donations including a $10 gift card to a restaurant or merchant, for anyone who donates Oct. 21-Nov. 9, plus the chance  to win a $5,000 gift card.

More details now

To make an appointment, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 21-Nov. 9:

Summit County


Summit Blood Donation Center

501 W. Market St., Akron

Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

10/25/2023: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 North Portage Path

10/31/2023: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ellet High School, 309 Woolf Ave

10/31/2023: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Harold K Stubbs Municipal Bldg Akron Police Dept., 217 High Street

11/2/2023: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., St Vincent St Mary High School, 15 North Maple Street

11/2/2023: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Akron Childrens Hospital, 215 West Bowery Street

11/7/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., University of Akron Rec & Wellness Center, 382 Carroll Street

11/9/2023: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 Bath Road


11/1/2023: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Summa Barberton Hospital, 155 Fifth Street NE

Cuyahoga Falls

10/27/2023: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Western Reserve Hospital, 1900 23rd Street


10/29/2023: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St Mary Catholic Church, 340 N. Main Street


11/2/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 9080 Shepard Road


11/7/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Woodridge Middle School, 4451 Quick Rd.


10/23/2023: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Acker Moore Memorial Post, 3733 Fishcreek Road

10/25/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., SYB Hall, 4157 Hudson Dr.

11/7/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holy Family Parish, 3450 Sycamore Drive


10/24/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Summit County Fairgrounds, 229 E. Howe Rd

Medina County


10/26/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, 1395 Pearl Road

10/30/2023: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center Brunswick, 3574 Center Road

11/2/2023: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saint Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road


11/5/2023: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Litchfield Township Fire Station, 9487 Norwalk Road


10/23/2023: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 114 Church Street


10/27/2023: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Holy Martyrs Church, 3100 S. Weymouth Rd.

10/28/2023: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 N. Broadway St.

11/9/2023: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Medina Community Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Road


11/6/2023: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity United Church of Christ, 215 High Street


Portage County


11/1/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Road


11/1/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kent State Univ Student Center, 1075 Risman Dr


10/27/2023: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Field High School, 2900 State Route 43


10/21/2023: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ravenna Elks Lodge, 776 North Freedom Street.

11/8/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish, 251 West Spruce Avenue


11/9/2023: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Northeast Ohio Medical University, 4209 State Route 44


10/23/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chapel at Tinkers Creek, 9709 Page Rd.


Stark County


11/2/2023: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Alliance Comm Hosp East St, 200 East State Street

11/7/2023: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Aldersgate Family Methodist Church, 11394 Edison St. NE


11/4/2023: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Church of the Lakes, 5944 Fulton Drive NW

11/8/2023: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Stark Library - Main Library, 715 Market Ave N


10/25/2023: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Paul & Carol David YMCA of Jackson Township, 7389 Caritas Circle NW

10/30/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry Road NE

11/9/2023: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., RiverTree Jackson, 7373 Portage Street NW


10/25/2023: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Towpath Trail YMCA, 1226 Market St. NE

11/3/2023: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Richville United Church of Christ, 6125 Richville Drive SW

North Canton

10/30/2023: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Stark State College - Business & Entrepreneurial Center, 6200 Frank Ave NW


11/3/2023: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Harmony Springs Christian Church, 3891 S Arlington Rd

11/9/2023: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Lake Community YMCA, 428 King Church Ave SW

11/9/2023: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grace United Church of Christ, 13275 Cleveland Avenue NW

Cuyahoga County:

Warzel Blood Donation Center
3747 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Parma Blood Donation Center

5585 Pearl Rd., Parma

Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, 12 October 2023 08:50

Brian Dulik on the Browns & More

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Brian Dulik, Sports Columnist with the Medina Gazette, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. They covered the Browns from the 49ers to DeShaun Watson, and the Guardians' search for their next manager. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 08:19

Akron Jewish Community Impacted by Israel War

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On October 15th, there will be a Unity with Israel walk and a Concert of Unity. Concert ticket sales will benefit the Israel Emergency Fund. Stephanie York, Executive Director of the Shaw JCC of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. She discussed the attacks in Israel, the Akron Community coming together to support local families impacted by the war, and more. For more information, go to

 James Renner is a true crime author and podcaster. James joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his latest book, "Little, Crazy Children". They also talked about the Porch Light Project, what got him into true crime, and more!

The City of Akron says the water is safe to drink without boiling now for all customers along the Akron Peninsula Road corridor north of Bath Road.

This included some Akron water customers in Cuyahoga Falls and Boston Township.

The City Water Bureau reports a water main that broke Sunday morning and repaired Sunday afternon, actually ruptured again that night. But, those repairs were complete by Monday afternoon, and now the water in the affected area is safe to drink and use normally,

WAKR's Joyce Lagios, Ray Horner, and Mark Biviano will be honored by The Salvation Army at its nineteenth annual Community Medal Award and Red Kettle Kickoff.  The luncheon is Thursday, November 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. George Fellowship Hall in Fairlawn. Marian Calvin is the Director of Development with The Salvation Army of Summit County. She joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the luncheon, the Red Kettle Drive, and more.


The Student Athlete of the Week segment is powered by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital.

This week's athletes are from Norton High School.

Claire Bennett is the captain of the soccer team and is a 4 year letter recipient of the soccer and track and field teams. She's an excellent student as well with a 4.74 GPA. Claire is currently #2 in her class and has taken a rigorous course load, including several AP classes as well as College Credit Plus classes. She has passed the Bi-Literacy exam for Spanish and will receive her Bi-literacy credentials from the state of Ohio!
Jackson Davis is a two time captain of the soccer team and a 4 year letter recipient. He excells in the classroom as well and has a 4.25 GPA. 
Jackson has taken a rigorous academic course load including several AP classes as well as College Credit Plus classes. 
Monday, 09 October 2023 10:56

Hit-Skip Victim Dies: Police Still Seek Killer

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Akron Police are still asking for your help to catch the hit-skip driver who was likely speeding early last Thursday morning, October 5, when they hit a 62 year old woman who was crossing the street in the 200 block of East Market Street.

The woman, who has now been identified as Deborah Weihrauch, was severely injured and died Friday afternoon at the hospital.

Witnesses told police they believe she was hit by a silver SUV, though they could not identify the make or model of the vehicle which continued Eastbound, without stopping.

If you have any information that can help police find out who did it, they're asking that you call the Detective Bureau, at 330-375-2490, or 330-375-TIP.

 You can also provide anonymous information by calling Summit County Crimestoppers: 330-434-COPS, or you can text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637.


Monday, 09 October 2023 09:25

Fire Crews Fight Blaze at Akron Recycling Center

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Akron fire officials are investigating after over 100 cars caught on fire at a recycling center Friday night on North Arlington Street.

Posting to Facebook, the Akron Fire Fighters Association Local 330 said that crews responded to Holub Recycling and discovered approximately 100 to 150 cars on fire spread throughout 200 square yards. Adding that, “crews did an excellent job with long complicated hose lays, master streams and elevated streams." 

No injuries were reported during the incident and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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