This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Mary Rohrer, a senior softball player from Firestone High School.
This week our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Mike Dies, co-head coach of the Firestone Falcons and President of the West Akron Baseball & Softball League.
Dies says that coaching is truly a labor of love for him.
"It is, I grew up in family where we always helped kids and we enjoyed it," he said.
The WABL organization has over 700 kids in both baseball and softball and has a board of 26 members.
Stay tuned next week for our announcement of the G&G Fitness Coach of the Week!
This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Logan Johnson a senior wrestler from Firestone.
(Summe Health) – The Summa Health Board of Directors today announced that Cliff Deveny, MD, has been named president and CEO. Dr. Deveny rejoined Summa in March of 2017 as interim president and CEO.
Since returning to Summa, Dr. Deveny has been instrumental in guiding the turnaround of the health system, both culturally and financially. Through August of 2018, the organization experienced an operating margin of $17.5 million. This reflects a turnaround of more than $50M in operating income improvement, when compared to the same time period in 2017.
“Dr. Deveny has done an outstanding job of transforming our culture,” said Anthony Lockhart, chair of the Summa Health Board of Directors. “As a graduate of Firestone High School and a longtime member of the Summa family, he clearly understands the communities we serve and the importance of a positive, thriving workplace environment. His collaborative style, coupled with his deep understanding of our vision for population health, makes him the perfect choice to serve during this vitally important time as we search for a potential partner and solidify our future.”
“Returning to Summa has been a gratifying experience and a tremendous honor,” said Dr. Deveny. “Working in partnership with the board of directors, Summa’s leadership team, the medical staff and our dedicated employees across the organization, we have made tremendous improvements in the delivery of care. This is a time of great opportunity and I look forward to continuing my work as president and CEO to ensure the very best care for the people of our community, now and well into the future.”
Dr. Deveny’s leadership also has resulted in many other successes. These include continued improvement in engagement with employees and physicians; innovative and meaningful approaches to those struggling with opioid addiction; increased treatment options for patients; ongoing investments and enhancements in the Barberton and Akron campuses; and a 4.5-star rating for SummaCare’s Medicare Advantage plans.
The City Series Girls Basketball Championship is just one day away, and the Firestone Lady Falcons will be ready for a stiff challenge in the form of the Buchtel Lady Griffs.
Head coach of the Falcons team, Theresa Clere joined Sam and Brad in studio to talk about her team and her first season with Firestone.
Firestone High School was on heightened alert Wednesday morning after a "non-specific" threat was emailed to a teacher Tuesday night.
Akron Public Schools Director of Student Support Services and Security Dan Rambler confirmed that the email was sent to a specific teacher, but was so vague and non-specific in nature that they couldn't pinpoint any specific threat. "It's an email address that nobody has been able to determine the source yet," Rambler tells 1590 WAKR.
While non-specific, Akron Public Schools, the high school, and Akron Police were not taking any chances. A robo-call was made to parents of Firestone High School students Tuesday night to notify them of both the threat and security measures being taken at the school.
Those security measures, Rambler said, were mobile metal detectors the school has on site, placed at entrances and throughout the school. He confirmed they will likely remain in place throughout the remainder of the week.
No arrest has been made and Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says detectives are working to determine the IP address of the email.
We'll have updates on this story as they are made available.
The former treasurer of the Parent, Teacher and Student Association at Firestone High School CLC is accused of stealing more than $6,600 from the association.
Police say Stacy Walker, 42, of Akron, forged checks from the association (previously known as the PTA) and deposited the money into her own account during her time as the PTSA's treasurer.
The fraudulent transactions were allegedly made between December 2015 until the account was audited in late July. The total loss to the association was $6,671.55.
Police say Walker turned herself in Thursday morning. She was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Firestone High School had a short lockdown Friday morning, after tips led to the discovery of marijuana at the school.
Two Firestone girls were found possessing a small amount of marijuana.
APS spokesman Mark Williamson tells WAKR.net that a third student, a boy, was found with drug paraphenalia in his locker. They say that discovery was not related to the other drugs found.
School resource officers took about 25 minutes to search for the drugs, and all three students were suspended.
Williamson says classes were not affected during what the district calls a "safe school watch".
Akron Public Schools are looking into allegations that a Firestone High teacher had an improper relationship with a female student.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the unnamed teacher was placed on paid leave a few weeks ago.
Firestone staff and APS administrators are working with legal counsel to look into the matter, though there's no word yet how it came to the attention of Firestone staff.
There's also no word on the length of the alleged improper relationship or the age of the student.
The allegation could be presented at the Akron school board's next meeting next month.
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