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  1. SPD on December 14, 2017 at 4:18 am

    WELL, our roads are STILL not plowed after two days up here on the north end of Barberton. I really do not know how they expect people to get anywhere. They really need to re-evaluate how our tax dollars are getting spent.

  2. SPD on December 13, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Pretty obvious we need to spend money on more snow plows in the city. By the looks of it, we do not have enough to handle the load. My whole neighborhood and surrounding streets have not been touched at all.

    • jay on December 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      3″ who cares. More snow plows for 4 snowfalls a year? Talk about wasting money.

  3. SPD on December 7, 2017 at 8:37 am

    WARD 4 IN BARBERTON MAY BE OPEN FOR A NEW PERSON TO TAKE. ALL YOU “EXPERTS” SHOULD THROW YOUR HATS IN THE RING FOR CONSIDERATION.

    • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on December 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      How do we know it isn’t already decided?

  4. MAGIC MOM on December 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

    REALLY GETTING TIRED OF NORTON GIRL’S BASKETBALL TEAM GETTING TOP BILLING IN YOUR NEWSPAPER….REMEMBER THIS IS CALLED THE BARBERTON HERALD NOT THE NORTON HERALD….OUR LADY MAGICS BASKETBALL TEAM HAD A GREAT WIN LAST NIGHT BEATING COPLEY AND YOU FAILED TO REPORT IT…..NOT GOOD!!!!!!!

    • Reality check on December 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Don’t you know that no matter what barberton will always be Norton’s step child!!

      • klaus on December 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm

        Norton will soon be part of Barberton . Barberton already controls the safety dispatch ples water and sewer.
        And Acme will be funded by Barberton.

  5. Triska on December 7, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Holy Cow.. talk about Chlorine overload, YUCK….might as well drink from a Swimming pool! the Bathtub was nauseous! just WHAT is it, the Water Dept is trying to get rid of… in the water supply? the City should reimburse me for the Bottled water, I have to go buy. I think we need a neutral Party to come out and do a thorough investigation, and report what they found in our water.. aka in Plain English, not that techno babble… are there harmful Chemicals? Drugs? or way too much Rust and Lead in our supply? “Something” set off alarm bells at the Plant, that issued an Alert, that excessive Chlorine and who knows what else, needed to be dumped into the water supply!

    • UNION on December 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      The water dept. should be looked into. Hard hat or no hard hat.

  6. disgusted american on December 6, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Jay=Faaake Neeeews!!!

  7. CATHY LABBATE on December 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    WHEN WILL PEOPLE WHO RELAY MESSAGES ON THE AIR LEARN TO USE PROPER SPEECH? THERE IS NO SUCH PHRASE AS “MYSELF AND JOE” — SHOULD BE — “JOE AND I” OR “ME AND JOE”

  8. CATHY LABBATE on November 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    THE POLICE ARE CAMPED OUT ON BRADY AVENUE LOOKING FOR SPEEDERS — REALLY? WHAT ABOUT STATE STREET AND ROBINSON — ALSO 15TH STREET ON THE WEST SIDE WHERE THE SPEED LIMIT IS 25 —

    • SPD on December 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

      They pick and choose their areas. The obvious places are skipped.

    • jay on December 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Move

      • Reality Check on December 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm

        I hope someday that a simp like you can get your very own sect 8 neighbor when the good folks you chastise do indeed move out. Be careful for what you wish for! Bet you cried and took your ball home a lot as a kid when playing with others.

        • jay on December 5, 2017 at 7:52 am

          I am section 8. Move to Hudson

          • Reality Check on December 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm

            I almost believe you but a real sect 8 person could care less who moves or stays. It’s the PERS employee’s who have the 4th grade mentality of “move” if you don’t like it. I will move when my property value goes up. According to all of the dolts who keep voting in favor of school tax levies, a school district with a high tax base = increase in prop value. Some how, I don’t believe the prop values will rise anytime soon 🙁 But look at the bright side, our high school graduation rate is 7 out of every 10 kids and our k-3rd literacy is an F. Good times down on Norton Ave !

            • disgusted american on December 6, 2017 at 7:21 am

              Facts…nooooo!

          • disgusted american on December 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

            Jay.Spread both cheeks,then grab your neck and yank your head outta there.

    • disgusted american on December 2, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Don’t worry Kathy.They don’t actually pull anyone over.That would be doing their job.Lawlessness will reign supreme.Look around.THE NEW AMERICA

      • Easy Rider on December 4, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Amen brother ! I drive by them all the time and they are looking down at a cell phone or laptop when parked.
        Complete joke! We need more neighborhood patrolling and less sitting at empty corners. We have alot of drug mules toting packages around here both on foot and little motorized bicycles. Look for the back packs and the same people you see everyday going up & down the roads 10-12 times a day.

  9. Richard Miller on November 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I think the City administration needs to look into the departments being Closed at Barberton

  10. paul on November 22, 2017 at 10:29 am

    My child is grown and on her own. I am very proud of her. I never took it as the school was to be the only one to teach my child. I had to have a part as a parent. during the time as my child and yours was going to school more then just us was paying taxes. Now. It’s our turn. Not satisfied with what the school teaches? be apart. you don’t have to have kids in school to reach out and help. I was in the army during all of her school time. BUT I made it appoint to know and help every chance I had. I knew the teachers the staff, I even knew the janitor. so stop blaming the schools. We did this by not being apart of the system. coming from a family of 17. My dad would burn any books we brought home. with a child of my own. I made a difference. a small one but I was involved. a proud daddy.

    • Reality Check on November 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Let’s apply some of Paul’s “unique” logic to other jobs and or services. Server at the restaurant brings you over cooked and cold food, so we should go to the kitchen and re-make it ourselves and leave a tip with the check ? Cable company screws up your bill, so we should drive to Wadsworth and show them their mistake and make the correction ourselves?
      Auto mechanic forgets to put oil in the engine when changing the oil, so we should have checked the dipstick before we left? Since we did not, we tell him it’s ok and we will pay out of pocket for a new engine. Correcting or turning a blind eye to other’s short comings in the work place does not make you part of an army or “involved”, it makes you a gullible patsy! Are you this flexible on a daily basis with other professions & services Paul? Hypocrisy is disease!

      • Reality checker on November 30, 2017 at 9:32 am

        I agree with paul . alot of parents don’t get involved in their children’s education they rely on the school . I am a parent also with two very smart kids grown and college grads. And my wife and I were very much involved. Always remember it all starts at home . School is not a daytime baby sitter!!

  11. Gerry Hyde Barberton on November 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    It is a dog tag. I am not sure this is where I leave my answer but I can’t find WHAT IS IT.

  12. Johnny maddin on November 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Whom ever voted NO on the school levy renewal are the same people sitting at home on Friday nights not supporting the football team. Well, guess what? You are out numbered!! Go Magics!!

    • Triska on November 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      I have no kids in school or grandkids. I could care less about football, soccer or whatever. I am on limited income, and do not think I should have to support the schools, since they changed the curriculum, our young adults are dumber than ever! They do not know how to measure, make change etc unless a google shows them how. They have any of the social skill they need to get along in society. It’s be in a “Click” just because it’s “cool”, ( even if they do wrong) Bully others, to make themselves feel superior, or go shoot or stab people, they don’t agree with instead of discussion and compromise. The world is doomed with this fantasy play, uneducated generation. Instead of looking something up, let Alexa or Siri, do it for you. I have dumped enough of my hard earned pay into the schools, and all they want is to have a fancy looking school building, but not really teach the kids. I just want to be able to buy food and pay my bills. sorry, but Not everyone is a “Soccermom!”

      • sherry on November 16, 2017 at 8:06 am

        “I could care less about whatever” – There is the problem.
        “I am on limited income” – Get a part time job to make ends meet.
        “I have no kids in school” – And you have all the answers.

        • It's Magic on November 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

          Do you even have a clue to why some folks have a limited income ? Let me educate you. Hospital bills, med co pays & medication, loss of a job due to biz closing, at or approaching soc security age, home repairs needed, helping a family member with bills or student loans, etc…. get the pic ? Not everyone has a perfect financial situation. Not everyone has a job making 40K + per yr. Do not judge someone simply because $25 -$50 per month is important to them. Why do those who oppose the school levies simply want more on the job accountability from the schools and those who support the schools seems to be so snotty when in reality we are all living in the same drug riddled & property value plummeting zip code ?
          Don’t despise your neighbor because they do not support a district on a state verified meteoric decline !

          • sherry on November 20, 2017 at 8:26 am

            MOVE

          • dmu on November 21, 2017 at 6:42 am

            Good schools = higher property values. You’re not very well educated.

            • Reality Check on November 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

              Go check the property values of 5 random addresses in any Barberton neighborhood. You can do this for free on the Summit Co webpage. 3 out of 4 properties in this town are worth less today than 10 years ago. The school district has done zero for the homeowners ! You are obtuse enough to believe that the zip code with over 25% of the county opiate reports has rising property values? I hope you don’t operate motor vehicles ! Scaaarry

              • jay on November 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

                Move now!

              • disgusted american on December 2, 2017 at 7:19 am

                Do not scare these people with reality.

        • Grace on November 21, 2017 at 9:43 pm

          Look in the mirror, not the magnifying glass.

    • disgusted american on December 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Yes.Glorify a GAME.Makes sense.There’s a place in Apple Creek for you.They’ve re-opened!!

  13. slumlords on November 8, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Blame the slumlords for the levy passing. And all of the young adults who still live with mommy and daddy. Glad to see Sawyers win. He was the only one against the crooked Summa Hospital taking the park from our youth.

  14. Concerned on November 8, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Do you think the end result would be the same if it were not a renewal? I think alot of Barberton homeowners figured it’s not gonna cost me anymore than I’m already paying, it’s not worth the hassle ! What if it was a actual levy? Maybe not such a hassle!!!

    • SPD on November 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      An actual NEW levy and expenses would have failed big this time. People cannot afford anymore new taxes or levies.

      • stu on November 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm

        Wrong! Same people would have voted. Passed with ease.

        • SPD on November 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm

          Don’t bet on it. The mind set is different when they take more from you.

          • greg on November 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

            little less booze and tobaccy.

            • SPD on November 9, 2017 at 6:18 pm

              So, what, are you an expert on everything or something? Post some proof that it would have passed if they were asking for more. Do you have an insight on everyones financial situation? I personally think you are wrong. People are tired of being taxed more and that is a fact! Look how bad the one in Norton failed for example.

      • It's Magic on November 18, 2017 at 8:43 pm

        I am afraid stu the pew and greg are right. If you take in account all of the rental & sect 8 parents then multiple them by their friends and family you have a large number that could show up to vote. Add in all of the gravy train riding teachers & admin working for the district along with their friends and families you have another large number. Proud homeowners who have worked hard for decades and live by modest means are clearly the minority in this town. They could pass a levy here every month. Patti Cleary once said that 70% of the district enrollment was on the free / reduced lunch program = parents paying no taxes. Landlords won’t raise rent because the slumlords don’t need the $ that badly. It will never end. I owe Chase bank 4 more years then I am gone. I will kick back and laugh when this town has a zero tax base by 2025 and the state takes over the finances.

        • Concerned on November 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm

          Barberton called the magic city from the years of industialization, is still the magic city because it comes alive like magic the 1st week of every month! I have neighbors that tell me they would be worse off working a job and losing their government entitlements! Every morning I drive past closed or shut down factories on my commute out of the city to work thinking of all the great potential that is still here. I believe Barberton will be the old magic city again but for positive reasons!!

          • disgusted american on December 2, 2017 at 7:07 am

            Right you are Ken!!Don’t worry Jay your entitlements aren’t being taken away.

        • jay on November 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm

          why wait….move now. that grass is greener.

        • disgusted american on December 2, 2017 at 7:30 am

          The age of the gross

  15. VOTE NO TODAY on November 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

    GET OUT & VOTE TODAY ! Please be sure the read the language in regards to the two state issues. Both have been broad stroked to the voters, be very careful. VOTE NO on the school levy. Bottom line I have no issues when it comes to helping the youth here in town. I have voted in favor of multiple levies in the past. But ask yourself, has your district performed in a positive manner as viewed by the state via the 3 year performance index? That answer is NO.

    A “NO” vote simply means that you are sending a message to the district that a sub par performance is not acceptable. A “NO” vote will not take away their computers or shut off the utilities. Teachers will not quit and the school admin will not resign. You are simply sending a message of “improvement is needed”. What kind of message does rewarding mediocre performance send to the kids when it comes to real life skills they will need as adults ?

    I was down on “Bebe” after reading some stuff here about some alleged decision making issues from his past. Then I thought, has anyone other than Lysenko asked or inquired about how the cities “daily business” is being conducted and could things been done differently or more soundly? THE ANSWER IS NO. Why keep voting for a bunch of “yes”
    council reps? “Bebe” you got my vote this morning ! No one is perfect although we have bunch of holier than thou types on here that throw some big stones. Think you might surprise a few folks. Keep your promises. Good Luck !

    • Chris ISON on November 7, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you for your vote. It means a lot when citizens put trust in what you say. He will not let anyone down who voted for him. Thank you again! Go Bebe Heitic!!

  16. Chris ISON on November 7, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Remember to vote today. It is your voice that matters.

  17. SPD on November 5, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Anyone want to put a wager on BARBER ROAD flooding and also the WEST SIDE of Barberton flooding by the end of the day?

    • VOTE NO TODAY on November 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

      I thought the mayor had that all fixed? Or was it the roads ? ** insert big chuck & lil John laugh here **

      • SPD on November 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        The Big Chuck and Little John laugh was a classic! Loved it! Another good one is to put the Benny Hill music to stuff. The Benny Hill music (Yakety Sax) makes everything funny as hell!

  18. SPD on November 4, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Awesome game, Magics!

  19. JackGainer on November 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    This is from my posts from last Friday on Facebook. I attended the opening ribbon cutting of The Makery with the Mayor this evening at the invitation of the owners. A few months back I learned that the owners were having trouble getting natural gas service for their new business. I immediately contacted Mayor Zita and asked him to look into their problem. He did so right away as he does with all requests from constituents. He gave the owners the good news that natural gas was indeed available and since then it has been installed. I think this business is a good addition to our city and will be there for years to come. Thanks again for the Mayor’s quick action.

    • Just Say'in on November 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Don’t worry Jack, that brown stuff on your nose should wash off.

      • Grace on November 6, 2017 at 6:52 pm

        Look in the mirror, not the magnifying glass.

  20. SPD on November 1, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Another Fall and another year where Barberton starts the leaf pickups WAY too early. Started October 24th. They need to think about bumping that up about 3 weeks. Leaves really do not start coming down in bunches until about early November.

    Now if they come back to Ward 4 where they started, it may not be until mid-December and hopefully we have not had snow or else the plows will push leaf piles all down the road and back into yards. If you recall, last year was really cutting it close on time. Other years, not so fortunate.

    Best idea is to mulch the leaves up with your mower and forget raking! That is what I started doing a couple years ago.

    • John Q Public on November 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Fact: Residents can only put the leaves out for pick up after they fall. Solution: Your service director only needs to drive thru the town very quickly to verify that the leaves have begun to fall. Employee’s are already on the payroll, just assign them to leaf duty shortly after the leaves fall. WHY STICK TO A SET SCHEDULE ? City planning around here is robotic at best. No pride in making sure a job is both planned and performed at a top level. Are we flipping burgers around here or do the taxpayers deserve better ?

      • SPD on November 3, 2017 at 8:48 am

        Totally agree.

  21. Dee You Eye on October 31, 2017 at 11:48 am

    BeyBie ISIS, the two lost politicians! When you lose, beers on you at the Green Diamond. Don’t forget Magic Taxi.

    • Charlie Flohr on October 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      I’ll buy you a beer to come out of your mom’s basement and discuss issues rather than use third grade character assassination. This city hasn’t progressed in forty years. You should be applauding people that would like to get involved and see it improve. Grow up.

      • Ric Floor on November 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

        It’s time for a Whooooo! Can i get two claps and a whoooo! You askin for a change? We dont need no change. All these losing council people talking trash and running in circles. Whoooooo! B-Town has never been better. Whoooooo! Stylin and profylin! Whooooo!

        • NWO on November 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm

          Regardless of who or whom might be running for council, anyone who thinks this town is on the upswing or never been better must be clueless. Just stay home next Tuesday and watch the WWE channel.

          • So Move on November 4, 2017 at 8:16 am

            You can move out any time.

        • Chris Ison on November 5, 2017 at 12:20 am

          Yea never been better at wasting taxpayers dollars.

  22. Flippy floppy on October 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    ISON, are you Republican running for Democrat? How in thee hell can you get 4 DUI’s at the Green Diamond on overpriced beer?

    • Chris Ison on October 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

      I am an Independent. I am not going to answer the DUI question. If you read , research, and have basic comprehension skills then that question would answer itself.

  23. Chef Rock on October 27, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Finally the Rock has come back to the views line.

    Baybay is in way over his head. Stick to the kitchen.

    If you smmeeeLLLLLL….what the Rock…..is….cookin!

    • Chris ISON on October 27, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Get a new gimmick.

      • busted on October 31, 2017 at 11:49 am

        Republican or Democrat?

    • NWO on October 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      You guys are too much 🙂 Poor Bebe being dragged thru the Tragic City political mud. If the alleged DUI incidents are actually true that would be a question mark that should have been answered. Think he might be best suited to serve his community by attending meetings as a citizen. Say what you will, he has done his homework. He needs more time to help create distance from the mistakes made as a youth. So all of you bebe basher’s must have flunked out of the priesthood,? Takes guts to run for rep.

      Chef Rock is smmeeeeLLLLL’N last nights soup kitchen he ran in someone’s Prius. That’s whats really cook’in !

  24. MADD on October 26, 2017 at 6:48 am

    4 DUI”S? Who is puting up all these signs???? UBER???

    • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on October 26, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Thank you for noticing the signs! And I put them up myself, with help on the larger ones. I’m only 5’3″ and those are bigger than I!

  25. ALOHA on October 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    vote 4 soyars

    • Chris ISON on October 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Why? He is running on his previous ten year platform, which has accomplished nothing. Time to get the Democratic “good old boys club” out of there. I choose to vote a new direction for one of the seats . Vote Thomas”Bebe” Heitic if you want increased transparency. He is fiscally responsible. He has a degree in economics. He will propose cut the budget and unnecessary spending.

      • NO CHANGE on October 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

        Soyars and Debevec are doing a fine job. No change needed. Barberton known people with clean driving records.

        • Chris Parker on October 25, 2017 at 7:50 pm

          “Bebe” Hetic for council has about 4 DUI’s. Elected officials should be of high character records, not drinking and driving records. Barberton is doing well these days, no need to elect law breakers.

          • Chris Ison on October 25, 2017 at 9:15 pm

            Since were on the subject of high morals and high character. Soyars should have recused himself from voting for the school levy since he was employed there. Or how about not questioning giving Canfora 100k over a five year deal for a lease that should have been free. After all that is that is the same person Bill Judge called out for not paying and stiffing the city. How about not filing the proper paperwork with the board of elections, in reference to his campaign finance report. Last one filed was 2013. That’s real decision making there. No thank you.

            • Chef Rock on October 26, 2017 at 6:45 am

              it a renewal. if you smeeeeeLLLL…what the rock…is….cooking

          • Chris ISON on October 26, 2017 at 8:59 am

            Is this sour grapes because the Governor appointed his Honor , Todd McKenney and Stevenson to two different benches over you? Or is it due to you loosing to Elizabeth Walters? Just wondering why you are in Barberton Politics if you live in Coventry? Have a nice day!
            Go Thomas”Bebe ” Heitic!! Real change!

            • Chris ISON on October 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

              Correction, Copley.

              • gimmick on October 31, 2017 at 11:51 am

                Republican

                correction……….Democrat!

            • Chris Parker on October 26, 2017 at 6:42 pm

              c’mon…Hetic hasn’t done anything constructive in the city (except strain police forces and put peoples lives in danger with his DUIs), so what makes him worthy of being on council? There is a solid, positive pair on council now, Soyars and Debevec. Never seen a lackey work so hard for a non-achiever.

              • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on October 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm

                Gentlemen, let’s stay civil here. Mr. Parker, if you’d like to hear my ideas for the city, my email is bebeheitic@gmail.com I would love to correspond with you over thoughts and concerns regarding Barberton. There are a few issues I believe need addressed and have not seen over the years. Plus new ideas that are worthy of discussion and actions. I believe people can trust in their concerns with me, and if elected I will do my damnedest to make sure their voices are heard. If not, then I would say like anyone else vote me out if ineffective. If I do not win a seat, I as a citizen will still bring these things to attention and would work hand in hand with the incumbents to advance our fine city!

              • Chris Ison on October 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

                Name one thing productive he has done for this city? He is a yes man to the Mayor who likes to waste taxpayers money.

                • Chris Parker on October 27, 2017 at 4:19 am

                  He helps those throughout the city, helps kids in the town and is a positive voice for the safety of the city. How does the city waste money? It seems like you’re sooo smart, you must attend all of the committee and council meetings, NOT. Your lackey from ward one votes with everyone else on council but you don’t put her in that same category.

                  • Chris ISON on October 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

                    Did you think Bush was disqualified because of prior DUI’s when you voted for him? The whole argument is ridiculous. The voters will vote on Soyars current record , not Bebe’s past record. Seems strange that a Republican such as yourself would rally behind Democrats.

                  • Chris Ison on October 31, 2017 at 7:34 pm

                    Well maybe instead of insulting, you should ask her pointers on how to run a successful campaign and actually get elected.

                • 1 on October 31, 2017 at 11:55 am

                  one thing positive, NO TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

              • MADD on October 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

                Vote 4 DUI’s……or…..Vote 4 Soyars ??????????

                • Chris Ison on October 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm

                  Yea vote for Soyars if you want to continue to throw away money. Thumbs up!

                  • Chef Rock on October 31, 2017 at 11:54 am

                    How much money has been thrown away on DUI’s??????

                    If you smmmeeeeLLLLLL….what the Rock…..is…..cookin…

                    • Chris Ison on October 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm

                      Way less than this current council and Mayor throw away. It’s easy to hide behind a keyboard, probably in your moms basement drinking the toxic Democratic cool-aid this city has been exposed to for too long.



                    • gimmick on November 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm

                      democrat,republican,democrat,republican

                      how bout LOSER



      • league on October 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

        LOL. little out of his league.

  26. Anonymous on October 24, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I have been pleasantly surprised by the way our new Middle School principal, Mr. Andric, has been handling the bullying issues at the school. Things have been handled swiftly and I am seeing consistent measures being put in place. Parents are also being contacted when their students are brought into the office and been involved in a bullying issue, whether they are the victim or a witness. I am sensing a NO Tolerance policy at the school. Thank you to Mr. Andric and his administrators

  27. VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on October 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    In regards to the racially related “Top Story” in the Herald. How does anyone know who perpetrated his act ? They could have been white, black, purple, etc. Could be a simple ruse or prank. Until you know who or whom perpetrated this act it is merely an over publicized story about vandalism, nothing else. As a community we do not need to fuel race baiting and this story should have never got past the police report section. This town is so racially mixed on so many levels I find anything derogatory in regards to “race” around here to be laughable. The Herald should have used a little better decorum when looking to publish this information. The Pierson piece a couple of weeks ago was done in suspect taste as well, public record or not. You know what they say about big stones and glass houses. We have all had a bad moment.

  28. Anonymous on October 21, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    why did the band change ama mater? Ama mater is tradition.

  29. Mr Esquire on October 21, 2017 at 12:09 am

    I am disappointed for a real reason. Our education system in the United States is mediocre at best, Less than half rate when compared to the educations of the world. Out of 65 countries who rate their education systems we rank in the middle. But we pay the most for education in the world. Go to a hospital, see the good DR jobs, most you cant say their last or first name because they are not American. When our children graduate from high school and attend college they are forced to take remedial classes because they did not get the education needed to attend a college.

    We have so many people wanting to be teachers and no jobs for them, yet our school boards say we have to pay a great wage to keep the teachers. When you put out a call for teachers and you get 250 applicants per job there is no reason to pay more money. Supply and demand. To get a fresh, educated and certified teacher is not a bad thing. When talking to the lobbying group for the teachers, school board members who are ex teachers or people who have family members working in the school system they want us to think new teachers cant teach. They are certified by the state and can teach.

    If you are a teacher, an ex teacher, or have family members who are teachers you are not a good school board member, you are a lobbying for the teachers union.

    • Jan on October 21, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Look up World Health Organization’s Ranking of Health Care by Country in google.

      The USA is ranked 37! COSTA RICA is ahead of the US!!! Our healthcare system is half rate. It is mediocre at best.
      Using your logic, let’s totally stop any money that goes to healthcare since I am DISAPPOINTED that the US is ranked 37!!! There’s tons of new med school graduates, and future business leaders that could easily fix the system! Let’s defund healthcare and fire all the doctors, and those who work in healthcare because we are ranked 37, and because there are cheaper, younger, graduates we can hire to take their place. Then we can fire these new graduates that we hire in 3 years and replace them with cheaper younger graduates!

      • Mr Esquire on October 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

        Your response is spoken like a true lobbyist for the teachers union. How about if we quit electing lobbyist’s to be school board members. Vote in people who want to make our school systems better instead of giving administrators and teachers raises. Throwing money at this problem does not work. We are living truth. Hire teachers who can teach, statistics show we are doing a mediocre job at this.

        If I ever hired a health care person and he or she did not do the job I would let them go and find one who will do what is expected of them. I have fired doctors who I did not feel they were doing the job, we need to do this with incompetent people in our schools also.

        Teachers get number 1 pay in the world for education, how about us getting them to do a number one job? We are paying for it.

        • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on October 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm

          FINALLY….. another person who believes that pay raises, benefits and pensions should come with on the job accountability! IN THE REAL WORLD you have to produce or you are are terminated. This levy is not about unions, taxes, homeowners, kids, etc. It is about the open checkbook mentality and the entitlement that the district has grown to expect from a struggling tax base. I voted “yes” multiple times in the past because the district was in full decay, the taxpayer wallets have more than remedied that problem. Tired of the bogus excuses : Lil Johnny has a poor home environment, state grading system is unfair, the next district over is failing, so why can’t we ?? Excuses are the tools of incompetence. It is easier to find an excuse than a solution.

          VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER and send a simple message. Improve your on the job performance or no more “extra” perks. A NO VOTE will truly help the kids.

    • Jan on October 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Using your logic we should dictate the pay of doctors’ on how healthy their patients are. I mean if doctors’ have overweight and unhealthy patients they clearly aren’t doing a good job, right? It’s about accountability! Isn’t it? Or is it only about accountability when it comes to teachers?

      Lobbyist for a teacher union? That’s laughable. I am merely pointing out a double standard in your line of thinking. By the way, where is your outrage on the police and fire unions? People love picking on teachers, because it is easy. These same people who cry about the union never talk about the police union or the fire union. They don’t care about accountability, they merely have a grudge against public education. One last point on the issue, if you care about accountability so much than why are 99% of private charter schools, that taxpayers fund, failing?

      It is simple. If you want high property values, then vote yes on a renewal that will cost you $0 more in taxes. If you want to defund education, and have subpar schools and home values, than by all means vote no on the renewal.

      • mr esquire on October 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        When I doctor fails to heal me as I expect, I fire said doctor and get another one. I am not able to fire a school teacher if said teacher failed to educate a child. The school board has the job of running the school system. They hire administrators to perform this task. Our school system is failing us and we have administrators and a few school board members who think the answer is to throw more money at the problem. That does not work, we have proven that, paying the highest in the world to educate and ranking 50%.

        Raise our taxes, provide a half rate education is not the way to raise the value of your home. If you want to raise housing value, cancel open enrollment, force the people who live out side the district to purchase homes in Norton’s school district. We would need approximately 300 houses to house the 600+ children and parents. This would bring about $10 million in income into Norton. With the housing shortage and all that money, our values would increase. Your formula to raise housing value only gives teachers and administrators more money. I have not noticed housing values rising in our area.

  30. Disappointed on October 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    As a life long resident of Barberton and a product of the great education I received from this district, I am greatly saddened that our OWN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER doesn’t seem to support their own district!

    Let’s be honest the only reason that you published the salaries of city and school employees was to stir the pot….sell more papers…NOT because of your journalistic integrity to “keep the community informed.”

    Here is what you didn’t include with your wages:
    1. Typically, the amount of education you have correlates with the amount of income you make.
    2. You too could have pursued higher education opportunities which would have allowed you to make better wages.
    3. Educators have to pay for all continuing education out of their own pocket. To keep their license current they have to get 6 graduate hours every 5 years for their entire career. Unlike other careers where you are compensated for going back to school.
    4. There are great things going on in the Barberton City School District! I see it everyday with the opportunities that are afforded to my nephews and niece.

    I realize that the state report card is disheartening. But if people truly took the time to educate themselves on the changes that are made every year, they would understand that the state is consistently comparing apples to oranges to grapes to etc. Instead of apples to apples to apples. When the state finally allows that to happen you will see a significant change in the state report cards.

    PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO VISIT OUR SCHOOLS AND TALK TO THE PEOPLE THAT WORK HARD EVERYDAY TO TRY TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN BEFORE YOU MAKE AN UNFAIR JUDGEMENT!

    VOTE YES FOR ISSUE 28!!!

    • Jan on October 20, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Let’s be honest, Barberton Herald only cares about one thing: The Barberton Herald. The Barberton Herald is in the business of selling more newspapers. It would be dumb of them not to publish faux juicy and faux salacious stories of those “fat cat government employees” living lifestyles of the rich and famous! Sometimes the Barberton Herald tries to be the National Enquirer, but ends up more like World Weekly News.

      That said, voting yes for the school levy is a no brainer. It’s NOT a tax increase. It will cost the tax payer exactly $0. Good Schools = Good Communities.

      • Triska on October 21, 2017 at 11:55 pm

        ….and also a no brainer….. if you vote NO…your property Taxes will go Down! because the Tax will not renew. with cost of living going UP and paychecks going down…due to medical insurance hikes and all… folks could use a cut rate. I also felt that…Folks who have children in School should pay the School Levies anyways, if you have no school age children, or home school, then that fee is not included in your Property Tax bill. or start just making all Schools… Tuition Entry? and Pay to Play. I am sure they could find Organizations to help those who are of Low Income. it’s an Unfair system.

        • Jan on October 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

          You are correct that if you vote no your property taxes will go down, but it will go down something like $50 a year. What is more important? Keeping your property values high and having quality schools or saving $50 a year? You will lose thousands if you vote not on the levy.

        • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on October 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm

          Don’t quit your day job ! Anyone with an ounce of homeowner / taxpayer sense knows that the property values have sunk for most while very few have stayed the same. Our taxes have nearly doubled in 15 years, all fact! Go to your county tax record, it is all there for a remedial mathematical review. Really getting tired of you school district cronies making excuses and giving out miss information. Know anyone who owns a home in Wadsworth ? Their property values continue to rise and they have had only 1 school levy in 10 + years. Why is that ??? Better budgeting would be a strong guess. Your propaganda of schools increasing homeowner value is as mythical as finding a big foot out on Barber Raod.

    • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on October 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      The Herald has posted salaries numerous times over the years. All public record. You are fortunate that the Herald does not publish the district budget report, top shelf health care coverage costs and pension amounts. Those figures are staggering! I believe over 80% of the district budget goes to the employee’s. Always wondered how that 80% could coincide with the b.s. mantra ” it’s for the kids”. You think that teaching is the only profession that requires both a time and financial investment ??????? You are truly living in the clouds ! The “entitlement” spewing from your post literally jumps off of the screen. People like you are too obtuse to realize that your bias rants only hurt your own cause. People know greedy and cocky when they read it ! VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER ON 28. STOP THE ENTITLEMENT !! TIME TO GO TO WORK AND STOP WORRY ABOUT EXTRA PERKS !!

  31. Chris ISON on October 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    They skip anyone else? This trash company has got to go. Bad business, bad customer service, and bad prices! City once again is hosed in a contract.
    Advisory: Bulk trash pickup Oct 16-18. Can set up to 1 bulk item and 3 lg. bags or cans on curb.

    Dear Nixle User,
    City of Barberton
    Fall Bulk Pickup Program

    The City of Barberton’s Fall Bulk Pickup Program will be held October 16-18. Residents who are part of the City’s curb side program are eligible to participate in the clean-up. In addition to normal trash pickup, residents may place one (1) bulk item and up to three (3) trash bags (no larger than 30 gallon) or three (3) trash cans at the curb on their REGULAR scheduled pick up day during this week.

    Items MUST be on the curb NO LATER than 7am on the scheduled collection day. There will be a separate truck used for this program and it will only make one pass through each area. Any items on the curb in excess of the allowable amount will require adequate stickers.

    Unaccepted items include tires, electronic waste (such as computers), construction material and debris, chemicals, and any kind of hazardous waste, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Whole house clean outs or court evictions will not be accepted. TV’s are considered an accepted bulk item. For additional information, visit our website at http://www.cityofbarberton.com

    • recycle on October 20, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Green recycle containers are missed all over town all the time. This trash service is GARBAGE!

      • Chris ISON on October 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        Not to mention how rude they are on the phone.

        • call soyars on October 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm

          I left a message for Mr. Soyars and our trash was picked up in a few hours! He gets it done!

    • SPD on October 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Seems like they always drop the ball on the bulk days.

      • Chris ISON on October 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        I do not usually complain , but this has been a pattern of theirs and seems like this administration could care less along with a few on council who I will not name. I had to call another wards council member due to mine being non-responsive. Sad. When I run for Ward3 , I promise the people will get the representation they need. Time to hold the officials accountable.

        • SPD on October 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm

          Too bad I live in ward 4 or I could vote for you. I used to be in 2 but they changed our boundary a couple years ago and my house landed in 4 after that. I can walk to the next block down and be in 2, like 6 houses down!

        • SPD on October 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm

          Actually, it was WARD 1 I was in, not 2….correction.

  32. Easton 25k+ on October 19, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    NO, the issue’s with the Easton Rd speeding had not been addressed. The reduced speed limit to 25 was a brief moment by means of the sign being attached to the portable speed checker which does absolutely no good what so ever! The “road closed”, really, to who and where? The construction did not slow down the traffic one bit. In fact the road closed signs were being ignored completely and the people just drove around them! Now that the road is about complete there absolutely no doubt it will be the best racetrack in Norton!

    • Norton on October 20, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Most of the people complaining about speeding,the dust,and all the bumpy roads and the construction project around Easton rd are the same people who wanted city water and sewer now that it’s being installed we have a group of cry babies! Now you have to deal with it.well water and septic has worked for generations.

      • Easton 25k on October 20, 2017 at 8:53 am

        You are correct WELL WATER & SEPTIC does work and is far less expensive than this project that was forced upon these residents. There is NO CITY WATER that is included in this project at the ridiculous rates that will be charged to the Nash residents, and WILL include interest on top of the $11,200 if not paid in CASH! Please do not forget the additional cost to make the changes within your home to even be able to connect. Oh, and the additional fees for the actual connection and plumbing outside to connect at the road! The speeding is definitely a problem, always has been and continues. I am sure we can get video feed from those residents on Easton with the security cameras to prove this!

  33. Jan on October 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Vote Yes on Issue 2. It’s time Ohio takes the lead in the nation and becomes the first state to fight big pharma!

  34. Chef Rock on October 16, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I’ve seen 2 Bay Bay signs in this town. Yep, 2! If you smeeeLLLLL……what the Rock…..is…..cookin!

    • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on October 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you noticing! I have more, mostly in neighbourhoods. I will be putting more up this week!👍

  35. Anonymous on October 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Who changed to traffic pattern on Wooster Rd N. and Hopocan?? That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen It goes along with the lights on Tusc Street and the Bike Trail. There will be some many wreaks you wont be able to keep up with. I am beginning to hate this town and the stupid ideas they do!!

    • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on October 15, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Yet making Third Street off Wooster to Tusc between the post office and McDonald’s can’t seem to be one way with angled parking. If you come from downtown turning left onto Wooster is nearly impossible, to do so you have to pull up a car length past the line then no one can turn onto Third.

    • SPD on October 16, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Well, you could always move?

    • bag on October 16, 2017 at 7:33 am

      MOVE NOW

    • turn on on October 18, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Actually it is a great idea. There is an arrow at the light. And no tight turn anymore because left lane is turn only! Makes it pretty simple to turn left now. Even someone like yourself can do it. You should try it and then keep driving west all the way to Arizona. Move now!

  36. Anonymous on October 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I have been pleasantly surprised by the way our new Middle School principal, Mr. Andric, has been dealing with bullying issues at BMS. Things have been dealt with swiftly and I am seeing consistent methods to handle any of the school issues. I have also been notified the same day when my student has been brought into the office to discuss what he/she has witnessed. I am sensing a No Tolerance policy at Barberton Middle School. Thank you to Mr. Andric and his administration at Barberton Middle School for making me, as a parent, feel comfortable that any issues regarding the students will be handled appropriately.

  37. G. O'Pea on October 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    We need more REPUBLICANS to start running for public offices around here.

    • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on October 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Here I am!

      • concerned on October 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm

        you got my vote

      • Yes man on October 18, 2017 at 7:12 am

        Dont need no sauerkraut ball

    • Jan on October 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Why do we need more Republicans? I’m interested to here why. What will Republicans, in city council, do any differently than Democrats?

      • Republican on October 13, 2017 at 6:36 am

        They won’t lie!! And they won’t tell you want you want to hear they will make things happen! And their not sore losers!

        • Republican LOL on October 14, 2017 at 8:53 pm

          And they’re not worried about grammar! Go Uneducated!!!!

          • SPD on October 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm

            I saw that too

            • Jan on October 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm

              I actually think “Republican” was being ironic with his post, and was meant as a joke. Well done!

          • Republican on October 15, 2017 at 5:17 am

            Sorry I did not spell one word right but it was 6:30 am and I was 20 feet up a tree trying to settle a score with bambi bow and arrow in hand!! You see republicans don’t sleep till noon like democrats waiting for someone to give them a handout we work for what we have!!

            • Jan on October 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

              So you have a deadly weapon in one hand, you are up 20 feet in a tree, and the first thing that the neurons in your body shoot to your brain is, “I gotta use my free hand to make a comment on the Barberton Herald’s website?” Seems reasonable to me. Nothing to see here folks. Just a typical Republican voter lol.

            • SPD on October 15, 2017 at 9:58 am

              Grammar Police are everywhere. We have to walk on egg shells on public forums….LOL.

            • Republican LOL on October 17, 2017 at 10:45 pm

              So basically you’re a liar and have bad grammar? Guess that’s pretty common in the GOP. #sad.

              • Democrat lol on October 20, 2017 at 7:35 am

                Can’t take the truth!! F.Y.I. I’m 20 feet up again commenting you see republicans can multi task!!

    • William Tweed on October 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Anyone who believes dem or repub has any bearing on city type politics clearly has no clue on how municipal government works and or the problems facing most cities. VOTE for someone with creative idea’s and a passion for hard work. Someone who will impose accountability for everyone within the city infrastructure while providing solid civic services owed to the taxpayers. Does not matter if this type of person is dem, repub, purple, etc

      • Chris ISON on October 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

        I will be running for WARD 3 in the next election. I will be running as an Independent. I refuse to be tied to a party. Its about relationships, and doing what is right by the people who elected you. I will not be bought and paid for.

    • Concerned on October 14, 2017 at 8:12 am

      We need to focus on manufacuring and creating jobs! Not so much on on the liberal left agenda! We need more people like you to keep voting republican ! Thank you

  38. Jack Gainer on October 8, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I am now going to comment on Dennis Pierson’s comments to the police dispatcher. Mr. Pierson has been caught in so many lies and has failed to respond to them even when a citizen wrote a letter to council that stated in no uncertain terms that Mr. Pierson “and” My opponent had lied not only to the public, but also had lied to their fellow council members. These lies were to influence the outcome of a vote by council to either buy or not buy the Chief of Police a new vehicle. If not for the citizen’s letter they might have succeeded.
    I am not an attorney, however if this is not a crime, then it should be!
    In regards to his racist remarks about everyone who participated in or attended the Norton Cider Fest, his remarks were so terrible as to disgrace the office that he holds. How can any person who respects the Boy Scouts,the Girl Scouts,The Lions Club,The Chamber of Commerce or all of the volunteers and the visitors who helped make this years Fest such a success, I ask “how” can anyone vote for this person?? I also will be interested in my opponents opinion as to his constant support of Mr. Pierson since joining council? Does he have the same opinion of all Cider Fest participants as does his close friend?
    Please Vote for Jack Gainer for Ward 1 Council and rid the city of these two individuals.

    • Mr Esquire: on October 11, 2017 at 11:50 am

      If I call the Norton police and my comment is not consistent with the party line of the good old boys, will my call be leaked to the press like you did Mr Piersons? Usually news media need to ask for the information, my question is how did they know about it unless it was “leaked”? Are all calls to the police department leaked to the press?
      If you want a councilman who will fight for you then vote for Mr Pierson. If you want a councilman who plays “get along” and will sell you out for the “party line” then dont.

      • Honesty on October 13, 2017 at 7:48 pm

        I myself found it very disturbing that this type of call made it out to local media. Public record or not, both Norton & Barberton seem to have issues with confidentiality. This is a perfect example of why some neighborhoods live in fear, to afraid to call police because everyone is aware of the “leaking” of caller info when responding to a disturbance. I myself have witnessed police divulge whom the complaining neighbor or caller was when they responded to a call.

        Is any shocked at the usage of the phrase “white trash” by anyone living in the 44203 area code? We own
        25 % of Summit county drug over doses followed by an economy backed by food stamps and sect 8. Mommies & Daddies who do not work. Councilman or no, guy responded in an upset manner because it was affecting the quality of his neighborhood. No one cares about a problem, providing it happens at somewhere else. Maybe Mr. Gainer would like to hold next years festival near his home ? Pierson needs to own his comments and the people who actually get out and vote will applaud him for it. How many of us have not made a derogatory remark at some point, truthfully ? Vote based upon politics, not a phone call.

  39. VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on October 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    The hard working homeowners around here [ few that are left ] have stood by this school district for 15 + years ! I myself voted YES for more than one tax hike. This district AS VERIFIED PER OFFICIAL STATE REPORT CARDS and statistics has been on a meteoric decline. We can no longer turn a blind eye and make excuses. I could care less about other district ratings or the fact that Lil Johnny comes from a less than desirable at home academic surrounding. ON THE JOB RESULTS = $. This is the most basic financial concept in ALL job markets.

    ACCOUNTABILITY needs to put into place. LETS GET OUR DISTRICT REPORT ON THE RISE AND COME SEE US IN 2 + YEARS. WE CAN NO LONGER REWARD MEDIOCRE PERFORMANCE. They need levy dollars for pay raises, health care and always rising pension costs. State money can NOT be used for their own * EXTRA * financial luxuries. PLEASE VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER. You will be truly helping the children by sending this message = IMPROVED STATE REPORT CARDS WILL = $$. To bad the football program could not seek their own levy, coach Gotto and his players are a perfect example of hard work & positive results = praise and respect from the taxpayers. GO MAGICS FOOTBALL !!

    • Thomas J on October 10, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER,

      Thanks for your comments. That said, I think you are misinformed in several ways. First off, voting YES, is NOT A TAX INCREASE. It will cost you exactly $0 if you vote yes.

      Secondly, the district is actually INCREASING in test scores. You see, every year the Ohio Department of Education increases the percent that they consider passing. This past year, I believe they said that 80% is considered passing. What this means is that if the entire 5th grade has 79% of its math scores as passing, the state will give the district an F grade for the 5th grade math score. Correct me if I’m wrong, but last I checked, a 79% in your drivers test, a high school class, or even a college course is considered passing. So why is the state now saying anything less than an 80% is failing? I believe it is because politicians, and bloated statewide bureaucrats, in the Ohio Department of Education, are making the stakes so unattainable for the majority of school districts on purpose. They need to keep their jobs so they are making the state of Ohio look like it is failing on purpose. This is purely a sham.

      If you still think I am wrong look up the grade for Strongsville City Schools. Strongsville is an upper middle class district and have many Browns players living it. They scored a C!!!

      My last comment to your point is in regards to accountability. If anyone was to take your post on face value, than we should dictate the pay of Doctors at Akron City and Cleveland Clinic on how well they perform in regards to their patients that they see. When you go into your doctor’s office for your yearly physical, and your doctor says, “you need to lose weight” do you listen to him/her? Given your logic, we should dictate doctors’ pay based on how healthy their patients how. If you don’t listen to your doctor and you gain weight when they tell you that you have to lose weight, we should dock doctors’ pay. Just like doctors, teachers tell their students how to learn. If students care not to take their advice, just like patients with their doctors, why should we fault the teacher? Unless I am totally misunderstanding your point, and you do feel that we should decrease the pay checks of doctor’s when their patients show up more unhealthy to their yearly physical.

      • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on October 13, 2017 at 6:47 pm

        You make the former school super “Patti” look like an amateur at “spin doctoring”. Your comments could not be further from the truth. Why do all of you district cronies refuse to look at things from a JOB BASED PERFORMANCE standpoint? Mediocre results do not warrant financial increase. Stop stating that this is not a new tax, that is very misleading to ill informed voter’s. Here is the truth : Almost 5 years ago we had 4 emergency mil levies thrown at us in under 2 years and it finally passed after 3 failures. So it was a new tax 5 years ago and now it requires voter approval in order for them to keep milking the taxpayers.This town has stood by this district financially and the coffer’s are dry ! What is wrong with any homeowner keeping some money in their pocket while asking for an improved district performance BEFORE the next taxpayer funded financial windfall?

        LEVY DOLLARS can and will be used for pay increases [ on top step raises ], health care and always increasing pension costs. THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE KIDS OR QUALITY OF THEIR EDUCATION.
        I want educators who truly care about a failing k-3 literacy score and a well below avg graduation rate.
        Time to EARN the taxpayer’s money.

        Barberton – District summary

        Standards met 4 of 30
        Performance Index 2015-2016 73.52
        Performance Index 2014-2015 85.05
        Performance Index 2013-2014 90.82
        Component grades

        Achievement D
        Gap closing F
        K-3 literacy D
        Graduation C
        Progress F
        Prepared for success D

        • Thomas J on October 13, 2017 at 10:37 pm

          I find it funny that you think that I am a “spin doctor.” I am an average joe interested in truth.

          1) You are incorrect. The levy IS NOT a tax increase. It will not raise anyone’s property tax. This is a FACT. I challenge you to find facts to correct me on this. You won’t because you know I am correct.

          2) You stated this in your previous post,
          Performance Index 2015-2016 73.52
          Performance Index 2014-2015 85.05
          Performance Index 2013-2014 90.82

          Man this looks bad at first glance (even though a 90, 85, and 73 are all passing grades)! What you are forgetting to mention, is that in each of these 3 years there were DIFFERENT State Tests and DIFFERENT DIFFICULTIES! 2013 was an easier test. The state then changed tests, and made it harder in 2014. The state changed again in 2015, and made the test even harder with a different testing company. These are facts. I am disappointed that you neglected to mention these facts in your posts. You are clearly spinning this issue. It seems you want the schools to fail in order to propel your ideological agenda. Shame.

          3) You talk about accountability and job based performance. Why don’t you want doctor pay dictated on accountability and job based performance? Just like teachers, doctors give out advice to their patients. If patients don’t take their doctor’s advice, then maybe we should dock the pay of doctors like you want to dock the pay of teachers. You are a hypocrite if you want to defund education, and let doctors earn a 6 figure income, when their patients are unhealthy. Tell me when it is a job based performance success of a doctor seeing a patient who refuses to listen to their medical advice.

    • Mr Esquire: on October 11, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Is throwing money at the problem the real answer to mediocre education in the US?

      In our world there are slightly less than 200 countries. Out of the 200 countries 65 compare education. Out of 65 countries we are rated in the mid 30’s for quality of education. This means there are over 30 countries who educate the children better than we do in America.

      Now look at the price we pay: We pay the most of any country in the world for educating our children in public schools. Pay the most and get rated 50% in quality of education. This is not very good bang for the buck.

      A recent visit to a local hospital I ran into foreign doctors. The majority of the doctors I ran into were not American. Where are our students if we are doing such a good job of educating the youth of America?

      Throwing money at the problem does not work. We need to see what the other 35 countries that are doing better than us are doing and adopt their way of educating our children.

      I dont live in Norton, but use the Norton School System. To vote for an ex teacher, or a mother of a teacher is just putting the fox in the hen house. All Santelli and Webel did was vote for early raises and increases in operating expenses. Never did they look at educating our children for tomorrows world.

  40. Joan on October 6, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    WOW!! What a great football game and season. I went to school from 1955 to 1958 and they didn’t play like that and George Izo played then.

  41. Football frustrated on October 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    How long are we gonna keep this so called football coach in Norton? He hasn’t had a winning season since the first year but the work was already done before he got here. He is embarassing to watch on the sidelines yelling at the refs and his coaches. Never being accountable for any losses always blaming the boys and his staff. The kids deserve better the community deserves better. IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE, ITS TIME FOR A NEW COACH!!!

    • we good on October 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Transfer to Barberton!!!! WE GOOD

  42. Chris Ison on October 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    We as citizens have a choice to make. In November you can vote for the same old for Council at Large, or we can vote for Thomas”Bebe”Heitic. Change needs to start here and then the regular ward seats , up to the Mayoral seat. Change only happens when we vote. This is our voice to exercise. Remember in November, when you vote for the school levy renewal, also vote for Thomas”Bebe” Heitic.

    • Chef Rock on October 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Gonna vote for the same. Aint broke don’t fix it. If you smmeeeeeLLLLLL what the Rock……is……cookin.

      • Chris Ison on October 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

        That’s the same mindset that’s is getting this town in trouble. I for one am tired of the wasteful spending. The city from two different pieces of legislation has wasted 106k of tax payers money. If you like that kind of irresponsibility keep voting in the status quoe. You get what you vote for.

    • SPD on October 6, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Nothing at all wrong with the current administration. Voting for the same and against the school levy renewal.

      • stupid on October 11, 2017 at 8:17 am

        Why would you vote NO for a school levy renewal???? It will cost you n $0 !! Your beer and smokes cost you more…

        • SPD on October 12, 2017 at 5:19 am

          We are already paying for it! Schools get 75% of our property taxes as it is NOW!
          Vote against it and you pay LESS! Maybe they should trim their budget too like the taxpayers have to do when costs go up?

      • MADD on October 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

        Dont want no pork chop.

    • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on October 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      “Bebe” has been posting on this forum very frequently this summer. Did he even bother to announce that he was officially running for a seat via this forum? I have seen his yard signs out & about but I see no info on here in from him in regards to his politics and what he plans to bring to the table. Sounds like another jabroni looking for a $900/mo part time paycheck. Easy $ for attending ONE 30 minute council meeting every 30 days. THIS TOWN NEEDS ANSWERS AND ROLL UP THE SHIRT SLEEVE TYPES, we have waaaay toooo many paycheck casher’s around here!

      • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on October 9, 2017 at 6:31 pm

        Thank you for your interest! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. My email is bebeheitic@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to answer promptly. I do guarantee a response. As for a “jabroni looking for 900/mo part time paycheck” I assure you the 10k per year salary is not a factor. I’ve personally discussed with citizens in order to make the pay attractive enough for a full time engineer (as the charter commands) instead of outsourcing it to GPD Group all elected and appointed officials should take a pay cut. It’s about working within our means. If the position on council paid 1k a year I’d still be willing.

        The council meetings are at 730, but there are committee meetings beforehand where the public can interact. Council decorum prohibits retort when addressed in the meeting of the whole.

        • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on October 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

          We need to STOP sub contracting out jobs that should be done by our well compensated city workers. STOP writing checks and start having our well paid employee’s go home a little tired with dirt on their clothes for a change. Do you have any idea how many MILLIONS of dollars we could have saved by having our own employee’s do lets say 50-60 % of the street repairs over the past 3 years ? What could a struggling town do with an extra couple of million bucks ?? uhmmmmm

          We need rep’s who will get off their arse and GET OUT AND MEET THE PEOPLE and help organize community watch groups to combat crime / drugs. Grass roots “Bebe”, that is what this town needs. Tired of seeing rep’s do nothing and then they expect the full time working citizens to attend meetings, etc. That is why we have you rep’s, you are to be a voice for those who WORK AND PAY TAXES.

          COUNCIL NEEDS TO START ASKING QUESTIONS AT THE MEETINGS. I followed meeting minutes for years and the only person who asked questions and asked about other options was Lysenko. I respect the pluck it takes for you to run but lets really hear about your agenda. ANY person running for rep should have at least a 5 point plan ready for discussion. The floor is your “Bebe”.

          • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on October 10, 2017 at 6:14 pm

            I would love to work at quite a few things. For starters making the weekly agendas available online to keep more people informed. Also I would like to try to end this practice of “suspending the rules of the charter and declaring an emergency” so things don’t go three readings and voted on right then and there. Authorization of the mayor to enter into contracts without public input is only an emergency if proper research and public input is disregarded. Understandably, liabilities can be (disposal of assets like decommissioned police cruisers), less they sit and do nothing.
            Moreover, outsourcing should be used in the case of state or federal monies when they pay 51% or more. A road company answers to GPD Group, again an outsourced engineer. I want our own with our interests in mind.
            Elected officials should be more hands on with citizens. It’s not a job when elected it’s a responsibility. How many times is something passed quickly and people find out weeks later?

            • Polar Pop Police on October 13, 2017 at 8:05 pm

              I would take an educated guess and say that the majority of local street repairs done in the past 3 years are not state or fed funded, correct? If so, they should have been done by our own city street dept. Right now we are paying top wages and benefits for guys to patch pot holes or cold patch a 25 ft section? What a miss managed waste ! Bebe, Barberton is now up to $10 local tax on all license plate stickers done at the bmv, where is the extra $5 per sticker going? Good stuff on the emergency vote & mayor autho. Both need to change !!
              Best of luck!

          • stupid on October 11, 2017 at 8:21 am

            Once again, the city has no equipment to fix streets. You have poor information on all of your posts. Move out of the city now!

            • Chris Ison on October 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

              We could have if the current administration would stop wasting money. Phil Canfora just received a five year 100k lease from our elected officials without citizen input. Call the city officials and ask them how much they spend on contracts without qualified oversight. Your opinion would change real fast.

            • Polar Pop Police on October 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

              They do have some and at one point they had a full fleet of equipment. It has been moth balled due to the subcontracting. If you invest in equipment it will save you money !! Why does an auto tech buy tools for his job ? He needs them in order to make money. It is called an investment and or cost of doing business. What’s a matter union dude, afraid to get dirty?

        • SPD on October 12, 2017 at 5:21 am

          May I ask what ward are you running in?

          • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on October 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

            At large, there are two seats and three of us running

      • Chris Ison on October 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm

        Then I guess you would have read about the invite that was in the Barberton Hearld for his meet and greet. You should have come out since you post on here quite frequently.

      • Chris Ison on October 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm

        There are council meetings almost every Monday, except holidays.

  43. Thomas J on October 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Given the horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, I believe it is time we start to have a conversation on gun control measures.

    The Supreme Court ruled in the 1919 decision of Schenck v. United States, that you can not “yell fire in a crowded theatre.” This Supreme Court decision eroded 1st Amendment Free Speech Rights. This decision curtailed 1st amendment rights of Free Speech.

    The precedent has been set. The Supreme Court CAN curtail rights found in the Bill of Rights. Why did no one protest the Supreme Court curtailing first amendment rights, but conservatives feel that no one can ever touch the second amendment? The Supreme Court precedent has already ruled that they can curtail rights found in the Bill of Rights.

    Let’s take this argument to the next logical stage. The founding fathers believed that we should have a militia in case England tried to invade. They had no idea what an automatic, semi-automatic, or nuclear weapons were. If strict constructionists want to argue exactly what the founding fathers thought, then let’s make legal every musket and make illegal every other gun other than the musket!

    Let’s also talk about this idea of a militia. The idea of a standing militia was to prevent a foreign government to invade. There were no nuclear weapons back then. Hence, the idea of having a “militia” is null in my opinion since governments have nuclear weapons and can wipe into oblivion militias. Thus, the idea of second amendment revisions is much needed.

    • SPD on October 6, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Well, we have terrorist organizations and criminals invading so the Second Amendment needs to be left alone.

      • Thomas J on October 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

        Can you please elaborate? What terrorist organizations and what criminals are invading?

        If we really want a common sense approach to gun control, we would have a mandatory 20 year prison sentence for anyone found with an illegal firearm, as well as anyone on disability with a firearm.

  44. John Kulcsar on September 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I will not support any person, sports professional, or organization that disrespects our flag or the national anthem. Pubic officials and business leaders who condone such actions should be boycotted. Our forefathers have sacrificed too much for such negative actions. We Americans have very few instances where we can stand together shoulder to shoulder/arm in arm for one moment in respect of our nation.

    Free Speech is in our Constitution, but should not be exploited during a such moments. Individual rights and Free Speech have no place in superceeding our Flag and National Anthem.

    Kudo’s to President Donald Trump for taking a stand for America… over politics and personal views.

    Adios NFL & NBA. My time, money and energy will be spent elsewhere.

    • SPD on September 26, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I agree. I will be getting a lot more done on Sundays between now and February at my place these days.

    • Thomas J on September 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      I respect both sides of this debate, but I think we should all take a step back. Since when does kneeling during the anthem, mean it’s an attack on the military? It’s not an attack on the military, but rather a sign of obstacles that we, as a nation, still need to overcome in regards to race relations in our country. Would it be no different if Irish men of the 19th century took a knee to protest the “No Irish Need Apply” policies of our country back then?

      Let us not forget the “Know Nothing Party” of the 19th century…a party that was Anti-Catholic and Anti-Immigrant. The Know Nothing Party wanted to keep America as a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Country. The times have changed, but the current of ultra right wing nationalism has not. In every age of our country’s history, there is a tenant of right wing populism that attempts to cast doubt on those “different” than us.

      That said, would I kneel? Probably not, but then again, I do not live, nor encounter, the struggles that minority communities deal with. That being said, these communities need to understand the struggles that police officers, and their families deal with every single day. When Kapernick wears pig socks dressed up as cops, this does nothing to add to a thoughtful discourse, but rather, add to the nastiness of this topic. Kapernick was wrong in wearing pig socks, but so is Trump. Kapernick should have simply knelt. No need to fuel to the fire.

      Trump is clearly playing a not so secret game of Dog-Whistling when it comes to racial politics. Trump knows that this issue is a win in the heartland (Not sure much in the rest of America), plus it takes away from his inept handling of Hurricane Irma and Maria. Trump is a master manipulator. He knows when to change the subject to take the heat off of his inept handling of domestic matters.

      For people like John to claim that it is an act of “disrespect” totally misses the point the players are trying to make. BTW, it’s not like they are dragging the flag through mud or burning it. They are simply kneeling. If this is their reaction to kneeling, I would hate to see what they would do when people burn the flag, which the Supreme Court ruled in the 1980’s, was protected free speech.

      Instead of taking your ball and going home, why not let’s all try to have a constructive dialogue about the issue of police misconduct towards minorities, but also attacks against police. At the end of the day, we all just wanna be able to go home to our families.

  45. Diane Vickers on September 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I had made a suggestion that our Mayor should drive up and down 2nd St. SW for a year and tell me if the road does not need to be redone. Year after year I’ve heard the same thing, IT”S ON THE LIST! Well when is it really on the list 2024????

    • wth? on September 26, 2017 at 8:23 am

      you are on the wrong road sister. many main roads will be done way before that one. Maybe you should move

      • Diane Vickers on October 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        I’ll move when you do

  46. Dale Ruff on September 20, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Why can a heroin addict overdose and be back at home that same evening with no criminal charges? Why is it that someone in possession of marijuana can get charged, someone drinking and driving can get charged, but a heroin addict can overdose in public and not get a single charge? Why is it OK for a heroin addict to tie up EMS and first responders and cost millions of dollars to the state and taxpayers to cover the cost of Narcan and these EMS runs?

    Heroin is by far one of the worst drugs available and people are getting away with it on a daily basis. EMS workers are responding to overdose calls on a daily basis and these people get brought back to life and sent home, sometimes more than once a day. Where are the adult consequences for abusing as well as possession of an illegal drug? Any other drug user who is caught is not given that choice. They are arrested, charged and booked to await a hearing. It’s time to start making these people own up to what they are doing, it’s time to take away the freedom of having no consequences for the lack of, a “bad choice.” No one made them take the drug, they chose to do so on their own.

    I know we all heard growing up, “Don’t let them pressure you to do something.” OK, I get that, but these are not kids using this drug. For the most part, they are adults with children of their own. Give them a dose of reality while they sit in a cell and think about what it is they are doing.

    At any given moment, there are people on heroin behind the wheels of cars, sitting next to you in restaurants, in the parking lot at the school pick-up point, leaving needles on the streets for our kids to find. The courts and jails are full but that is still no reason to let this go on without disregard to public safety.

    Let’s not wait until it’s too late and the cemeteries are full. There is a petition in Erie County, Ohio with the goal of making that change. They are trying to put enforcement behind the use of the drug. Why just them? We all should stand up and let our voices be heard.

    • Diane Vickers on September 21, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      I agree with your statement.

    • N. Anderson on September 23, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Great article Dale, please don’t stop until it’s a punishable law. I support you!

    • Thomas J on September 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Correct me if I am wrong, but most communities DO punish people who overdose. In fact, the main problem is that people are afraid to call 911 because they are afraid they will get prosecuted. Again, please correct me if I am wrong.

      And to play devil’s advocate, many of the Libertarian wing of the Republican Party would argue that the federal government should legalize most drugs and regulate it. If you regulate drugs, then people would not buy questionable drugs on the street that are lethal. Doing so would also cut into the Mexican drug cartels profits, since people would simply go to a Government Pharmacy where they know they can buy a safe and legal product. Let’s not even take into account the tax dollars the country and state could make!! This would increase government profit and reduce gang activity. Granted, this doesn’t take into account the negative externalities that would arise in society.

      • Dale Ruff on September 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

        Thomas to correct you no must do not the explanation that was given is because the drug has been ingested injected or some other means their is no evidence as to would was taken so no charges can be files if you wish to check my statement pick up a copy of the Wadsworth post there you will find the reason given for area departments.

        • Dale Ruff on September 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm

          Thomas to correct you. No must departments do not arrest and here the explanation that was given is because the drug has been ingested injected or some other means there is no evidence as to what was taken so no charges can be filed. One department does charge them with public nuisance so they have a record of them on file If you wish to check my statement pick up a copy of the Wadsworth post there you will find the reason given for area departments. sorry for the first reply when using a phone to type replies it is some what difficult to correct spelling errors as well sentence structure.

          • Thomas J on September 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

            Dale, thanks for your reply. All I can say is that the county that I live does prosecute people who overdose. I was not aware that Summit does not. I think it is needed for the Federal Government to intervene at this point. Where is Trump? He needs to have a federal plan of intervention along with forcing insurance companies to cover treatment for people who want rehabilitation. Currently, health insurance does not cover a comprehensive rehabilitation treatment. This is the problem.

  47. Mike Heitic on September 18, 2017 at 9:19 am

    As Americans we have the freedom of speech. We can voice our opinions. The ViewsLine is an “OPINION” page. I don’t know or have ever met Michelle DeShon, but she is the “OPINION” page writer. To those of you who take issue with her “OPINIONS” should note she signs her name to her “OPINION” and doesn’t hide her feelings. I don’t agree completely with everything she writes, but I do agree our current President is unqualified. His constant rantings about how he is treated by the media, lashing out at anyone who questions him, yet has no problem making childish comments about other world leaders, comedians, and other politicians. I have experience with family members and friends who have had dementia and have seen it from the first stages. I hope he gets a complete medical exam.

    Signed,

    Mike Heitic

    • CWP on October 7, 2017 at 5:25 am

      The October 5th HERALD carried a Views Line stating that Michelle De Shon should be fired, shipped out of the city and the country, and fined heavily for her writing in the negative about President Donald Trump. She was called un-American as well. Like you, I do not claim that I agree with De Shon (as often I do not), but I thought that debate and discussion were sort of fundamental to our type of society. These folks should understand the concept of free speech and that punishment doled out to those who dissent flies in the face of it. Let the girl talk…maybe we could learn something from her! By the way, I have met Michelle De Shon and she is a charming young lady.
      As far as goes President Trump, I voted for the guy and question the wisdom of my vote. He has managed to upset the country and in fact the world and I’m wondering when exactly he will get something accomplished. With control of both houses and a 5 – 4 Supreme Court he should have little difficulty, but look how it’s going.

      • SPD on October 12, 2017 at 5:46 pm

        Trump has not upset the world. The world was upset long before he was elected or even thought of running for president. Where have you been?

  48. Triska on September 14, 2017 at 1:39 am

    hey PPG…..ever hear of WALKY-TALKIES? I am tired of the blaring of your PA system at 2-3am! talkies are free to use (aka no minutes to buy) and cheap to purchase.

  49. VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on September 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    2016 State Report Card . Does anyone else find a 17% drop over 3 years in overall performance to be concerning? Deserving of more levy dollars? K-3 literacy & Graduation is an embarrassment.

    Barberton – Summit County
    District summary

    Standards met 4 of 30
    Performance Index 2015-2016 73.52
    Performance Index 2014-2015 85.05
    Performance Index 2013-2014 90.82
    Component grades

    Achievement D
    Gap closing F
    K-3 literacy D
    Graduation C
    Progress F
    Prepared for success D

    • home boy on September 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Teachers or Parents fault? Our 3 kids do well in school. We as parents make sure they are doing homework and study for tests. Look in the mirror. Yep, there is the problem.

      • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on September 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm

        So in your opinion, the success of any district is primarily based on parenting? To a small degree, I would concur. Then why are we over paying a failing group of educators that cannot succeed at their job when it comes to the kids that require a little extra help ? IN THE REAL WORK WORLD… you are paid based upon success and hard work. So if I tell my boss that my sales are down due to the economy he will simply hand me more money and pat me on the back ? Guy/gal works in a mfg plant and refuses to work O.T. a.k.a… doing the min hours his/her employer will continue to reward them ?? In both instances, chances are you would be fired. Does success and hard work seem to apply to this district ? I would say not.

        Based upon your rationale, then we should just home school all kids here in Barberton and fire the entire teaching staff? Give me back my $150 / mo due over inflated school taxes and keep the welfare SSD & sec 8 kiddies a home. I am all in !

        • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on September 18, 2017 at 10:58 pm

          The correlation of other jobs to teaching is an uneven equation. If you’re a supervisor (teacher) and your job is to train new hires (students) and those new hires don’t care, you can fire them. Students who don’t put in effort can’t be “fired” so to speak.
          The learning process goes beyond the walls of the school, if parents don’t push their kids to excel, what’s the point? You turn the teacher into a glorified babysitter. Should the teacher be held accountable for the uninterested student, or spend extra time on that one while neglecting the others?
          And if you’d like your money back on property taxes, contact Tavia Golonski, our state rep, and tell her and others to stop ignoring the DeRolph decision and fix the state share of funding.

        • Large Mouth bASS on September 20, 2017 at 8:03 am

          Your rationale, not mine! LOL…twisted tea. Don’t put words in my mouth.

          How many welfare and section 8 kids are being pushed by there parents? Excuse me, PARENT? You can not be fired for not working OT . You have it all figured out in your own little world. Great job! you deserve a raise! Psssst.

        • WTH? on September 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

          Do us all a favor and move out of this city. This is not 1935. Did you graduate from Barberton? You probably spend more than $150/mo. on booze and cigs.

        • Thomas J on September 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

          Vote No,

          Also, there is a HUGE correlation between income of a district and passage of the test.

          http://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/index.ssf/2017/09/see_how_closely_ohio_school_re_1.html

          You can hold your opinions, but districts who hold a higher amount of free lunches, tend to perform lower than districts that do not. And that is a fact.

          Also, let’s do an experiment. For our experimental group, we will transplant teachers from Revere to Akron, and transport teachers from Akron to Revere. Do you think you will see that much of a change in test scores?

          Also, let’s have a control group and transplant Barberton teachers to Cuyahoga Falls and vice versa. Based on the statistical analysis of the study I showed you, I would gladly go to Vegas and place a bet saying that the difference in test scores between Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls would be within the statistical standard of deviation of being near equal.

          Again here is the link
          http://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/index.ssf/2017/09/see_how_closely_ohio_school_re_1.html

    • Mary k on September 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Avon Lake, one of the most wealthy systems in the state had awful report card, as did most.

      You are putting a twist on things that you are poorly educated on. You are the one that needs educated. You my friend get an F-

      • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on September 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

        You must be a republican. Only they can slant or “alternative fact” black & white numbers / statistics. By the way, you should care less about what is happening in another community. I want a return on my tax dollars, I could care less about some schmo living in Avon lake. So when one community has a failing state report card it makes it ok for other communities now ? You my friend get a failing grade in common sense. Leave the adult decision making to the adults.

        • return of the mak on September 20, 2017 at 8:11 am

          It’s across the board bozo. open them eyes up and take a look around. stop living in adult fantasy land. you want a return? LOLOLOL does not work that way. grow up

    • Thomas J on September 26, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Vote No,

      I have several issues I would like to bring up. The first is that your statistics are flawed. You correctly state the performance index grades from 2013-2015, but what you fail to mention is that from 2013-2015 the state has had 3 DIFFERENT TESTS with 3 DIFFERENT standards of grading. The state of Ohio had the Ohio Achievement test, which many would agree was the easiest to pass, which would correlate to the high 90% passage rate. The state then switched to the PARC Test, which was harder, and then to the AIR test. The state of Ohio has had 3 different tests in 3 years, which is basically comparing apples to oranges to plums. You need to have 1 single test and study the reliability of that test over many years. Plus, let’s not forget, that Ohio keeps upping the percentage that they consider a passing grade. I could be wrong, but I believe in last year’s tests, every district needed something like an 80% to be considered passing. I am sorry, but the last time I checked, a 79% test is considered passing in HS and College. But according to the Ohio Department of Education, a 79% is not passing. Hmmmm

  50. Sarah K. on September 7, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Last week, one of your writers wrote a story called “Trump excusing violence?”. This was found in the “opinion ” section of the paper. While I understand that it truly is an opinion and I can appreciate and respect it for what it is. It really is frustrating to me that your paper is becoming bias. Did your paper write about the BLM destroying property that didn’t belong to them? How about when they chanted about killing cops? How about when Obama welcomed BLM leaders to the White House? Maybe it’s obamas fault that a BLM felt empowered to be so destructive with no consequence. I don’t recall reading anything like that in your paper. If you insist on leaning to one side of the aisle, be prepared for the consequences. You WILL lose business. At least be fair to both sides.

  51. Carol Fox on September 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Bat houses absolutely STOP the mosquito problem. We have one, and we still haven’t seen any this year, or last.

    • Batty on September 5, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Found this tid bid on a pest control webpage. Allegedly : If you do install a bat house, and it actually works and the bats take up residence, multiply and then spread to adjacent human homes, you may or may not be liable for injury, illness, clean-up and removal. Look at the bright side, all the bat droppings you now have will make an awesome fertilizer. You might also want to be sure all of your dwelling openings are secure. Once you get one in the attic or crawl space, they will continue to return.

    • SPD on September 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Awesome! I was considering getting some too.

  52. NO IN NOVEMBER on September 3, 2017 at 9:02 am

    HERE WE GO…………… AS PREDICTED………..COMING UP NOVEMBER BALLOT:

    BARBERTON SCHOOLS:

    • A 9-mill, five-year emergency levy to raise $3 million.

    THEY NEED YOUR TAX LEVY DOLLARS TO LINE THEIR FAT POCKETS WITH RAISES, PREMIUM HEALTH CARE AND 1 MILLION DOLLAR PER TENURE TEACHER PENSIONS. ONE PERSON ON THIS FORUM WITHOUT VALIDATION IS CLAIMING THIS TO BE A RENEWAL. DOES IT MATTER ? VOTE NO BASED UPON PERFORMANCE. THIS DISTRICT IS IN DECAY TAKE BACK YOUR HARD EARNED $ AND SEND A MESSAGE = PERFORMANCE BEFORE $$. Is it really about the kids down there ????

    • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on September 6, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Actual language on ballot, as copied from Board of Elections website:

      BARBERTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT – Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal) – Shall a
      levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the Barberton City School District for the
      purpose of providing for the emergency
      requirements of the school districtin the sum of
      $3,000,000 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by
      the county fiscal officer to average 9 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts
      to 90 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 5 years, commencing
      in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019?

      • VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER on September 8, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        Board of elections did not have the ballot posted for view prior to labor day weekend, thank you for your efforts.
        Regardless, VOTE NO ON THIS LEVY. We need to see improved performance and lose the open check book mentality. I was hoping the HERALD would ask the new school super why the current budget still has an obvious shortage of some sorts hence the proposed levy. Why has this financial shortage not been addressed and corrected over the past 5 years? Numerous articles floating around stating that school funding from the State is at an all time high, so why are the coffer’s coming up short down there at Norton Ave ?? Bottom line, it is not about the kids. VOTE NO ON ALL FUTURE SCHOOL LEVIES AND DEMAND IMPROVEMENT ON ALL STATE REPORT CARDS. At last check, Barberton was near the bottom 1/3 in state rankings for public schools. Sad !!

        • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on September 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

          The schools are required to submit a five year budget to the state and contracts as such. The state changes funding every two years, so districts are constantly fluctuating how much the get based on the states budget. I’m in no way making excuses, I only want to show facts of why district not just our own are forced to renew or add.
          Now for my opinion. The REAL culprits are every rep and senator at the state level that choose constantly to ignore and essentially be in contempt of the state supreme court rulings (12 now) that their model of funding is excessive on property tax and need changed. Every one of them should be voted out and the new ones put on notice that they will not make a career out of hosing property owners.

        • Less Talk More Action on October 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm

          Vote no on a levy that will cost you $0 more? So you can prove what? That you read some statistics in the viewsline so now you are an education expert? You know that nothing in the viewsline is fact checked, right? It’s mostly fiction and trolling. I’d love to know where these articles that mention all time high funding are coming from. Please cite your sources.

          Voting no and trashing schools- in an anonymous post – is arm-chair social activism. If you cared at all about the community and the future, you would stop yapping and get your degree. Then head out to one these failing schools and show them how it’s done! Obviously you are the expert and the rest of us are fools.

    • Diane Vickers on September 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Will never vote for a levy to line someones over padded pockets!!!

      • WTH? on September 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm

        You are not very smart. Leave town now!

        • Diane Vickers on October 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

          I’m a person with a very high IQ, you on the other hand———-

  53. Concerned on September 2, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I haven’t been able to listen to the Barberton police on my scanner for a couple of days. Did they upgrade again? Does anybody else have this problem?Thank you

    • Concerned on September 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

      It came back on 10 minutes after I posted my question. Sorry, but I really enjoy the feedback and had to ask, thanks again

    • also a citizen on September 3, 2017 at 6:37 am

      I am having the same problem. Even tried updating scanner, but no luck as of yet.

  54. Linda Meredith on August 30, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Well tonight at 10:45 the mosquito sprayer truck came by. The speed is 25 here on Orchard. I think he was going around 35. I remember when my husband did jobs like that. He only went 10 to 15 mph. Now we know why the mosquito are bad. The chemical is being dispensed very lightly. Any city officials watching the news. West Nile is around.

    • SPD on August 31, 2017 at 8:03 am

      At least they came by this time. They have not been coming around much at all this year period. Although, mosquitos are not that bad around my place this summer.

  55. seemore butts on August 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Awful seating at Norton’s new stadium. Poor, poor decision by everyone involved. Heard Barberton busses got tires slashed. Way to go Norton, keep it classy.

    • In Gotto We Trust on August 28, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      This year could be the best magic’s football season in over 30 years! The coach and all of the kids in all levels of the program are to be congratulated. Who would have thunk that football would be back before hoops here in the Magic City. As for see more’s lack of seating, don’t fret. Your Magics brain trust just opted to spend $100,000 on visitor seating down at the stadium. So maybe Norton felt 6 figures could be better spent on something other than an a seat for some out of towner’s rump. Magics win 34-0 on the gridiron and Norton is up 1-0 on sound financial decision making.

      • volume on August 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

        Good sound system with annoying announcer will not allow you to host playoff games. B-Towns soccer stadium holds more rumps than Norton’s bad design football stadium seating. Playoffs?? Were talking playoffs??? Playoffs? Not at that dump!

        • Full House ? on August 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm

          What do you “casual” high school football fans not understand ??? Norton will have open a.k.a. plenty seating for 4 out of every 5 home games due to playing in a small conference. Why would they host any high school playoff games when Barberton & Wadsworth are within 1 mile? State playoff committee’s look at distance between oponents and seating campacity at a neutral site. You are clueless, sorry 🙂 Educate yourself please.

          • wrong again on August 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm

            hey know it all…you have to have turf to host playoffs. barberton does not have turf. educate yourself please. you host playoff games to generate money for the school clueless one. geeeez!

            • Grass Stains on September 5, 2017 at 11:20 am

              Wrong. Barberton has held numerous playoff games in the past 5-6 years. Trade in your rose colored glasses for a pair that works. Lets waste another 6 figures on turf, who cares right?

              • smokin grass on September 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

                what u smoking? U NEED TURF TO HOLD PLAYOFF GAMES!!!! smoke another one!

              • go figure on September 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm

                its 7 figures

          • HUH? on August 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm

            HUH? Open aka plenty seating? it holds 600 people. No open seating ever.

          • smokin grass on September 6, 2017 at 9:23 am

            has nothing to do with distance between oponents.

      • wrong on August 29, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        You’re a little off on the $100,000. The one reason of building a new stadium is to host playoff games and generate monies for the school. Who cares about Norton. Barberton needs turf.

    • Brown on September 14, 2017 at 4:18 am

      I would bet that barberton students probably slashed their own tires norton students are to busy getting a quality education!!

      • Nice one Brown on September 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm

        Hey Brown, it’s too* busy. Did you get a nice quality Norton education too?

        • Brown on September 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

          No unfortunately I had to settle for a barberton education. Can’t you tell?

          • wth? on September 27, 2017 at 9:48 am

            way to make your self look like an idiot. stay off of this boyee!

  56. NO New Taxes ! on August 18, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    ATTN: HERALD STAFF. Could you please look at doing the following in regards to November’s proposed school levy:

    1] Ask the new school super what the funds are needed for. Time for the new super to earn his promotion !
    2] After answering question # 1, ask new school super why the current budget does NOT adequately fill this financial need.
    3] What other area’s where considered via a potential cut back [s] to help stay within budget and NOT TAX THE ALREADY OVER TAXED HOMEOWNERS HERE
    4] PLEASE inform the local voter’s on how the 2 types of school funding work. State money versus that of the tax levy dollars taken from what few hard working homeowners are left in this town.

    THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mandy s on August 25, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      was informed by other parents that some teachers did not even bother showing up for their own open house the day prior to the first day of school. why do so many support this lazy school district ?

      • sue on August 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        Not required – open house is for students to get familiar with where they need to go and where classes are.

        • NO IN NOVEMBER on August 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm

          Not required LMAO. Microcosm if whats wrong with this district. Some teachers attended and others did not because it was “not required” ? Guess doing the least is the best Barberton can do? Guess what, homeowners are not required to pass the tax levies. VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER.

          • good luck on August 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm

            Good Luck! It will pass, it always does. Go complain somewhere else. Or better yet, move out of the city.

  57. Concerned on August 12, 2017 at 8:12 am

    In reference to the West show and sandwich shop, the city is turning down income tax dollars over a zoning ordinance?? Another potentially thriving business becoming a potential eyesore!
    This is one for the (tax) books LOL

    • Big Screen on August 14, 2017 at 10:13 am

      This building was well on it’s way to being an eyesore and someone had enough pluck to breath life back into this building. The council rep in this ward needs to get off their arse and seek out his person and offer some help. HEY COUNCIL REP, someone is trying to improve his/her neighborhood. Get out and help them !! IF YOU LIVE OVER ON THE WESTSIDE, CALL YOUR REP!

    • relax on August 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

      it will open soon!

  58. FAT CATS AT IT AGAIN ! on August 11, 2017 at 11:12 am

    HERE WE GO…………… AS PREDICTED………..COMING UP NOVEMBER BALLOT:

    BARBERTON SCHOOLS:

    • A 9-mill, five-year emergency levy to raise $3 million.

    THEY NEED YOUR TAX LEVY DOLLARS TO LINE THEIR FAT POCKETS WITH RAISES, PREMIUM HEALTH CARE AND 1 MILLION DOLLAR PER TENURE TEACHER PENSIONS. YES… I SAID PER TEACHER! State money is for school upkeep and operations, your tax dollars go to their pockets!! FOR GOODNESS SAKES GET OUT AND VOTE NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SPD on August 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Got a NO vote from me coming!

      • eazy e on August 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        doesn’t matter, it will pass with eaze

    • Mel on August 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Its a renewal, not new tax…you already pay it if you are a home owner.

      • In Gotto We Trust on August 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        Where can you verify your claim that this is a renewal ? I see no info to support your statement. I will vote NO because this district’s report card with the state continues to plummet. At last check, they were in the bottom 1/3 of the state rankings. Why reward a district that does the state minimum on every academic level? Does your employer give you pay raises based upon performance or do they hand out money every time you ask for it ?
        LEVY TAX DOLLARS GOES TO THEIR POCKETS, PENSIONS & HEALTH CARE. Has nothing to do with the kids. If most taxpayers only knew the truth about how school funding works.

        • Mel on August 31, 2017 at 3:22 pm

          There are 2 articles from Cleveland.com floating around the Internet that have incorrect information about the upcoming levy from Barberton Schools. Please be advised that the upcoming levy is NOT an increase. It’s just a renewal of the approved 2013 levy.

          We will share more information soon, but we at least wanted to clear up any confusion the articles may have caused!

          • NO IN NOVEMBER on September 2, 2017 at 6:01 am

            Until you can provide solid proof of your claim, you are the one creating confusion. Maybe the new school super should call the Herald and verify or the Herald call him ?? Either way, vote NO. This district has not earned what they have gotten via the taxpayers over the past 2-3 years. That is why Patti jumped off the ship, district is clearly in decline and state rankings prove it. VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER. NO TAX DOLLARS PERIOD UNTIL PERFORMANCE IMPROVES!

  59. clean up barberton on August 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    now since we have these blue trash cans I see people don’t clean up around their houses anymore trash bags laying around outside, furniture laying around because you have to pay for stupid stickers go BACK to our old trash pick-up company, and clean up our town again…

    • Big Screen on August 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Cans seem to help keep the debris some what controlled compared to the ole curbside days. However, the sticker program is a shambles. This town is littered with mattresses and furniture everywhere. We look like a 3rd world country for goodness sakes. LET’S OFFER MORE THAN 1 OR 2 PER YEAR UNLIMITED PICK UPS OR GIVE OUT A COUPLE OF FREE STICKERS. How about you get a free sticker for every 6 months you pay your city utility bill on time? Come on council rep’s help clean up the magic city and table a discussion for a more efficient sanitation program..

      • concerned on August 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

        Excelllent idea.so many water bills delinquent they never turn water off. my neighbor down the street gets notices delivered all the time with city personnel. what a waste of taxpayer money but yet I pay on time and get nothing.

      • SPD on August 19, 2017 at 10:59 am

        I like it, sounds good to me! now that Barberton stepped up to the 21st Century and has auto pay for the utility bills, I never have to worry about the Post Office losing my check when I mail it in. I am always on time, except when the mail gets screwed up, but now I never have to worry again. I’ll take some rewards for being on time for sure!

    • Chris Ison on August 30, 2017 at 10:35 am

      The problem is when this was negotiated it was proposed to council as a emergency without citizen input. The current council have a habit of doing this. They suspend the rules of the charter just to pass legislation that need input from everyone not just a group. The contract can be renegotiated when it expires. The contract needs to have free bulk pickup and can be negotiated, or they can be replaced. This type of negotiation needs to happen. The difference in business minded people and politicians.

  60. Back In the Day on August 6, 2017 at 10:16 am

    TIP ON HOW TO COMBAT THE LOCAL DRUG PROBLEM : Remember back in the day when ALL PERS and or city employee’s had to live within the municipality in which they worked in ?? We need city employees who care, not ones who just cash paychecks with Barberton on them ! You would see improvement across the board in all civic area’s if this old policy was re-instated. You think a Barberton city employee who lives in Copley or Wadsworth gives a hoot after they clock out and go home? Just something to think about. CIVIC PRIDE can be a powerful tool.

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      very true

  61. SPD on August 5, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Campfires, barbecues, and the sounds of the speedway off in the distance……I love summer weekends here! Best time of year ever to be outside and enjoying a few cold ones along side the campfire after a hard week of working every day!

  62. Down Town on July 24, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    How is shooting a gun in the city not a felony but going in to a shop asking for help and them saying no. And one thing leads to the next a felony. That is the great Barberton Police for you. It just dont add up. Only in BARBERTON OHIO

    • SPD on July 25, 2017 at 8:23 am

      The police pick and choose what priorities they want. Not always the best decisions either.

      • Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

        Amen to that as well. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve been called to a known felons home, and advised that he has guns in the home, but they’ just smack them on the hand and move along. Now that there was a shooting there maybe they’ll look into it a little deeper. To my knowledge a convicted felon is not supposed to be in possession of a firearm .

    • Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Amen to that the BPD is a joke, unless you’re a career criminal, then they will do as much as they can for you, and even make sure that you don’t get in any trouble for breaking the law.

  63. Mary ellen Milkoich Ninni on July 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    We are all sick with the smoke and dust in air on NORTON, Ave Barberton. Miami. east 5 blocks. we must keep our windows shut all day. so no dirt comes into our homes. I for one am sick of this.
    with the wind today. it looks like the WILD. WILD. WEST. only with no horses. Here is a lovely town.
    and we would love to bring tourism here. But when they come North to see this. well. its sickening. especially during our visiting teams, we are inviting here to complete with our Barberton High Magic. how pitiful.WE. the School Board. and the City. should be ashamed of themselves. for allowing this to go on.

    • Just Curious on July 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Why do the local taxpayers refuse to and or have not clue that you need to get your council rep off their b*tt and put them to work on such an issue. Your reps are getting $800-$900/mo to attend one 30 minute council meeting per mo.
      They work for you people !! EXPECT MORE FOR YOUR TAX DOLLARS 🙂

  64. SPD on July 20, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Funny here how people are complaining about the Mosquito District’s measley 6 dollars on the property tax bills. What you REALLY should be concerned about is that 71% of your property taxes go to the Barberton City Schools. THAT is the real issue! Take a look at your bill and see the breakdown. You’d be shocked!

    • Mrs. Crabtree on July 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Where did you think teacher salaries and fat cat benefits come from ? State money cannot be used for such expenses, this is why you see tax levies every other year. Educate yourself, there are 2 types of school funding. FYI you and I are footing the bill for life time pensions amounts of over 1 million dollars per tenured teacher. Go check that out on public record via State of Ohio Dept of Education, you will really be shocked !

      • Smarty pants on July 25, 2017 at 6:52 am

        Go educate yourself!!!! And go get your teaching degree!!!! You will really be shocked!!!!

        • Mr. Kotter on July 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm

          You would think that those smart and privileged enough to attend college would realize what a gravy job teaching is in today’s work place. To bad the teaching profession is filled with deception when it comes to bilking the average blue collar taxpayer. Respect your employer a.k.a ” the taxpayer”

          • excuse me? on July 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm

            The one that is full of excuses and cant figure life out always makes me laugh. You know, the one that does less and wants more always makes me laugh. You make me laugh. Laughing all the way to the bank.Not very smart.

  65. Triska on July 16, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Has anyone Noticed..how LAZY and the Lack of Property Pride, so many Residents are demonstrating, when they allow the Grass / Weeds on the devil-strips..between sidewalks and road to grow 2-3 Feet tall?! They mow their own yard..but too apathetic to wheel their mower or take a weed whacker out to the street..! It makes the whole Neighborhood look Terrible. What’s WRONG with people these days? the City needs to start handing out citations.

    • SPD on July 17, 2017 at 4:53 am

      They should. People are responsible as property owners to maintain that. My devil strip looks superb, even better than some areas look in fact.

    • GrassMan on July 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Good chance that these devil strips are zoned in the city easement = maybe the city should be cutting the grass??? I was told that the city has easement rights that extend into your property either 15 or 16 ft from the center of every road. Myself personally I would take care of it, but I could see someone saying “no”. Call your council rep and put them to work on a clarification.

      • Triska on July 25, 2017 at 1:02 pm

        sidewalks and devil strips may be city property but it is till our duty to take care of them you can still get sued, if someone slips and falls on your section of an icy sidewalk in front of your house. and you still have to mow the grass there as well. that has always been a fact of owner responsibility, I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but the City can’t even keep the Parks mowed. why we all need to do “our part”..just common sense people…. if you see litter or a tossed trash bag in front of your home on the street..you go out and pick it up..you don’t just sit there and watch cars run over it scattering it all down the road making your neighborhood look terrible. I guess that is the difference between Apathy and Pride… Laziness and being Responsibly Conscientious. you will find the LAW here on this link…. about Property Owner’s Obligations, Rights and Permissions. http://www.akronohio.gov/cms/site/cb2586e8f07d6380/

        • Just Curious on July 30, 2017 at 10:59 am

          I see you have no issues holding your fellow neighbors and or magics accountable. Do you expect the same from your local leadership and tax payer paid city employees? I find it laughable how anyone could judge their fellow citizens in lieu of the poor civic services and the performance of said services this town is obligated to provide. Big picture here Triska, that’s the ticket!

      • Anonymous on August 11, 2017 at 10:58 am

        Exactly!!!! Honestly though, since the city has purchased all those shovels with kick stands, I’m not sure how many city workers will be laid off.

  66. Lyn on July 16, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I don’t know whom to report to, as I been told various departments, but because the flow of cars and esp emergency vehicles up and down 28th sw is quite frequent, and no stop signs, on their side.. the BUSH that is growing at the basement house property at the corner of Auburn and 28th is getting out of hand and one has to pull clear into the crossing road ..just to look for traffic, which creates a hazard. (actually no good reason for the bush to even be there for safety purposes) nobody lives there, hope somebody does something, before we have a real bad accident.

    • SPD on July 17, 2017 at 4:55 am

      If no one lives there, then cut it down. No one will miss it.

      • Lyn on July 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm

        whether or not someone lives there. Property Always belongs to “Someone” therefore you are a.) Trespassing and b.) committing Vandalism. btw: the bush has been a problem for decades. one year ..some teens attempted to burn it.. lol… it grew back!

        • ISPD on July 27, 2017 at 5:13 am

          Depends on whether someone tells on you or not. Neighbors probably would not because they feel the same as you and want it gone. Bottom line, it is gone now so no worries.

    • Lyn on July 19, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      thank you… the bush has been trimmed.. maybe could of been trimmed more….(or removed) ….so much traffic just whizzes up and down 28th… sigh…well guess they will… when someone sues them….being a corner lot… of only a 2 way stop.. should be totally clear. in my opinion. thanks again. that should be good for about a month…till it bushes out again.

      • GrassMan on July 22, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        Who did the trimming? City, homeowner or a local resident?

        • Lyn on July 25, 2017 at 1:11 pm

          I think the owner or whomever is in charge of maintenance did. they must of seen the post. again much appreciated, but they should really do the right thing, for safety reasons, the bush grows quickly, it does not “add” to any beauty or privacy to the home, it is just the right size to block “line of sight”..and 90% of all emergency vehicles use 28th as a quick short cut to all back roads here, (douglas, benton stratford, noble etc) due to min. stop signs and other cars just fly up and down the road as well. many years ago, a car was flipped on its’ side, trying to pull out across that road, from that very spot..I remember it well, as they attempted to upright the vehicle. hey whatever …its’ their property….hope they have good “umbrella insurance.” they’ll need it someday, everybody is “sue happy”. one would be crazy to chance it. let alone the safety of our ER crews.

  67. FedUP on July 14, 2017 at 7:23 am

    It is BROKE! It is UNFAIR! The DIRE need for change is long overdue! It comes as no surprise the “resident” who made such erroneous statements has a significant other who was appointed as chair of the Charter Review 2016 and now on the Civil Service Committee! FACT: If the Mayor did NOT have 100% of the votes in either election, how could it even be slightly considered fair? FACT: The changes will cause WORK to be done which is apparently a foreign word to some on council! FACT: Each Ward Rep selects candidates from their constituents. The Mayor still has a choice as well! Oh, and yes, all of the council will yet still vote!!! What’s the problem? Another FACT: Mary Ann Driscoll & Ron Clawson were appointed to Charter Review 2011 & 2016! Hmmmm

    • Thomas "Bebe" Heitic on July 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      There will be choices in November!

  68. Steve Bergey on July 13, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I would just like to say what an outstanding business Lenny’s Collision is. I was in an accident and there where a few issues in getting the last part for the vehicle, some leg work was put in and the part was found. Lenny took it upon himself to drive to WV to get the part needed for the car to complete the repair.
    I can not say enough about how well they treated me and the entire situation and on top of all that the car was absolutely perfect when it was complete. I would recommend them to anyone, it’s good to know that there are still businesses out there that still care for the customer and will do whatever is necessary to get the job done!! Thank you Lenny and Shawn and the rest of the staff at Lenny’s Collision!!

  69. Linda Meredith on July 11, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I live near the intersection of Summit and Orchard. The police if they had the time could catch quite a few people blowing through this intersection, not even slowing down for the stop signs. On the one way section of Orchard they speed down the street the wrong way to reach Wooster rd.
    We have children on this street who use the intersection to cross to friends homes. On any given day you can count past 20ty the cars that never stop, do a rolling stop, or sneak down our street. More if you watch all day.
    It might be a small matter for Barberton but it’s revenue. And it would make it a lot safer for those living here. Do these idiots drive like this all over Barberton. Help us out.

  70. Forgotten Tax on July 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Has anyone noticed that the mosquito spraying has been for the most part non existent this spring-summer. Last season was very sporadic compared to previous summers. WE ARE PAYING FOR THIS SERVICE, maybe someone downtown can find out why most area’s have had zero to 1 service so far this year. You are taxed monthly for this!

    • SPD on July 4, 2017 at 7:15 am

      I have noticed that it is very light as well. Also, there are not that many mosquitoes this summer as compared to other summers either so I am sure they know that too. Why spray if you don’t need to do so and waste all that material? I do know that if you have an area that IS in fact bad, you can call them and let them know about it and they will come out and spray your area. You can even have them cruise by just your yard and do that too. My neighbor has them do his once a year. They do private mosquito spraying and all you have to do is call. You pay taxes for that too so that service is also available as well and included with that little tiny fee you pay on your taxes.

      • More Bang For Your Buck on July 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm

        When does any employer let you “pick & choose” or “work a little less” ” for any reason ? WHEN A SERVICE IS PAID FOR ON THE TAX PAYER DIME, ** ALL ** AREA’S ARE ENTITLED TO SERVICE. If you are ok with your tax dollars being skirted away, that’s your decision. Not on my dime !! The constant poor performance of civil services OWED to the local taxpayer has made you numb citizen as a citizen, so sorry 🙁

        • SPD on July 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

          Call the Mayor then. Attend a council meeting or something.

    • Linda Meredith on July 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      We have a lazy landlord on Parkview who has blue plastic barrels of trash in his back yard filled with water. Some of you might not have problems with mosquitoes but we do. And I’ve only heard the sprayer once this year.

  71. sue muh on June 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    New parking lot for employees at Barberton Hospital. Good thing they didn’t take any park land for that lot.
    Should have plenty of parking now that they laid off a bunch. And that ball field has been busy this Spring and Summer. Let’s build a helipad and then tear it up 3 years later? Who’s making these decisions?

    • Save local Resources on June 29, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Great point! Herald should expand on your comment. HERALD STAFF….. is this viewsline working?? Good point here to publish ! Congrats to the former councilman who fought to save the park!

    • Chris on June 30, 2017 at 7:21 am

      So your telling me that the Helicopter that saves lives in emergency situations has nowhere to land? Summa has all kinds of money. Huge profits for top employees.

  72. CATHY LABBATE on June 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    THE LARGE CORNER LOT ON 15TH STREET ACROSS FROM THE SEIBERLING COMPLEX IS A MESS — WHO’S SUPPOSED TO MOW IT? WHEN IT GETS VERY LONG IT CREATES A BLIND SPOT FOR PEOPLE COMING OFF RAYMOND STREET.

  73. Mike on June 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    On June 12 a mother and son on Hagen drive both overdosed . The son passed away. The police came to this address 3 different times to administer narcan. Why are things like this not in the paper or police logs so the Barberton residents are informed as to what is going on in this town. Are the police trying to cover up all the overdoses in this community. But yet when I read the police calls I know how many stray dogs are running loose or read about some person sitting in a car blowing the horn

    • needle and the damage done on July 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      What will publishing this in the paper accomplish? Pay tribute to the deceased by doing a benefit dinner for the family. Get off your butt and contact your mayor and state representative and ask why are there no local centers that will admit those who are actively using drugs. Was is local clergy not offering outreach programs? Be a problem solver, not a creator. Local police is not covering up anything, those who do the drugs are ! Addiction is NOT a disease, it’s a choice.
      Condolences to those on Hagen Dr

  74. Delia turner on June 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Why is there no methidone clinics in the area

    • The Good Shepherd on June 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      You cannot expect these type of clinics to pop up like a dollar store over night. We are already the opiate scourge of Ohio. You need more from local leaders and the local clergy / church’s. Why are the local church organizations not taking a more active role ? Have the local clergy turned into a bunch of time clock punchers like your local leadership? Taking care of the local flock does not stop at 5 pm, hope both demographics are listening!

  75. SPD on June 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Explosion heard near Lake Dorothy. Anyone know what it was?

  76. Chuck Hole Charlie on June 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Is it just my imagination or have the street repairs here in town fizzled out ? Many area’s in this town are a mechanic’s dream for front end replacement parts and alignments. Come on Mayor Judge, let’s complete the promises made when hiking the local income tax rate. Barberton local tax is also getting $5 more per BMV license plate and or sticker purchase. What are those additional funds being used for now ? TIME TO GET TO WORK!

    • Anonymous on June 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      wow streets awful

  77. Ashamed on June 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

    The city of Barberton is a mess. I’ve lived here all my life and have never seen it this bad. All the parks are over grown, weeds the size of small children around the playground, potholes that could do serious damage to a car, some of the worst roads are not getting paved, grass is easily over 4 feet high in areas, and I still see leaf piles. What are the city employees doing? The leaders of this city should be ashamed to have it looking like this.

    • SPD on June 3, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Some services are very lackluster – plowing in the winter, leaf pickup, street sweeping, etc. I was just saying how my area of town is on the schedule for Tuesday street sweeping and I have not seen the street sweeper around at all yet since they started. They used to come by all the time. I have a corner I live on andstuff has been on the street from tree droppings now for two months. I finally took a push broom out and swept a good part of the streets that are up by my property and cleaned it all up myself. Looks better than if the street sweeper would do it!

    • Polar Pop on June 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      I am with you about the pot holes.These are awful.Maybe we could make up a list and drop it off to Circlr K on the east side because it seems that is where most of the street workers are for at least a half hour a day.

    • Polar Pop on June 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      I agree with you streets bad shape.We sould make a list and drop off at Circle K by the hospital since most of the street crews would then see it.

    • Grassman on June 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Sad part is, if they took an extra 20 minutes at the parks they could cut all the grass !! They are using zero turn mowers for goodness sakes. Are we that strapped for time and man power that they have to mow the grass in sections? Bullsh*t ! Just plain lazy and no on the job accountability which is the fault of poor leadership and supervision. LETS START DOING THE JOB RIGHT AND HAVE THE WORKERS GO HOME A LITTLE TIRED AT THE END OF THE DAY. It’s is called earning your pay!

    • Chris Ison on August 30, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Its what happens when you have a one party system.

  78. keep'in it real on May 31, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Sanderson has yet to coach a game or finish a full school year and you post the above comment? Let’s keep it real here Panther fans !

    • Go Panthers on June 1, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Okay let’s keep it really real, “Mrs.Keep’in it real”, change is good and was needed. The negativity went on for way too long and it is about time the district stood up to the biggest bully ever. Out with the old, in with the new….Go Panthers.

      • Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm

        Relax Mrs “Change is a good thing”! Aka BR. You continue to run around town talking your vindictive lies about an honorable man. You got what you wanted, so shut the heck up!

  79. Tom on May 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    As a Vietnam Veteran I was disapointed not to see an honor guard at the beginning of the parade or in any part of the parade, like there normally is. Thank you to CC supply for having American flags on their vehicles but I’ve lived in Barberton for many years and I’ve never been so disappointed in the city and their lack of respect for the men and women who fight for our freedom.

    • Impeach the orange Menace on May 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Unfortunately, like everything thing else around here the parade and it’s quality is dying. Your mayor, police and fire dept’s should be more involved when it comes to local honor guards. What a shame. THANK YOU AND ALL VETS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS THE HOLIDAY APPROACHES. Everyone have a safe holiday

  80. charles h on May 18, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Now What’s In The Water In Barbertucky ?? Serious BPD…… Come On Man !!!

  81. Carn evil on May 16, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Carnies in town! Great time to people watch. Take your sunglasses. sunny and hottt all weekend

    • SPD on May 16, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Rain coming.

      • raining 3's on May 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        JR smith will be raining 3’s while the karnaval is if full force. Going to be nice weather for parade on Saturday. Don’t forget to take your umbrella to block out all the sun and heat! SPD is Grand Marshall in a rain suit. Don’t forget your rubbers for your feet.

        • SPD on May 17, 2017 at 4:58 am

          Check that weather. You are getting wet out there.

        • SPD on May 17, 2017 at 4:59 am

          Oh, and GO CELTICS!

          • Next year on May 17, 2017 at 11:43 am

            Celtics???? Not this year parade marshal. You a little mixed up DICK Goddard! See you under a shade tree on 3rd street. Your gonna need it. LBJ- the best ever NBA player in history! Don’t hate AJ Colby.

  82. Hard Working Tax Paying West End Neighbors on May 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

    On 5-11-17 at approximately 3:30 pm, while driving on W. Hopocan Ave., I observed the Barberton SWAT tank and team members ascend on a W. Hopocan address. The officers surrounded the house with rifles and shields. I thought, “This must be a training exercise,” due to vehicle and pedestrian traffic was not stopped. In the future, could the extra step be taken to keep civilians out of potential crossfire by blocking off traffic? I immediately thought about the mayor’s State of the City Address on opiate activity in Barberton (we can’t just arrest our way out of this). After witnessing today’s event, I know that the City does have the means to arrest their way out. After living with 2 drug houses in my neighborhood for 5 years, the City of Barberton’s major blight of not arresting our way out of this is clearly not working. It’s obvious we have law enforcement potential, training and equipment to combat to combat the opiate frenzy in the 44203 district. If you lived in my neighborhood, you would appreciate real solutions that work to drive this activity out of our city. At present, we can’t walk out of our home without fearing bad situations. Our only hope is law and order restoration!

    • Concerned on May 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Summit County Task Force is the way to go! I agree with SPD . We are seeing results. Thanks to info on this site

      • SPD on May 16, 2017 at 9:12 am

        Thanks and glad to hear you have good results. Pays to go straight to the top. Since we did that a couple years ago, our neighborhood has been clean. We have gotten a lot of compliments and even some new neighbors along the way. Things are looking up. Now if we can get others to do the same, then maybe we can clean up more areas of town. Word will soon spread that they are not wanted around here.

  83. SPD on May 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Looks like RAIN May 19th through 21st. Guaranteed! Cherry Blossom Festival in town.

    • God Dard on May 9, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Not going to rain! Everyone says this every year since 1956. But it never does rain during this event. Elephant Ears for everyone! And the not so fun house. Big fights in MickDonalds parking lot with all Kenmore tuff guys and gals. Tattoos, big belly nasty’s and thugs.

      • SPD on May 9, 2017 at 11:03 am

        It did last year and the year before, and a lot of other years too. Always during the parade. I know for a fact because I bet with someone on it and won the last two years. Plus it is a weekend in Ohio so you have to expect it. So, expect RAIN!

        • Son E on May 12, 2017 at 9:07 am

          Go get u one of those Cherry Blossom Festival pancho’s! It comes with a free Pancake ticket. You know they moved this event a week later about 15 yrs ago thinking they would miss the rain. So far it has worked. Son E and 80 for this years festival. I will be stuck carrying the big shovel behind the horses again in the finest parade in Summit County.

          • SPD on May 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

            No, it has not. Rained last year. Rain in the forecast for those days too. Bet on it! It is money in the bank!

            • ecloud on May 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

              Here we go, Cherry Blawesome week. Not a cloud in the sky! Gonna be nice all week. Money in the bank of the Jaycees! bet?

              • SPD on May 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

                Lol……we will soon see.

              • SPD on May 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

                Look outside. Raining! Just in time for the festival to start.

              • SPD on May 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

                How about that rain? It was starting right on time on Friday night.

  84. anonymous on May 5, 2017 at 12:19 am

    FUNNY EVERYONE GOES AND SAYS NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT NORTON COACHES BUT I LEARNED LAST YEAR MY SONS FRIEND YOUTH FOOTBALL COACH WAS IN JAIL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER. YES NOT SURE IF HE WAS CHARGED OR HOW MANY YEARS AGO. BUT THOUGHT THEY DO BACK GROUND CHECKS ON THESE PEOPLE. I SEEN HIM AT THE GAME BEING OF THE YEAR. HE DID NOTHING BUT YELL,I THOUGHT HE WAS MEAN TO THOSE KIDS. HOW DO WE KEEP OUR KIDS STAFF WHEN BARBERTON CAN’T KEEP CRIMINALS AWAY FROM COACHING. ALSO DID YOUTH WRESTLING COACHING. WOW, HOW SAFE. GET IT TOGETHER BARBERTON. STEP IT UP TO PROTECT OUR KIDS

    • Mr. Rogers Neighborhood on May 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Go take a 5th grade remedial writing / reading class and report back in 2018. What a poor endorsement for Barberton readers & residents. Get a clue on how to present a proper view point.

      • SPD on May 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        My thoughts exactly. Poor skills! All caps too and very unprofessional.

    • Youth Sports Supporter on June 2, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      This person needs to get the facts straight. The above charges are all false. What’s even better is where the accusations are coming from. Even as this is printed this person is on probation, was evicted, took this coaches car keys, old cell phone and used it to get phone numbers, change the bank account password and money was missing from the coaches 8 year old son. What is even better is this person helped the coach with the team last year and attended all the wrestling matches with him this year. Seems to be a double standard here. Look whose calling the kettle black!

    • Barberton Youth Sports Lover on June 3, 2017 at 3:46 am

      I know for a fact that background checks are done every year on the coaches. You are a poor representation of Barberton with your bad grammar and spelling. Maybe you need to go back to school and get your facts straight before talking bad about the coaches.

  85. Taxed Out on April 29, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    When did municipalities start putting tax levies on the ballot to fund the purchase of equipment such as police cars, ambulances, etc? That’s not part of a yearly budget? Good read in ABJ regarding the surrounding area and tax levies on tuesday’s ballot. So this is the new trend for tax money grabs? How long until Mr. Judge wants more tax dollars to help fund his state of the city address and his proposed “follies” ?? Get ready, more of your hard earned dough will be drained away. How long until the new school super will be wanting more of your money to fatten the already fat wages and benefit packages? Hey local government [s], the blue collar coffers are dry ! We have to stop funding bad decisions and poor budget prep.

    • SPD on May 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Simple, vote NO.

  86. John H on April 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Everyone is focused on Norton’s (out-going) superintendents personal attack on the basketball coach which has lead to the resignation of the entire boys basketball staff, 7th, 8th, 9th, JV and assistant varsity.

    Now rumor has it that the athletic director, whom was hired by the superintendent and school board members less than a year ago, has been under investigation by the OHSAA for his involvement with a student/coach affair at his previous district in Canton. AND YOU HIRED HIM KNOWING THIS! The AD will also be forced to resign at the conclusion of this school year.

    WAY TO GO NORTON! Once again, you are the laughing stock of every single surrounding district! You have a coach who is a long time resident of Norton and who has done NOTHING to justify losing his basketball coaching position. Now along with the entire boys basketball program, you will yet again be hiring another AD. I fear there will be other great coaches that Norton will be losing in the near future due to the negligence, wrongdoing, and unfair treatment of an incompetent school board and administrators who are nothing less than puppets!

    • Grace on May 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Very well spoken, Thank you for sharing this eye-opening comment.

  87. Btown street on April 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Fairly mild winter and the streets in barberton are still a disaster. Tax increase to fix the streets and pot holes the size of lake Anna on every street. Glenn and newton intersection multiple pot holes and I see city trucks daily in this area.

  88. anonymous on April 18, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    a guy in a small reddish pickup truck ran over and killed a cat today at yale and Norton. he didn’t hit his brakes or we would’ve heard it. I was outside. so KARMA will get you because the cat was black. you are a sorry human being. you could’ve at least stopped to check on it.

    • 9 Lives on April 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Now go and make a post calling out the cat’s owner for letting their animal run loose. That is the real reason why the cat is dead. I like all animals but way too many negligent pet owners in this town. Lets start enforcing the leash laws and the required muzzles for pit bull and pit mixes while we are at it.

  89. lil bro on April 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Norton will always be Barberton’s little brother.

    • Big Picture on April 18, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      You do realize this is not 1978, correct ? Norton’s leadership group is a reality show just waiting to happen but it is a clean and safe community. If they had any kind of leadership, they could be the next Wadsworth. Now there is a model community that your purple folks should be trying to emulate and or use as an economic / tax base blue print.

      • last comic standing on April 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm

        That’s funny. Norton has a nice downtown???? And a nice radio shack. There is a reason why it is called Barberton Speedway, Barberton Brookside CC and Barberton Glass.

        • Maple on April 27, 2017 at 9:42 am

          And Barberton Tree!

  90. zita on April 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    when we take over barberton will the hearld change it’s name to the norton hearld?

  91. Rikki hull on April 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Collier road impound has recieved over 100 cars this month from the norton police including those of licensed and insured drivers they claim were recklessly driving or stopped due to suspicious behavior. Do norton businesses know their barberton neighbors cant patronize their stores because they never make it past cleveland massilon road. Shame on norton law for breaking the law. Norton, goodbye from a barberton customer. Cheesebarn or not, you are isolated by your own greedy cops.

    • Car 54 on April 11, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Norton is fairly aggressive on non-residents. You will notice that even though Norton boarders Barberton, they have little to no crime or drug issues. You cannot have it both ways these days folks. I would gladly take some aggressive street patrolling here in the Tragic City. In order for a vehicle to be impounded there has to be a violation of certain laws. Booze, drugs, no insurance, driving recklessly, etc all reasons for impound. Number of traffic stops may be high in Norton but they send a loud and clear message to the trashy element to stay out. Back in the day your drove around Norton just to avoid a speeding ticket, now they are making your streets safe in a drug riddled county. From a jealous Barberton resident.

      • norf in on April 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

        Barberton and Norton will merge as one city in less then 10 years. It’s already starting with the mutual aide for emergency crews. Water and sewage. Only a matter of time before Norton is All purple!

        • If it's Yellow, let it Mellow on April 13, 2017 at 7:30 am

          Norton has already duped Bill Judge into taking over their sewage issues. That proves how smart they are and how clueless the purple side is. The sharing of emergency services is just a ploy to make you think that it will save more lives and money, all window dressing. The only benefit that could have ever come from a merger would be saving taxpayers real dollars when it comes to the school districts. That would have made perfect sense but will never happen. Maybe when Norton streets are completely shot, we can take over their street problems too?

    • say cheese on April 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      cheese barn? Overrated and bad service. There is not one reason to go to Norton for anything. Not one.

      • ForREAL on May 24, 2017 at 8:42 am

        Try Country Hilltop Market, Rittman, OH instead! The cheese is not only FRESH but the meats are as well! What is even better is the FACT that the prices are far better, some even half the price per pound!

    • SPD on April 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Hmmm.. I live in Barberton and shop there all the time. I have no issues getting there. Maybe people should pay attention to the speed limit signs posted there and put their phones down and put their eyes on the road. Things like this do not happen if you are not breaking the law.

  92. Na on April 9, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Why has norton impounded over 100 cars in the past 2 months? This week a friend was pulled over for a routine stop, insured and liscensed- the driver was sited for reckless driving according to the same officer that the impound lot claimed had sent 30 cars that day. I was disgusted to learn from the owner that the impound owner had NO idea why, so he had much to gain, but didnt have a clue why norton was sending car after car his way. Is this how norton is paying for those new schools? Do their residents know their law enforcement is harrassing anyone who passes through their jurisdiction? Norton business owners- how will you make money if no one is making it past the barberton line? Wake up norton, your law is breaking the law.

  93. Hodge on April 9, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Cheryl, I think these rules need to be explained to the viewers again. Family is ” Off Limits”!!

  94. Taxed Out on April 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    When did Barberton start charging $5 more local tax on each license plate sticker at the BMV ? So you have a tax hike on stickers and a previous income tax hike while we still have roads in dire need of repair? NO EXCUSES, we should have the cadillac of street surfaces in Summit County. Service director needs to pick it up down there!

  95. Sue on March 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I don’t know what more the city leaders could do about the drug problem in Barberton. You can lead a horse to water but you can not make the horse drink.

    • Neighborhood Watch on March 28, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Huh ?? How about a little less posing on billboards and a little more ole school police street patrolling? Have you heard about the drug house with 18 service calls and an over dose death? They should have been patrolling and making life miserable for anyone coming and going from that house after 3-4 calls. Maybe the police chief could team up with city ward council reps, get out into the neighborhoods to promote neighborhood watch groups? Anonymous tip lines? Druggies and criminals are a lot a like. They tend to not set up shop where they could get caught. Biggest problem facing this town is that leaders and residents alike only care about a problem if it is next door to their home. This is all about civic pride and I believe your leaders are NOT doing enough to promote this much needed tool in the local war on drugs & crime. Time to roll up the shirt sleeves and go to work, leadership needs to get this ball rolling!

      • SPD on March 29, 2017 at 8:41 am

        I agree and it also helps with a little neighborhood teaming up too. Run them out on your own and make life miserable for them if the police do not step up. It worked for us in our neighborhood. Our area is cleaned up and we did the majority of the work ourselves.

        • Spanky on March 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm

          Imagine if you lived in a suspect neighborhood and then on nice sunny spring afternoon the police chief, mayor and council rep GOT OFF THEIR B*TTS and promoted a good ole fashioned neighborhood hamburg and hot dog get together to help fight drugs and crime? SO SIMPLE, but yet lacking within local leadership 🙁 Such a disrespect to the hard blue collar worker’s who built this once proud city !

    • Hard Working Tax Paying West End Neighbors on April 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      In response to Sue: How about getting the horse to do anything at all! Has anyone seen the trash dump drug house on 17th St. n.w.? It was slated for a tear down and the city swung a deal as drug dealers/users reside there. Less than a year ago the Summit County Coroners hauled a dead body out as the Police and E.M.S.are there almost daily, in fact three times this week alone. It is a criminal and druggie flop house. The city can’t enforce the housing code violations as the mortgage company is out of state and does not respond to any court summons. The city has proved itself impotent on this neighborhood atrocity. Let’s face it the city is overran with drug mopes and crimes associated with it as Police are not able to effectively deal with it. According to the outrageous Summit County zip code statistics on this matter,
      So, all the hype over providing clean needles or free plastic bags for prescription medication disposal is as unrealistic solution as you could ever imagine.Wake Up! Just clean up this mess and quit talking about it Keep the drugs outside Barberton and enforce the law. You act like your afraid of these losers..

      • Concerned on April 4, 2017 at 10:42 am

        I feel your pain literally. Back in the day the cops would say “if we come back here again someone is going to jail” But how do we step up when they outnumber us greatly in this neighborhood. Tired of shut up and pay your taxes, change has to come.

        • SPD on April 4, 2017 at 6:58 pm

          One phone call to Summit County Task Force will do more than dealing with our local police department. Tell them what you have going on and give details. Trust me, it worked on one around here. Cops kept showing up, nothing got done, Task Force staked it out, and they were GONE in a month.

          We have gotten many comments lately from people who have lived around here many years and they have really noticed that the old neighborhood has finally gotten back to how it used to be in the good old days. You need to stick together as neighbors and run the trash out! We made our neighborhood a great place to live!

  96. Maryann on March 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    For the past 3 winter’s we snowbird,and have piece of mind knowing the police are checking our property routinely.Thanks to all.However our mail is a diaster.We fill out the paperwork for a temporary address and it’s just a crap shoot we’re it will end up.I come from a big family of letter carriers and believe this totally unacceptable.Extremely disgusted.

    • Going Postal on March 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Turning on your postal service “brothers and sisters”, for shame ! FYI…. current postal jobs are not the gravy train from years past. You get what you pay for. I have seen mail carriers that look like they just walked out of the ymca.

      • MALE on March 30, 2017 at 10:33 am

        YMCA???? What are you saying? Ever since Logsdon retired the mail service in this town is awful. I remember the feMALE carrier on east side that used to mace every dog and cat she seen. Mace in one hand and cigarette in the other.

    • SPD on March 29, 2017 at 8:42 am

      This is old news. The Barberton Post Office has been a wreck since the 1990’s.

      • Doug Heffernan on March 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

        Come on SPD, Mary Ann and her fat cat pension relatives did no wrong and worked 52 weeks a year when pushing your envelopes and boxes = * insert eye roll here * I remember when the Postal workers started a slow-down strike for a pay raise. They had to call it off — nobody noticed.

    • boxer on March 30, 2017 at 10:37 am

      I have heard of snowbirds that have to take off the mail box from the house when they leave. Poor

  97. Teresa Rhoades on March 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Went to Barberton High School musical on Thursday night. Great job by cast and crew. All your hard work is always appreciated.

  98. U.S.A. on March 25, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Great victory for the poverty stricken and lower middle class when Trump Care was dropped dead by his own Republican minions. The real issue with health care cost is due to Republican backed medical and pharmaceutical companies being allowed to monopolize costs. When you can go outside of the U.S. and get the same drugs for 1/10 of the cost here , you have a monopoly. Don’t blame Obama and the ACHA for your rising costs, blame the Republican greed and reluctance of employers to provide solid and affordable health care for it’s workers. Ask yourself, could your employer contribute more to your health care cost? Now your employer drives a Jaguar, has 2-3 homes and a 7 figure bank account while you pay $1500/mo for medical. Remember not so long ago when most any middle class job had NO healthcare cost? What’s changed? = greed / monopolies.

    • Sue on March 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Agree. 110%

  99. Ralph Howe on March 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    What is it… A Marine Chrononeter… not sure if this where this goes..

    • Ralph Howe on March 17, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Barberton OHio

    • Coffee Black on March 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Hey Ralph, go down to 70 fourth st n.w. in Barberton and ask.

  100. Asleep at the Wheel on March 9, 2017 at 10:15 am

    From ABJ March 7 : An effort by Barberton, Norton and Copley Township to create a watershed district that would raise funds to fix mutual flooding problems has hit a snag that surprised local officials. As it turns out, a big chunk of Barberton and a handful of homes in Norton already belong to another district that collects an annual tax to help with conservation projects. No one in the three communities were aware that the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District reaches into southern Summit County. Barberton Mayor Bill Judge and Service Director Mike Vinay said when the three cities started discussing how to work together to find a solution, they had no idea that Muskingum encompassed much of the east side of Barberton. NOT KNOWING YOUR OWN WATERSHED DISTRICT AFTER YEARS OF WORKING ON FLOODING ISSUES….. PRICELESS !

    • SPD on March 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Yep. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. This is where the $5.00 per month rainwater fee on the water bills goes towards that Barberton residents pay.

  101. Tim on March 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Kinda Smells in Norton?
    Kinda funny that the mayor in Norton lives in Nash Hts but isn’t getting sewer? also council president can put assessments on peoples tax bill but, she can’t seem to pay her taxes??? Isn’t that kinda strange?

    • Strange Days on March 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      If I was a Norton Panther, I would be concerned with the current and future waste of dollars up at the high school. Your school district will now seek levy after levy for the next 8-10 yrs. Your town leadership group is a mess. The most astute person in Norton with some gumption is David Houpt. As a community, you need to seek this person out and get him into local politics. Barberton leadership is not much better by any means. We have too many paycheck casher’s and blind eye politico’s here. My goodness, we have a B-Ton drug house that needed 18 calls and an over dose death before even a misdemeanor charge was filed. At least both groups are consistent, hey ?

  102. Wake Up Call on February 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Did anyone catch the news channel 5 story on Feb 22 about Barberton and the “drug house”?? Police records showed at least 18 calls for service over the last two years at 102 N**wood St. for possible overdoses, including people found not breathing and vomiting. Quoting from channel 5: Mayor William Judge said, despite the long list of possible overdoses at 102 N**wood St., a court case proving someone supplied the drugs at that address would be hard to prove.“An OD does not constitute that drugs are being sold there,” Mayor Judge said. “We’ve monitored that house,” adding, “What you know and what you can prove in a court of law are two different things.” IMOP…HOW SERIOUSLY ARE YOUR LOCAL LEADERS TAKING THE DRUG PROBLEM?? SADDENING!

    • SPD on February 27, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Best thing to do is have Summit County Task Force look into it. All it takes is one phone call. Trust me, this is a MUCH better option. I know for a fact when I used them 2 years ago to run out some suspicious activity near my neighborhood.

      • Jason on March 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm

        I’m sure Barberton PD is already a Task Force member which means the County already know about the problem at that residence. My question is whether or not the City of Barberton has a nuisance ordinance where they can fine the homeowner for all the times police are called there?

        • SPD on March 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

          They are but it is better to skip them and go to the top. BPD just come out and ask questions and go. The Task Force will actually stake the place out and watch.

    • Chris Ison on August 30, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Its time to vote him out. This house should have been torn down.

  103. Concerned on February 25, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Just wanted to know if there is anything on the books that says how many times the police can be called to the same address for domestic, disturbances etc

    • Editor on February 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      We are currently looking into this to get you an accurate answer. Thank you and we’ll get back you.

    • SPD on February 26, 2017 at 11:44 am

      I thought it was 3 before they will do something.

      • Editor on March 8, 2017 at 12:40 pm

        According to Barberton Police Department Lt. Christopher White, the nuisance ordinance states that after three disturbance calls, the location is declared a nuisance and the owner receives a warning letter. If police respond a fourth or fifth time, they could be billed $100 for each occurrence. Any more than that and they could be billed $200.

        He said as far as domestic disturbances and violence calls, they are not included in determining the property a nuisance and they do not get billed.

        For more information, use the following link. http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Ohio/barbcode/codifiedordinancesofthecityofbarbertonoh?f=templates$fn=default.htm$f=templates$3.0&vid=amlegal:barberton_oh

        • Anonymous on June 19, 2017 at 2:02 am

          After 4-7 noise nuisance complaint calls in the a.m. hours. How many more noise complaint calls to the local police before a landlord evicts the nuisance tenants?

  104. Huh ?? on February 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Article in the ABJ today is quoted as saying that “Barberton is looking to brand its downtown business district”. Then Jim Stonkus, president and CEO of the community foundation says: “About 300,000 people go down the Barberton stretch of the Towpath,” he said. “There’s so much opportunity here and you hear that from people starting to rediscover the city.” IMO…. SERIOUSLY?? Who or what is generating this 300,000 figure? I could see 300,000 customers going thru the McDonalds in one year, but patronizing the towpath/downtown area? Someone downtown must really have some pull at the ABJ. We need jobs and a game plan to bring retail to this town. Call Wadsworth and ask them for their jobs/retail recipe that stretches from downtown to Rt 94 past the highway over pass.

    • SPD on February 18, 2017 at 7:07 am

      He probably means for the whole towpath. It does stretch from Cleveland to southern Ohio.

      • Huh ?? on February 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

        The CEO was quoted as saying ” Barberton stretch” of the towpath. I apologize, article was actual on the Plain Dealer webpage, not ABJ. Do a search engine and you can read the article.

  105. Thomas Suppan BMS Art Teacher on February 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I just wanted to say how thankful I am for the strong support the arts at Barberton Middle School gets from the parents, students, building staff, and administration. It really showed at the Art Show & Reception we had this past Thursday night at the Akron Museum of Art. With everyone’s support we packed the museum, and their staff was amazed at the turnout! I would also like to give a special thanks to Michelle from the Herald for covering the event. I am very proud of my students and the work they put into their artwork.

    Thomas Suppan
    BMS Art Teacher

    • Van Gogh on February 16, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Nice to see a PERS employee who actual appreciates his/her employer a.k.a. ” the taxpayers”. Best wishes to you sir and your department.

  106. PAUL DURBIN on February 10, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    In the Army Medical Corps Medivac Training, one of the first things they taught us was the rotor blades are amazingly flexible and in windy conditions can go from two feet over your head to well below your hairline. In gusting high winds, crawling on hands and knees was acceptable behavior. They taught us the helicopter math equation: One rotating blade plus one body part = one rotating blade.

  107. Sher on February 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    my husband was driving past PPG on Hudson Run last night 12:30am ish and there were Horrible fumes coming from there, that made his eyes water, nose burn…even came through the windows…anyone else notice this?

    • Sonny on February 9, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      Nothing like a leisurely drive at 1230-1 a.m. I would suggest taking the scenic route thru Snydertown next time and skip the toxic fumes.

    • Elvis on February 10, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Didn’t smell anything after I left the bar at 2:30 AM. But I did see a UFO land in the middle of Hudson run.

  108. Sandra on February 5, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    UPDATED

    Per the column: Marching for my rights and equality, I would like to see the writer of this article go with Madonna, and her filthy mouth friend Ashley Judd along with the woman who marched in D.C. to Saudi Arabia to really march for women’s rights. Go tell them how you FEEL oppressed, please use your voice to help women in other parts of the world who are denied basic rights. Apparently, it’s more liberating to parade around semi nude and yell obscenities (what kind of woman would walk around with a vagina costume with child around) than actually support women in other countries who have NO rights, and who are considered lower than dogs. I am disgusted with the woman who march in D.C. after the inauguration.
    We are so blessed to live here. Yes we can always to better, but do not forget how fortunate we are. I am so proud to have President Trump to lead us to a brighter future. He wants us ALL to be happy and be able to stand tall to support our family’s no matter who you are. I can’t believe woman wanted Hillary as our president, she accepted money from the Arabs, they don’t believe in women’s rights (this is only one example). We need to work on U.S. issues first and get strong and take care of our own so someday we can be able to help others. Please wake up and support our President, we need to unite together. God Bless

    • Country Joe on February 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

      What a shocker, a Trump supporter waving a finger at citizens exercising their constitutional rights. For shame! Not a female here, but to the best of my knowledge the “women’s rights” march was organized and set up prior to the election. The reason you witnessed a new piece of American history on inauguration day is because there is world wide concern over Trump’s election. You had women’s rights activists merge with the “not my president” population and this created a once in a lifetime event. The rest of your rant is just plain babble!

      You think Hillary Clinton made deals in the middle east and Trump has not? Lets keep it simple here, lets start with Trump releasing his tax returns. Then let’s ** add ** the middle east countries Trump has done verified business in onto the travel ban list. I LIKE THE TRAVEL BAN, but it has been set up with extreme bias. Trump hangs up the phone on another world leader, one of our better allies. I could list much more hypocrisy and what is sad about that, we are less than 30 days into this regime. I will not condemn our leader and I am in favor of some of his idea’s, but the way this regime has conducted it’s leadership so far should be concerning. It is not about what “ideals” are best, it should be about how those ideals are presented and implemented.

      • SPD on February 8, 2017 at 5:59 am

        Get over it

        • Country Joe on February 8, 2017 at 10:12 am

          I know “real facts” are hard to digest for those who believe in “alternative facts”. I hope Trump does well, but I have chosen to wear “neutral” glasses when looking at the facts.
          No Dem or Rep bias. Heck, I voted for Kasich his first term and I am registered Dem.

          • sew on February 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

            No one cares

    • Robin Thompson on February 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Anyone that thinks that the guy in charge at the White House has the people’s best interest in mind is going to find out shortly that they are dead wrong. There is nothing that he has done that is for “We The People”. Everything that he does is for his own agenda. Putting billionaires in charge of our country is no different than putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Watch what happens to your kids and grandkids education now that DeVos is defunding public education. If you have any friends or family that are black, hispanic, asian or any nationality, other than white, you will see your friends and family living in fear because they are the focus of renewed hatred and racism in our country. Do you see the KKK stepping up and moving into the mainstream and media? Is it right to hate people because of the color of their skin or where they might have been born? Do you hear your new government telling you that ALL news outlets are lying except Fox News? This should be a big red flag that something is terribly wrong. We have always had freedom of speech in this country. Just because someone else does not see things your way does not mean that they are lying. Do you know that the way the Tea Party kept Obama in check was by peaceful demonstration and discourse? But now the guy in charge does not want the people to be able to gather to peacefully protest. Your constitutional rights are systematically being taken away from you and you are being told that your neighbors are “the problem”. Better wake up people. While you are looking at me, they are eroding your rights. RL Thompson

  109. Sandra on February 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Per the column: Marching for my rights and equality, I would like to see the writer of this article go with Madonna, and her filthy mouth friend Ashley Judd along with the woman who marched in D.C. to Saudi Arabia to really march for women’s rights. Go tell them how you FEEL oppressed, please use your voice to help women in other parts of the world who are denied basic rights. Apparently it’s more liberating to parade around semi nude and yell obscenities (what kind of woman would walk around with a than actually support women in other countries who have NO rights. and who are considered lower than dogs. I am disgusted with the woman who march in D.C. after the inauguration.

    We are so blessed to live here. Yes we can always to better, but do not forget how fortunate we are. I am so proud to have President Trump to lead us to a brighter future. He wants us ALL to be happy and be able to stand tall to support our family’s no mater who you are. I can’t believe woman wanted Hillary as our president, she accepted money from the Arabs, They don’t believe in women’s rights (this is only one example). We need to work on U.S. issues first and get strong and take care of our own so someday be able to help others. Please wake up and support our President, we need to unite together. God Bless

    • Sandra on February 5, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Please use the updated one. Thank you

  110. sarah brown on February 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I would like to thank the Herald and Leachs meats for the great birthday cake my grandaughter won on her birthday it sure did make her day. The cake was so good it was one of the best we have had.

  111. Mike Wells on January 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Don’t we have a sign ordinance in this town? The election was in November. Signs were to be down the next day. Time to enforce.

  112. Compliance is Good on January 25, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Folks, please be sure to read the article on the home page regarding council notes & info. ** HERALD STAFF, COULD YOU PLEASE FOLLOW UP ON DAUGHERTY’S DISCUSSION WITH CHIEF MORBER ** See below:

    The committee also discussed wether the police department will be adopting new state standards for police agencies. Daugherty said there are no known consequences other than a website meant to shame those who do not adopt the standards. She said she would be discussing the matter with Chief of Police Vince Morber.

  113. Cyber Space on January 23, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Unless I missed it, what happened to the investigation involving the students who made cyber threats against the schools? Good read in ABJ this morning, Wadsworth police arrested a high school student there yesterday for doing the same thing. I find the word “arrested” to be very appropriate, so what happened here?

  114. SPD on January 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Your latest poll is a bit off. There should be more choices once again. You leave us stuck to answer stuff that is no truly accurate. “Have you unfollowed or unfriended someone from Facebook because of their political views?” My answer is “NO – because I am a grown adult and I respect other peoples decisions.” I have people, friends, and relatives who fall on all sides of the fence and some to the extreme. I respect how they think. Politics is not a good reason to unfriend someone. There are way more serious issues than politics that I would decide to unfriend myself from a person.

  115. Freedom of the Press on January 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I hope that all generations paid attention yesterday on Jan 21 to an significant piece of new American history.
    Millions rallying across this country against Trump. Over sea’s much of the same within the boarders of our biggest allies. First full day of being in office, the President elect chooses to attack the news media. Push aside the debate of the media being right or wrong, look at the big picture. Trump is obviously thin skinned and overly sensitive regarding his image. Putin is licking his chops! I am all in for team U.S.A. no matter who is the quarterback, but this weekend should be concerning to ALL AMERICANS.

  116. Sue on January 22, 2017 at 4:32 am

    What happened to Dr Kim? I see his office on Wooster Rd W is up for rent.

  117. Leo and Gwen Anderson on January 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    We would like to extend a very big THANK YOU to Mayor Bill Judge, the Planning Committee, Engineers, and the fantastic Kenmore Construction Crews, who worked so hard, and did a fabulous job on the Reconstruction of 9th Street NE. It is absolutely beautiful and we just love it. And we appreciate all that everyone did.

    A Very Sincere Big Thank You To All,
    Leo and Gwen Anderson

    • Big Picture on January 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Be sure to thank the TAXPAYERS who essentially paid the Kenmore Construction bill. Your brain trust simply signed a contractor proposal and then issued a check. Imagine if we could have done some of the work by using our street dept equipment and personnel which we already pay for.

      • USA on January 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

        Not equipped to do that kind of work. Leave the city, leave the state, leave the country. USA USA USA

        • Big Picture on January 23, 2017 at 10:22 am

          The only thing worse than the 3rd largest city in summit county not doing their own street repairs would be not having street repair equipment. So based upon your statement, this towns street dept has not performed one single street replacement in the past 30+ years? Come on, get real.

          • USA on January 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

            nope, not equipped to do the kind of work they did on 9th. street. Good try

  118. Marianne Hunt on January 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The answer to What is this is A headlight dimmer that older cars all had.

  119. SPD on January 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Your political poll is off and needs more choices You asked, “Will you watch the inauguration of Donald Trump?” One choice should have been, “No – I have to work.” I bet the answers would be more accurate had that been an answer.

  120. Bob Alloway on January 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Ho Hoffman’s January 19th column was his best yet and hilarious. That sums it up precisely.

  121. Say NO to Drugs on January 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    In regards to the post below from N Anderson. I will attempt to post a link below from Cuy Falls news press in regards to what their community is doing to combat opiate related issues in 2017. CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city is kicking off a new program where members of the police and fire department along with a drug counselor will knock on the doors of known addicts and offer them help. What is Barberton doing? I hope local officials here take the time to consult with or follow suit of a proactive summit county community.

    https://youtu.be/D0iU-lgU5jw

  122. Nonnie J. Anderson on January 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    ” OPIATE OVERDOSES IN 44203 ” How did we go from Chicken Dinner capital to Opiate Overdose capital? The present 118% spike in overdoses with 44203 leading all other areas at 12.3% is a failing report card. Who is responsible for allowing this to happen at this rate? The numbers speak for themselves!

    • USA on January 11, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Uncle Sam

    • Say NO to Drugs on January 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Growing problem for ALL communities. Maybe as a country or state, start off with extremely harsh and or extreme penalties for the dealing of this drug. How many opiate related arrests have we made and how many task forces are we working with as a community to combat this issue? Do we have a “tipster” line to report suspected activity? Those are viable questions, maybe a local publication could do a research piece on this?

  123. Patricia Warner on December 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Tim McCracken should look up the definition of “accommodation.” I guess the proofreader position remains unfilled.

  124. Frank Serpico on December 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Your council hard at work. Good read from ABJ today. Excessive calls to the police can net fines. A fine of $100 can be levied after police respond to a call on the same property for a third or fourth time, and $200 on the fifth time and after. Wokojance has been slow to develop as a council rep, but I have to say BRAVO to her. Ward 1 Councilwoman Shannon Wokojance was the lone dissenter in a 7-1 vote, saying the law could make legitimate victims question whether to call the police. Arrests and on the spot tickets will deter poor behavior, not the threat of a fine after 3-4 phone call complaints. This town needs a much stronger presence from the P.D.

  125. Spanky on December 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Per an update via local tv news on Dec 20, allegedly the threat towards the schools was posted on a Wednesday and the district reacted and or found the threat 4 + days later. Is this concerning? I am shocked that parents are not littering this website with questions. Idea: elect students to form an in house version of homeland security to help
    police social media for threats and online bullying.

  126. Space Ace on December 16, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Did we as a community and or local publication pay proper tribute to John Glenn? Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at the age of 95, flew 149 combat missions as a Marine pilot in World War II and the Korean War, then became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth. He later served 24 years as a Democratic U.S. senator from Ohio and returned to space at age 77, orbiting Earth 134 times in 1998. R.I.P. A TRUE AMERICAN HERO FROM SOMEONE WHO CARES !

  127. SPD on December 13, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Barberton folks be alert! Someone is going around town and taking stuff out of mailboxes after mail is delivered. Just keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

    • Leave it to Beaver on December 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      They can take anything marked Chase bank, Ohio Edison, Dominion or Barberton utilities. FOR GOODNESS SAKES…. TAKE THE TIME WARNER ENVELOPE !!!!!!! Very sad that our local leadership cannot negotiate a better rate for our taxpayers. Folks in Wadsworth [ they have their own service, hint.. hint ] pay half of what the basic Barbertonian pays for tv & internet. GOOD TOPIC TO KICK OFF 2017… LOWER/BETTER TV-INET RATES ?
      Hey Wokojance, steal my idea. Have some input and or ideas for a change !

      • SPD on December 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm

        That would be brilliant! Then the thieves have all your personal information.

        • Spanky on December 21, 2016 at 8:49 am

          I am always worried someone might get my name, address and my kilowatt usage from the Ohio Edison bill. Worse yet, how much I pay per mcf on my gas bill.

      • Crockettman on December 27, 2016 at 9:21 pm

        What in world are you ranting about? Come back to earth, space cadet.

  128. Scholastic Accountability on December 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Just released today, good read found on the Plain Dealer. The Ohio Department of Education released data today showing how many high school juniors in each district are on track to graduate under the main, new pathway to earn a diploma – earning enough “points” through scores on new end-of-course exams. Below is the % of students that NEED INTERVENTION/SUPPORT per the State Dept of Ed:

    Akron 43.7 %
    Barberton 31.6
    Coventry 20.5
    Norton 15.3
    Wadsworth 12.7
    Chipp 12.2

    Are we getting a proper return on our tax dollars here in Barberton? The much maligned Coventry district is way out performing Barberton. You want more tax dollars, lets see some on the job improvement!

  129. Sports Fanatic on December 12, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Any sports fans out there? The Browns are much like a traffic accident, you just cannot look away. They continue to reach new depths in losing. Will the Dolan’s and the Indians spend any money to help the team get back to the world series? Mike Napoli is fools gold looking ahead to 2017. Can the Cavs beat Golden State with Durant? Can Ohio State beat Clemson? Hope J.T. Barrett transfers and follows Tom Hermann to Texas. Joe Burrow currently 2nd string is an NFL in waiting Qb. Any Akron U fans out there? Bowden has to go, Bo Pelini up at Youngstown would be a great fit! Mike Dambrot Zips hoops is one of the 10 most under rated coaches in the nation. Has coach Gotto and the Magics football team gotten enough praise for bringing the program back to playoff caliber? I say No. Great job by the Magics pig skinners! What are the expectations for the Magics hoops team this winter?

    • Danbrott who? on December 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Who is Mike Dambrott?

  130. Leaf It To Me on December 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    The last time the North End had a leaf clean up was the end of September, when there were approximately 3 leaves on the ground. My family called the street department and mayor’s office, and even tried to pay Mr. Judge a visit, only to be told by his assistant that it “would happen before Thanksgiving.” This morning, at 5:30am, with NO warning from the city, they finally come to sweep leaves. The problem? IT WAS 5:30 IN THE MORNING. We have a small driveway, so we park two cars on the street, which means the city skipped my house. My poor father had to chase down the street department while we were jolted put of bed to move our cars to get the employee to circle back and get our leaves. The worst part? The guy told him if he hadn’t chased him down, the leaves would have remained there all winter. It’s one thing if the city gave any warning (I did not see anything in the physical copy of the Herald, on the Herald’s Facebook OR the city’s, and no letter was mailed to my house and no signage saying removal dates were posted on my block) and we simply ignored it, then it would be fair to get our house skipped, but to sneakily do it at 5:30 am with no warning was a low move on the city’s part. I’m sure we weren’t the only one to get skipped either, we were lucky my dad woke up early. The city NEEDS a leaf removal schedule that doesn’t start until there are actually leaves on the ground, and they shouldn’t sneakily do it when no one is awake so we can actually have our cars off the street for them.

    • Leaf It To Me on December 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

      *out of bed, not put of bed, poor proofreading on my part.

    • SPD on December 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      They did not get all the streets. There are still several streets packed full of leaf piles. Looks like only one side of Way Street was done early this morning and that is all. There are still several more streets to go before we get snow dumped on us by Sunday. They just may find the remaining leaf piles in the middle of the road by then.

    • SPD on December 8, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      And I agree with you 100%. I’m the one who wrote the letter in the Herald a week ago.

      • Leaf It To Me on December 9, 2016 at 8:22 am

        I’m glad someone else agrees! They need a better way to do this!

        • SPD on December 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm

          I know. They should start later or something. They did finally get the ones around my house on both streets but there are still several streets yet that need swept……Keller, Mitchell, Swigart, most over by Hazelwood……just to name a few. Seems like this area gets neglected and is always last on the list of city priorities. I notice it too when it comes time to plow the streets. Watch what happens come Sunday and next week when the snow comes.

        • SPD on January 2, 2017 at 11:40 am

          Notice how here we are in January already and there are STILL piles along the streets?

    • No Parking on December 10, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Sounds like you have been skipped previously due to you blocking access to your leaves. Most people who park on the street do so because they are too lazy to move cars in and out of their own driveway. No sympathy for you on that one. Just witnessed a leaf removal truck here on the north end at 11 am on Saturday. Leaves fell later than usual this year and I think the city has been very efficient. I have counted 3-4 removals in my north end area. Next year, try parking in your driveway or mulch your leaves up with a lawnmower. “Real” municipal service short comings around here must drive you crazy if leaf removal motivated you to go downtown. Seriously, what are some of your thoughts about other municipal services and or lack there of? Would be a good read.

      • SPD on December 11, 2016 at 11:52 am

        Actually, I can verify that they never came through this area. Not sure where this person lives but in my neighborhood there were leaves piled up for over a month in most areas. I am on a corner and both streets were lined with leaves and no one parks on the street on those roads so they did not come down here again until recently in the past few days. They did swing through before the leaves fell but there was nothing to do then. I do know that they did not get to some streets around here because I was out yesterday and that is not good considering the snow coming now. City services have been lackluster in this area for some time. You always have to call and say something before anything gets done. It will be no different throughout winter because these streets are always last to get plowed, IF they choose to come up this way. If we get a weekend snow, forget it! They will not be seen.

  131. Buddy Light on November 30, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Pay employees to put up X-mas lights and then dont even turn them on? Another embarrassment for the Parks and Rec. Its just one joke after another. Kind of like building a parking lot and not having enough cars to park in it? Shame McParkinglot !

    • Taxed Out on December 2, 2016 at 11:39 am

      What a shocker ! City of Barberton employees that don’t care about doing the job right, only care about cashing those paychecks. This is a major problem at ALL levels within our city work force & decision makers. I would be more concerned about your over paid school district that ranks in the bottom 1/2 statewide academically. They could be very close to bottom 1/3. How much longer until the next levy request? ” Purple Pride and Raises City Wide” could be the 2017 mantra.

  132. SPD on November 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I have been telling people for several years that the city leaf pickup schedule needs to start later in the year. They always start in late October and the leaves have not even really started to fall at that time. Once again, same thing this year. They come through Ward 4 to start and say they will come back later if time permits. Well, since they passed through once before the leaves started falling after that and now we are almost into December and leaf piles have been on the streets now for the whole month of November. What are they going to do, just wait for snow to fall and use the plows to push them all down the road and back into everyones yards again?

  133. Sue on November 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Can someone please tell me what is going on with The West Theater on Wooster Rd W?

  134. SPD on November 17, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Your poll you have up is a little off. You only give two choices to pick from. Some people might be of other parties. Wouldn’t it be nice to show the other choices too? Let’s not be biased like all other news sources are.

  135. VOTR on November 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Not a Hillary backer by any means, but I would like to pose a question to any and all blue collar workers making under $50K per year that voted for Trump. How can you support a person that fails to pay his fair share of taxes while his own private companies have shipped thousands of jobs out of the country? How does his own financial resume coincide with making “America great again” ?? Without credible employment opportunities, what will be the glue that holds American families and communities together in 2017? Was Barberton a great community in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s due to international policy, gun control, health care or immigration laws? I say it was due to simple hard work for a living wage.

    • trumpty dumty on November 11, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Election is over. stop! Nothing is going to change. Money talks. Just ask Summa.

    • SPD on November 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Maybe like most of us we are tired of working our butts off and people who do nothing are bleeding the system dry and when someone who has worked hard all their lives needs assistance then they get denied. Like most Americans, we need someone with attitude in the White House. We are tired of the “gimme gimme” society.

      • Taxed Out on December 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm

        Under educated voter’s only see a portion of the entire picture I.E… see yourself. The hypocrisy has already begun with Trump. He lobbies and threatens sanctions this week against Carrier and their desire to move jobs out of the U.S. but yet Trump himself ran a scam university and his own private businesses have operated outside of the U.S. How many U.S. jobs has Trump prostituted out of this country in the past decade? I would be way more concerned with a president elect that has shown no signs of loyalty to the middle class workers and by all accounts is a walking loose cannon. If this country as a whole was to see a modest 10% decline in the gimme demographic, how would that put more $ back into your weekly paycheck? It would not. BIG PICTURE is the key, not the food stamp crowd or the guy flippin your burger

  136. Diane M. Hardy, Norton, Ohio on November 5, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Regarding your photo in the recent Barberton Herald under the title, “What is this?”, it brings me back to my
    childhood days when I owned a pair of shoes such as these. They were called “ROCKET SHOES.”

  137. Dr. Spock on November 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Why would Summa spend all kinds of crazy money for 100 extra parking spots that they do not need. The deck is half full and the employee lot is never full because they laid everyone off. Build your lot all around the ball field for your outpatient services. Director of parks and top Summa guy are not even from Barberton. Not sure if some of these council people are either??? Scared to back the people will hurt you in long run. Shame on you.

    • Crockettman on November 10, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      They are tearing down the deck and making it a flat parking lot. Hence the need for another. Hence less maintenance cost over the long run. You should have actually went to the multiple meetings for the public to ask and learn.

      • trumpty dumty on November 14, 2016 at 7:08 am

        Hence there are other options that could be looked at. Hence they are keeping it quiet from the community. Hence Summa has enough money to build a new deck.

  138. CATHY LABBATE on November 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    FOUR YEARS AGO AN ORDINANCE WAS PASSED IN BARBERTON WHICH PROHIBITED ANIMAL FOOD BEING LEFT OUTDOORS OVERNIGHT — SUPPOSED TO HAVE HAD A $500 FINE FOR EACH INCIDENCE. NOTHING MORE HAS BEEN HEARD AS TO WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OFFENDERS. THERE ARE SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO LEAVE ANIMAL FOOD OUT — SOME AT THREE DIFFERENT HOUSES WHERE CAT HOARDING HAS BEEN REPORTED. RESIDENTS CLAIM THAT SOMEONE LIVES IN TWO OF THE RESIDENCES BUT THE TWO OWNERS LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE HOUSE — PERFECT WAY TO HIDE AND HOARD CATS. WHY IS THERE NO FOLLOW-THROUGH?

  139. sbuckohr on October 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    How sad. Our beautiful park will be gone.I realize the revenue is important to the city, but how many options were seriously considered? Councilwoman Angeloff said she heard her constituents but voted for the lease anyway. Great representation! Might as well sell off the rest of the park and put in a strip mall and bump up that revenue,To CP Maurer- there’s no bringing the park back anyway. How sad.

    • old player on October 31, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Bunch of Yes men and women. Soyers the only one who understands. Angeloff and Maurer are jokers. other options never considered. look who is in charge of parks and the hospital. nuff said.

  140. kris on October 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Summa will pull out of Barberton in 6-10 years!

  141. Guyfawkes on October 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Very nice article on the Red Horse Winery. Great local business. It’s a shame Mr. Semansky is rude to a local company who makes a sales call to him.

    • Connie Dean on October 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      WARNING :This place is a horrible place to book a wedding reception… You may be cancelled at the last moment!
      Do NOT waste your time or money. A dear friend of mine had hers booked here, paid a deposit and was told a FEW DAYS BEFORE they could not accommodate! 10 THUMBS DOWN..before this I wanted to check the place out…but never did and never will!!

      • bertran on October 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        what place are you referring to?

        • Crockettman on October 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm

          Looks to me like Red Horse Winery.

    • Sue on October 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Semansky is known to get address off of credit card and follow young ladies half his age home, he does not know the answer NO! I would never go to his winery. Need a beautiful place for a wedding use the winery on Eastern Rd. Gorgeous atmosphere, great wine and wonderful family owned business!

      • Larry Perkins on December 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm

        Hosted a birthday party at the winery on Eastern Rd. Had a great time.

  142. HeatherM on October 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    So, when is the city ever going to fix the main roads in and around Barberton? Didn’t they increase our taxes so that we could have all of the roads repaired? They are a joke. Wonder where our tax money is actually going, because it sure is not to repair the roads.

    • VOTR on October 22, 2016 at 7:35 am

      To be fair, I have to say the city has been fairly proactive and productive with street repairs over the past 18 months.
      However, we need to stop subcontracting out majority of the street work and save money by doing some of the work with our well compensated city work force. We have all the equipment and we are already paying our workers. Let’s stop writing checks while out street dept is sipping on a polar pop, it’s time to go to work and budget every street dollar. God forbid we come in under budget and shift some extra dollars over to another project.

  143. Tina savage on October 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I see the geese are back at lake Anna. Didn’t even make it a year.

    • bertran on October 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

      That is their home.

    • VOTR on October 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thought our local brain trust gave some dude $20,000 so he could take his dogs on an off leash run to help with the geese issue. Another great decision by Billy and his pal Joey. What should we expect when most city based decisions are made in 1 hour while eating on the tax payers dime at Angie’s or the Basement ?

  144. BMR on October 13, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I would like to make a suggestion for the Barberton Herald. It would be nice if there could be a monthly column in the paper where every Ward Councilman/Councilwoman wrote a brief paragraph about what is going on in their Ward. I have lived in Ward 1 for 17 years and we have NEVER had a Ward meeting. It would be nice to know what’s going on in our areas or what we need to be on alert about (if anything). Are there general city council meetings that the public can attend? I tried looking on the City’s website, but couldn’t locate anything specific. If these folks are being paid for these positions, it sure would be nice to have their attention and know what’s going on in our ward. If a meeting cannot be established for our Ward, a blurb in the Herald would be sufficient!

    • kris on October 14, 2016 at 7:27 am

      ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS TEARING PARKS APART FOR PARKING LOTS.

    • VOTR on October 21, 2016 at 11:39 am

      I was drummed off this site 2 years ago for saying the exact same thing = accountability is lost here in B-Ton. OUTSTANDING comment on your behalf! I happen to be in ward 1 myself and Gary Endres set this ward back 10 years with his lack of interest and interaction with taxpayers. Now we have Wokojance collecting a nice part time check with very little change from previous years. WE NEED CITY COUNCIL ACCOUNTABILITY IN ALL WARDS! Get out and meet the people and interact with your neighbors. Civic pride has been lost here, sad fact for a once proud blue collar community. I pushed for Lysenko in the mayoral and he basically “phoned in” his campaign efforts. Who will stand tall for next term? I found Mr. Soyars to be very responsive and personable in the past. He was or is currently in an “at large position” position, he will help. Purple Pride to you and yours 🙂

      • BMR on November 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

        Unfortunately, it seems like the only time we see them is come election time when they want re-elected. Then we never hear from them again. I have absolutely no idea what goes on in our ward unless I hear second hand from a neighbor. I will reach out to Mr. Soyars. Purple pride to you too!

  145. sheryl atkinson on October 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    just FYI: in case any Police Officers read this… someone has been going down Auburn (and who knows what other streets) with a BB gun, one neighbor’s windows did get holes, other just bounced off the houses, but they heard it… ( in talking to them) I don’t know if any cars were targeted or other damage, but seems my neighbors are just laughing it off and not reporting it, and since my house did not get hit, I can’t report it. it was last Tuesday at 1:30am. maybe a Patrol Car can cruise down about that time for a few nights to discourage this? Thanks. (anyone else having this trouble?)

    • Sheryl on October 17, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      neighbors reporting teens going down road with flashlights, looking into windows of houses and cars, LATE… looking for trouble, may be same teens, evidently we have a growing “gang” problem around Auburn/Douglas/Valley/28th streets. just sayin’….

  146. SARAH LECON on October 3, 2016 at 2:07 am

    WHY ARE THE SCHOOL ZONE FLASHING LIGHTS STLL NOT OPERATING.

  147. SPD on September 25, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Funny how the Barberton Historical Society posts on their Facebook page about mature tree that may be cut down in Tuscora Park for the hospital plans but they were not too concerned about the Black Walnut trees that they allowed to be cut down up by the Wishing Well. Hypocrisy??? I would say so!

  148. David Jennings on September 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Has anybody seen 911 W. Tuscarawas Ave.? I just dont understand how the city of Barberton can allow a property to get so bad. This property has been empty for more than two years. The grass is so overgrown that even the sidewalk is a forest.We try to contact the city about it and they just ignore us. The house is being used as a place for drug dealers to make sales. Is it possible that the only reason the city is allowing this is because the bank is the title holder and they might be afraid to have a confrontation with them. I’m not asking anyone to take my word for it.I invite everybody to drive by and look for yourself. If the city can harass a homeowner for chipping paint then why dont they do something about a real eyesore.

    • SPD on September 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

      According to the Summit County Parcel Search, it is owned by Lauretta J. France. Parcel #0100134.

  149. Robin Thompson on September 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Can anyone tell me why the City of Barberton Utilities office Customer Service Department does not answer their phone nor do they return phone calls? Their hours are stated Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:15 on the city website and the recording that answers says 8:00 – 4:30. I called at 9:00am this morning and left a message for a return call. Nothing all day. Now it’s 3:50 pm Friday and I get the same message on the same answering machine. What kind of customer service is this? And what customers are they here to serve if they can’t return a phone within 6 hours? Is the Customer Service Department closed on Fridays? If so then the website and the recording need to reflect that information. Are we taxpayers paying for a full time person to work at the “Customer Service Department” of Barberton City Utilities and they don’t work full time? They expect my bill to be paid on time or they charge me a late fee. How about answering your phones and returning taxpayers messages? I have to work and take care of this business WHILE I work and they can’t do their job WHILE they are at work? Bad customer service.

    • Missy on October 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      lol, they never do, the key is to keep calling, as soon as the machine answers, hang up, and dial again, sooner or later they’ll get tired of the ringing and pick up. that’s what I do.

  150. Crystal Starcher on September 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    On Friday my 7 year old granddaughter was let out of school without been taking to the bus she then missed the bus with started walking home by herself she is 7 she walk all the way to 15th street and every nice lady named angie help her she called my daughter in law who was out trying to find her child I want to thank angie for been so nice and helping my granddaughter thank you for keeping her safe calling her mom thank you for been so nice to my granddaughter thank you just is not enough

    • bertran on September 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

      What were the circumstances? Did you notify the Board of Education? If so, what was the response?

  151. Jamie Johns on September 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Did anybody else notice the mayor of Norton was in the Barberton parade but not the mayor of Barberton?

  152. Doug on September 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Wht would Barberton city Schools wait until after school started to “upgrade” the flashing school zone lights? They had all summer to work on them. Now the kids of our city are supposed to rely on a poorly placed sign stating lights are not working. Brilliant planning

  153. Sue on September 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Can someone please tell me what happened by Dave’s Diner on Wooster Rd W? I went by there about 12 noon today, and the front of the building is all torn up. Was there a fire?

  154. Kevin Litton on August 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Parking is at a premium surrounding. St. Augustine church and it has just gotten worse with the start of school. As a homeowner in the area it is very frustrating that the faculty take a great deal of the spaces available. The church has a very large parking lot but does not use it. There is a large empty lot at the corner of 8th St.. & Lake Ave. which would be ideal for them and the church also owns a empty lot directly across the street from their property on 7th St. Would love to see the church and city work something out so homeowners and renters do not have to deal with this daily headache.

  155. SPD on August 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I will not vote for Democrats just because of their views on guns. That is enough for me to seek other candidates.

  156. bertran on August 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    right you are

  157. Mary Lou Sohn on July 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    This comment is for the people in last week’s ViewsLine who complained about several items that bothered them.
    Trash cans left out a little longer after being emptied: You could maybe offer to take them in for those folks. Or, better yet, just don’t look.
    Lots of little kids playthings in front yard, like Little Tykes: People are allowed to have whatever they want in their yards. Itsy bitsies having a good time in the yard. What’s wrong with that image?
    Finally, if this is all you have to complain about, you are one of the world’s luckiest people. And, again, if it bothers you that much, guess what, you don’t have to look.

    • Grace on August 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      AMEN. Some people are not able to push their trash bins. Some people do not have back yards.

  158. Sue on July 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I wish they would put the trees back on W. Tusc.

  159. DCJ on July 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Why doesn’t someone do something about people who park their car on the side of the road that has a no parking sign. It is getting hard to drive down some of these side streets when there are cars parked on both sides of the road.

  160. CAROL LANARI on July 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

    I live on State Street just a few houses down from the triangle at Ninth and State and neither I nor my neighbors have ever had any flooding.

    • SPD on August 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      There is flooding down by Cassell Avenue and in that area. I know people who live over there.

  161. SPD on July 3, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Is the removal of the triangle at the corner of Ninth and State Streets an efficient use of the taxpayer’s money? Absolutely! Considering the plans that they have for it and the installation of a retention pond to help eliminate flooding in that area, I’d say this is the right decision. People up there are tired of the flooding.

  162. Lynn O'Neill on July 1, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Just wondering why the city decided to dig up curbs at the corner of 8th and Cassell Ave. The curbs weren’t crumbling and have been in less than 10 years. Seems like a waste of time and money.

    • Grace on July 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

      I noticed that. Try calling the Mayor and see if you can get a response.

  163. SPD on June 18, 2016 at 8:09 am

    New layout looks nice!