Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership Executive Director Abby Poeske joins the Falls Free Press Podcast to discuss all things DTCF.
DTCF Partnership / Alex Hall
Falls Free Press Podcast Vol. 3 - Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership
Alex Hall, 03-20-2020
In the midst of a global pandemic, the Falls Free Press sought to shine a light on the success of Downtown Cuyahoga Falls since Front Street was reopened to vehicular traffic in February of 2018. We wanted to talk about something other than the ... click to full article

News & Politics
Women in Front Take Lead for Growing Businesses
In a time of unknowable economic stability due to changing world events, small business owners are often very important to the local economy and the community. This is especially important in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, where over 50 business owners (and ... click to full article

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Culture
Influential Stories of Women Take to the Stage
UPDATE: In accordance to government recommendations regarding COVID-19, the DTCF Partnership has rescheduled this event for the summer. More information to follow.


How have women influenced your life? What has been your ...
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Culture: Theater
PNR Improv Celebrates Learning in its 18th Year
With Ohio’s weather conditions drastically constantly moving from extreme to extreme, there was no guessing how safe it would be to go out the evening of Saturday, February 15th. For fans of the Falls-based Point of No Return (PNR) improv troupe, however, ... click to full article

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Culture: Theater
Wandering Aesthetics’ The Velveteen Rabbit Showcases “Real” Youth Acting
Wandering Aesthetics’ production of Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit showcases the Akron-based theatre company’s ability to cultivate the talent of young actors through performance. These actors-in-training range from 7-12 years of ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Memories of Falls Community at Center of Girl Scout Gold Award Project
As the Cuyahoga Falls art community continues to grow, artwork, artists, and galleries are garnering more and more attention. For one upcoming display in particular, both the artist and focus of the work are products of Cuyahoga Falls. ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Falls Free Feature
AJ for Ohio
Falls resident and candidate for the 36th District seat of the Ohio State Legislature AJ Harris sat down for a conversation with the Falls Free Press on January 26th in his home in Ward 2. We created this video for our readers to learn about Harris' ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
Why Exercise When You Can Train?
Andrew Lewis has been coaching strength training since 2011, and here we present his second contribution to the Falls Free Press. He owns Blackmetal Strength Training—a private facility in Cuyahoga Falls where trainees get stronger, ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Outgoing City Law Director Appointed to Vacant At-large Council Seat
Outgoing Cuyahoga Falls Law Director Russ Balthis was appointed to a vacant at-large seat on Cuyahoga Falls City Council Tuesday evening, solidifying the council’s nine-seat Democratic majority. The Summit County Democratic Party’s Central Committee ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Law Director to Leave Jan. 28th, Deputy to Take Over
According to a press release issued Monday evening, Cuyahoga Falls Director of Law Russ Balthis will exit his job after six years as of January 28th in order to accept a position with the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, a “nationally recognized public ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Cuyahoga Falls Council Sworn In
The new Cuyahoga Falls City Council was sworn in Monday at the start of its regular committee meeting. Re-elected Councilman Jerry James (D-7) was named the temporary chair, bringing the meeting to order to allow all Council members to be sworn in by ... click to full article

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Culture: Music
A Snowy Night in Hawaii with The World’s Greatest Christmas Band
On Friday, December 13th at Hudson’s Tiki Underground, the Christmas spirit purveyors known as Missile Toe brought the house down with Christmas music that was literally too big for the stage—the Akron group that proclaims itself “World’s Greatest ... click to full article

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News & Politics: Deciphering Democracy
Deciphering Democracy in Cuyahoga Falls
Vol. 4: Referendums
Tom Sullivan has been a fixture in the Falls community since 1978. He has served on several city committees and commissions, is a community organizer, and when needed can be “season ticket holder” to Monday night city council meetings. ... click to full article

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Lifestyle: Tap Talk
Tap Talk Vol. 5: Craft Beer Bar
Let’s be clear: the presence of no less than four breweries in Cuyahoga Falls—to say nothing of the many breweries in the surrounding area—is one of the many reasons we love this city. Still, there are other drinking venues that are not breweries, ... click to full article

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Culture: Music
An Evening in the Summit Sky
You never quite know what you’re going to get when you step into the basement of a bar. On this early winter night of November 23, the sleet was gearing up outside, but there was a rowdy pool-playing crowd hanging out along with arcade games. As the ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
Strength Makes Your Life Better, Easier, and Safer
Andrew Lewis has been coaching strength training since 2011, and he is out guest contributor for this issue. He owns Blackmetal Strength Training—a private facility in Cuyahoga Falls where trainees get stronger, lose fat, and live better . ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Comic Fans Invade Cuyahoga Falls for Akron Comicon
Since the 1950s, comic conventions have been popping up around the world, bringing millions of fans of the medium to convention centers around the country and worldwide. Over the last few decades, however, these “comic cons” have focused more on the ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
Paul Rudd Splits in Two for a Binge-worthy Series
Not since the comedic pairing of Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills in the original 1961 film The Parent Trap has there been a better duo than in Netflix’s newest series, Living with Yourself, starring Paul Rudd and Paul Rudd. ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
The Ten Short Films That Got the World Voting
Since September 26th, the Manhattan Short film festival has been showing the top 10 film finalists in over 400 cities around the world, spanning 6 continents. A diversity of languages, cultures, genres, and ideas can be found in the films, which come ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Campaign 2019: Susan Spinner
The Falls Free Press team has worked up a series of questions that we are sending to city council candidates on this year's ballot. We are sending the same questions to all candidates with some subtle differences—if a candidate is an incumbent, ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Campaign 2019: Meika Penta
The Falls Free Press team has worked up a series of questions that we are sending to city council candidates on this year's ballot. We are sending the same questions to all candidates with some subtle differences—if a candidate is an incumbent, ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Campaign 2019: Jerry James
The Falls Free Press team has worked up a series of questions that we are sending to city council candidates on this year's ballot. We are sending the same questions to all candidates with some subtle differences—if a candidate is an incumbent, ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
Restaurant Review
Leo’s Italian Social
Leo's Italian Social Club recently opened on the north end of the revived Front St. in the space previously occupied by Hibachi Japan,and with some gentle nudging to the family, I was able to convince them to try something new. We arrived around 4 o'clock ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Look Fast or You’ll Miss These Rubik’s Cube Champions
The Rubik’s cube is one of the most well-known pop culture artifacts of the 1980s. Ranging from the classic 3x3 cubes of six colors to even more complicated cubes, spheres, pyramids, and specially designed three-dimensional puzzles, they have grown ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Campaign 2019: Tim Gorbach
The Falls Free Press team has worked up a series of questions that we are sending to city council candidates on this year's ballot. We are sending the same questions to all candidates with some subtle differences—if a candidate is an incumbent, ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Leo’s Italian Social to Open Thursday
The newest addition to the Cuyahoga Falls restaurant scene, Leo’s Italian Social (2251 Front Street), plans to officially open its doors at 10:45am on Thursday, September 5th. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place with Mayor Don Walters and the ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Campaign 2019: Drew Reilly
The Falls Free Press team has worked up a series of questions that we are sending to city council candidates on this year's ballot. We are sending the same questions to all candidates with some subtle differences—if a candidate is an incumbent, the ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Library Union Continues Picketing
The Cuyahoga Falls Library employee union—the Professionals Guild of Ohio Council 3—continued picketing on August 20th over failed contract negotiations that have left union employees without a contract in place. Negotiations have been ongoing since ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Artist Spotlight:
Daena Johnson
By looking at the current blockbuster movies and top children’s’ cartoons, it is not difficult to see what audiences are enjoying in pop culture. Superheroes are beyond popular, especially given the continuing Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans watch ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
Sheets Pulled Off Society’s Faults in Falls Native’s Award-Winning Short Film
Tradition is often to blame for things that may seem outdated at best or dangerous at worst. People may even complain that outdated or dangerous things need to continue because “it has always been that way.” Tradition, however, is not always an acceptable ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Library Union Workers to Continue Picketing Friday
On Friday evening, union workers at the Cuyahoga Falls Library will continue their informational picketing over failed contract negotiations with the library administration. Negotiations began in October 2018 and have not borne fruit as yet. Union leaders ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
Ohio Brewing Company Readies to Open its Doors
Ohio Brewing Company might be one of the most anticipated new businesses in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, and after nearly a year and a half, the doors are now set to open any day. Owner Chris Verich recently invited the Falls Free Press on a tour of ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
Farmer's Market Finds Success with New Location and Management
The “Farmers' Market in the Falls” has officially begun its second season at its new location in High Bridge Glens Park in Cuyahoga Falls. This season's first market was a grand success thanks in part to new manager Sarah Banzhof, who saw more than ... click to full article

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Library Employees Picket Over Union Contract
Members of the Professionals Guild of Ohio Council 3—the Cuyahoga Falls Library employee union—began picketing on Tuesday over the lack of a union contract. Picketers distributed literature detailing their concerns ahead of the Library's Board of ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Sweet Christmas! Comic Art Up Front at New Gallery
The old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is especially true when it comes to comic books—some comic illustrations will describe an entire event without even the need for dialogue. For the Cuyahoga Falls gallery's second show since opening ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Local Creativity Refracted Through Collide’s PRISM Project
Over the last year, downtown Cuyahoga Falls has grown as an art district, introducing new festivals, working out ideas for public art, and, most recently, hosting Collide Cuyahoga Falls’ PRISM Project. Providing local art to business on Front Street ... click to full article

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News & Politics: Community Voices
Community Voices:
Remembering Stonewall and Understanding Pride
As we begin the month of June in the year of 2019—the 50th anniversary of the NYC Stonewall Riots—it is important to remember why Pride Month exists. It started as a riot led by trans women of color against police violence. It is much much more than ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
Amazon Prime’s Good Omens: An Ominous Good Time
It all started with an apple—that, and the lending of a flaming sword. Years later, the eternal friendship between an angel and demon will both cause and prevent the end of the world. Based on Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s comedic novel of the same ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Pop Culture Festival Kicks Off Falls Downtown Fridays
The Cuyahoga Falls festival seasons starts this weekend as the Downtown Pavilion becomes home of Falls Downtown Fridays for eight weeks this summer. Beginning Friday June 14th, the first festival of the season will be The River City Pop Culture Festival ... click to full article

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Culture: Theater
Point of No Return Improv Troupe Seeks Laugh Makers
Despite the high temperatures and lack of air conditioning in the Newell Theater at the Quirk Cultural Center, the Falls-based Point of No Return Improv troupe (PNR) got a heavy turnout for their May 25th performance. The night’s four participating ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Mobile Rec Rolling Out
On May 14th, the Cuyahoga Falls Parks Department officially unveiled its newest means of bringing activities to city residents—Mobile Rec. Mayor Don Walters, Parks Department Superintendent Sara Kline, and Fire Chief Fred Jackson were on hand for the ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
Cobra Kai Waxes (On and Off) Nostalgic
In the summer of 1984, moviegoers were introduced to a young everyman by the name of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) in The Karate Kid. LaRusso, having moved from the east to west coast at the age of 17 with his mother, quickly becomes the victim ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
Larson’s Unicorn Store Has Everything You Need
As some people age, there are always things they wish could have been different, things they wish they could have had in their youth because it may have changed their lives—even though these things would probably make no difference, and the wishers’ ... click to full article

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Lifestyle: Tap Talk
Tap Talk Vol. 4: R. Shea Brewing
We know what you're thinking: how can you guys possibly continue the difficult work of sampling beer at area breweries? Well, we are here to serve you, even if it means visiting breweries and sampling their wares. You're welcome. ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Marvel and Bigfoot and Ponies—Oh My!: Oddmall Celebrates Its Anniversary at Knight Center
Have you ever wondered where to find a Quidditch cat bed? What about humanely acquired taxidermy? Or how about a cartoonish painting of Batman? Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird has these and so much more, and the 10th annual event was held at the John S. ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Student Artwork Right at Home Downtown
The artistic side of Cuyahoga Falls expanded Thursday night, May 2nd, as artwork, music, and theatrical productions were presented by students of the Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge school districts at the Fifth Annual Cuyahoga Falls All-City Art Walk. Encompassing ... click to full article

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Culture: Theater
The Force Awakens with Impressive Theatre during the Electric Pressure Cooker
Open Mic nights are sometimes known for amateur musicians trying their luck in front of a small audience, but for Wandering Aesthetics, open mics are so much more. On May 4th, The Electric Pressure Cooker celebrated Star Wars Day at the Akron Center for ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Public Meets to Hear Information on Gorge Dam Removal
More than 200 area residents gathered at the Natatorium Tuesday for an informational meeting about the Gorge Dam removal presented by the Ohio and U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies and Summit Metro Parks. Following the two-hour presentation, the ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
Review:
El Papa’s Mexican Bistro
While a lot of new businesses are opening and thriving on Front Street since the pedestrian mall was reopened to traffic last winter, there are still many businesses with increasing traffic along Howe Ave. in the Chapel Hill area. Of course, there have ... click to full article

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Environment
Waking Up Your Yard and Garden This Spring
This is the time of year when all gardeners start daydreaming about summer’s fresh vegetables growing in their gardens, surrounded by lush green lawns. Now is the time to get started turning dreams into reality. ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Public Art Plan Recommendations Sought from Community
The Cuyahoga Falls Public Art Master Plan continues to be formed as Falls residents were invited to attend the first of two workshops Tuesday evening. The workshop focused on various topics of art in and around the community, including what community ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Sycamore Rezoning Amendment Passes Council
A bipartisan group of Cuyahoga Falls City Council members voted on Monday to approve the rezoning of the site of the Sycamore Golf Course from E-1 Employment to R-3 Sub-Urban Density Residential, allowing a developer to move forward with residential construction ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
Running Toward Beer in Cuyahoga Falls: Falls Beer Run
Corey Barnett has run in a lot of different places, whether on vacation in Costa Rica, while studying abroad in New Zealand, or in the various places he’s lived in the United States—Austin and San Antonio, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and, currently, Cuyahoga ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Downtown Substance Use Awareness Event Seeks ‘Change’
On May 18th, Downtown Cuyahoga Falls will host Steps of Change, an event meant to create greater public awareness for addiction. The event seeks to convert “pain into purpose”—which is to say, helping families affected by addiction use their tragedy ... click to full article

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News & Politics
State of the City Presented to (Entire) City
Mayor Don Walters delivered his 2018 State of the City Address—the address covers the previous year—immediately following the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on March 11th. This marks the second year in a row he has delivered the address ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
A Collision of Art, Music, and Words
On Thursday, February 28th, The Cashmere Cricket hosted Collide: Cuyahoga Falls’ spoken word, music, and art show. Comprised of 6 speakers, musical entertainment from the Nick Paparone Trio, and live painting by local artist Amy Mothersbaugh—the product ... click to full article

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Environment: Tips from the Green Girl
Tips from the Green Girl
How to Be Environmentally Conscious in Your Everyday Life
Sarah Banzhof is a Cuyahoga Falls resident and the owner of The Natural Body, a Falls-based company that sells natural beauty product alternatives that are free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, and harsh chemicals. She also runs a Facebook group ... click to full article

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News & Politics
City Surveys Residents About Public Art Master Plan
The City of Cuyahoga Falls is moving forward with its Public Art Master Plan this week, offering a “Cuyahoga Falls Public Art Survey” to gauge community interest in public art—that is, art that is available in public spaces, such as murals, sculptures, ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
The Falls Screams for Ice Cream: Pav's Creamery
After much anticipation, the 50-year-old, family-owned Pav’s Creamery has finally opened their fourth location at 2162 Front Street, to the delight of many residents and visitors. With a throwback 1950s or 60s diner feel, the relatively small shop makes ... click to full article

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News & Politics
City Moves to Create Public Art Master Plan
On February 27th, the City of Cuyahoga Falls held a meeting to hear public commentary on the creation of a public art master plan, which would help oversee the placement of public artwork in the city and institute policies to govern a public art program. ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Friendship Hangs High at City Hall
In a historic speech, Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together, we can do so much.” This anecdote best describes the newest artwork hanging at Cuyahoga Falls City Hall, created by Roberts Middle School’s art students. ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Sycamore Valley Golf Course Site Rezoning Opposed by Residents
Cuyahoga Falls residents largely opposed the rezoning of the site of the former Sycamore Valley Golf Course at 1651 Akron Peninsula Road from an E-1 Employment District to R-3 Sub-Urban Density Residential during a public hearing on February 19th. If ... click to full article

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News & Politics
At-Large Council Seat to Be Filled by Meika Penta
The Cuyahoga Falls Democratic Central Committee on Saturday voted to appoint Meika Penta of 23rd Street to fill the vacant at-large seat that Paul Colavecchio resigned effective Feb. 15th. ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Details Emerge Regarding Colavecchio Council Resignation
Councilman Paul Colavecchio (D-At-large) resigned his seat effective February 15th to avoid any potential conflict of interest with his wife, Diana Colavecchio, likely being named the city’s next Community Development Director. He submitted his resignation ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Colavecchio Resigns Falls At-large Council Seat
Councilman Paul Colavecchio (D-At-large) submitted his resignation from Cuyahoga Falls City Council on Wednesday evening, February 6th, effective February 15th. He was not expected to campaign to keep the seat in this year’s election, as he had not ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Cuyahoga Falls Alumni Bring Art to HiHO
All artists get their start somewhere—often as children in school. The considerable art community in Cuyahoga Falls is no exception, and the Cuyahoga Falls Alumni Art Show at HiHO Brewing Company on December 19th proved it. Alumni and staff of the Cuyahoga ... click to full article

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Culture: Music
Musical Craftsmanship with Jared Lees
In January, Cuyahoga Falls lost one of its most multi-talented artists to Tallmadge as bass guitarist and knife maker Jared Lees moved his family there after 23 years. During his time in the Falls, Lees has elevated his name significantly as a bassist, ... click to full article

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Lifestyle: Tap Talk
Tap Talk Vol. 3
HiHO Brewing Co.
As always, we at the Falls Free Press are willing to shoulder the burden of sampling beer at area breweries and report our findings. This time around, we visited HiHO Brewing Co. ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Falls Council Election Takes Shape
The Cuyahoga Falls City Council election will take place this November, and the May primary petitions have been filed, giving a clear picture of the field of candidates. ... click to full article

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News & Politics: Deciphering Democracy
Deciphering Democracy in Cuyahoga Falls Vol. 3
Planning Commission
Tom Sullivan has been a fixture in the Falls community since 1978. He has served on several city committees and commissions, and he is a self-proclaimed "season ticket holder" to Monday night city council meetings.

Across the horizon, ...
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Culture: Film & Television
Mrs. Maisel's Second Season Is Golden
There are few instances of television series creators succeeding with multiple series, but Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino, after their success with Gilmore Girls, have once again created a powerful cult series with The Marvelous Mrs. ... click to full article

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Culture: Theater
Lizzie Borden Gets the ANTIC Treatment
In the 1890s, a skipping-rope rhyme immortalized the case of Lizzie Borden, who was tried, and later acquitted, for the murder of her father and step-mother, Andrew and Abby Borden. The rhyme, which goes “Lizzie Borden took an axe/ and gave her mother ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Mayor Don Walters Meets Residents on Their Turf
Beginning in October, Mayor Don Walters began holding Front Yard Information (FYI) meetings in the front yards of Cuyahoga Falls Neighborhood Ambassadors. The meetings cover a lot of ground, including discussions of ways to keep Cuyahoga Falls neighborhoods ... click to full article

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Lifestyle: Tap Talk
Tap Talk Vol. 2
McArthur's Brew House
As part of our continuing effort to keep the public informed about the issues that really matter, a trio of Falls Free Press staff headed to another Cuyahoga Falls brewery on October 7th, McArthur's Brew House on Front Street. ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
The Cure for a Sweet Tooth:
Vincent's Bakery
Vincent's Bakery on Bailey Road is the perfect place in Cuyahoga Falls to answer the age-old question of “donut or doughnut?” More than just donuts (doughnuts?), though, this Falls institution offers Italian specialties like—say it with us now—sfoliatelle, ... click to full article

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Environment
Rebirth of the Cuyahoga River
Choked with industrial wastes, oil, agricultural runoff, human waste, and chemical poisons even as early as the late-19th century, the Cuyahoga River was described as “an open sewer” by former Cleveland Mayor Rensselaer R. Herrick. The river even ... click to full article

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Environment: Tips from the Green Girl
Tips from the Green Girl Vol. 2
How to Be Environmentally Conscious in Your Everyday Life
Sarah Banzhof is a Cuyahoga Falls resident and the owner of The Natural Body, a Falls-based company that sells natural beauty product alternatives that are free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, and harsh chemicals. She also runs a Facebook ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Artist Spotlight:
Toni Billick
In the art world, it’s not uncommon for an artist to enjoy working in one or two different media, whether costumes, photography, drawing, jewelry, etc. For Cuyahoga Falls artist Toni Billick, however, there is no limit. ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Falls Summer Fun Still Showing Through Autumn
A city is seen differently by everyone who lives in and around it. Some love everything about where they live, while others may want to be anywhere else. For Cuyahoga Falls, there are many reasons why the former is true, as seen through the eyes of local ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Sensational Scents at Sisters Scented Candles
Sisters Scented Candles in Cuyahoga Falls has been owned and operated by Sue and Bill Evans since 2003, and enabling the candle addictions of Falls residents and visitors from their retail location on Portage Trail since 2013. The owners’ friendly smiles ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Non-Profit Offers Trans Support
Margie’s Hope is a non-profit organization in Akron providing assistance to the local transgender community and their families since 2011. Jacob Nash, Founder and Board President, saw a need in the community to help transgender people throughout Northeast ... click to full article

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News & Politics
The Falls Is Full Of PRIDE
The Falls Free Press recently sat down with Falls Family PRIDE event organizer and First Christian Church Pastor Debbie Saxe, along with Akron PRIDE organizer and Chief Summit County Prosecutor Gert Wilms to discuss the important issues PRIDE events ... click to full article

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News & Politics: Deciphering Democracy
Deciphering Democracy in Cuyahoga Falls Vol. 2
What is a City Councilperson and How do they Get that Way?
Tom Sullivan has been a fixture in the Falls community since 1978. He has served on several city committees and commissions, and he is a self-proclaimed "season ticket holder" to Monday night city council meetings.

Becoming a Cuyahoga ...
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Culture: Film & Television
Lighting HBO Films on Fire: Fahrenheit 451
One important question surrounds the recent HBO Films adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451: how did actors the caliber of Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon working with celebrated director Ramin Bahrani produce ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
TV Review:
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
It’s possible that John Krasinski’s name will never be mentioned without also mentioning Jim Halpert, his character in the U.S. version of The Office, but he continues to take on roles that display his depth as a performer, and Amazon Prime’s ... click to full article

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Culture: Theater
Timely Season for a Timeless Theatre
Organizing a stage production is hard work, and wrangling cast and crew members can sometimes be difficult, but Akron’s Coach House Theatre managed to survive what could have been a disaster just before the opening show of its 91st season, Making ... click to full article

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Culture: Comedy
Chuckles at Cheese & Chong’s
Matt Farkas, host of Late Night Laughs at Cheese & Chong’s in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood, says that comedy is “culturally important” and “it’s good for ya.” The crowd in the bar/restaurant’s small space seemed to agree when the ... click to full article

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Culture: Music
Review:
The Michael Weber Show's Live at the Palace
If the Cuyahoga Falls area was America, Michael Weber would be America's Sweetheart. In fact, he actually has turned heads nationally since winning the MTV talent show Amazingness earlier this year. Though he is a resident of Silver Lake, Falls ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Local Student Represents City at National Media Conference
During the week of July 8th, Cuyahoga Falls High School student Remi Starcher represented her city as a National Youth Correspondent at the 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WMJC) held on the campus of George Mason University. ... click to full article

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News & Politics: Community Voices
Community Voices

We at the Falls Free Press believe civil discourse to be paramount to holding the fabric of our community together. That's why we have created the Community Voices section of this publication. We will strive to include as many voices as we can in ...
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Lifestyle: Tap Talk
Tap Talk Vol. 1
Sunday Beerday at Missing Mountain Brewing Company
On a sunny, mid-August day, we met up for some “research” at the newest brewery in Cuyahoga Falls, Missing Mountain Brewing Company (MMBC), all in the name of journalism, of course. Missing Mountain boasts a brand new building, with a recently opened ... click to full article

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Environment
Getting Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Winter
With winter just around the corner, preparing the yard for seasonal changes is not something many homeowners think about nor look forward to, but a well-prepared lawn will make spring that much more welcome when it comes back around. For those new to ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
A Plein Air View of a City Newly Presented
When people describe Cuyahoga Falls to those outside the city, there are certain attributes that always stand out: the river, the downtown shopping district, the clock tower, and the closeness of the community. All of these are found especially in the ... click to full article

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Environment
City Officials Press Residents to Recycle with Care
The City of Cuyahoga Falls has recently been pushing residents to recycle responsibly in order to help maintain the city's curbside recycling program and keep costs down in light of some changes in recycling standards. ... click to full article

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Culture: Theater
Millennial Theatre Project Reminds Akron “Don’t Feed the Plants”
If you asked the average person on the street what Little Shop of Horrors is, chances are they would recall the 1986 Frank Oz-directed film musical starring Rick Moranis. Oz’s film is an adaptation of the stage musical of the same name written ... click to full article

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Lifestyle
On Tap Grille & Bar Lives Up to Its Name
On Tap Grille & Bar has been a Cuyahoga Falls institution since it opened in 1982. Although it may once have seemed to cater to a particular sort of clientele, this year’s impressive renovations to both the building and menu have brought the establishment ... click to full article

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Environment
All About The Rain Garden Reserve
Have you ever seen Culver’s Root, sedge, swamp oak, switchgrass, or even blue flag iris? You will when you visit Cuyahoga Falls’ beautiful Rain Garden Reserve, located between 6th and 7th streets near Silver Lake Ave. The reserve is a great example ... click to full article

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Environment: Tips from the Green Girl
Tips from the Green Girl
How to Be Environmentally Conscious in Your Everyday Life
Sarah Banzhof is a Cuyahoga Falls resident and the owner of The Natural Body, a Falls-based company that sells natural beauty product alternatives that are free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, and harsh chemicals. She also runs a Facebook group ... click to full article

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News & Politics
LGBTQ Group Advocates for Non-Discrimination Policy in City School District
Gwen Stembridge, of the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Ohio, spoke to the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education on April 4th of this year to advocate for non-discrimination policy in the city school district at the request of Board member Anthony Gomez. ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Music and Geekery Start the Falls Festival Season
Roxxymoron closed out the night out at the River City Pop Culture Festival on Falls River Square to the Animals’ “We Gotta Get out of This Place.” This was fitting, considering the festival was meant to end nearly an hour earlier. Despite this, ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Noah Spinner Has No Regrets
It may seem like an 18-year-old candidate for the Ohio State House of Representatives would have pictures or videos of himself as a child, standing at a makeshift lectern and donning a suit and tie, but Cuyahoga Falls native Noah Spinner has not held ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Cuyahoga Falls High School Students Form Local March for Our Lives Club
Two Cuyahoga Falls High School students have formed a local activism club of March for Our Lives in hopes of addressing the increasing number of school shootings in the United States. Ellie Balit and Patrick Catanese formed the local club leading up to ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Cuyahoga Falls Artist Gets “Sketchy”
He may work in I.T., but you can call him “Doctor.” That’s because Cuyahoga Falls artist Andrew Sunderland is part of the trio that runs the Akron life drawing events known as Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Plans Underway to Expand Front Street Parking
Cuyahoga Falls City Council approved two agendas during its June 4th meeting to create two new parking areas on the South end of downtown Front St. in an attempt to alleviate limited parking availability in the newly renovated downtown. ... click to full article

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News & Politics
Enter the Falls Free Press
In the era of media conglomeration, to which print media has become increasingly susceptible, there are many voices that have become underrepresented—or, worse, unrepresented altogether. Biased interpretation of news—more commonly known as “spin”—runs ... click to full article

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Culture: Arts
Local Gallery Exhibits Textile Works
Art is subjective. What constitutes art to one person might produce quite a different reaction from someone else, and that's precisely because art is subjective. This is certainly not the only lesson one learns when visiting art galleries, but it bears ... click to full article

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Culture: Music
Prog Time:
Axon-Neuron
Jeremey Poparad may be the busiest musician in all of Cuyahoga Falls, and for a wide swath around it too. The bandleader of Axon-Neuron—his progressive rock brainchild—Poparad has also recently finished Master’s degrees in music composition and ... click to full article

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Culture: Comedy
Akron-born Comedian John McClellan Plays The Funny Stop
On June 8th, I was the lucky recipient of complimentary tickets to The Funny Stop, Cuyahoga Falls’ renowned comedy club on State Road. Before the show, I asked the server who was going to perform, and she pointed to the back corner, gushing, “he is, ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
Pastiche Triumvirate:
Netflix’s When We First Met
Ari Sandel’s When We First Met—a 2018 Netflix comedy film starring Adam Devine of Workaholics fame—is equal parts Bedazzled (2000), Groundhog Day (1993), and Big (1988). Although this may sound a bit disjointed, ... click to full article

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Culture: Theater
Point of No Return Improv Troupe Laughs it Up with Spring’s Arrival
Despite their smaller than usual cast on April 21st, the Falls-based Point of No Return Improv troupe (PNR) celebrated both Earth Day and National Humor Month at Quirk Cultural Center. The night’s five participating members—Richard Harrison, Phill ... click to full article

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News & Politics: Deciphering Democracy
Deciphering Democracy in Cuyahoga Falls Vol. 1
I'm Just a (Cuyahoga Falls) Bill: A Civics Class Flashback
Tom Sullivan has been a fixture in the Falls community since 1978. He has served on several city committees and commissions, and he is a self-proclaimed "season ticket holder" to Monday night city council meetings. ... click to full article

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Culture: Film & Television
Veena Sud’s Seven Seconds:
A New “Limited Series” on Netflix
Veena Sud rose to prominence in 2011 as the creator of AMC’s The Killing, which started out as a dark crime procedural that came off like Twin Peaks without the surrealism. The dead girl in The Killing even secretly worked in a ... click to full article

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