AJ Harris—running to serve Ohio 36th District in the State Legislature—sits down with the Falls Free Press on January 26th.
Stephen Mulé
AJ for Ohio
Staff Report, 02-03-2020
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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