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We think Akron's creative community--from our artists and musicians to our small businesses and emerging tech sector--has been overlooked too long. Overlooked by outsiders, insiders and the West-/East-/South-/North-siders. But just as we try to highlight all the cool folks and the cool stuff they're doing, we are committed to shining a light on the things we think might hold Akron back.
Equity & Inclusion Reporter Noor Hindi talks with Ohio House of Representatives Minority Leader Emilia Sykes. Rep. Sykes was recently tapped to join Ohio’s Minority Health Strike Force, which will tackle health disparities among Ohio’s communities of color during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Her district includes much of the city of Akron.
Read a transcript of this interview: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mysLSn-qrg7CMdhi9rFsiwg_kq3me4yD-UbnLQBQQqM/edit?usp=sharing
[04/29/20] Today at 12:30 pm, Equity & Inclusion Reporter Noor Hindi will talk live with Ohio House of Representatives Minority Leader Emilia Sykes. Rep. Sykes was recently tapped to join Ohio’s Minority Health Strike Force, which will tackle health disparities among Ohio’s communities of color during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Her district includes much of the city of Akron. Join us!
[04/29/20] Akronites: We're extending the deadline for you all to send us screenshots of your Zoom meetings/video calls for our May cover! Email your screenshots to [email protected] by 5pm today, April 29, for a chance to be featured.
Between World War I and the Spanish Flu, October 1918 was perhaps the U.S.’s last month without sports — until now.
The United States entered World War I in April 1917. In the spring of 1918, professional baseball players were notified that the government was going to issue a “work or fight” order, forcing men to work in defense industry factories or to join the military.
Full story here.
thedevilstrip.com by Tim Carroll Between World War I and the Spanish Flu, October 1918 was perhaps the U.S.’s last month without sports — until now. The United States entered World War I in April 1917. In the spring of 1918, professional baseball players were notified that the government was going to issue a .....
This morning on our daily TDS Zoom meeting, we talked about unique things we do outside the house while still being responsible. One of us mentioned that he likes to go to Dilly's Drive-In in Ellet to eat while watching airplanes land. Other ideas that came up were hiking and biking.
We want to hear from YOU. What's something unique/creative you're doing (while maintaining social distancing) outside the house? Drop us some comments!
"It’s a great time to adopt a new pet! As people find themselves at home with more time on their hands, pet adoptions are skyrocketing. As a former administrator for a dog rescue, I am both excited and slightly anxious about this news. Are adopters thinking it through?" Full story here.
thedevilstrip.com by Sandy Maxwell It’s a great time to adopt a new pet! As people find themselves at home with more time on their hands, pet adoptions are skyrocketing. As a former administrator for a dog rescue, I am both excited and slightly anxious about this news. Are adopters thinking it through? I’ve hea...
"Akronites Jeramy and Amanda Patton decided to add a little fun to their Firestone Park home last month, attracting laughs from neighbors and friends. Their COVID-19 tree display, which sported a mask and googly eyes, brought some much-needed humor to passersby. 'We’re just having a lot of fun,' Jeramy says. 'It’s really blown up and gotten bigger than what we would have imagined.'"
thedevilstrip.com words and photos by Noor Hindi Akronites Jeramy and Amanda Patton decided to add a little fun to their Firestone Park home last month, attracting laughs from neighbors and friends. Their COVID-19 tree display, which sported a mask and googly eyes, brought some much-needed humor to passersby. “We.....
"'The need, obviously, in Akron, has probably doubled or tripled,' says Michele Smith, executive director of Good Samaritan Hunger Center, a mobile food pantry that has operated in Akron for almost four decades. Normally, she says, they serve about 280 people at four grocery distributions per week. In mid-April, she estimated they were serving as many as 400 people per week at drive-through distributions." Read more about food distribution and hunger in Akron here.
thedevilstrip.com words and photos by Rosalie Murphy Cars snake around the Akron Zoo during the last freezing day of the spring. A dozen volunteers, most in face masks and gloves, arrange food — corn and oranges, yogurt and eggs, Easter bread and Combos — on a long line of tables. Three weeks earlier, this syst...
In the past couple months, we've brought on several new staff members. In addition to our two new full-time reporters who will be starting in June, we've added four part-timers to handle distribution, digital management, art direction, and client relations. These people are Derek Kreider, Sonia Potter, Chris Harvey, and Anna Adelman, respectively.
We think this is the perfect time for you to learn the names and faces of our whole team. Feel free to click through our head shots to read more about us! We can't wait to get to know you.
[04/24/20] Akronites: What are your plans for the weekend? Drop us some comments!
Firestone Park residents celebrate students at Voris Elementary School!
Share widely to celebrate all students who are graduating / missing their schools. ❤️🥳
We've made some additions to our Artist Picks playlist on Spotify! Check it out and let us know what you think. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1lSjwKMJP7KZmLyynD2jWg
"We hear about phishing scams, malware and ransomware all the time. Those threats are common and real — and there are other, hidden threats lurking too. We can protect ourselves from those threats by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)." Full story here.
thedevilstrip.com by John Nicholas We hear about phishing scams, malware and ransomware all the time. Those threats are common and real — and there are other, hidden threats lurking too. We can protect ourselves from those threats by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Think of a VPN as the “Cone of Silence....
"On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on a crowd of unarmed students at Kent State University during a protest of the American invasion of Cambodia. They killed four students in the process. Acclaimed graphic novelist Derf Backderf puts the focus on the four lives cut short in the first graphic narrative depiction of this tragedy, 'Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio.'"
Full story here: https://thedevilstrip.com/graphic-novel-depicts-lives-of-four-kent-state-students-killed-in-1970/
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Our newsroom is proud to welcome Report for America corps members Abbey Marshall and H.L. Comeriato to the team. Talented emerging journalists, Marshall and Comeriato will be increasing our coverage of economic development and public health, respectively.
Our senior reporter, Noor Hindi, will also become The Devil Strip's full-time Inclusion & Equity reporter in June.
Learn more about why we’re partnering with Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project: https://www.reportforamerica.org/2020/04/23/report-for-america-surges-during-covid-crisis-fielding-225-reporters-in-local-newsrooms/
Here’s a good chuckle for your Thursday—the intense competition between two elderly men waiting in line to use the airplane bathroom.
thedevilstrip.com by Steve Van Auken I get out of my car and I see that my workout today will not begin in the cardio room. It begins here, in the parking lot. A young woman, yoga bag on her shoulder, is approaching the gym building from another direction. If I hustle I can get to the […]
Attention, Akronites: We want to feature YOU on the cover of our May issue in a way that nods to the Zoom/video calls that many of us have been on lately! Here's what you need to do:
Send a screenshot of yourself on a video call to [email protected] by NOON on TUESDAY, 4/28. All pictures submitted must be landscape (horizontal). We can't wait to see what you send us!
Editor-in-Chief Rosalie Murphy talks with Ace Epps, Director of Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Bounce Innovation Hub, and three early-stage small business owners about how they've navigated the last six weeks and how they'll have to pivot in the coming months.
Jennifer Tidwell: Jenuine Cuisines Culinary Services
Tiffany Adjei: Honesty Healthcare LLC
Julie Katz: The Extra Daughter
Technical difficulties kept us from bringing this to you live, but if you have questions, let us know in the comments and we'll try to answer them!
Read a transcript of this conversation here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BdouJUtmOt8-LB8JkdMBvaZPQ4VHIDg5Wi2mqRBNCUg/edit?usp=sharing
[04/22/20] Update on our livestream with Ace Epps: we’re having some technical difficulties, so we’ve decided simply to record the conversation privately and and post it later today. Stay tuned!
In case you missed it: COVID-19 is illuminating issues within Ohio's unemployment system. While ODJFS has been attempting to expand its potential to handle claims, some things still aren't working.
Excerpt: "According to ODJFS numbers released April 16, 855,197 people applied for unemployment between March 15 and April 11. Over the same time period, the department paid claims out to 271,000 people — about 32%."
Check out the full story here: https://thedevilstrip.com/it-literally-consumes-everything-i-do-ohioans-desperate-to-reach-unemployment-hotline-as-calls-dropped-claims-languish/
[04/22/20] Today at 3pm, Editor-in-Chief Rosie Murphy will be back at it again with her Facebook Live interviews. Today: Ace Epps, Director of Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Bounce Innovation Hub, and a handful of local business owners. They'll talk about what their plans were on March 1, what's happened to their businesses since then, how they're evolving during the pandemic, and what they'll need to bounce back (or grow in a new direction) in the coming years and months. Don't miss it!
[04/21/20] Akronites: What music have you been listening to lately? Drop some recommendations in the comments!
🙌 ArtsNow partnered with The Social Dept. to launch a t-shirt series (designed by the talented owner/entrepreneur and artist Andy Taray)! 🙌
During times of uncertainty, we are still a community that values arts and culture and the people who drive that work. Together we are a United State of Ohio.
Browse the gear here: https://bit.ly/2XTomkD
Additionally, to support the artists and creative communities who have been substantially hit by the economic impact of COVID19, donations can be made to ArtsNow to help pay local artists in the days ahead.
Donate here: https://bit.ly/3buY104
A native of Akron Ohio, Lizzi Aronhalt spent time in Southwest Ohio at Miami University where she obtained a B.S. in Art Education and a minor in 2-D media studies. She then lived for two years in Eastern Europe before returning home to Akron where she currently resides. See more of her work on her website: http://www.lizziaronhalt.com/
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This Friday, Gretchen Pleuss & Adam Reifsnyder Music will release their new single, "Pining." The collaboration began when Gretchen posted an unfinished interlude to her Instagram, which struck a chord with Adam. "Pining" is an introspective duet the songwriters hope will provide solace amid this unsettling time.
Keep an eye out for "Pining" later this week, on our Artist Picks playlist.
"Marcia Gassaway was in the first wave of Ohioans put out of work by COVID-19.
The single mom from Cleveland went to the emergency room on March 15. Due to her coronavirus-like symptoms, doctors ordered that she be quarantined at a special facility.
Now, she’s recovering at home with her children, calling the unemployment help line over and over again.
'I call every day, every day,' she said. 'I’m trying to recover with my health. It’s so scary…I cry at night because I don’t know what to do.'
Each time she dials the number, she hears an automated message that the system is experiencing a high call volume. Then it hangs up."
Full story here.
thedevilstrip.com By Cid Standifer Marcia Gassaway was in the first wave of Ohioans put out of work by COVID-19. The single mom from Cleveland went to the emergency room on March 15. Due to her coronavirus-like symptoms, doctors ordered that she be quarantined at a special facility. Now, she’s recovering at home wi...
"Anna has had a lot of anxiety surrounding the loss of her job due to the pandemic and walks a lot to quell her nerves. ]What else can we do? No one has answers. You keep looking at people, plus the government, and everyone’s going, "Just sit" — OK, thanks. I haven’t sat in nine years, but OK,' she says." Full profile here: https://thedevilstrip.com/six-feet-anna-yoho/
"People who want to share their special skills can enter the talent show in two different ways: they can send a video from 15-seconds to 3-minutes to E.J. Thomas via Facebook Messenger, or they can post the video and add the tag #EJtalent so it can be searched." Details and full story here: https://thedevilstrip.com/northeast-ohio-living-room-talent-show-aims-to-bring-people-together-in-a-fun-and-innovative-way/
"After Governor Mike DeWine issued orders for all non-essential businesses to close last month, the Makerspace pivoted from classroom and studio space to a de facto production center for disposable plastic face shields and cloth face masks that medical professionals and other essential personnel require for protection against infection." Full story here.
thedevilstrip.com by Derek Kreider At 541 South Main Street #951 a light will be on through the night and into the morning as the folks of the Akron Makerspace work tirelessly to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers on the front lines of the Coronavirus outbreak. “If the people on the front line...
For those Akronites who are pregnant during this pandemic, times are definitively not normal--from cancelled baby showers to less frequent doctors visits, and fears about delivering in hospitals where COVID-19 patients are also being treated. This account from an expectant mother offers a glimpse into the anxieties of many. Full story here:
thedevilstrip.com Aja Hannah With COVID-19 changing the landscape of the medical field, pregnant women may be feeling especially down at this time. Baby showers, pregnancy portraits, and baby shopping trips have been cancelled due to restrictions on gathering sizes. While some families have adapted with online regist...
Akron Service Industry takes care of its own, free of charge. Local restauranteurs have stepped up since the beginning of the shutdown to help servers, bartenders, cooks, and other services industry workers and the community at large.
Today, John Taylor from Lock 15 Brewing Company, Joe Moffa from Riley Hotel Group, and the Lock 15 crew serves up lunch to fellow workers, first responders and anyone in need of a meal.
"Recently, my mother’s cat Chewie made her final trip to the rainbow bridge. Having been a member of the family for several years, we were all distraught. Wanting a proper goodbye for our pet, my mother called Christine Laliberte of Eternal Paws Pet Cremation Services." Full story here.
thedevilstrip.com words and photos by Nic deCourville Recently, my mother’s cat Chewie made her final trip to the rainbow bridge. Having been a member of the family for several years, we were all distraught. Wanting a proper goodbye for our pet, my mother called Christine Laliberte of Eternal Paws Cremation Service...
Here’s an updated guide on everything you need to know about voting in Ohio’s primary. The time to act is now.
thedevilstrip.com by Allyson Smith The Ohio primary election, which was originally scheduled for March 17, was extended to April 28. Here is everything you need to know about making sure your voice is heard in the primary election. First, you must be registered to vote. The deadline for voter registration is 30 days....
"For most Akronites, asking about cabochons would likely inspire confusion or a quick glance at google. However, for Courtney Cable, 2020 Vice-President of the Summit Lapidary Club and Guy Kotch, Gemboree Chair and President of Akron Mineral Society, “cabochon” is everyday terminology." Full story here.
thedevilstrip.com by Ken Evans For most Akronites, asking about cabochons would likely inspire confusion or a quick glance at google. However, for Courtney Cable, 2020 Vice-President of the Summit Lapidary Club and Guy Kotch, Gemboree Chair and President of Akron Mineral Society, “cabochon” is everyday terminolog...
The Devil Strip is a community-owned local news co-op whose purpose is helping more residents fall in love with Akron, Ohio, and then help them live like it, which is as much about celebrating the people who make this place unique as it is exploring the challenges that hold us back. We’re here to tell the whole story of Akron. That’s why we’re committed to shining a light on local arts, music, entrepreneurship and community leadership while we also take a solutions-minded approach to the complex problems that make life harder for our neighbors. It’s all part of our mission to connect Akronites to one another, to our city and to a greater sense of shared purpose. We’re accountable to the people of Akron because we’re cooperatively owned by the people of Akron.
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