Friday, May 17, 2013
What's the most memorable structure you think Kent has lost recently?
In the past four years structures across Kent's landscape have quickly been disappearing. And 2012 was no exception. The city issued demolition permits for 24 structures in 2012. That's the most in one year since 2009, when Kent started to see a sudden rush of construction work largely in preparation for the more than $100 million redevelopment of downtown under way now. Here's how the number of razed structures spread out over the past four years: That's 77 total buildings that were erased from the landscape permanently. To be fair, that number includes some less than memorable buildings ranging from detached garages to condemned houses and even a vacant old motel. But included in that massive pile of bricks was the old C.L. Gougler …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
New lights and decorations deck the streets of Kent for 2012
Parents with excited children on their shoulders enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures as Santa rode into downtown Kent via train Saturday to help flip the switch on more lights and decorations than ever. Upload your photos from the festival. Just click on "Upload Photos." The upgrade to the Kent Christmas scene included $65,000 in decorations along the Cuyahoga River bridge, garlands connecting Main and Water streets, large snowflakes on lamp posts, lights along Acorn Alley and a 16-foot tall animated Santa Claus on top of Acorn Corner. The two-year upgrade project, which will include more lights along Erie and Depeyster streets after renovations along those streets are finished, is mostly the work of Main Street Kent and a consortium …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Party at Kent Stage on Sunday Celebrates New CD Release
Kent band Rio Neon is throwing a party this Sunday, and you're invited. The reason for the celebration is the release of the group’s second CD, Coffee Love. At their concert this Sunday at the Kent Stage, the band will play the new effort in its entirety, along with other favorites and some holiday tunes. Rio Neon’s music incorporates elements of country, folk, swing, jazz and bluegrass. In other words, it’s a marketer’s nightmare. The band simply refers to its sound as “folk jazz,” and that’s an apt moniker. “It is hard to categorize what we do, and that’s both a blessing and a curse,” said Red Michel, guitarist and vocalist. “We go from Cab Calloway meets Ray Charles to the Eagles meets Manhattan Transfer. We’ve been compared to all …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Data will be used in future strategic planning discussions
Kent residents may be getting a phone call with questions about quality of life, city services and a new police station in the Tree City. City administrators have contracted with the Akron-based firm Center for Marketing and Opinion Research to question residents about life in Kent. Kent City Manager Dave Ruller said the idea of such a survey came up during talks about the income tax levy proposed to pay for the city's new police station. "But we realized that this is a great opportunity to revisit the broader community priorities with Kent residents by asking questions that addressed a range of issues from public safety, quality of life and economic development to neighorhood preservation," Ruller said. In August Kent City Council voted …
Friday, May 18, 2012
The following information was supplied by Kent and Stow police departments.
A Kent woman took police officers from Stow, Kent and Macedonia on a chase after police say she threatened to harm her child and another relative. When officers stopped the 2002 silver Grand Prix to arrest the woman in Bedford on May 10, she was naked, Stow police Lt. Anne Stirm said. Kent police Capt. Paul Canfield said the woman had left the Silver Meadows Complex in Kent and headed toward Stow after threatening to do harm to members of her family. "We put out an alert saying, 'Be on the lookout' to other agencies in the area," Canfield said. "She happened to speed by a couple of Stow officers parked somewhere along Graham Road." Stirm said three Stow police cars joined the chase, which headed toward Macedonia on state Route 8 at …
Friday, April 13, 2012
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Kent got its first substantial snowfall of the year, and we want to know how commuting is going in your city. Take our poll.
Kent saw just a few minor accidents and some cars off the road after the first big snowfall of the winter hit the area this morning. We want to know how your neighborhood streets and main thoroughfares are coming along as city crews clear the streets. Remember, there's an on-street parking ban in place to make their work easier. Take our poll, and share your photos!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Vote for the biggest news story to happen in Kent in the past year
Our poll is composed of stories that were the most-read on the site in the past year and from suggestions given to us from you, the readers. There's so much news happening in Kent this year that it was hard to pick just a few options for our poll. If we missed a story you think should have been included, tell us what the story was and add it in our comments section below. So, what do you think was the biggest news story to break in Kent for the past year...
Friday, October 28, 2011
Join Standing Rock Cultural Arts and the Stone Tavern for a night of creative spookery
This Saturday night Kent will be transformed into a haunting ground for zombies, comic book characters, Oscar the Grouch and countless other creative personas as we take to the streets to celebrate Halloween. If you can think of it, you will probably see it. I always liked that Kent went all out for Halloween. If you haven't been downtown for the festivities in past years, you are in for a treat. And probably some tricks. Amidst your stroll (read: tightly weaving through the wall of people in costume, trying not to get fake blood or glitter on you) downtown, stop by the North Water Street Gallery, located at 257 N. Water Street, for their 9th Annual "Dia De Los Muertos" art show. Translated as "Day of the Dead," this Mexican holiday …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Main Street Kent sponsors annual alternative to big Halloween gathering
Children and families will have a less rowdy alternative to Halloween in Kent this year again, as Main Street Kent's Family Friendly Halloween returns Friday, Oct. 28. The family friendly Halloween offers children and families a chance to trick-or-treat at downtown businesses and take part in a costume contest. New this year, a pumpkin sky lantern release will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Home Savings Plaza. Heather Malarcik, marketing and promotions coordinator for Main Street Kent, said they decided to do the pumpkin sky lantern release because the lantern release at this year's first Kent International Festival was a big hit. The family friendly Halloween is from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 with the costume contest at Home Savings Plaza from 5 to…