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Today is Jan. 25, 2024.

  • Top of the morning! We’re under a Dense Fog Advisory until 10 a.m., so be careful out there — visibility is a quarter of a mile or less, which is going to make for hazardous driving conditions during the morning commute. It’s going to be a dreary day overall: cloudy and mild with a couple of showers, with a high of 47 and a low of 43. But we’ll take it, because we know what the alternative is in January.

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A new position for a familiar face: Reilly replaces Syx as city’s law director

Stow Law Director Drew Reilly

Stow has a new law director. Drew Reilly, the city’s deputy law director since 2022, has been appointed by Mayor John Pribonic to replace Jaime Syx, who recently resigned as law director to pursue a new professional opportunity.

“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve in the role of Law Director for the City of Stow,” Reilly said in a statement released by the City on Jan. 19. “I look forward to continuing the great work of all the staff here at the City. I am excited for the chance to further the vision of Mayor Pribonic’s administration, while also working closely with Council President Cyle Feldman and Finance Director Kelly Toppin. Being able to serve in this role during such an exciting time of energy and progress is such an honor.”

Reilly was officially sworn into the position of law director Jan. 18 at Stow City Hall.

Among his accomplishments, Reilly:

  • Was the youngest member of village council in his hometown of Mogadore at age 22.

  • Attended the University of Akron School of Law.

  • Served as executive assistant to the chief of staff in the administration of former Summit County Executive Russ Pry.

  • Passed the Ohio Bar Exam in 2017.

  • Served as a member of Cuyahoga Falls City Council prior to moving to Stow in 2020.

“Drew has consistently demonstrated his legal expertise, dedication, and a strong commitment to the residents of Stow. I am confident that he will excel in his new role as Law Director,” Pribonic said.


Commemorative senior banners are available for purchase now

The City of Stow’s 2024 Graduating Senior Banner Program is underway.

If you’re a resident of Stow or Munroe Falls, you can honor your 2024 high school graduating senior with a commemorative banner that will be displayed outside on the grounds of Stow City Center complex. Here’s how it works:

  • Banners purchased through this program will be displayed at Stow City Center through June 30.

  • Cost for each banner is $65; go here to register. Upload your digital photo during registration.

  • Orders must be received by April 7. Late orders will not be accepted.

  • Banners may be picked up at Stow City Hall after July 7 and no later than July 31 (city hall’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). Banners not retrieved by July 31 will be disposed of.

This program is open to 2024 graduating seniors who are Stow or Munroe Falls residents, regardless of which school they attend.

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