🔦 'Unclear and inefficient'

That's what an expert called the Stow zoning code. Plus, Munroe Falls' lodge, John Nemec, homecoming and more

Today is Sept. 30, 2022.

  • Here we are, the last day of September already. Wasn’t it just March? Anyway, we’re in for a nice one today: sunny to partly cloudy with a high of 66 degrees, then 49 tonight. The weekend is looking good, too, with highs in the mid-60s and no rain in the forecast. It should be a chamber of commerce autumn weekend in Northeast Ohio.

  • Inside today's issue: Consultants hired by Stow identified all the failures of the city's zoning code, and city council plans to rewrite it from scratch. Munroe Falls will renovate its Guise Park Lodge. And Coach John Nemec will get a well-deserved honor. Subscribe for full access or hit reply to request a free account.

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SMF Homecoming 2022: Parade, festival, Bulldog football on tap tonight; be ready for road closures

It’s party time, Homecoming style, for Stow-Munroe Falls. The festivities start today at 5 p.m. with the parade, followed by the festival at the high school, then concluding with the Bulldog football team’s Homecoming game against Wadsworth.

The parade route starts at Riverwood Chapel (1407 Fairchild Ave., Kent), exits south onto Newcomer Road, and travels west on Graham Road into the high school’s west driveway near the tennis courts. The roadways around Stow-Munroe Falls High School will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade.

The Homecoming festival will take place at the high school following the parade. The festival will feature food trucks, live music, an alumni tent, a car smash, face painting, henna, touch-a-truck and more. Attendees will have access to inflatables, balloon animals and carnival games with the purchase of a $5 wristband.

The Bulldogs cap the Homecoming extravaganza with a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Grizzlies.

More local news:

  • The Arbors at Stow has earned statewide recognition on Newsweek magazine’s list of America’s Best Nursing Homes 2023. The 150-bed facility, located at 2910 L’Ermitage Pl. in Stow, is ranked No. 5 by Newsweek on its list of the top 20 nursing homes in Ohio. The magazine recognized the top 475 nursing homes nationwide, with rankings based on scores for performance, reputation, facilities and Covid-19.

  • The Friends of Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library is looking for volunteers to help with the library’s Fall Book Sale, which runs Oct. 26-29 at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (3512 Darrow Rd.). If you’re interested in sorting books, breaking down boxes, working as a cashier, are good with technology and social media, or just want to greet attendees, direct message the library on their Facebook page with your name, phone number and email address.

  • TGI Fridays (4300 Lakepointe Corporate Dr.) in Stow will host a community movie night on the restaurant’s patio every Friday night in October. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. rain or shine (the festivities move to the front dining area if it rains). There is no charge to watch the movies, and no food or drink purchase is required (although the entire menu will still be available). Kids under 18 get free popcorn and apple cider. The movie lineup is as follows: “The Addams Family” (2019 version), Oct. 7; “Hotel Transylvania” (Oct. 14); “Hocus Pocus” (Oct. 21); and “Monster House” (Oct. 28).

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Community calendar

🚓 Sat., Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-noon: Touch A Truck. What: Explore large and small vehicles, including a police car, fire truck, construction trucks and more. Attendees can purchase food from a food truck onsite. Where: Parking lot at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (3512 Darrow Rd.). Admission is free.

🏍️ Sat., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: NAMI Poker Run. What: National Alliance on Mental Illness event featuring several vehicle stops as well as music, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Dinner will be served from 4:30-5 p.m. Where: Acker-Moore Memorial Post banquet hall (3733 Fishcreek Rd.) in Stow. Cost: $25 for bike with driver (passenger $15) and $25 for other vehicle driver (passenger $25 each). Registration begins at 9 a.m.

🍂 Sat.-Sun., Oct. 1-2, 2-8 p.m.: Fall Family Outing. What: Free event that features a lumberjack show, hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, music, refreshments and more. Where: Munroe Falls Metro Park (521 S. River Rd.).

🏫 Sat., Oct. 1, 7-10 p.m.: Bingo Night Fundraiser. What: Adults-only (21 and over) bingo fundraiser sponsored by the Silver Lake Elementary Home and School League. Where: The Church in Silver Lake (2951 Kent Rd.). Cost is $25 per ticket. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

📚 Mon., Oct. 3, all-day event: Acme Community Cashback. What: Donate your Acme receipts to help the library add books to its shelves. Where: Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (3512 Darrow Rd.). A collection box will be located near the checkout desk, or you can drop your Acme receipts into the book drop. The library has participated in Acme’s Community Cashback since 2002, with Acme donating a total of $18,300 in that time.

📚 Mon., Oct. 3, 3-5 p.m.: Book Donation Day. What: Bring your good, clean, used books and puzzles to the back door of the library. Curbside pickup service will be available. Where: Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (3512 Darrow Rd.). Materials will be used by the library or sold at the Friends’ Book Sale. Proceeds benefit library programming. If you are unable to accommodate this date and time, call Joan at 330-388-0355 to schedule an appointment to drop off donations.

🚢 Wed., Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m.: Shipwrecks: Treasures of the Great Lakes. What: Internationally acclaimed and award-winning shipwreck photographer Cal Kothrade gives a visual tour of 10 of the most photogenic and commonly dived shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, including a brief story of each tragedy. Where: Stow-Munroe Falls Room at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (3512 Darrow Rd.). This is also a virtual presentation. To register, call 330-688-3295 ext. 4, or visit events.smfpl.org.

🧶 Sat., Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Holiday Craft Show. What: Shop for handmade holiday crafts to support missions and the community. Lunch, refreshments and home-baked goods will also be available. Where: Twin Falls United Methodist Church (60 N. River Rd.) in Munroe Falls. Call 330-688-5676 for more information.

🍺 Sat., Oct. 8, 2-5 p.m.: 10th Annual Craft Beer Fest. What: Beer offerings from 12 local breweries, plus musical artist Sammi Butler performs from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Special VIP access from 1-2 p.m. Where: Heritage Barn at Silver Springs Park (5238 Young Rd.) in Stow. Tickets are available here.

🎻 Sat., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Stow Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert. What: The orchestra will perform selections by Corelli, Tatafiore and Beethoven. Where: Tallmadge Alliance Church (1155 East Ave.) in Tallmadge. Tickets are $12 ($9 for students and seniors). Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance here.

👻 Sat., Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m.: Haunted Hayride. What: Spooky ride on wagons through the campground and roads by the Heritage Barn, with S’mores and scary stories afterward. Food trucks will be onsite. Where: Silver Springs Park (5238 Young Rd.) in Stow. Cost is $5 for Stow residents and $7 for non-residents (children 2 and under are free). Registration is required at StowOhio.RecDesk.com or by calling 330-689-5100.

Obituaries for Sept. 27-29

Susan K. Bebout, (nee Plum)Susan K. Bebout, (nee Plum), died peacefully on September 21st, 2022, at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, surrounded by loved ones.Read more

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