Mitch Felan

News Intern

Mitch Felan is a multimedia journalist with experience in radio, television, print and visual journalism. He is back with the WKSU team after spending a semester studying in Washington D.C. Outside of work, he enjoys making music, watching movies and bike riding. He plans to graduate from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism this fall.

 

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First Night Akron celebration
DOWNTOWN AKRON PARTNERSHIP

After 22 years of New Year’s Eve celebrations, First Night Akron is ending. The Downtown Akron Partnership, which organizes the event, said declining attendance and changing trends over the years led to the decision.

Sharon Gillberg is the partnership’s Communications Director.

photo of University of Akron fishing pole
HAYLEE DESONNE / SUMMIT COUNTY DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES BOARD

Biomedical engineering students from the University of Akron have developed a specially-made fishing pole to help a local boy with cerebral palsy enjoy fishing. Students used 3-D printing and special mounts to create a pole that could be used with the six-year-old’s wheelchair.

Dr. Brian Davis, the chair of the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, said projects like these are good practice for students.

The Wick Poetry Center / Kent State University

The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University is getting $50,000 to help make poetry more interactive.

The center is using a grant from the Knight Foundation Art and Technology Prototype Fund to create what it calls the Traveling Stanzas Listening Wall.

Photo of the Middlebury Commons
EAST AKRON NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

The Akron Community Revitalization Fund is helping the Middlebury Commons project with construction of retail space with a $1.6 million loan.

Chris Burnham, president of the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, says it is an important investment.

photo of Mac Love
BRUCE FORD

A project in Akron to connect residents to their neighborhoods is hoping to bring them together through a series of events and activities this month.

@Play was a 2017 Knight Cities Challenge grant winner. Its focus is to provide Akron’s 24 neighborhoods with public art displays, theater productions and events like pool parties.

Mac Love bills himself as @Play’s “chief catalyst” and project leader.

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