Canton Jewish Center
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Immigrants from around the world brought ethnic and religious diversity to northeast Ohio.  They helped build what for a time were some of the most vibrant towns and cities in America. But, that has been changing, as is happening with Canton and the evolving Jewish community here.

The vacant and often overgrown field used to be a busy playground and tennis courts. They, the  pool and the rest of the Canton Jewish Community Center have been closed now for five years. But, like the Jewish community itself, it once had an outsized effect.

photo of Chelsea Goodwin, Bethany Johnson

About a dozen anti-Sharia events were scheduled around the country over the weekend, but that didn’t stop one Islamic group in Canton from inviting people for a cookout on Saturday.

About a dozen people gathered at Waterworks Park for what was billed as a peaceful response to the anti-Sharia marches. Chelsea Goodwin from Canton said it was important to be there to show support, even though she and her wife are not Muslim.

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What was once a landmark restaurant in Canton will soon be a place where visitors can take part in a growing downtown scene.

The former Peter Shears restaurant closed in 2012. The building is now owned by H2 Huth and Harris Wine Merchants, who converted it into a bed and breakfast.

Co-owner Whitney Harris says the basement will be a place where guests can enjoy wine, beer, and tapas. 

Downtown Canton

Canton City Council has voted unanimously to increase penalties and fines for littering.

The new rules will increase fines for a first offense from $100 to $150. For a second offense, fines spike from $150 to $500.

Councilman Frank Morris proposed the changes because he says Canton needs to do a better job keeping the community clean.

photo of Belle Everett, Drew Silverthorn

The past weekend saw several protests over the lack of town halls by Northeast Ohio Congressmen, including one in Canton at the office of Bob Gibbs.

About three-dozen people gathered Saturday in downtown Canton outside of Gibbs’ office, calling for him to meet with constituents in a public town hall. Karen Izzy Gallagher helped organize the rally, and says Gibbs’ request to meet with people in small groups in his office is not good enough.