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What’s Happening Today


Showers and thunderstorms today. Some storms may be severe, probably after 3:00 PM.  Gusty Wind, heavy rain and the whole gambit.  It will be hot around 86.  Last time they said 86, it was over 90!  Thunder and rain tonight, low of 62 degrees.  Remember this can ALL change in the next ten minutes (WNY, you know)

akron cruise night is scheduled for this evening, I will update later on Facebook of any cancellation due to weather. 




Silver Sneakers Classic 9:00 AM

Let’s Do Lunch-Alex’s Place Batavia 12:30 PM

Euchre Tournament 12:45 PM

Dinner and a Movie- A Quiet Place  5:00 PM



Remembering the Stonewall Inn-The History of Pride

Today is the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall Inn has been a bar in Greenwich Village in NYC for decades.  In the 60’s, it was sold to the Genovese Crime Family, and they changed it over from a restaurant/nightclub to a gay bar.  It was one of those places with a peephole in the front door like in prohibition. Many of the young people were underage with no where to go because they were rejected or homeless due to being gay. And drinking alcohol was illegal too. Stonewall had no liquor license because it was illegal for a bar that served gays to be issued a license.

In 1969 being gay was illegal in all 49 states. Same sex couples could not
dance together. The performances were drag queens (men who dressed
as women in an exaggerated fashion for entertainment).   The police got a payoff to look the other way. The bar was routinely raided anyway. The patrons were harassed, threatened to be outed (tell others about your homosexuality) to work or family and often arrested. Dancing, flirting, or being in the bar could turn into an arrest for “solicitation of homosexual relations”. If a cop thought a patron was not conforming to gender roles like the drag queens or transgender people an arrest charge of “non-gender appropriate clothing” could be filed. 

On June 22, 1969 Judy Garland died in London.  Judy had long been an icon to the gay community.  Many drag performers still impersonate her.  Her body was flown back to NYC on June 26, the funeral home had to stay open to accommodate all of the fans that showed up to pay respects.  Her funeral was on TV the next day.  That night the gay community gathered at The Stonewall to mourn the death of Judy.  At around 1 AM-ish the doors burst open and the police started raiding the club once again.  This time the club hadn’t been warned in advance so no one knew it was coming. The police were taking people in the back and basically strip searching them to make sure they were wearing “gender appropriate clothing” , beating people will billy clubs etc.  This time was different though.  This time the patrons fought  back.  Editor’s Note:  A “friend of Dorothy” used to be code for “is that person gay?”  In the 90’s A “friend of Ellen” was code for lesbians.  SO it would go like this:  “Is such and such a friend of Ellen’s?”

 As legend has it, it was a lesbian who had been beaten for complaining her handcuffs were too tight that started it all.  While being dragged, bleeding to a cop car she looked back at the gathering crowd and yelled  “Why don’t you guys do something?”.  The rallying cry that started it all.

They had enough of the raids. Enough of the threats. Enough of the powerlessness. Enough of the invisibility. So they began to riot. They were violent with the police. The
police were violent with the patrons. The riot ended up on the street. They
even set the bar on fire. There were arrests. Others had joined in support in
the hundreds. Word was spread to meet the next night for a protest. As a
result an organization called the Gay Liberation Front was formed.
This is what made Stonewall a watershed moment. The formation of the
Gay Liberation Front was the forerunner of the modern gay rights
movement. One year after the riots people organized a march from the Stonewall Inn to Central Park. This was the beginning of the LBGT Pride parades that are celebrated all around the world.


-Cyn Campbell contributed to this story-


How to Write a Press Release

The Newsteader is still in it’s infancy.  It is still growing and changing every day.  Lately, some of you have approached me and asked about how to submit information to The Newsteader, then I say “Go to the Press Release” link and send it to me :).  Then, the person says “What is a Press Release?  How do I write that?”.

Here is a little guide to help.

It’s really simple.  First off, “Press Release” sounds all “official” and like you need some sort of “authority” to send one in. Well guess what?  ANYONE can send a media outlet a press release about anything.  However sending one in does not guarantee that it will be used.  That is at the discretion of the outlet.

Someone is turning 100 to a local kid gets a scholarship/wins an award.  Or A road is going to be closed for a project, A local person has an art exhibit opening someplace.  A new business is opening, a long time business closing.

You want people to know this stuff, so you need to put it in a Press Release.  Here is  a templet that you can edit to your needs.


HEADLINE:  Akron Resident’s Horse Will Compete in  The Kentucky Derby

CONTACT:  (Phone and Email)

Jane Doe’s horse, “Jango” from Prancing Horse Stables in Newstead will be competing in the Kentucky Derby May (?).  Jango’s trainer is (insert name here), from (insert place here) Jockey (insert name here) from (insert place here) will be riding Jango for the race.

(you can put more info about Jango here or not)


Contact info above if you need more information

It doesn’t have to be anything fancypants at all.  If the media organization deems your info newsworthy, they will either put it out as it was received, edit it and make it a story, and/or get in touch with you for more information.

That’s it. Simple.  PLEASE make sure you put the correct info on your press release.  I can’t count how many times already (and The Newsteader is only 6 months old) I have received incorrect information from “official sources” even! So, please just double chack before you hit that send button.

OK, that should cover it for you all.  Please email press releases to Julie@thenewsteader.com and put PRESS RELEASE in the subject line.







The Latest John Krasinski Sighting

Actor/Director John Krasinski was in town today checking in and chatting up his crew. The crew has been out and about around town transforming different locations into movie sets for the sequel to Paramount Motion Picture’s The Quiet Place.  Mr. Krasinski was gracious enough take a quick snap with some fans before taking off to the next location.

In the coming weeks, watch this space for information regarding road closures, and how activities and community events are going to be affected.