Boro Barbell a family affair for Hannans

by Karyn Hall Published:

Boro Barbell Gym is a new fitness venture by Streetsboro residents Matt and Tom Hannan. Matt is a 2007 Streetsboro graduate. His father coached football at Crestwood High School while Matt grew up; however, Matt wasn't interested in sports. He'd played in bands, but was looking for a different calling. During his junior and senior years, he began professional wrestling in Cleveland, performing in shows throughout northeast Ohio. In March of 2011, he signed a development deal with World Wrestling Entertainment and moved to Tampa Bay, Fla. After spending six months in Florida, Matt decided the WWE was not for him. He moved to New York City for a year, and began to think about opening his own gym.

Matt called his dad and talked about opening a gym in Streetsboro. Building his business here means a lot to Matt.

"I thought if I did open a gym, it would be nice to do it in my hometown," he said.

Matt said he missed Ohio and "pursuing [the business] gave me a good reason to come home."

Boro Barbell is a true family effort. Along with financing from his dad, Matt's younger brothers, twins John and Pete, helped with the construction and painting.

Matt's interest in the entertainment industry expands beyond wrestling. He has appeared as an extra in several movies including Tom Cruise's latest, "Jack Reacher," as a bartender, and in several music videos. He is still a professional wrestler under the name of "Matt Justice." Matt's next show is this Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. the Twinsburg Recreation Center.

Boro Barbell features free weights, cardio and weight machines and more. The gym is located in the Streetsboro Plaza, 1557 State Route 303, behind the barber shop and next to StringZ & WingZ. For more information, call 330-968-4222 or visit www.borobarbell.com.

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If your family loves to eat, you won't go hungry this month! Multiple dinners and events are on the calendar for February --and all for good causes.

The Knights of Columbus is now sponsoring the Lenten Dinners on Friday nights at St. Joan of Arc Church. Their all new menu features battered Atlantic cod, potato crusted baked scrod, breaded fantail shrimp, and potato and cheese pierogies. The $8.50 dinners include a choice of side. A children's menu is also available. The dinners take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. beginning this Feb. 15 and running through March 22.

Boy Scout Troop 475 is holding its annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction Feb. 16 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti, salad, rolls, green beans, beverage and dessert and costs $7 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children age 10. Children age 5 and under eat free. Carry out is available. The dinner will take place at the Fr. Stenson Hall of St. Joan of Arc Church, 8894 Route 14.

More pasta is being cooked up by Chef Bill Thompson and his crew at StringZ & Wings to benefit the Streetsboro boys basketball teams Feb. 17 from noon until 2 p.m. Along with dinner, guests will have the opportunity to win big with a 50/50 raffle, side boards, and raffle items. The cost is $10. See a basketball player for tickets or contact Coach Nick Marcini at nmarcini@rockets.sparcc.org or the athletic department at 330-626-4902.

The Streetsboro Baseball Team is hosting a Burger and Nacho Night Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. 5-7 p.m. at StringZ & WingZ. Tickets cost $12 for all-you-can-eat burgers and nachos with a non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are available from any Rockets baseball player or through Coach Chris Scisciani. Contact Chris via email at cscisciani@rockets.sparcc.org or the athletic department at 330-626-4902.

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Did you know the computer lab at Streetsboro High School is available for community member use? The lab hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:45-4:45 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 4-7 p.m. A certified teacher is on hand to provide assistance. Children in grades five and below must be accompanied by an adult. The lab is located in room 101 of Streetsboro High School.

Happy Valentine's Day. Go Rockets!

Have any great news about Streetsboro you'd like to share? Contact Karyn Hall at 330-995-3503 or karynhall@gmail.com.

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