South Side News & Notes
By Stephanie Kist
SASWMA offers free document
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA) and Summit County communities are partnering to offer free confidential paper shredding events for personal and business documents.
Dates and locations in the South Side News Leader’s coverage area include:
Oct. 13, Lakemore Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.; and
Dec. 8, Green Administration Building, 1900 Steese Road.
All shredding will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
There will be a limit of seven
file boxes or shopping bags per vehicle. No pick-up
service is available.
Participants are asked to remove
and reuse binder clips, rubber bands, hanging file folders,
binders, paperclips, report covers and plastic items.
All shredded documents will be recycled into new products
such as tissue paper and paperboard by Ohio paper mills,
according to SASWMA officials.
For more information, call (330)
374-0383, ext. 205.
Green PZC to hear plans for
skate park, Ariss Park, more
GREEN — The city of Green
Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) will meet Oct.
17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Legislative Offices at 1900 Steese
Road to consider various items.
A number of public hearings are
scheduled to take place, including: plans for the Green
Skate Park, to be located behind the John Torok Senior
and Community Center; a general development plan for
Ariss Park, located on Wise Road near the Interstate
77 bridge; and a new pavilion at Boettler Park to be
named for former Green Mayor Freda Hunter Bates. [See
related Green City Council report on Page
The PZC also will review the
following requests: an addition to Pancho’s Southwestern
Grill on Massillon Road; the creation of a social club/dance
hall in a vacant building on East Turkeyfoot Lake Road
(opposite Merestead Farms); an amendment to the PD-1
(Planned Development District) general development plan
for the Kensington Lake residential subdivision, located
on South Arlington Road near Nimisila Road; and a replat
of a commercial property located at the end of Tabs
For more details, call the city
of Green Planning Department at (330) 896-6614.
— By Maria Lindsay
Girl Scouts appoint
NORTHEAST OHIO — Five regional
Girl Scout councils realigning into one new council
known as Girl Scouts of North East Ohio have appointed
their first chief executive officer.
Daisy Alford-Smith was selected
to helm the council, which is headquartered
in West Akron. The newly formed Girl Scouts of North
East Ohio serves 45,000 girls and 15,000 adult volunteer
members throughout an 18-county region.
“I’m extremely excited
about this new opportunity,” Alford-Smith stated
in a press release. “The realignment is more than
jurisdictional and personnel changes. It’s all
about the girls and preparing them to be tomorrow’s
leaders. This movement, guided by our members and volunteers,
will also ultimately provide an increased level of consistency,
financial stability and greater flexibility, which will
enhance our ability to impact girls throughout the region
even more powerfully.”
Alford-Smith earned a bachelor’s
degree in nursing from the State University of New York,
a master’s in technical education from The University
of Akron and a doctorate in urban education from Cleveland
She most recently served as the
chief operating officer with the Commission on Graduates
of Foreign Nursing Schools and the International Commission
on Health Care Professions in Philadelphia. She also
served for six years as director of the Summit County
Department of Job & Family Services.
For details on Girl Scouts of
North East Ohio, call (330) 864-9933 or (800) 852-4474.
County sponsors Adam Walsh
Act information session
DOWNTOWN AKRON — On Oct.
19 from 1 to 3 p.m., the Summit County Sex Offender
Management Committee, a subcommittee of the Summit County
Criminal Justice Advisory Board, will sponsor an “Implementation
of the Adam Walsh Act and Its Impact on Ohio”
information session in the auditorium of the Akron-Summit
County Main Branch Library, 60 S. Main St.
The session will be facilitated
by Erin Rosen, a senior assistant attorney general in
the Special Prosecution Section of the Ohio Attorney
Topics to be covered include
the differences between adult and juvenile offenders,
implementation, proposed legislation, registration charges,
registry changes, retroactivity and tier structure.
This event is free and open to
the public. For more information or to make a reservation,
call (330) 643-2558 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
SPRINGFIELD — Habitat for
Humanity of Summit County will open a Habitat ReStore
at 1020 Canton Road. Volunteers are needed to clean,
paint and stock in time for an early November opening.
The facility will sell new and
gently used home building materials and supplies. Tax-deductible
donations of items such as bathroom vanities, cabinets,
toilets, sinks, plywood, lighting, furniture and appliances
are being accepted.
Arrangements to pick up donated
items may be made by calling Rick Thoerig, ReStore manager,
at (330) 785-2700.
— By Maria Lindsay
Veterans burial information
requested by genealogical
GREATER AKRON —
The Summit County Chapter of the
American Genealogical Society is asking for assistance
compiling a database intended to include all veterans
known to be buried in Summit County’s cemeteries.
To date, the group has almost
50,000 names but has learned that many sources of veteran
burials are either unavailable or incomplete. In an
effort to avoid missing veterans, the chapter is appealing
to the general public to submit names and information
to be included in the database, which will be available
to the public next year and will be searchable and sortable.
The chapter is seeking name,
conflict served in (if applicable), rank, branch of
service and Summit County cemetery of burial. If the
service person was killed in action, is missing in action
or was a prisoner of war,
or if the respondent can supply section, lot or grave
information, that information is welcome, as well.
The database is intended to include
all veterans buried in Summit County, whether they served
in a war or during peacetime, and is not limited to
those who died in service.
Information can be submitted
to the chapter at P.O. Box 2232, Akron, OH 44309 or
e-mailed to jadavis41@hotmail
Dann, postal inspectors join
forces for initiative
CLEVELAND — A new partnership
spearheaded by the U.S. Postal Service, Ohio Attorney
General Marc Dann’s office and the Postal Inspection
Service is bringing together financial institutions
and credit unions to help fight the onslaught of “fake
“Once someone has cashed
a fake check and spent the money, it is almost impossible
to recover,” said Dann. “We have found that
our best line of defense is a good offense, and that
means education. We will
educate financial institutions and credit unions on
how to identify fake check scams and provide them with
information to give consumers at the point of transaction
(deposit/withdrawal), telling the risks of completing
The initiative is kicking off
in Cleveland. Businesses interested in joining should
call (877) 244-6446 or (877) 876-2455.
For more information, the U.S.
Postal Service, working
with public and private organizations, has put together
a Web site to help people to recognize the warning signs
of possible fake check scams. The Web site is www.fakechecks.org.
Some scenarios that usually indicate
fake check scams include foreign business offers, sudden
riches notifications, work-at-home schemes and overpayments.
For more information about fake
check scams, call (877) 244-6446.
UWSC establishes Community
SUMMIT COUNTY — United
Way of Summit County’s (UWSC) Board of Directors
has, as a part of its mission, voted to establish Community
Impact Priorities by considering relevant data and studies,
the work of UWSC’s Impact Councils and the recommendations
of its Community Impact Cabinet.
UWSC commissioned the Center
for Marketing and Opinion Research to analyze recent
community research sources and to identify high priority
community issues that UWSC
could target to improve these conditions.
The research sources included
the Thriving Communities Needs Assessment, The Summit
County 2010 Quality of Life report, Voices and Choices
recommendations, INFOLINE requests for services, The
University of Akron Summit Poll and others.
The United Way Community Impact
Cabinet recommended to the UWSC Board the two Community
Impact Priorities — school readiness
for children and economic stability for families.
A portion of UWSC revenue will
be set aside for distribution through an open request
for proposal (RFP) process. Proposals will be accepted
from any qualified health and human service 501(c)(3)
agency serving Summit County residents. The proposals
will be reviewed, and recommendations will be made to
UWSC’s Board by a separate RFP committee.
“We believe that an open
RFP process will provide the greatest opportunities
for collaboration with
education, health care, human services, private sector
and local government to help United Way and these partners
create sustained beneficial change in our community,”
said UWSC President Bob Kulinski
For more information, call (330)