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6/6/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Employers sought for youth job program

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County officials are seeking local businesses willing to employ youth workers this summer.

The county’s Department of Job and Family Services has received nearly $1.6 million in funding from the state to conduct the program, which serves Summit County youths ages 16-24. The program began June 1 and will conclude Aug. 31.

Employers are asked to provide meaningful work experience for approximately 15 hours per week per youth over the duration of the program. The county has made arrangements for payroll and Worker’s Compensation expenses to be handled by a third-party operator. Additionally, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services rules indicate that youth participants not be counted toward unemployment compensation reporting requirements. Therefore, employers who provide work opportunities for youth participants would bear no financial responsibility for being part of the program.

Three organizations are operating the program: Akron Urban League, Jobs for Ohio Graduates and Youth Employment for Success. Employers interested in providing work opportunities are asked to call the program operator based on the ZIP code where the employer is located:

  • For ZIP codes 44210, 44302, 44303, 44304, 44307, 44308, 44311, 44313, 44314, 44320, 44321, 44325 and 44333, call the Akron Urban League at 234-542-4501.
  • For ZIP codes 44224, 44250, 44260, 44262, 44264, 44278, 44301, 44305, 44306, 44310 and 44312, call Jobs for Ohio Graduates at 330-374-9445.
  • For ZIP codes 44056, 44067, 44087, 44203, 44216, 44221, 44223, 44232, 44236, 44286, 44319, 44685 and 44720, call Youth Employment for Success at 330-643-7885.


Local chefs open Orange Trük food truck

GREATER AKRON — Area chefs Jeffrey Winer and Steve Sabo have joined forces and opened a new gourmet food truck.

The Orange Trük features cuisine with roots in classic French and Italian. The chefs utilize local ingredients from local farms and local purveyors. Local ingredients come from Boughton Farm and Graf Growers in Copley, as well as other local farms in Bath and the Norton area, according to Winer and Sabo.

The Orange Trük will take part in the Cleveland food truck scene but will focus on the Akron area with regular stops in Norton, Fairlawn, Copley, Bath and Richfield, according to Winer and Sabo. The truck will make regular visits to Regency Wine in Fairlawn on Thursdays for lunch and a few Saturdays for lunch, as well.

Another regular stop will be The Winery at Wolf Creek in Norton with some daytime and evening stops. The remainder of the regular stops will be mainly at some local offices during lunch hour.

The easiest way to find the truck is to follow it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheOrangeTruk. A newsletter also is available at www.theorangetruk.com.

Sabo became a chef through the Johnson and Wales culinary program and was then a chef in the U.S. Navy aboard several ships and then at The White House. Winer began his career at Intimate Affair Catering and then became a chef through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He has worked for Wolfgang Puck.


Akronite begins record label

Roger McClain has begun a new record label, PolymerCity Records.com Label and Promotions.
Photo courtesy of PolymerCityRecords.com Label and Promotions
WEST AKRON — Roger McClain, a professional musician for more than 20 years and owner of Rubber City Recording Studio at 68 W. Exchange St., has added an extension to his business, a new record label, PolymerCityRecords.com Label and Promotions.

PolymerCityRecords.com Label and Promotions promotes locally produced musical talent and compositions.

“The Akron area is teeming with talent and the ability to reach a much broader marketplace even on a national level,” McClain stated in a press release. “Recent advances in technology have made it increasingly possible to reach that wide level audience.”

On board is marketing director and agent Val Bailey, who has more than 20 years of promotional experience and also is a publicity stylist.

“When the sound is just right and marketable, then it is my job to make sure the product has a look and a ‘wow factor,’” she said.

McClain has performed locally and throughout Northeast Ohio. He has one debut single titled “Twin Flame” and a three-song EP album called Corporate Suite, all available on PolymerCityRecords.com, CD Baby and iTunes. McClain and Bailey are in the process of promoting a new single, “Revive,” by Akron artist MLII. In addition, Ingrid and Emmanuel have a debut single titled “U R the Reason,” which is in the process of distribution.

Rubber City Recording Studios/PolymerCityRecords.com Label and Promotions will sponsor local musicians at the Porch Rokr Festival June 8 in the Highland Square area.

For more information, call 330-535-6808.


Market at Lock 3 returns for fifth consecutive summer

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) and the city of Akron have announced the Market at Lock 3 will return for its fifth season on Fridays, July 19 through Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Market at Lock 3 is an outdoor producer’s-only market featuring fresh produce, homemade products, baked goods, local meats, handmade gifts and more.

Market events will include live music featuring local artists.

Current vendors include Boughton Farms, Brown Bros. Farms, Highland Baking Co., Made by Mike Treats, Homemade Delights and Oak Grove Coffee Co., with space still available for those with homegrown or homemade products. Updates to participating vendors and entertainment scheduled can be found at www.downtownakron.com/market as available.

Everyday Health, a program sponsored by SummaCare in conjunction with DAP, will return for the fourth year. This program encourages downtown employees to take steps toward improving their health and well-being.

In addition to picking up habits of being active and eating fresh, local produce, participants will receive a new recipe card each Friday. The card will feature healthy recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle. On the fifth visit to the market, participants will receive a free reusable produce bag.

Those who are interested in becoming a vendor for this year’s market may contact Kimberly Beckett at 330-374-7676 or kbeckett@downtownakron.com for more information. All products must meet Summit County Health Department standards.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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