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9/13/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

County Council committee moves Springfield replat forward

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During its Sept. 10 meeting, Summit County Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee recommended Council adopt a resolution allowing the replat of a parcel in the McKnight Park subdivision in Springfield.

Dennis Tubbs, senior administrator in the Department of Community and Economic Development, said the replat is the first part of a two-part step to swap land from Springfield with a resident to correct encroachments created by a driveway and garage.

The items already have been approved by the township, Summit County Engineer’s Office and Summit County Planning Commission, according to Tubbs.

Also during the meeting, the Public Safety Committee recommended Council adopt a resolution allowing the county to accept a grant in the amount of $171,841 for the county’s Emergency Management Agency, and allowing an expenditure of the same amount as the county’s matching grant.

County Council will meet Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. for caucus and 5:05 p.m. for the regular meeting in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

 

Sheriff’s Office makes arrests in area thefts

SOUTH SUMMIT — Three arrests were made Sept. 4 after a lengthy investigation into more than 100 thefts in southern Summit County, according to Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the arrests include two 17-year-old juvenile males from Springfield and Coventry, as well as Ryan Norton, 19, of New Franklin. The Springfield male was charged with burglary, and the Coventry male was charged with breaking and entering and theft. Norton was charged with burglary, theft and breaking and entering. All three may face additional charges pending more investigation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition, other suspects have been identified in the thefts and more arrests and charges are expected soon, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The rash of thefts occurred during the past year in Coventry, Green, Springfield and New Franklin. The suspects broke into cars, garages and housing seeking electronics such as iPads, iPods, GPS units, laptop computers and cameras, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Officials added the stolen items were resold in the area. Several stolen items were recovered and returned to owners after a search warrant was conducted at Game Surge, located at 2989 S. Main St. in Coventry.

Sheriff’s Office officials are searching for the owners of some of the items, and ask area residents who were possible victims of these thefts to contact Detective Joseph Storad at 330-643-8643 or Detective Jason Kline at 330-643-8656 with serial numbers or identifying marks of missing items.

 

Save-a-Life Saturday provides free training

GREATER AKRON — Free emergency response training will be provided on Save-a-Life Saturday at four locations in the Akron area Sept. 22.

The event is a joint venture between the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties and Akron General Medical Center and will be conducted at three Akron General Health and Wellness Centers, as well as the American Red Cross headquarters in West Akron.

Officials said the training includes instruction in hands-only CPR, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to recognize the signs of cardiac arrest. The training lasts 45 minutes to an hour and will be led by a Red Cross instructor and staff from Akron General’s Heart and Vascular Center, they added.

Sessions will take place at:

• Akron General Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. in Green, at 9 and 10 a.m.;

• Akron General Health and Wellness Center — West, at 4125 Medina Road in Bath, at 11 a.m. and noon;

• American Red Cross, 501 W. Market St., at 1 and 2 p.m.; and

• Akron General Health and Wellness Center — North, at 4300 Allen Road in Stow, at 3 and 4 p.m.

Participants are asked to preregister by calling 330-344-2462. Additional information is available on the local Red Cross website at www.summit county.redcross.org.

Organizers said the Cleveland-based firm Prestan Products, which is loaning its CPR/AED training manikins to the Red Cross for the training, is providing assistance for the event. The realistic manikins provide instant feedback to both the instructor and the student regarding the proper rate of chest compression and the correct amount of force to use in the compressions, according to organizers.

 

Hattie Larlham’s Green Scene club beginning

GREEN — Hattie Larlham’s Green Scene community club for young adults between the ages of 9 and 14 who are on the autism spectrum will start an eight-week fall season today, Sept. 14.

According to Hattie Larlham officials, the club was created to help build social skills through hands-on learning activities. Registration is now open for the club, which meets every other Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Constant Companions, 1402 Boettler Road. The program costs $25 per session or a discounted $175 for the entire season.

Now in its second year, Green Scene creates a safe, welcoming and fun environment in which participants can build friendships and gain confidence and self-esteem, according to Hattie Larlham officials. Program activities are led by Hattie Larlham staff and will include community service, arts and crafts, local field trips and other projects pertaining to participants’ expressed areas of interest.

To register for the program, contact Julie Lowe, director of early intervention at Hattie Larlham, at 330-274-2272, ext. 3112. For a full schedule of dates, visit the website www.hattielarlham.org/v/pc-au tism-community-clubs.asp.

 

Juvenile court seeking students for advisory board

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio has announced the court will seek applicants from local high schools to serve on its High School Advisory Board.

The students should have a strong grasp of issues germane to their school and their community, as well as issues that confront today’s young adults. Board members will hold a series of discussions with court staff to get their input on a variety of matters concerning the court and its programming.

The court is contacting high school administrators for nominees, but nominations are open. A nomination form can be found by visiting www.co.summit.oh.us/juvenilecourt/index and clicking on “Forms.” The page can be filled out online and downloaded.

Mail all nominations to Don Ursetti, 650 Dan St., Akron, OH 44310-3989.

Nominations will be accepted through September.

“Working with our board has been very rewarding, and I hope our student advisers felt the same from their experience with us,” said Teodosio. “I think that getting input and viewpoints from the very group of people this court serves is vital, and I believe that we can learn from each other in the process.”

 

GIRLtopia project seeks girls with solutions

GREATER AKRON — A new program of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) will allow girls in grades six through 12 to earn grant funding to tackle their solutions to local problems while they learn leadership skills.

GIRLtopia: Akron will kick off tomorrow, Sept. 15, at The University of Akron with 75 Akron girls learning persuasive speaking, planning and networking — skills that will prepare them to complete “Take Action” projects and become the women leaders of tomorrow, according to GSNEO officials. The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Union.

The program is free and open to girls who reside in Akron. Participants do not need to currently be in the Girl Scouts program, but they will become part of the organization and have their dues paid through the program, officials said.

“Girl Scouts have been committed to serving their communities for 100 years,” said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Daisy Alford-Smith. “When you enlist help from girls who have a vested interest in the future of the city where they live, they will become engaged and feel empowered to make a difference.”

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is providing GSNEO with $50,000 to support the program.

During a six-week period, participating girls will evaluate the community’s issues, such as those in social services, criminal justice or the environment, and develop networks and solutions. Girls will be encouraged to create an online submission (video, podcast, blog, etc.) that shares their project with others on the GSNEO website. They also will use social media outlets to garner support for their individual projects.

Officials said a panel of local community leaders, business owners and celebrities will be recruited to judge submissions. GSNEO will award a total of $1,500 in mini grants based on judges’ reviews and votes from the public to help participants implement their projects.

GSNEO officials said participants and volunteers are currently needed. For more information, call or text Alanna Nicholas at 330-283-0353.

 

Kathleen Folkerth and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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