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10/18/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

U.S. Supreme Court upholds early voting decision

COLUMBUS — Early voting will continue in the three days leading up the Nov. 6 General Election now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an earlier decision in Obama vs. Husted.

Following the decision Oct. 16, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the uniform dates and times for voting to take place at Board of Elections (BOE) offices across the state.

BOEs will be open for early voting Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Husted’s office.

Obama for America General Counsel Bob Bauer said the campaign, which took Husted to court to expand early voting availability, was happy with the outcome.

“We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to overturn federal court rulings that every Ohioan be allowed to vote during the weekend and Monday before the election,” Bauer said. “This action from the highest court in the land marks the end of the road in our fight to ensure open voting this year for all Ohioans, including military, veterans and overseas voters.”

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 5 upheld an earlier decision to allow in-person voting on the three days leading up Election Day. On Oct. 9, Husted announced he would appeal the appeals court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Husted’s office issued this statement after the ruling: “Despite the Court’s decision today to deny our request for a stay, I firmly believe Ohio and its elected legislature should set the rules with respect to elections in Ohio, and not the federal court system,” said Husted.

“However, the time has come to set aside the issue for this election.

“Today I have set uniform hours statewide, giving all Ohio voters the same opportunities to vote in the upcoming presidential election regardless of what county they live in.”


Sustainability presentation planned in Green

GREEN — Green High School alumni Mike Wallace, director of Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) in New York City, will present “Sustainability: Measuring, Managing & Reporting” Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. in City Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd.

The presentation, to the city’s Living Green Task Force, city employees and high school students, will kick off the city’s new Green’s Living Green Initiative and newly named Living Green Task Force, which is responsible for setting the priorities for sustainability issues in Green, according to city officials.

The Living Green Task Force will serve in an advisory role to assist employees in identifying and prioritizing sustainability initiatives, with the group’s first meeting set for Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the CAB.

Mayor Dick Norton has appointed the following individuals to serve as inaugural members of the task force: Kyle Lukes, Cynthia Vignos, Yolanda Walker, Jane Warmus, Megan Weidner, Anthony Ziehler, Green City Councilman John Summerville (Ward 4), Green Deputy Service Director Paul Oberdorfer, Community Development Administrator Sarah Haring and Green High School junior Joe Gamble.

According to city officials, Wallace, a 1986 graduate of Green High School, is the director of the GRI’s Focal Point USA. Launched in January 2011, Focal Point USA is responsible for supporting the growth and quality of sustainability reporting in the United States, according to city officials.

Wallace has almost 20 years of experience advising corporations, nonprofits and government agencies in their respective efforts to develop and implement sustainability initiatives, according to city officials. He is a recognized expert in the field, specializing in the intersection of sustainability and traditional corporate governance. He is the author of several articles on the topic and was a contributor to “Climate Change — a Guide to Carbon Law & Practice.”

According to city officials, in addition to speaking globally on the topic of sustainability, Wallace has given expert testimony to the European Commission, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and business associations such as the U.S. Business Roundtable and the National Investor Relations Institute.

Wallace learned about the city’s green initiatives from his father, Dick Wallace, a resident of Green, who read about it in a local newspaper, according to city officials.

Anyone interested in attending Wallace’s presentation should contact Haring at shar ing@cityofgreen.org or 330-896-6614.


Green City Council member hosting informational meeting for parents

GREEN — Green City Councilman Ken Knodel (Ward 3) will host a presentation of “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a program created and presented by the Copley and Bath police departments to educate parents about items hidden in a teen’s bedroom that might indicate they are involved in high-risk behaviors.

Accompanying a presentation will be an exhibit set up as a teen’s bedroom, with a variety of items that are in plain sight that might indicate high-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more, according to event officials.

The presentation will take place Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at the Green Central Administration Building, located at 1755 Town Park Blvd. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to allow attendees to view the exhibit of items prior to the presentation.

“I attended one of these presentations by Copley and Bath police and was impressed with the valuable information they presented,” said Knodel. “As chair of Green City Council’s Safety Committee, I thought an educational program such as this would be beneficial to parents.”

The free program is for adults only; no youths are permitted to attend. Reservations are not required but would be appreciated, according to event officials. To make a reservation, contact City Council by calling 330-896-6604.


Kathleen Folkerth and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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