West Side News & Notes
Summit County Probate Court changes hours
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Probate Court will no longer be open on Saturdays, effective immediately.
The court, located at 209 S. High St., handles issues such as estate administration, guardian conservatorship, adoption, change of names, birth registrations and corrections, as well as marriage licenses, according to court officials. It is overseen by Judge Todd McKenney.
The court will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 330-643-2330 or visit www.summitohioprobate.com.
Akron modifies leaf removal schedule
AKRON — City officials said Nov. 26 that leaves this year have dropped earlier than normal due to the dry summer and the wind and rain from the remnants of Superstorm Sandy.
City workers have seen an increase in leaf volume of 22 percent over 2011, and crews have been hampered by the week-long rains from the storm and the icy conditions over the past weekend.
“We have been working as fast as possible to keep on schedule, but are running two to three days behind,” said Service Director Rick Merolla in a press release. “Currently, crews are picking up leaves in Wards 8 and 4 [in West Akron]. We are anticipating completion of Ward 8 and 4 by the end of this week.”
Due to the delay, the following revised schedule is in effect for the remaining wards.
• Ward 2: starting tomorrow, Nov. 30;
• Ward 9: starting Dec. 4; and
• Ward 7: starting Dec. 7.
Each ward takes numerous days to complete.
City officials ask that leaves not be placed in the street until the day before the scheduled start date for that ward. Look for signs posted in your ward indicating the start date. Crews will continue to work 24 hours a day, six to seven days a week until they have made one round of leaf pickup through the city, according to city officials.
The schedule is dependent on the weather and volume of leaves.
Those with questions may call 3-1-1 or 330-375-2311.
Copley offering holiday assistance
COPLEY — The Copley Police Department is accepting donations for its Share a Christmas Program.
The program benefits families in need in the Copley area by providing toys and gifts for children at Christmastime. Last year, the effort helped more than 266 children who awoke Christmas morning to find toys and other gifts under their Christmas trees, according to Copley officials.
Officials added the program offers an opportunity for residents making holiday contributions to help Copley families in need.
Donations of cash and new toys are being accepted at the Copley Police Department, 1280 Sunset Drive, through Dec. 19. Checks or money orders made payable to the Copley Police Department also may be mailed to the department at: 1280 Sunset Drive, Copley, OH 44321.
Application forms for assistance are available at www.copley.oh.us under “Police” and then by clicking on “Programs and Activities.” The program is for families residing in Copley or the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools District, and proof of residency may be required.
For more information, call 330-666-4218.
FirstEnergy announces plans for $45 million project
|FirstEnergy’s new Akron Control Center will be located on the far west side of the company’s West Akron Complex, abutting Mull Avenue.|
|Rendering courtesy of FirstEnergy|
The state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility will be built at the company’s West Akron Complex off Mull Avenue, an existing 150-acre site that already houses an Ohio Edison service center, a FirstEnergy call center and the company’s office building.
Site work began this fall, according to a press release. Construction will begin in the spring and should be completed by fall.
Company officials said the facility will feature advanced computer systems to monitor electrical grid reliability in various geographic areas of the country where FirstEnergy has operations. Once operational, the new center will oversee and monitor transmission operations in areas served by FirstEnergy’s Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co., Toledo Edison, Pennsylvania Power, Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric Co. and Jersey Central Power & Light utilities.
The new facility will replace the company’s existing Ohio Transmission Control Center located in Wadsworth, which will be used as a back-up and training facility. Most of the 112 employees who currently work in Wadsworth will be transferred to Akron in stages as the new facility is completed, company officials stated.
The Akron Control Center is being designed by Akron-based Braun & Steidl Architects. Fairlawn-based Welty Building Co., which previously served as construction manager for FirstEnergy’s West Akron Campus, also will be construction manager for this project. In addition, GPD, of Akron, is providing electrical/mechanical engineering services and Thorson Baker & Associates, of Richfield, is doing site development and structural engineering.
The company expects to submit the project to be considered for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED is an internationally recognized third-party green building certification system that recognizes buildings that have met the highest possible green building standards and verifies a project’s level of environmental responsibility and ability to provide occupants with a healthy place to live and work, officials said. In 2009, the company’s West Akron Campus received Gold Level LEED status.
Fairlawn City Women’s Club hosting lighting contest
FAIRLAWN — The Fairlawn City Women’s Club once again is sponsoring an outdoor Holiday Lighting Contest.
This year, the contest has been expanded, and residents in the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools District are eligible to enter, according to contest officials.
Those wishing to enter the contest are invited to nominate themselves or a neighbor. Copley area residents should call Billie Corbett at 330-666-2184 and Fairlawn area residents should call Phyllis Martino at 330-867-4682.
Judging for the contest will begin Dec. 18 at 6 p.m., weather permitting, with Dec. 19 as an alternate date.
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s Long Haul Against Hunger successful
AKRON — Thousands of local residents struggling with hunger will receive holiday meals this season thanks to the donations of community members during the Long Haul Against Hunger, hosted by the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
According to Foodbank officials, live radio broadcasts were held with My 101.7 WHOF at Thursday’s Plaza in Belden Village and with 98.1 WKDD at the Plaza at Chapel Hill Nov. 16, with listeners encouraged to drive by either location and donate nonperishable food items and money. The donations collected at both locations help the Foodbank provide approximately 200,000 meals this holiday season, according to Foodbank officials.
The financial donations collected from the Long Haul Against Hunger event were matched by the 415 Group and The Goodyear Rubber & Tire Co. Usually at the Foodbank, $1 purchases four meals, but that Friday, because of the companies’ matching financial gift, $1 purchased eight meals, according to Foodbank officials.
The Long Haul Against Hunger is part of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s Hunger-Free Families campaign. For more information about the campaign, visit www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/hff.aspx or contact the Foodbank at 330-535-6900.
Haven of Rest to serve Christmas dinners
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Haven of Rest Ministries will serve Christmas dinners at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day at 175 E. Market St.
People who are homeless, as well as other men, women and children in need, or those who might be spending Christmas alone are encouraged to partake in the traditional Christmas meal of turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, corn pudding and pie.
Each guest also will receive a bag of toiletry items.
Terry Pluto, sports writer and faith column writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, will give an inspirational message for the 6:30 p.m. meal.
Red Cross offers Holiday Giving Catalog
WEST AKRON — During the 2012 holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to support the Red Cross mission by giving hope to those in need, through its Holiday Giving Catalog.
The Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog offers shoppers who are looking for gift ideas this year to choose from a variety of symbolic gifts, such as food and shelter for a disaster victim, phone cards for members of the military, vaccinations for an entire village and others.
To view the Holiday Catalog, go to www.redcross.org/gifts.
People also can support Red Cross services by making a financial donation, giving blood, volunteering or signing a holiday card for a member of the Armed Forces, according to agency officials.
For more information, visit www.redcross.org.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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