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1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Richfield Township withdraws zoning violation

RICHFIELD — Township trustees met in a special meeting Jan. 23 and approved a motion to withdraw a zoning violation that resulted in litigation.

The matter is in regards to the case of JJJ Properties vs. the township’s Board of Zoning Appeals, according to the motion. The board had affirmed the township’s zoning inspector’s issuance of a violation against John Allega and JJJ Properties in May 2012.

According to Summit County Common Pleas Court documents, JJJ Properties filed the appeal in August after the township ruled the concrete waste crushing at the site was in violation of the township’s zoning code.

According to the motion, the trustees now have acted after consulting with their legal counsel on the issue and “determined that the issues contained in the violation are not ripe for a violation at this point and that it is in the best interest of the township to withdraw the violation at this time.”

However, the motion also stated that the activity taking place on the parcel in question is still in violation of the township’s zoning resolution.

“The Township Board of Trustees asserts that it will ensure the sanctity of the Township Zoning Resolution is preserved and will take appropriate action when the matter becomes ripe,” the motion stated.


Public open house announced for Fire Management Plan

CVNP — The National Park Service (NPS) will host a public meeting tonight, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. at the Boston Store Visitor Center, 1550 Boston Mills Road, to seek public input on issues related to fire management at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

The NPS is updating its current Fire Management Plan to comply with policy and provide long-term direction for wildland-fire response, fire prevention and use of prescribed fire. The proposed plan includes potential use of prescribed fire at two additional sites to improve habitat and manage burnable fuels. The two locations include the former Richfield Coliseum site in Richfield Township and the Terra Vista Natural Study Area in the village of Valley View.

The public also can provide input and find details about the planning process and other information online at the NPS’s Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) at parkplanning.nps.gov/cuva. Click on “Fire Management Plan” to access information about the planning process. The public is encouraged to provide comments via the PEPC website but also may submit written comments by mail to Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, OH 44141, attn: Fire Management Plan, according to CVNP officials.

Comments will be accepted until Feb. 15.

For details, contact Chris Davis at 330-342-0764, ext. 5, or christopher_davis@nps.gov.


Bald eagles come back to nest; areas closed

CVNP — Returning bald eagles are building a nest in a new tree within the Pinery Narrows area in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), park officials announced last week.

To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31. The Pinery Narrows area is north of Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville.

While the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail remains open, the National Park Service will close the following areas:

• The railroad tracks and 30-foot right-of-way on either side of the railroad tracks are closed to all pedestrian traffic from the state Route 82 bridge at the Station Road Visitor Use Area, north to the railroad tracks at the Fitzwater Yard.  

• The Cuyahoga River downstream of the Brecksville Dam (state Route 82) to the Fitzwater Road Bridge is closed to all water activities (fishing, wading and boating). Fishing is permitted at the dam.

In late winter, eagles lay one to three eggs that are incubated for approximately 35 days. According to CVNP officials, eagle eggs are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures, so adults must remain on the nest constantly. Human disturbance can disrupt this constant care, jeopardizing nesting success.

Although recently removed from the endangered species list, the bald eagle is still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Both federal laws prohibit taking, killing, selling or otherwise harming eagles, their nests or eggs. Bald eagles returned to the Cuyahoga Valley in 2006, after an absence of 70 years, according to CVNP officials.


United Way seeks nominations

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The United Way of Summit County (UWSC) is seeking nominations for two of its most prestigious awards.

The Distinguished Service Award and the Young Philanthropist of the Year Award will be presented at the UWSC’s Annual Meeting April 11.

Since 1959, the UWSC has presented the Distinguished Service Award annually to the community’s best and brightest, acknowledging the winner for his or her interest, personal dedication and service in a voluntary capacity to the improvement of health, welfare and education throughout Summit County, according to UWSC officials.

Past winners include David Corbin, Betty Dalton, John S. Knight, Madeline Bozzelli, Vernon Odom, Lisle Buckingham, Ann Amer Brennan, Dorothy Jackson and last year’s recipient, Anthony O’Leary.

Nominations for this year’s award will be accepted through Feb. 22. For more information and the nomination form, go to www.UWSummit.org.

United Way’s Young Leaders Society is also seeking nominations for its Young Philanthropist of the Year award. The award was created to recognize a community activist, 40 years old or younger, who has demonstrated a passionate desire to help others through financial support of United Way and service to nonprofit organizations and institutions within Summit County. The deadline for nominations for the Young Philanthropist award is Feb. 15.

Any young philanthropist who is a current UWSC donor living or working in Summit County and demonstrating active volunteer support of UWSC or other nonprofits is eligible. Additional award criteria and a nomination form are available on the website.

For more information, call 330-762-7601.


Women’s Endowment Fund seeks sponsors for 20th anniversary dinner

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Women’s Endowment Fund is seeking individual and corporate sponsors for its annual “For Women, Forever” dinner, which will take place March 13 at Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron.

The event will mark the fund’s 20th anniversary of focusing on improving life for women and girls in the area.

Sponsors will be invited to an exclusive reception with keynote speaker Fawn Germer. She is the author of seven books, including “Pearls: Powerful Wisdom From Powerful Women,” as well as a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist and a motivational speaker. At the dinner, she will share her insights on women’s leadership and philanthropy with hundreds of community leaders, business professionals and nonprofit advocates.

Sponsorships range from $225 to $20,000 for the presenting sponsor, which has the opportunity to host a private event with Germer the evening prior to the dinner.

“This is a unique opportunity for businesses to show their support for the women and girls in our community,” said event co-chair Cindy Johnson, partner at Bober Markey Fedorovich. “Their commitment as a sponsor will help increase our funding to critical programs that serve women and girls in need.”

“For Women, Forever” celebrates women as philanthropists and benefits the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation. The event will feature a sponsor reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and a program at 7 p.m. For more information about the event or to become a sponsor, visit www.regonline.com/for womenforever or contact Cindy Johnson at 330-255-2437 or cjohnson@bobermarkey.com.


Torchbearers to host 10th Anniversary Reception

WEST AKRON — Torchbearers, a young professional leadership development organization, will host its 10th Annual Anniversary Reception Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tangier, located at 532 W. Market St.

This signature event, attended by more than 250 community leaders, will feature several announcements to commemorate the organization’s 10th anniversary.

“We will celebrate the work of our dedicated members, thank key leaders in the community for their support and reflect on the impact the organization has had on the Akron area over the past 10 years,” said Kyle Kutuchief, press secretary. “Through Torchbearers, we are helping to ensure a vibrant, enduring culture of diverse leadership in Greater Akron that sustains and improves the region’s quality of life.”

This event is free and open to the public. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Registration is encouraged by Feb. 25 and available at www.torchbearersakron.com.


Akron Children’s Hospital reports $85.5 million in community benefit

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Conducting research to grow ear cartilage, providing medical education to a resident who went on to become a pediatrician, helping a toddler manage his chronic asthma and providing language interpretation for a family that immigrated from Myanmar are some of the ways Akron Children’s Hospital contributed to the community in 2011, according to hospital officials.

In a recent filing with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Akron Children’s reported community benefits totaling more than $85.5 million in 2011, an 18 percent increase from the previous year, largely due to the increased costs to provide care to Medicaid patients and patient families who are unable to pay for all or part of their care.

“This is the essence of what Akron Children’s Hospital is all about,” said Bernett Williams, vice president for external affairs. “Our community benefit activities align with our mission to treat every child, regardless of financial circumstance. Beyond our primary mission, we are fully engaged in activities to foster sustainable change in the communities we call home.”

Of the $85.5 million in total community benefits, Akron Children’s reported $74.7 million in unreimbursed Medicaid uncompensated care, including charity care; $5.2 million in community programs and services; $3.9 million on education and training physicians, residents and fellows, students interns and nurses; and $1.7 million on research, advocacy and community partnerships.

Akron Children’s community benefits are directed by a 2010 community health assessment, a survey of more than 1.3 million people who live in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties, in conjunction with Akron General Health System and Summa Health System.

To read the complete report, go to www.akronchildrens.org/cms/2011-community- benefit-report/index.html.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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