West Side News & Notes
Candidates file for May ballot
SUMMIT COUNTY — Feb. 6 was the Summit County Board of Elections’ (BOE) filing deadline for the May 7 Primary/Special Election.
Two candidates filed for Barberton Municipal Court judge — incumbent David Fish, a Democrat, and Republican Jill Renee Flagg. Since both are unopposed in the Primary, they will face each other in the Nov. 5 General Election. The Barberton Municipal Court’s jurisdiction includes Norton and Copley.
Voters living in Boston, Cuyahoga Falls and Peninsula will vote on two seats in the Stow Municipal Court.
For the Stow Municipal Court clerk seat, incumbent Democrat Diana Colavecchio and Republican Frank Larson, mayor of Munroe Falls, filed. Since both are unopposed in the Primary, they will face off in November.
Democrat Linda Malek and Republican Kandi O’Connor filed for the Stow Municipal Court judge seat. Both are unopposed in the Primary. Incumbent Kim Hoover filed to run as a nonpartisan candidate. The deadline for those candidates is May 6. His name also would appear on the November ballot if certified by the BOE.
The BOE is expected to certify the candidates’ petitions at its Feb. 15 meeting.
Saturday mail delivery to end in August
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service announced Feb. 6 that Saturday mail delivery will soon be a thing of the past.
A new delivery schedule starting Aug. 5 will see package delivery continue Mondays through Saturdays, but mail delivery will be reduced to Mondays through Fridays. The operational plan for the new delivery schedule anticipates a combination of employee reassignment and attrition and is expected to achieve cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually when fully implemented, Postal Service officials announced.
“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”
Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages. However, recent strong growth in package delivery (14 percent volume increase since 2010) and projections of continued strong package growth throughout the coming decade led to the revised approach to maintain package delivery six days per week.
Once the change takes place in six months, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Mondays through Fridays. Packages will continue to be delivered six days per week. Mail addressed to post office boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays. Post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.
Market research conducted by the Postal Service and independent research by major news organizations indicate that nearly seven out of 10 Americans supported the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs in its effort to return the organization to financial stability, officials said.
They added that the Postal Service plans to provide more information in the near future for residential and business customers about its new delivery schedule.
Akron seeking nominations for Global Youth Service Day
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The city of Akron is seeking nominations for its 23rd Global Youth Service Day, which will be held April 23.
Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign of Youth Service America, an international youth service movement, that celebrates and mobilizes children and youths to improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning, according to the Youth Service America website. Established in the United States in 1988 and globally in 2000, it is celebrated each year in more than 100 countries.
Akron officials are inviting local organizations to nominate a youth volunteer, ages 12 to 18, who has donated at least 20 hours in 2012 to their organization or program to be recognized on Global Youth Service Day. The three youth volunteer age categories open for the honor are 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18, according to Akron officials.
In each age category, a Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Volunteer will be selected. Organizations whose nominees are selected for these two top honors will receive cash prizes to help further their volunteer programs, according to Akron officials.
The deadline for nominations is March 8.
All the nominated Youth Volunteers will be honored at a reception and awards ceremony April 23 at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St. Youth volunteers also will have the opportunity to tell their stories of why they give time to organizations, hospitals and communities.
For volunteer nomination forms, visit www.ci.akron.oh.us and click on “Akron’s 23rd Global Youth Service Day.”
For additional information, contact Billy Soule at 330-375-2660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCCS seeking Easter basket donations
SOUTH AKRON — Each year, Summit County Children Services (SCCS) counts on community donations to brighten up the season for children in agency custody by providing them with festive Easter baskets.
According to SCCS officials, this year donations once again are needed, especially for boys of all ages, teens and infants.
Monetary donations are welcome, but for those preferring to donate already completed baskets, the following items are suggested, according to SCCS officials:
- For boys: small outdoor toys, cars and trucks, activity books and markers, hand-held games, action figures, gadgets, candy and chocolate bunnies.
- For teens: snacks, school locker items, personal care products, candy and chocolate bunnies.
- For infants: soft stuffed animals, infant care items, rattles and pacifiers.
Filled wrapped baskets should be labeled with the child’s age and gender and delivered March 7-10 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the agency office, 264. S. Arlington St. in South Akron.
As a public levy-funded agency, SCCS is limited in its ability to use levy dollars for certain expenses, so the agency relies on the generosity of the community to provide children in custody with extras, such as Easter baskets, school supplies and holiday gifts, according to SCCS officials.
For more information on making a donation, call the SCCS Community Relations Department at 330-379-2055 or visit www.summitkids.org.
Kathleen Collins, Kathleen Folkerth and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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