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3/14/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Green income tax filing available online

GREEN — City of Green income taxes may be filed online at the city’s website, www.cityof green.org.

Individual income taxes, business quarterly payments and estimates, and employer monthly and quarterly withholdings can all be submitted through the city’s secure filing system, according to city officials. In addition, all forms and instructions are available to print at www.cityofgreen.org/income-tax.

According to state law, municipal income taxes must be postmarked by April 15. Taxes also may be dropped off at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or in the secure drop box located to the left of the front entrance at any time, according to city officials. All residents ages 18 and older are required to file an income tax form regardless if payment is required.

For more information, contact the city’s Income Tax office at 330-896-6622 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Akron Council bans texting while driving, passes housing legislation

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council voted to approve a much debated law banning texting while driving during its March 11 meeting.

The law is similar to the recently enacted state law and makes it a secondary offense to compose, send or read text messages, or to interact with Internet-based content while driving, with several exceptions, including reporting a safety emergency, inputting a phone number to make a call, using a navigation system or using hands-free systems.

For those 18 and older, the offense is a minor misdemeanor. For those younger than 18, the offense is punishable by a fine and license suspension. Juveniles also are prohibited from “using in any manner an electronic wireless communications device” while driving.

Also at the meeting, Council approved legislation it had been considering for several weeks requiring sellers to disclose housing violations to buyers in a transaction.

Violators would be subject to criminal punishment as a third-degree misdemeanor on first offense (a maximum of a $500 fine and 60 days in jail) and a second-degree misdemeanor on second and subsequent offenses (a maximum of a $750 fine and 90 days in jail).

The legislation came out of a recently much publicized situation in which Larry Modic bought a house on Manchester Road for $10,000. He later claimed the seller failed to disclose several violations pertaining to the house, which subsequently was torn down by the city.

Council also gave its approval to related legislation authorizing the city to take legal action against the seller with Modic’s permission.


Barberton Court holding unclaimed money

SUMMIT COUNTY — Barberton Municipal Court Clerk Diana Stevenson announced that more than $4,500 in unclaimed funds is available at the Court.

“Each year, checks issued as refunds, restitution payments or judgment payments fail to get cashed by the payee,” said Stevenson. “People and organizations lose track of money that is rightfully theirs.”

In an effort to return those unclaimed funds, Stevenson has sent letters informing payees of the money. She added that to date, only five people have claimed their payments. On April 1, all unclaimed funds must be turned over to the city, she added.

“I encourage people to check the unclaimed funds list for their name so we can make sure they get their money,” she said.

The unclaimed funds listing can be viewed at www.cityofbarberton.com/clerkofcourts or at the court, located at 576 W. Park Ave.

The Barberton Municipal Court serves the communities of Barberton, Clinton, Coventry, Green, New Franklin, Copley and Norton.


Wetmore Chapter works to mark veterans’ graves

SUMMIT COUNTY — The William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812 recently recently received a grant from Summit County to purchase 60 headstones for the unmarked graves of veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Summit County.

Ken Noon, of Summit Memorials, a veterans’ advocate, has contracted with the chapter to provide the granite headstones at a competitive price, according to chapter officials.

In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Wetmore Chapter found, photographed and researched the 365 veterans’ graves in the county. The chapter also acquired flag holders from the Summit County Veterans Administration for each grave in 2012.

The chapter also worked with the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) and the cemeteries in 2012 to obtain government headstones for approximately 50 Summit County veterans before the VA insisted that only next of kin could obtain these headstones, according to chapter officials. There were approximately 60 unmarked graves remaining, prompting Phase II of the Cemetery Project.

Photos of all of the graves, along with information on the veterans, are included in the Ohio Society Daughters of 1812 Veterans Grave Index at www.ohiodaughters1812.org/ohio1812/graveindex/.

The Wetmore Chapter is planning memorial ceremonies for veterans buried in Peninsula May 18, veterans buried in Stow July 20 and veterans buried in the entire county Sept. 21 at the Summit County Historical Society (SCHS). The SCHS also is planning a trolley tour of the veterans of 1812 graves in Glendale Cemetery July 9.

For more information on events in the area, visit sharonmyers1.tripod.com and click on the Bicentennial Events link or call Sharon Myers at 330-794-5099.


Lake Chamber of Commerce hosts annual Service and Leadership Awards Dinner

HARTVILLE — More than 225 people attended the Lake Township Chamber’s annual Service and Leadership Awards Dinner Feb. 26 at the Hartville Kitchen.

According to event officials, individuals who set an exemplary model in their service to others, volunteerism and community partnerships were recognized at the event, which was themed “Find One, Serve Many ... Helping Others Is Good Business.”

“We had an outpouring of support for the entire event, from those supporting the honorees to those who serve through nonprofit organizations that are members of the Chamber,” said Lake Chamber President Christa Kozy.

The 2013 Service and Leadership Award winners included: Dan Dutcher, of Dutcher Door Inc., for Business Professional of the Year; Kami Sommers, of Lake Township F.I.S.H., for Community Impact; Norman Wengerd, of the GentleBrook Centre, for Economic Impact; and Laura Ibarra and Miguel Alatorre, of Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, for Community Service.

In addition, guest speaker Jenn Snyder’s father, Charlie Snyder, of Snyder Insurance, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jenn Snyder, a Lake native and founder of Don’t Change the Channel, encouraged attendees to get involved locally, according to event officials. A copy of her book, of the same title, on the importance of serving in the community and including steps for starting that process, with projects for people of all ages, was given to award winners and sponsors to keep the “Find One, Serve Many” message going, according to event officials.

The Lake Chamber’s next event is a Business After Hours event April 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the GentleBrook Centre, 844 Sunnyside St. S.W. Members and guests who are interested in learning more about the Chamber are welcome.

For additional information, visit www.facebook.com/lakechamber or www.discoverhartville.com or call 330-877-5500.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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