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4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Fairway Park lawsuit against Copley Township dismissed

COPLEY — Copley Township has one fewer legal hassle following dismissal April 8 of a lawsuit filed by attorneys for Fairway Park Luxury Apartments.

The action, which claimed Copley Township wrongfully rezoned commercial property, was dismissed with prejudice by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison McCarty.

“We’re very happy it was dismissed,” said Copley Township Trustee Dale Panovich. “We didn’t believe there were any grounds to the lawsuit to begin with. The township is very happy.”

The lawsuit claimed the township arbitrarily changed zoning of 40 acres on Rothrock Road across from the apartment complex to allow construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter, Sam’s Club and a fuel station.

Attorneys for Fairway Park first contested zoning of the parcels with a lawsuit in 2008. That suit was dismissed without prejudice in 2009. They filed again in July 2012. Under terms of the dismissal, each party pays its own attorney fees, and court costs will be borne by Fairway Park Properties, according to court documents.

Trustee Helen Humphrys said the township’s zoning has been in place for many years and has stood the test of time.

“We’re pleased, obviously, very pleased,” said Humphrys.

The proposed development has spawned several legal actions, including a lawsuit filed by township officials to prevent the city of Fairlawn from closing Rothrock Road. The parties went to trial last summer and — nearly nine months later — are still awaiting McCarty’s ruling on the matter.

Wal-Mart has been seeking to move its Rosemont Commons store in Fairlawn to the commercially zoned Rothrock Road location since 2010, first working through LRC Copley Investors LLC.

LRC in September sold six parcels totaling approximately 24 acres on Rothrock Road to Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust, according to Summit County property records. Wal-Mart purchased another 7 acres in May from Marhofer Development Co. LLC, records show.


Sequester affecting CVNP

BRECKSVILLE — Due to the federal government’s sequestration, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is cutting back on some services and programming.

Officials said the park must absorb a $600,000 reduction in spending through September. To do that, since March 1 there have been reductions in training, overtime, service contracts and supply purchases, fleet vehicles and hiring of staff.

Among the areas impacted are visitor center hours, educational programming, restroom cleaning, trail maintenance and mowing. Officials said there would be 35 fewer seasonal staff members.

The park had developed a sequester plan in which some restrooms were going to be closed due to a lack of seasonal staff. The park has adjusted the plan and will now open all restrooms, but at a reduced level of cleaning, officials said.

“We are working diligently to continue to provide high-quality visitor experiences during the required budget cuts,” said CVNP Superintendent Stan Austin. “Like many national parks, we are unable to retain our previous level of staffing and there will be fewer staff positions in the park this year compared to last year. The result is a reduction in the level of service visitors have come to expect. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and continued support in helping to maintain a clean and safe park environment.”


SASWMA changes name to ReWorks

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA) has announced that, in an effort to better deliver on its mission while building awareness of its vision, it has changed its name to ReWorks.

“ReWorks clearly reflects our mission,” stated Executive Director Yolanda Walker. “Our mission has expanded from reducing reliance on landfills to reducing waste, period. ReWorks will provide leadership, education and engagement for Summit to be a zero-waste county.”

SASWMA has provided the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center in Stow, free document shredding events, school-based recycling efforts and a community curbside recycling program. In addition, local businesses take part in free recycling programs, waste audits and waste reduction consultations.

For more information on ReWorks programs, call 330-374-0383 or visit www.saswma.org.


Volunteers needed for Clean Up Akron event

AKRON — Last year, 5,282 volunteers participated in Clean Up Akron Week to clean 105 public sites and remove 7.40 tons of litter, according to event organizer Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB).

The event has been held annually for 32 years as part of the Great American Cleanup, according to KAB officials.

This year, volunteers are being sought for a similar month-long event, which KAB officials said has been organized to better serve the needs of Akron. Thanks to a newly created city of Akron Neighborhood Assistance Department, KAB officials announced they launched Clean Up Akron Month in April.

Volunteers are needed to pick up trash and illegally dumped items throughout April. Participants will receive free cleaning supplies and bags for the disposal of collected trash.

Residents of Summit County can participate in the cleanup activities by registering online at www.keepakronbeautiful.org or calling 330-375-2116 until April 21. The first 100 registrants will receive free passes to the Akron Zoo for the annual appreciation picnic April 27.

In last year’s Great American Cleanup, more than 4,000 volunteers helped to build more vibrant communities, according to KAB officials.


Cuyahoga Falls announces 2013 electronics recycle collection

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Citizens, businesses and organizations are encouraged to safely and securely recycle old electronics at the 2013 City of Cuyahoga Falls E-Recycle Collection program planned for May 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. and May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Cuyahoga Falls Service Complex, located at 2560 Bailey Road.

Participants are asked to enter the Bailey Road City Service Complex parking lot via Gaylord Grove Road.

All types of electronics, including old cell phones, computers/computer towers and monitors, copiers/printers, cameras, game systems, video equipment, batteries and battery-operated equipment, DVD/CD players, old radios, clocks, appliances not containing Freon, electronic accessories such as speakers and more will be accepted for recycling at no charge.

There is a recycle fee due at the time of drop-off for CRT TVs. Payable by cash or check to Accurate IT Services, the recycle fee per CRT (nonflat-screen) TVs will be $15 regardless of size.

There is no residency requirement for participation in the 2013 E-Recycle Collection program. For a list of acceptable electronics and accessories, visit www.cityofcf.com or pick up a list at the City Utility Billing Office in City Hall.

For more information, call 330-971-8201 or email mcclearyrm@cityofcf.com.


Financial Literacy Month events continuing

GREATER AKRON — The Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs (SCOCA) is recognizing April as Financial Literacy Month with a variety of activities planned. To register or learn more about a class, workshop or event during April, call the number provided by that agency or the SCOCA at 330-643-2879 for a flier to be mailed to you or visit www.co.summit.oh.us/consumeraffairs.

The following classes will be offered:

  • Job Fair for Veterans and Dependents, April 17, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Veterans Service Commission, 1060 E. Waterloo Road in South Akron; 330-564-1492.
  • Stow Consumer Debt Class, April 17, 4 p.m., with Community Legal Aid Services (CLAS), at the Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St.; 330-983-2621.
  • Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages, for homeowners 62 and older, April 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Fair Housing Contact Service, 411 Wolf Ledges Parkway in Downtown Akron, in Room 107. Registration required; call 330-376-6191.
  • BBB Secure Your ID Day, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon, with Better Business Bureau and Neoshred, at Neoshred, 895 E. Tallmadge Ave. in North Akron; 330-253-8260. Limit 10 boxes/bags per person.
  • Single Income Households, April 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Primerica, 169 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road in Green; 330-644-9910.
  • Money Management for Teens, April 24, 5 to 7 p.m., at Youth Employment for Success, 140 E. Market St. in Downtown Akron; 330-643-7886.
  • OPEN M Counsel and Advice Clinic, April 25, 5 p.m., with CLAS, at OPEN M, 941 Princeton St. in Downtown Akron; 877-401-0088.
  • Children and Money, April 27, noon to 2 p.m., Primerica; 330-644-9910.


More ‘Child & Family Awareness Month’ events offered

GREATER AKRON — The 26th annual “Child & Family Awareness Month©” celebration of children and families coordinated by Summit County Children Services (SCCS), along with more than 150 local agencies, organizations, places of worship, businesses and individuals, will continue with the following activities:

  • April 18, Early Childhood Professional Development Training, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Training Center, SCCS, 264 S. Arlington St. in South Akron. The training, “Transition, Rituals and Routines,” will be provided by Child Guidance & Family Solutions with trainer Judee Gorczynski, M.Ed., a licensed social worker and behavior specialist with the agency. She will speak about four different types of transitions, and guests will learn strategies to facilitate easier transitions that help classrooms run more smoothly and avoid conflict. Register online at opdn.org.
  • April 20: Summit Mall & Western Reserve PBS Family Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Summit Mall in Fairlawn. Sponsored by Summit Academy Management; Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; Summit County Department of Job & Family Services; and Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, the event will feature family entertainment, information, resource displays, activities and prizes. Children will be able to meet Bert and Ernie at the Western Reserve PBS booth. Families can watch special performances by Coolbelly on the event stage at noon and 2 and 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
  • April 21-27: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 21 at 6 p.m., a Candle Light Vigil (location to be determined); and April 23 at 11:45 a.m., a Victims’ Rights Luncheon, Greek Community Center, 129 S. Union St., in Downtown Akron. For event sites and more information, contact the Victim Assistance Program at 330-376-0040.
  • April 25: A.A.A.E.Y.C. Professional Development Training, 6 to 9 p.m., Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road. Trainer Becky Foster, of Kent State University’s Child Development Center, will speak on “First Steps Into Clay: A Powerful Art Material for Child Development.” Participants will explore skills and gain confidence in working with clay as a powerful tool for child development. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

For more information about any program listed or to register with the SCCS, call 330-379-1994 or visit www.summitkids.org.


Akron Rotary Foundation creates $500,000 endowment  

AKRON — On March 29, the Akron Rotary Foundation made a $500,000 gift to Akron Community Foundation to establish the Akron Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund.

The agency endowment fund will primarily help children who are financially disadvantaged attend the Akron Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs in New Franklin. It also will fund stipends for foreign exchange students in the Rotary Youth Exchange program and other youth programs.

The Akron Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund was the 23rd charitable fund established during the community foundation’s 2013 fiscal year, which ended March 31. It is one of 70 other agency endowment funds started by local nonprofit organizations seeking the community foundation’s financial stewardship, long-term investing, gift administration and planned giving capabilities.

Agency endowment funds are protected and preserved by the community foundation and cannot be liquidated. Their assets are grown in perpetuity, ensuring a permanent, predictable stream of funding for their organization’s charitable cause.

“The work of the Akron Rotary Foundation is so vital to our community, and Akron Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to enhance this work through the power of endowment,” said Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John Petures Jr. “That includes giving even more children with disabilities the opportunity to experience all the friendship, fun and excitement of Akron Rotary Camp, and helping students become immersed and educated in different cultures. We are grateful to be empowering them to do this work forever in our community.”

The Akron Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets. Gifts can be made online at www.akroncf.org/give/AkronRotaryFund or by calling 330-376-8522.


Pajama Program continues to provide pajamas, books to children in need

GREATER AKRON — The Eastern Ohio Chapter of the Pajama Program continues to provide new pajamas and books to children in need, many of whom, according to program officials, have been abused or abandoned and/or are waiting to be adopted. 

Local receiving organizations are: ACCESS Inc., Akron Urban League, Battered Women’s Shelter, Caring for Kids Inc., Community Pregnancy Center, Medina County Department of Job and Family Services, Spicer St. Good Neighbors and Summit County Children Services.

Local drop-off locations include First Congregational Church of Akron, 292 E. Market St. in Downtown Akron, and MSL Realty, 125 W. Boyer St., Suite B, in Wadsworth.

Donated pajamas and books must be new. All sizes of complete sets of pajamas are needed (birth to age 17). Financial donations also are always welcome, with checks payable to the Pajama Program.

For details, contact Patty Gillespie, chapter president, at patty@pajamaprogram.org or call 330-253-5109.


Kathleen Folkerth, Stephanie Kist, Pam Lifke and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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