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

Coventry trustees add workshops to meeting schedule

COVENTRY — The Coventry Board of Trustees has decided to meet for a regular workshop meeting before each regular 7 p.m. Board of Trustees meeting beginning April 11.

The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. and allow trustees to discuss matters, and it will be open to the public for comment, according to Coventry officials. The workshop is designed to accommodate increasing workloads, officials added.

The meetings are held at Town Hall, located at 68 Portage Lakes Drive.

Officials stated that no action will be taken during the workshop, and notice will be sent out if the workshop is canceled.


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.

“Akron Rotary Foundation trustees realized we needed another respected vehicle for planned giving to support the primary recipient of our grants, Akron Rotary Camp in Portage Lakes,” said Dan O’Connell, president of the Akron Rotary Foundation board. “Akron Community Foundation has 57 years of prudent investment, administration and expertise in the field of philanthropy, which is important to our donors. This, combined with the exposure we will receive as a result of the collaboration, made the partnership a perfect fit.”

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.


VAP observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 21-27

AKRON — The Victim Assistance Program (VAP) will recognize the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 21-27.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the challenges faced by crime victims and to highlight the long struggle to establish victims’ rights, according to VAP officials. This year’s theme, “New Challenges. New Solutions.” summons the nation to confront and remove obstacles to achieving those rights.

A Candlelight Vigil will take place April 21 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the Chapel. St. Paul’s is located at 1361 W. Market St. in West Akron. The annual vigil is an opportunity to recognize those whose lives have been impacted by violent crime. The vigil is free and open to the public.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will be the keynote speaker at the Victim Rights Week Luncheon April 23. The luncheon will take place at the Greek Community Center, 129 S. Union St. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon will begin at noon. Prepaid reservations are required, and the cost of the luncheon is $25 per person.

Reservations can be made by sending a check payable to Victim Assistance Program to 150 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44304, online through the website at www.victimassistanceprogram.org or by calling 330-376-0040.


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.sas wma.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.


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 locations and more details, 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.sum mitkids.org.


UAE officials to address Akron Council of World Affairs


Alsaghira Al Ahbabi
Saud Al Nowais
FAIRLAWN — Addressing the Akron Council on World Affairs (ACWA) April 25 will be Alsaghira Al Ahbabi, second secretary, Political Department, and Saud Al Nowais, commercial counselor for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States, UAE Trade Office at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C.

“Understanding Business and Culture in the Middle East: Focus on the United Arab Emirates” will be the topic of the presentation, which will take place at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Those attending the evening session may bring comments and questions to address to Al Nowais and Al Ahbabi at the end of their formal presentation.

According to ACWA officials, in just more than four decades, the UAE has transformed from a tribal culture reliant on agriculture and fishing to an entrepreneurial success story with world-class infrastructure. The UAE’s leadership has improved education, advanced health care and embraced change as the UAE modernizes, consistent with its history and cultural values.

The UAE and the United States have formed a strong relationship with shared security interests and a common resolve to preserve security and stability in the Gulf region, according to ACWA officials.

Attendees may choose dinner and the program beginning at 6 p.m. for $45 per person, or the program only at 7:15 p.m. for $15, payable to ACWA. Check and attendees’ information is due no later than April 19 to ACWA, P.O. Box 5300, Akron, OH 44334, or go to www.akronworldaffairs.org to access event information and a registration form.


NEOSCC announces schedule for regional Scenario Planning public workshops

NORTHEAST OHIO — The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) has announced the schedule and details for the first round of public workshops that will gather resident input about the values and priorities of this region.

These workshops are the first phase of a year-long VibrantNEO 2040 process, an effort by NEOSCC to create a more vibrant, sustainable and resilient future for this region, according to NEOSCC officials. This initial phase of the VibrantNEO 2040 process will focus on helping residents identify what choices can be made now that gives the region the greatest chance for success in the future. To do this, NEOSCC is using a tool called Scenario Planning, which will look at potential futures for the region based on potential choices about land use and use of resources.

“The workshops have been scheduled to give as many people as possible a chance to participate,” said NEOSCC Executive Director Hunter Morrison. “Simply pick the location and day most convenient for you, RSVP if possible and join us.”

During workshops, participants will learn how Northeast Ohio could look in the year 2040 if present trends continue and how those trends will affect current and future generations. They also will explore alternative futures together through map-drawing and gaming.

The core questions that the sessions are designed to answer are: What are the most important issues and priorities to Northeast Ohio, and what should be considered to make Northeast Ohio more vibrant, resilient and sustainable?

Information on all workshops can be found at Vibrant NEO.org/Workshops. Prior registration is not required but is encouraged.

Locally, a meeting will take place May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd. in Akron. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. To register in advance, visit http://tinyurl.com/Vibrant NEO-Akron-050213.

Two additional rounds of public workshops will take place later in the year in August and September. More details about those workshops will be available once they are confirmed.


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


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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