West Side News & Notes
Police offering service during grad parties
GREATER AKRON — Bath, Copley, Fairlawn and Richfield police departments are offering courtesy services for area residents hosting parties for graduating seniors.
According to Copley Police officials, area law enforcement hope to provide additional patrol in neighborhoods during graduation events that are registered with the departments. Officers will check for parking hazards, safety concerns and community welfare during these patrols. This service is intended to assist in making sure young people have a safe graduation season, according to Copley Police officials.
To register an event taking place in Bath, go to www.bathtownship.org and follow the link to the police department page. For events taking place in Copley, call the police administrative office at 330-666-4218 during normal business hours. Events taking place in Fairlawn may be registered by calling 330-670-4300 or 330-666-8871. Events taking place in Richfield may be registered by contacting Lt. Joe Davis or Detective Amy Ellis at 330-659-9500 during normal business hours.
Law enforcement officials remind parents and others hosting graduation parties that it is against the law to provide alcohol to anyone younger than 21, except your own child, and it is illegal to knowingly allow people younger than 21 to possess or consume alcohol in your home or on your property.
Party organizers also are asked to follow parking regulations, noise ordinances and juvenile curfew restrictions. Additional information may be found at the Bath website, www.copley.oh.us, www.cityoffairlawn.com and www.richfieldvillageohio.org.
MyAkron projects accepted online through May 17
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) Emerging Leaders has announced the launch of the MyAkron website, www.downtownakron.com/myakron. The website will allow citizens to submit MyAkron project ideas online for the upcoming event June 25.
“Since the first MyAkron event, the program has received continuous growing support and interest from the community,” said Andrew Smith, chair of the MyAkron committee and a member of DAP Emerging Leaders. “With that support, I hope the events will grow in size and we can get more citizens and businesses involved with making a difference downtown. In the months ahead, I look forward to seeing the ideas people come up with for Downtown Akron.”
MyAkron launched in March with the goal of creating a collaborative atmosphere that will empower citizens with progressive ideas that will continue downtown Akron’s progress toward becoming a thriving, urban atmosphere, according to DAP officials. The first event, held at Paolo’s, attracted more than 75 people and raised $900 toward future projects.
The MyAkron website is now accepting project ideas for the downtown neighborhood. Projects must be submitted through the website or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 17 at 5 p.m. Those submitting projects must attend the June 25 meeting to make a final pitch for their idea and answer any questions.
The DAP Emerging Leaders MyAkron committee will review the projects to determine whether the project is feasible, within the downtown district and falls in the budget parameters. The submission criterion is posted on the MyAkron websites, www.downtownakron.com/myakron and www.myakron.net. The projects that make it through the preliminary screening process will be presented at the June 25 meeting. The citizens in attendance will then vote on the projects. The winning project leaders will work with the Emerging Leaders and DAP staff to implement the project.
The next MyAkron event will be June 25 at 7 p.m. at Canal Park Stadium, 300 S. Main St.
Those interested can join MyAkron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/myakron.
Medication, firearms can be disposed of in Norton
NORTON — The Norton Police Department, with cooperation from the Norton Medicine Shoppe, has set up a collection date for citizens to drop off potentially dangerous, unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Participants can bring in current or expired unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, including unknown tablets and capsules, for proper disposal and prevention of abuse May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norton Medicine Shoppe, 3300 Greenwich Road, Suite No. 14.
The Norton Police Department also will accept firearms and weapons that homeowners no longer want.
This may include functioning and nonfunctioning firearms and any ammunition.
Falls announces 2013 citywide spring cleanup program
CUYAHOGA FALLS — Service Director Valerie Wax Carr has announced that the city’s Sanitation Department will begin its annual Citywide Spring Cleanup Program for all city of Cuyahoga Falls Sanitation customers beginning May 6 and continuing through May 17.
Customers can place all spring cleanup refuse at the curb on their regular pick-up day by 7 a.m. for collection, along with their regular refuse and recyclables, for these two weeks. There will be no additional charges for extra trash outside of the cart on regular pick-up day these two weeks.
Branches (less than 2 inches in diameter) and cuttings must be tied securely at both ends with heavy twine or rope in bundles not to exceed 5 feet in length and 24 inches in girth. The limit is five bundles per week. All yard wastes (grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, etc.) placed at curbside must be in special paper yard waste bags. Brush and yard wastes are collected separately. Do not exceed 45 pounds per yard waste bag or per bundled brush.
Unacceptable material includes: any waste not contained in a plastic bag, paper bag or box; yard waste not placed in special paper yard waste bags, unbundled brush, tree trunks, logs or large parts of trees; demolition material, construction material, stone, rock, broken or whole bricks or cement, gravel, cinders, ashes, asphalt or earth; vehicle parts or tires, motor oil, lead-acid batteries, gasoline tanks, propane tanks, pet feces that is not double bagged, or carpet that is not rolled (5 feet by 2 feet) and secured at both ends.
There will be no party paks allowed during these two cleanup weeks.
For more information, call 330-971-8010.
Great American River Day Cleanup, Beautification Project set for May 18
CUYAHOGA FALLS — In partnership with Friends of the Crooked River, the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District and Keep America Beautiful, the city of Cuyahoga Falls is coordinating a River Day Cleanup and Beautification Project May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Volunteers will clean up litter on public grounds throughout the community and along the Cuyahoga River, pull invasive garlic mustard plant at Water Works Park and plant flowers at park shelters.
There are numerous public grounds areas throughout the community that are in need of litter cleanup, according to city officials. Any litter that is not picked up can eventually find its way into local streams and the Cuyahoga River and negatively impact water quality, according to organizers. Volunteers may choose a public park or other public grounds site to clean up, as well as clean up litter along the river.
Lunch and cleanup and planting supplies will be provided for volunteers. Individuals, families and groups are welcome. Volunteers are urged to register by May 17 and should plan to meet at 10 a.m. at the Little Stone Shelter at Water Works Park May 18 for a brief safety meeting prior to cleanup and beautification work.
For additional information, contact Becky McCleary at 330-971-8201 or email email@example.com.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsat contributed to these reports.
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