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5/9/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Nonpartisan candidates file for November ballot

GREATER AKRON — May 6 was the Summit County Board of Elections’ (BOE) filing deadline for Independent or nonpartisan candidates for races in Barberton and Stow municipal courts.

According to the BOE, the only candidate to file was former District 27 state senator Kevin Coughlin, a Republican, who filed as nonpartisan for the Stow Municipal Court clerk seat. Pending certification by the BOE, he will face incumbent Democrat Diana Colavecchio and Republican Frank Larson, mayor of Munroe Falls, in the Nov. 5 General Election. They were unopposed in the May 7 Primary Election.

While the Primary was partisan, the race in November is nonpartisan, which Coughlin said allows him to bypass having to run in the Primary Election as a party candidate.

“The law allows candidates to choose to run in a primary or go straight to November,” said Coughlin. “If the rules allowed you to run a race with one hurdle or two, which would you choose? And it’s a nonpartisan position anyway, so I chose to exercise my right to file for the General Election and be free of the local political machine’s hooks.”

Incumbent Kim Hoover, a Republican, filed months before the May 6 deadline, in February, to run as a nonpartisan candidate for Stow Municipal Court judge. If certified, he will face Democrat Linda Malek and Republican Kandi O’Connor, who were both unopposed in the Primary.

BOE Director Joe Masich was contacted for comment, but did not return a call by presstime.

The Stow Municipal Court district includes Cuyahoga Falls, Peninsula and Boston Township.


ReWorks offers document shredding

SUMMIT COUNTY — ReWorks will offer free on-site confidential document shredding events to Summit County residents and businesses on several dates this year.

These events are free to shred and recycle personal and business documents. All events will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon as follows:

  • May 11, Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, 1201 Graham Road in Stow (no hazardous waste is accepted at this event);
  • June 8, Fairlawn Service Department, 3300 Fairlawn Service Drive;
  • July 13, Macedonia City Hall, 9691 Valley View Road;
  • Aug. 10, Green Central Administration Building, 1755 Townpark Blvd.;
  • Sept. 14, Barberton Sports Complex, 841 Wooster Road West (enter at Wooster Road West only); and
  • Oct. 5, The Job Center Parking Lot, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave. in North Akron.

“All documents will be shredded on site and sent to be recycled into new products,” said ReWorks Executive Director Yolanda Walker.

Visit www.summitreworks.com or call 330-374-0383 for more information.

There is a limit of 10 file boxes or shopping bags per vehicle. No 35-gallon or bigger trash bags will be accepted. Participants are asked to remove and reuse binder clips, rubber bands, hanging file folders, binders, paper clips, report covers and plastic items. Staples can remain.


Gary Rosen announced as 2013 Shaw JCC, Lippman School Annual Benefit honoree

Gary Rosen
WEST AKRON — Gary Rosen has accepted the invitation to be the 2013 honoree at the Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC) and The Lippman School Annual Benefit taking place Nov. 16.

Rosen is partner in the Akron law firm Goldman & Rosen Ltd., having previously served five years as chief prosecutor for the city of Akron. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has chaired a number of Akron Bar Association committees.

Rosen has been actively involved in the Akron community and has taken on many leadership roles, according to Shaw JCC officials. He has served as president of The Lippman School Board, Beth El Board of Trustees and the Akron Jewish Community Federation. He helped to initiate the city of Akron Holocaust Commemoration and has participated in numerous community and national missions to Israel, including the Akron Jewish Community Federation’s Interfaith Mission with Mayor Don Plusquellic. Rosen also is a senior lecturer at The University of Akron and a frequent speaker at legal seminars.

According to Shaw JCC officials, Rosen learned from his father at an early age that community involvement is an obligation similar to tzedakah. Bernie Rosen, an attorney and community leader, taught Gary and his two sisters that the Jewish community needed to be a focal point of their lives.

For an invitation, call the Shaw JCC at 330-835-0022.


Stamp out Hunger in its 21st year

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will join forces with Campbell’s Soup Co. and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help Stamp out Hunger across America May 11.

Now in its 21st year, the annual food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive, according to Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank officials.

In 2012, letter carriers collected food donations from 10,000 communities across the country. In this community, 39,726 pounds of food were collected, the equivalent of more than $65,000 of food donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, through Stamp out Hunger.

To participate in the 21st Stamp out Hunger food drive, leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery May 11. Local letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

“We are so thankful to the National Association of Letter Carriers and Campbell’s Soup Co. for joining the fight against hunger,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “I encourage our community to participate on May 11 and join one of the easiest ways to help provide relief for our neighbors struggling with hunger.”

For details on Stamp out Hunger, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the food drive at www.twitter.com/StampoutHunger.


Summit County plans block grant workshop

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron-area nonprofits and municipalities can participate in a grant workshop planned for May 22 at 8 a.m.

The workshop, hosted by the Summit County Executive’s Department of Community and Economic Development, is for those interested in the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Economic Investment Partnership Grants. Applications for both programs will be available at the workshop.

CDBGs are used to fund economic development projects, emergency home repair programs, infrastructure projects and public services, while HOME grants are exclusively for creating affordable housing for low-to-moderate income individuals.

County officials said they expect Summit County to receive $323,000 in HOME funds and $933,000 in CDBG funding. The funding must be used in the county but outside the cities of Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls, which receive funds directly for the programs.

To reserve a spot, call 330-643-8745 by May 15. For details, go to www.co.summitoh.net and look under the Executive’s Office tab for Community and Economic Development.


Judge testifies on additional judge proposal

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio testified before the Ohio Senate’s General Governance Finance Subcommittee May 2 in opposition to the addition of a second judge in the court.

An amendment placed on Ohio House Bill 59, the biennial budget bill, would add a judge to the court, of which Teodosio is the sole judge. The House passed the bill and it is now before the Senate.

According to Teodosio’s office, the judge provided the subcommittee with data from the Ohio Supreme Court that she said shows the county’s juvenile court system has seen a 42.7 percent decrease in new case filings from 2007 to 2012. Teodosio also testified that the court is in compliance with the Supreme Court’s time guidelines for deciding cases and has far fewer cases pending at the end of the year than the courts in the comparably sized counties of Lucas and Montgomery.

The judge noted that the addition of a judge would be a financial burden to the county.

“Pulling money away from effective programming for youth to support a second judicial seat during the current economic climate is nothing short of fiscally irresponsible,” Teodosio said.

In her testimony, Teodosio also took issue with the fact the Ohio Supreme Court has not been consulted in the decision.

“In Ohio, when a court or other governmental entity is requesting the addition of a judge, it has been customary to seek a recommendation from the Supreme Court of Ohio,” she said in her testimony.

The amendment to add the judge was put forward by state Reps. Anthony DeVitis (R-District 36) and Marilyn Slaby (R-District 41). County officials have said DeVitis responded to a request from local foster parents who felt there is a need for another judge in the court, which handles issues such as permanent custody.

According to information on the Ohio Senate website, County Executive Russ Pry also testified before the committee against the amendment. The subcommittee was scheduled to meet May 8 at 10 a.m. for a possible vote, according to an agenda on the website.


Final Trail Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for CVNP available

CVNP — The National Park Service has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notice of Availability (NOA) for the recently released final Trail Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) has been published in the Federal Register.

The EPA NOA officially begins the 30-day waiting period before the Record of Decision can be issued.

“We would like to thank all of those who participated in the planning process. We value the public’s interest in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and look forward to implementing this plan with your support and collaboration,” said Stan Austin, CVNP superintendent.

Electronic copies of the FEIS are available on the park service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment website for the project at: park planning.nps.gov/cuyahoga trail plan. Copies are available for viewing at the Boston Store Visitor Center, 1550 Boston Mills Road, and at local libraries in Peninsula, Brecksville and Northfield. A limited number of copies and CDs of the FEIS also are available upon request by contacting CVNP at: Attn: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Trail Management Plan, 15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, OH 44141 or 330-342-0764, ext. 1.


Ohio EPA awards $527,000-plus for 2013 litter cleanups, tire amnesties

OHIO — Forty-five communities statewide will benefit from litter collection efforts or new tire amnesty collection programs thanks to grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Ohio EPA awarded a total of $527,671.

Locally, Cuyahoga Falls will receive $10,150 and Keep Akron Beautiful $19,644.

Local governments that receive Litter Collection and Prevention grants will incorporate litter collection events, community awareness programing or opportunities for residents to properly dispose of scrap tires. In addition, all local cleanup efforts involve the work of volunteers.

Funding comes from fees generated when building materials and demolished structures are disposed at construction and demolition debris landfills.

The next grant application opportunity opens Oct. 1, with a deadline in February 2014. Recipients have 12 months to complete the projects and must have a 50 percent cash match.

For details, call 614-644-2873 or visit www.epa.ohio.gov/dmwm/Home/Grants.aspx.


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

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