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5/16/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Harvest for Hunger exceeds goal

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank officials and community leaders celebrated the conclusion of this year’s record-breaking Harvest for Hunger campaign May 10.

During the carnival-themed event at the Foodbank, President and CEO Dan Flowers unwrapped seven giant boxes that each held a balloon with the numbers making up the total amount collected in donations during the 2013 campaign: $1,058,543. In addition, the campaign brought in 100,000 pounds of food.

The campaign’s success means that more than 4.3 million meals can be provided to those in need in the Akron-Canton area, Flowers said.

“Harvest for Hunger celebrates the power of community engagement and what true impact people can make when they collaborate,” Flowers said. “Thank you to our friends, our partners and all the people who continually give us their talents so freely and openly.”

More than 300 businesses and organizations held food and funds drives. The campaign’s top financial donors were FirstEnergy Corp., Aultman Health Foundation, Akron Children’s Hospital and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

Local supermarkets raised more than $429,000 through Check out Hunger, which allowed shoppers to scan coupons and make donations at the checkout register.

William Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital, and Edward Roth, president and CEO of Aultman Health Foundation, led the 2013 campaign.

Harvest for Hunger is a collaborative effort of four food banks in Northeast Ohio. For more details, go to www.akroncantonfoodbank.org or call 330-535-6900.


Local AFL/CIO, United Way to host awards dinner

FAIRLAWN — The Tri-County Regional Labor Council AFL-CIO and United Way of Summit County will serve as co-hosts for the annual Community Service Awards Dinner May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St, Akron.

According to event officials, this year’s honorees are Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer, who will receive the Peter Bommarito Award, and Laborers Local No. 894 Business Manager Bill Orr, who will be presented the Leo E. Dugan Award.

Tickets are $50 and available by calling Jan at 330-253-2111.


Exterior painting application for elderly, disabled homeowners being accepted

WEST AKRON — Applications are being accepted for the Greater Westside Council of Block Clubs’ Senior Home Improvement Paint Program. To qualify for the 2013 exterior paint program, one must be a homeowner, older than 60 or disabled and meet federal poverty guidelines.

Anyone in need of this assistance should attend a meeting of the council. Meetings take place on the fourth Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Ed Davis Community Center, 430 Perkins Park Drive. The next meeting is May 25.

The council has been in existence since 1985 and works with organized block clubs to improve the West Akron community.


ACS seeking volunteers for nationwide prevention study

GREATER AKRON — As it celebrates its 100th birthday, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is looking for local men and women between 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds with no personal history of cancer to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people for a nationwide cancer prevention study.

The purpose of Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations, according to ACS officials.

“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Alpa Patel, principal investigator of CPS-3. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”

To participate, residents should schedule an enrollment appointment by visiting www.akroncps3.org or by calling 888-604-5888. Appointments will take place between May 18-24 at Canal Place in Downtown Akron and area YMCAs.

According to ACS officials, signing up requires a one-time in-person visit to read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, provide a waist measurement and give a small nonfasting blood sample. Appointments are expected to last approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

Appointments are available at Canal Place in Downtown Akron, 520 S. Main St., Building 24, fifth floor conference room, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Green YMCA, 3800 Massillon Road, May 23 from 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Nordonia Hills YMCA in Macedonia, 8761 Shepard Road, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Riverfront YMCA in Cuyahoga Falls, 544 Broad Blvd., May 22 from 3 to 6:30 p.m.; University Park YMCA in Downtown Akron, 477 E. Market St., May 23 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Wadsworth YMCA, 623 School Drive, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

According to ACS officials, researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks.

“Among other findings, these cancer prevention studies have confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions,” said Anna Fetzer, study coordinator for the Northeast Region of the ACS.


‘Hacking’ event brings technology, government together

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Local participants are being sought to help work on an Akron-area parks app, a “wiki” on Summit County and other projects as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.

HackNEO, an event that will see government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and citizens gather to collaborate on using technology to help address shared civic challenges, will take place June 1-2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St. The event is organized by grassroots civic technology volunteer “brigade” Code for Summit County with sponsorship from Summit County, technology publisher O’Reilly Media and tech firm CartoDB. Anyone can get involved, regardless of their professional experience, according to county officials.

Those who sign up to participate will receive breakfast and lunch, a T-shirt and a $100 Amazon Web Services credit, according to event officials.

At HackNEO, participants will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including an application to help park visitors navigate between local park systems, a “wiki” documenting all things Summit County and a dynamic analysis of U.S. Census Data, facilitated by a representative of the U.S. Census Bureau. The civic hacking event aims to illustrate the power of open government practices.

The county’s involvement follows on its recent engagement with Code for America. With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Summit County has engaged Code for America to work with a coalition of Akron area park and trail organizations, including Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, throughout this year to build technology responsive to the unique needs and opportunities of the park and trail network, county officials said.

For more information on the HackNEO event or to sign up to participate, go to www.hackneo.org; for more information about the national initiative, go to hackforchange.org/.


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

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