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5/16/2013 - South 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 to support Harvest for Hunger. 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. Participating supermarkets included Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Dave’s Supermarkets, Fishers Foods, Giant Eagle and Heinen’s Fine Foods, along with support from the members of UFCW Local 880.

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 and is one of the largest food and funds drives in the nation. The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank provides food to food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in Summit, Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. For details, go to www.akroncantonfoodbank.org or call 330-535-6900.

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, local 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. Participants also will complete a more detailed survey at home and will continue to receive periodic follow-up surveys in the future.

Enrollment appointments are available locally and include the following sites: 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.; and University Park YMCA in Downtown Akron, 477 E. Market St., May 23 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

According to ACS officials, researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks. Researchers will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from earlier cancer prevention studies, which began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of participants, according to ACS officials.

“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.

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.

Green hosting recycling events

GREEN — The city of Green will host three free recycling events this summer.

On June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, hazardous household waste will be accepted at Green’s Recycle Center, 5383 Massillon Road. A driver’s license and current utility bill will be accepted as proof of residency. According to city officials, acceptable items to drop off include: paint/paint products, aerosols, pesticide liquids/solids/aerosols, cleaners, reactives, adhesives/roof tar/driveway sealers, fuels (gasoline, kerosene), automotive products, mercury, propane, helium, Freon, oxygen, carbon dioxide cylinders and fluorescent lamps.

On July 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, electronic waste will be accepted at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. According to city officials, items such as computers, printers, cable boxes, TVs up to 40 inches, telephones, keyboards, fax machines, switches and batteries will be accepted.

Both of these events are for residents of Green only. For a complete list of acceptable items for each event, visit the website www.cityofgreen.org/sanitation-services.

On Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon, the city and the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority will host a Document Shredding Day at the Central Administration Building. A maximum of 10 file boxes or bags will be accepted from each person or business. This event is open to all residents in Summit County.

Fiscal officer announces successful Negotiated Tax Certificate Lien Sale

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise has announced that her office conducted a Negotiated Tax Certificate Lien Sale April 30.

Tax Ease Ohio LLC had a successful bid of $124,869.50 on 56 parcels. Parcels that sold consisted of residential and commercial properties. Prior to the tax certificate sale, the Fiscal Office collected $393,044 on parcels that were pending sale.

“I am committed to assisting the citizens of Summit County in meeting their obligation to pay real estate taxes by offering various programs, including the Delinquent Payment Program,” Scalise said. “If you have fallen behind on your taxes, please call my office at 330-643-2600 regarding a payment program, which would prevent a lien from being sold on your property.”

Tax certificate sales ensure that taxing districts entitled to revenues from property tax collections will receive those tax dollars needed for their operations, according to Scalise. Any property the fiscal officer offers for a tax lien certificate sale must be certified delinquent for at least one year under current law. Properties that are in bankruptcy or foreclosure are not eligible.

Summit of Sustainability announces new symposiums

AKRON/TWINSBURG — In the second year for the countywide awards program that showcases the best examples of commercial energy efficiency, waste reduction and involvement of employees, the Summit of Sustainability Awards founders and sponsors are offering two symposiums.

The sustainability symposiums will take place at two of the 2012 winners’ locations and will give attendees a chance to tour their sustainable infrastructure.

One or two representatives can register to attend the symposiums from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 29 at Bridgestone Americas Technical Center or June 11 at Visual Marking Systems in Twinsburg.

To register, due by May 27 for the May 29 event and June 7 for the June 11 event, go to www.SummitOfSustainability.org or call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116.

All registered attendees will receive a complimentary box lunch while viewing the professional videos of the three 2012 Summit of Sustainability Award winners, including the Akron Zoological Park, and the Sustainable Champions: Sterling Jewelers and METRO RTA’s sustainable program highlights.

Representatives from FirstEnergy, Dominion and COSE will be present offering information about their commercial energy audits, rebates and Good Sense programs.

The Summit of Sustainability Award categories for 2013 are: Companies with 25 employees or less, Companies with 249 employees or less, Companies with over 250 employees and Nonprofit and Civic Sector (Public Sector/Governmental/Schools).

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

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