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8/1/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Akron staging events for National Night Out

AKRON — The 30th Annual National Night Out (NNO), an anti-crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, has been scheduled for Aug. 6.

This year’s local theme is “See Something … Say Something.”

The NNO campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities and all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

NNO in Akron started in 1984 with one East Akron site. In 2005, a second site was added in West Akron. Since then, Mayor Don Plusquellic has added several sites per year. This year, there will be a total of 16 sites participating. In the West Side Leader’s coverage area, those sites include:

  • Highland Square, corner of West Market Street and Conger Avenue, 6 to 8:30 p.m.;
  • West Hill, Alexander Park, 387 W. Market St. (rain site, 471 Crosby St.), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.;
  • Northwest Akron, Woodland United Methodist Church, 444 N. Hawkins Ave., 6:30 to 8 p.m.;
  • Vernon Odom/Edgewood Village, Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., 5 to 8 p.m.; and
  • West Akron/Copley Road, Mountain of the Lord Fellowship, 1477 Copley Road, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Akron PeaceMakers will assist at all sites and interact with and provide information to youth attending the event. Most sites will feature music, games and free food, and all sites will provide information on safety, health and other issues of concern. Anti-crime signs will be available at all locations, as well as block watch information.

“This is an opportunity for our citizens to come together to promote awareness, safety and unity, so that our neighborhoods are safer for all our citizens, especially for our children,” Plusquellic said in a press release.

According to city officials, NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

For more details, contact Billy Soule at 330-375-2660 or bsoule@akronohio.gov.


Summit County CSEA hosting amnesty event for parents

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) has collected $30 million from criminal nonsupport cases since the Criminal Non-Support Unit was created in 2001, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

“Prosecution is a worst-case scenario, reserved for those people who adamantly refuse to comply with the court’s order to pay child support,” said Walsh. “Many parents start paying child support when they are faced with losing their driver’s license or even going to prison. The results of our Criminal Non-Support Unit prove that aggressive prosecution works.”

The Criminal Non-Support Unit, a division of CSEA, prosecutes parents who are at least $5,000 behind on their child support payments and have not made a payment in more than six months, according to Walsh’s office. Prosecution is a last resort after other enforcement tools — such as driver’s license suspension, income withholding, liens and tax offsets — are exhausted.

“I know that it can be very difficult to make those payments, especially when you’re under- or unemployed or are otherwise experiencing a financial hardship,” said Walsh. “That’s why we’re once again hosting Child Support Solutions, a two-day amnesty event for parents with active child support cases within the Summit County CSEA.”

The event will take place Aug. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave.

At Child Support Solutions, parents can meet one-on-one with CSEA caseworkers to discuss payment options, receive free genetic paternity testing, reinstate their driver’s licenses, sign up for employment services through The Job Center, register for parenting classes and even resolve outstanding child support-related warrants, according to Walsh’s office.

Partner organizations offering their services at this event include: the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Summit County Executive’s Office, the Summit County Fiscal Office, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fathers & Sons of Northeast Ohio, Man 2 Man, the Summit County Clerk of Courts, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Summit County Domestic Relations Court, The Job Center and Fame Fathers, according to Walsh’s office.

For more etails on CSEA, visit co.summitoh.net/prosecutor/index.php/divisions/child-support-enforcement.


Richfield officials seeking input on dog park idea

RICHFIELD — Richfield Township officials are gathering resident interest in a proposed simple, inexpensive dog park in Rising Valley Park. 

A dog park is a fenced park area for socialized dogs to run and play with common-sense rules on behavior, according to township officials. They normally include a secure area for dogs to run freely, as well as water, bags for cleanup and rules of use.

Rising Valley Park has a bequest, which has funds that must be spent on capital improvements in the park. A dog park would cost a small fraction of the available funding, according to township officials. Based on research conducted on similar parks, it is estimated to be between $13,000 and $19,000, mostly for fencing, according to township officials.

In order to gauge interest for a dog park, Revere High School students are doing a project to create a brief online survey for people to complete between today, Aug. 1, and Aug. 15. The survey will be available at the website www.richfield-twp.org and linked from the Richfield Village website, www.richfieldvillageohio.org. People also can take the survey at Richfield Community Day Aug. 11 at Richfield Woods Park.

The student leaders will compile the survey results and present their findings to the Richfield Township Board of Trustees for review. The trustees will use this input to determine community interest. If there is approval to proceed, trustees will continue to seek community input on design and operation, according to township officials.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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