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

Norton presenting next Charting the Course event

GREEN — Mayor Dick Norton will host a Charting the Course on Economic Development program Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. at Green’s Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

Norton will present a brief update of city activities and projects and then introduce the guest speakers. Green Local Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Miller, along with Assistant Superintendent Kevin Finefrock, will present the district’s new strategic plan, an update on school spending and how businesses and the schools can work together to better impact the community.

“This is a great way for our community and business leaders to meet with school administrators to learn about the business side of our school district and how we mutually benefit each other,” said Norton.

Norton hosts Charting the Course presentations to local business leaders as a way to keep businesses in Green informed about the city’s progress toward its strategic initiatives and economic development efforts, according to city officials. The free event will begin at 8 a.m., with breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m.

Business leaders are invited to attend, but seating is limited. Contact Amy Sehm at 330-896-6602 or asehm@cityofgreen.org to register.


Summit DD, sheriff join forces

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) recently entered into a contract for investigative services from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The contract will ensure timely and thorough investigation for all reported major unusual incidents (MUIs) of criminal nature against any person in Summit County with a developmental disability.

Detective Joseph Storad, the dedicated officer from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, will be working in partnership with Summit DD’s MUI agents and local jurisdictions in Summit County to investigate MUIs that might result in criminal prosecution.

“I see this position as being a voice for people who deserve justice,” Storad said. “The goal isn’t arrests, but to create a sense of closure for individuals and investigators working on these cases.”

Prior to this collaboration, Summit DD MUI agents worked with dozens of community law enforcement agencies to investigate criminal misconduct against people with disabilities. This new partnership will make investigation and tracking of MUIs easier and consistent, according to Summit DD officials.

“Rather than 26 individual law enforcement agencies, this will create one central place of law enforcement contact for our MUI Department — hopefully resulting in an increase in prosecutions,” said Tom Armstrong, Summit DD superintendent.

Within days of coming on board, Storad was able to assist in the arrest of a woman who allegedly stole medications intended for a person with a developmental disability, and the ability to have a single point of contact helped fill communication gaps and led to an arrest, according to Summit DD officials.


United Way seeks letters of inquiry for education programs

SUMMIT COUNTY — United Way of Summit County is accepting Letters of Inquiry from area nonprofit agencies seeking funding for programs supporting academic achievement. The programs deemed to be the most potentially impactful will be selected to submit a full proposal for three-year funding.

Programs most likely to be funded are those that support at least one of the six key transitions points identified in the Summit Education Initiative’s “Cradle to Career” pipeline. Visit www.seisummit.org/cradle-to-career-alliance for more information about those transition points.

“Our goal is to support efforts that lead toward academic success of our children and an educated work force for Summit County,” said Donae Ceja, United Way of Summit County senior vice president — Community Impact. “We believe the most effective way to move the needle in that direction is to fund programs and initiatives that align with the goals of the countywide Cradle to Career framework for educational success. Cradle to Career identifies six key transition points along the educational pipeline that are critical to student achievement. For this funding opportunity, we are specifically seeking evidence-based initiatives and programs that show support of at least one of those transition points.”

Letters of Inquiry are due to United Way of Summit County via email (sueschaad@uwsummit.org) by Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. For more information about the process, visit www.uwsummit.org.


Child Support Solutions assists parents

AKRON — Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Aug. 20 that the Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) collected close to $4,000 in child support payments during Child Support Solutions Aug. 16-17.

Volunteers helped 343 parents receive services, including driver’s license reinstatement, warrant resolution, case reviews and genetic paternity testing.

“I’m thrilled that so many parents took advantage of the resources Child Support Solutions offered,” said Walsh. “Almost half of the attendees were unemployed, which proves that our economy is still playing a large role in why parents don’t make their child support payments. That’s why it’s so vital for us to continually seek new ways like this to help parents meet their financial obligations.”

Close to 80 volunteers were on hand to assist attendees. Of those who attended Child Support Solutions: 343 parents received services; $3,849.54 in child support was paid; 61 warrants were resolved; 101 driver’s licenses were reinstated; 46 parents attended Workforce Orientation; and 27 parents received free genetic paternity testing.

CSEA case managers were available to discuss payment arrangements and support modification. Attendees were offered a quick, painless genetic paternity test to legally establish paternity. Parents who had their driver’s licenses suspended for failure to pay child support were able to reinstate their licenses. Those with outstanding child support-related warrants were able to resolve them without going to jail. Additionally, representatives from a multitude of federal, state and local agencies were on hand to discuss the available resources to help attendees finish their education, get a new job and become a better parent.

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


September marked as Hunger Action Month

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is joining more than 200 Feeding America food banks across the nation to celebrate Hunger Action Month in September with special events and activities to help end hunger.

By participating in Hunger Action Month, community members will help raise awareness for the more than 49 million Americans who experience food insecurity, and be invited to become involved to make a difference in the fight to end hunger, according to Foodbank officials.

In honor of the effort, the Dominion Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Foodbank to help feed people in its service region, where one in seven individuals struggles with hunger. In addition, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic declared this month Hunger Action Month in Akron.

“Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed hungry families,” said Foodbank President and CEO Dan Flowers. “We are deeply grateful for this generous donation from the Dominion Foundation that will enable the Foodbank to provide hunger relief locally.”

Foodbank officials said there are many ways local residents can help mark the month:

  • Watch “A Place at the Table,” a documentary that explores the implications of hunger in the community. The Foodbank and Akron Area League of Women Voters will host a showing of the film and panel discussion about ending hunger Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Tallmadge High School;
  • Download and print the “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar, which includes 30 quick and easy ways to fight hunger, from the Foodbank’s website, www.akroncantonfoodbank.org; and
  • Sign up for the Foodbank’s first 24-hour volunteer event, Operation Orange, Sept. 29-30. It will feature music, a DJ and activities. More information is on the website.

For more details, call 330-535-6900.


American Red Cross taking nominations for Hero Awards

GREATER AKRON — Each year, the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties holds two events, the Acts of Courage in Summit County and the Real Heroes Awards in Portage County to honor local individuals who have performed courageous acts to save a life. The Red Cross is seeking nominations for the 2013 calendar year.

To submit a nomination, individuals can visit the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/oh/akron and click on the “Local Programs” link. Nominations can be accepted online or through the use of a mail-in/fax-in nomination form that can be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Red Cross offices at 501 W. Market St. in Akron.

The American Red Cross annually recognizes those residents of Summit and Portage Counties who have acted courageously and selflessly in a time of emergency. Often at great risk and sacrifice to their own personal safety, comfort and well-being, these ordinary individuals have acted in a heroic manner by reaching out to help others in times of greatest need, according to Red Cross officials.

The heroic event may have happened anywhere, but must have occurred in 2013. Nominees must reside or be employed in Summit or Portage county. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31. All nominations will be reviewed by a judge’s panel, and heroes will be selected in January.

The selected 2013 heroes will be honored during a special reception in the spring of 2014. For more information, call the American Red Cross at 330-535-2224.


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

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