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9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Akron rolls out new website

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Mayor Don Plusquellic, at a news conference Sept. 18, demonstrated the new city of Akron website that had gone live that morning.

City officials describe the new website as offering a clean, smart design allowing users to easily navigate through useful and current information and data, including an online listing of all key city of Akron services and a multiple keyword alphabetical listing.

Located at www.akronohio.gov, the website is a portal site to which all city of Akron websites can be linked, while still communicating city of Akron information to residents, visitors, business owners and employees.  

“Our citizens have made it known that they want easier and increased communications between themselves and their government,” said Plusquellic.  “They want up-to-date information in an easy-to-find format, and they want access to city services while at home or work. ”

The website was designed by Hitchcock Fleming & Associates Inc. (hfa), in conjunction with a team from the city. hfa donated 50 percent of the cost of developing it and has provided project management, programming input, design architecture, navigability, functionality and messaging. 

The city also tapped EYEMG to provide its content management system. By using its content management tool, the city can organize, maintain and add to its website in a cost-effective and efficient manner, according to city officials.


$10 million gift made to Akron Jewish Community

WEST AKRON — The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) has announced it has been awarded $10 million from the Albert and Janet Schultz Supporting Foundation of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation.

Albert Schultz, who died March 20 at the age of 99, was the controller of Olson Electronics. He and his wife, Janet, who died in 2008, lived in Akron all their lives until moving to San Francisco in 1979.

Kept under wraps, news of the gift was revealed to the Akron Jewish community at large Sept. 17 at a ceremony at the Jerry Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC) at 750 White Pond Drive. The new name of the White Pond Drive campus also was announced at that time: The Albert L. and Janet A. Schultz Campus for Jewish Life.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Schultz wanted to create a legacy for himself and his wife in Akron here on our campus,” said David Koch, CEO of the JCBA. “This $10 million gift is a game-changer for the entire Akron Jewish community.”

According to Koch, the couple met as teenagers in 1929 at the opening of the Akron Jewish Center on Balch Street (the precursor of the present-day Jerry Shaw JCC). They remained large supporters of the Akron Jewish community all their lives, Koch said.

The JCBA is responsible for overall fundraising, direction of policy and macro-management of the affairs of its affiliated agencies: the Shaw JCC, The Lippman School and Jewish Family Service (JFS). The JCBA, Shaw JCC, JFS and The Lippman School are all located together on the Albert L. and Janet A. Schultz Campus for Jewish Life. Also located on the Schultz campus are Beth El Congregation, Summa Rehab at White Pond and Center Towers: Jewish Senior Housing of Akron.


Muffins for Mammograms available for pre-order

GREATER AKRON — Now in its 21st year, Akron General and Main Street Gourmet’s Muffins for Mammograms program has raised more than $600,000, which has, in turn, been used to provide free mammograms for more than 8,000 uninsured women throughout Northeast Ohio.

This year’s Muffins for Mammograms event will feature the two most popular muffins, blueberry and French toast, which are available for advance order of $150 or more online at www.akrongeneral.org/muffins, and will be delivered Oct. 16 to locations within Summit County. Orders must be received by tomorrow, Sept. 27. Same-day muffin sales of smaller quantities also will be held Oct. 16 from 7 to 10 a.m. at five Akron General Health System locations: Akron General Medical Center, 1 Akron General Ave. in Downtown Akron; Lodi Community Hospital, 225 Elyria St.; and the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers at 4125 Medina Road in Bath, 4300 Allen Road in Stow and 1940 Town Park Blvd. in Green.

The Muffins for Mammograms program distributes breast health information with the muffins and raises needed funds to pay for mammograms throughout the year for women who are uninsured. The purchase of 42 muffins covers the cost of one mammogram with this program.

For more information, call 330-344-7170. For more information on qualifying for a free mammogram, call 330-344-5760 or 330-344-2778.


Foodbank plans 24-hour volunteer event

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will host its first 24-hour volunteer event this weekend.

Operation Orange will begin Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. and conclude Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. at the Foodbank warehouse, 350 Opportunity Parkway. Foodbank officials said volunteers will commit to two- to four-hour shifts to keep the project running 24 hours straight.

Those who volunteer will work to sort fresh produce like apples and potatoes, label cans, sort a variety of meats and dispense soap, according to agency officials.

The event is the final activity of Hunger Action Month, which was marked in September with efforts to raise awareness of the one in seven people who experience food insecurity locally, according to Foodbank officials.

“Food distribution to our member agencies has increased nearly 25 percent compared to total distribution last year at this time,” said Dan Flowers, Foodbank president and CEO. “The need is real in Northeast Ohio, and volunteers are a critical piece of how we get food to people who need it most. Operation Orange is your way to become involved.”

Plans call for 100 volunteers to work per hour, officials said, who added that volunteers will enjoy music from a disc jockey, as well as food and refreshments from event sponsors.

To volunteer for Operation Orange, go to www.akroncantonfoodbank.org. For details, call 330-535-6900.


Hidden in Plain Sight coming to Copley, Richfield

COPLEY/RICHFIELD — The Hidden in Plain Sight free traveling exhibit will be on display at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road, Oct. 1 and at Richfield Branch Library, 3761 Grant St., Oct. 23.

Doors will open for browsing at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit is open to adults only.

The exhibit depicts what appears to be the bedroom of the average teenager but shows how everyday items can be signals that the teenager could be involved in risky or illegal activity. The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with items in the display, which may be indicative a teenager is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more.

This summer, the program, which was created by the Bath and Copley police departments, was recognized by D.A.R.E. America.

Representatives from Fairlawn and Richfield police departments also will be involved in presenting the exhibit.

For more information, call 330-666-4218 or email Marcie Mason at mmason@copley.oh.us.


Effort begun to purchase Girl Scout camp

RICHFIELD — The Friends of Crowell/Hilaka (FoCH) announced Sept. 24 it has launched a campaign to purchase Crowell/Hilaka, the former Girl Scout camp that has been closed since December 2011.

Officials with the grassroots nonprofit said FoCH is seeking partners and donors to facilitate the purchase and transformation of the property to benefit the Northeast Ohio community.

According to a FoCH press release, Crowell/Hilaka is currently for sale through the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, which has a contract with the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.

The property has important historic and environmental value, according to FoCH. As the former estate of inventor Jim Kirby, it has historic buildings (including a dance hall floor built on railroad car springs), two lakes, many streams and a variety of plants and wildlife.

 “It is a formidable task, but with help from foundations, corporate funders and ‘angel investors,’ we are confident that we can save this precious land and transform it into a place where the entire community will benefit,” said Corey Ann Ringle, FoCH president. “We’re also interested in partnering with organizations to make this purchase a reality.”

FoCH said members would like to preserve Crowell/Hilaka as an important local heritage site; use the historic structures and inventions on the property to teach science and engineering programs; hold community events and teach arts and educational programming in the historic building; promote outdoor recreation by improving and using current facilities; and promote love of nature through family camping and outdoor skills programs.

Potential funders and donors who would like more information can email donate@friendsofcrowellhilaka.org or call 216-921-8789. The Richfield Historical Society acts as its 501(c)(3) fiscal agent so that all donations are tax deductible, according to FoCH officials. For details, go to www.friendsofcrowellhilaka.org.


Falls hosting Nutrition Series

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Nutritional Series at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave. every Thursday through Dec. 5 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Attendees can discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support their needs. All classes include a demonstration and/or samples with a recipe card and handouts.

The fee is $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents, plus a class fee of $10 ($99 for all 12 classes) made payable to Marcy Grafton. All class fees must be paid at registration.

The following classes are being offered:

  • “Say Goodbye to Blood Sugar Crashes!,” today, Sept. 26 — what to pack in a lunch every day to help keep healthy balanced blood sugar levels to improve and keep your attention span even and alert;
  • “Glorious Greens,” Oct. 3 — an introduction to kale and other greens with two recipes for salads;
  • “Should You Go Gluten Free?,” Oct. 10 — facts and recipes to help make the decision;
  • “Homemade Condiments and Salad Dressings,” Oct. 17 — how to make healthy unprocessed and organic condiments using high-quality ingredients while avoiding toxic, unhealthy ingredients;
  • “A Healthy Halloween?,” Oct. 24 — educational session on the effects of high doses of sugar, as well as treats that are low in sugar, great tasting and fun and festive;
  • “Intro to Super Foods,” Nov. 7 — introduction to super foods and ways to include them in a daily diet;
  • “Pass the Salt Please — Iodine and Sea Salt,” Nov. 14 — why they’re important in Northeast Ohio, along with recipes;
  • “Guilt Free Eating During the Holidays,” Nov. 21 — how to enjoy holiday parties without gaining weight; and
  • “The Coconut Oil Miracle,” Dec. 5 — attendees will learn about the uses and health benefits of raw, organic coconut oil.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Office at 330-971-8225.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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