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

Summit County Juvenile Court starting Family Drug Court

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio announced Sept. 24 the court will receive a three-year, $538,363 federal grant to introduce a specialized docket, the Family Drug Court, in conjunction with Summit County Children Services (SCCS).

The collaboration is intended to reunite and stabilize family units through the provision of suitable intensive treatment and intervention for families who have had their children removed as a result of substance abuse or when it has been determined to be a major contributing factor to the children’s removal, according to Juvenile Court officials. Support and services for both the parents and the children for other issues such as poverty, mental health and trauma also will be offered to families.

The court learned Sept. 16 the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention approved the grant application. Funding begins Oct. 1.

According to Juvenile Court officials, the Family Drug Court will partner with a regional initiative comprised of major county and statewide child-and-family service providers funded by the Administration on Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program is called the Summit County Collaborative on Trauma, Alcohol and Other Drug and Resiliency-Building Services, or the STARS Program, according to Juvenile Court officials.

The STARS Program aims to improve child and family outcomes and uses a coordinated system of care, which includes trauma-informed assessment and family strengthening services, according to Juvenile Court officials. The Family Drug Court will work closely with the STARS Program to identify potential candidates for the Family Drug Court docket, according to Juvenile Court officials.

The allocation from the Department of Justice will be used, in part, to fund the salaries of a Family Drug Court coordinator and an additional SCCS social work assistant, according to Juvenile Court officials. SCCS will create a Substance Intervention Unit through reassignment of individuals providing services at SCCS and provide them with additional training. Remaining funds will be used for drug/alcohol testing costs to ensure treatment compliance and for various supports to be issued as incentives/rewards. The goal of the Family Drug Court is to serve up to 25 families per year, according to Juvenile Court officials.


Ohio EPA assists Lakemore with drinking water improvements

LAKEMORE — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing a $179,463 loan to Lakemore Village to install a new well in Waterworks Park and to connect it to the existing water treatment plant.

Adding another well to the system will ensure customers continue to receive a reliable supply of safe drinking water, according to EPA officials.

The 20-year loan comes from the Ohio Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA). Lakemore qualified for a low-interest rate of 2.09 percent, which will save the village nearly $50,000 in interest payments when compared to a market rate loan, according to EPA officials.

According to EPA officials, the WSRLA, started in 1998, has provided more than $1 billion in loans with below-market interest rates for compliance-related improvements to public water systems. The WSRLA also can provide technical assistance to public water systems in a variety of areas, from the planning, design and construction of improvements to enhancing the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems.

According to EPA officials, the loan program is managed by Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance and Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority.


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, 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 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.

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, go to www.akroncantonfoodbank.org. For details, call 330-535-6900.


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 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 orders 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 today, 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.

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


TEDxAkron announces event, seeks speaker nominations

DOWNTOWN AKRON — TEDxAkron is seeking speaker nominations to address the 2013 event’s theme: Forever Young.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will take place Nov. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Student Union Theater at The University of Akron, with the after-party taking place at Musica Akron.

TEDx events combine TED Talks and live speakers to spark deep conversation, according to organizers.

TEDxAkron welcomes applications from individuals with ties to the Akron area to give a talk on one of the following areas: culture and arts, social services, technology, business, community organization and development, economic development, education and personal triumph.

Visit TEDxAkron.com to submit speaker nominations (click on “Nominate Speaker”) by Oct. 4. Self-nominations are welcomed.

More information, including ticket availability, also can be accessed at the website.


Tickets on sale for Polsky Humanitarian Award event

FAIRLAWN — Tickets are available for the 2013 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award Dinner honoring H. Peter and Eileen Burg. The event will take place Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St. Tickets start at $150 and are available at www.regonline.com/Polsky.

Eileen and the late H. Peter Burg will be the 46th recipients of the award, which Akron Community Foundation (ACF) presents each year to the individual or couple who best exemplifies Bert Polsky’s selfless dedication to humanitarian causes in Akron. Eileen Burg will accept the award.

The Polsky Award event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The program will be led by former Akron Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth, followed by the award presentation.

Event proceeds will benefit the Polsky Fund of ACF. For more information about the event or to request a printed invitation, contact De Shawn Pickett at 330-376-8522.


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

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