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10/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

BBB presenting ‘Outsmarting Investment Fraud’

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Akron Inc., in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library and FINRA Investor Education Program, will present “Tricks of the Trade — Outsmarting Investment Fraud.”

This campaign is designed to help investors make smarter investing decisions while avoiding fraud, risky investments and unlicensed brokers.

A session will take place Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Main Library, 60 S. High St.

“Anyone can be a victim of investment fraud, and if you are thinking of investing now or at any time in the future, this program is for you,” said Dave DeShon, consumer outreach supervisor at the BBB.

At these free presentations, topics discussed will include what the face of investment fraud looks like, typical risk factors, the most common persuasion tactics used and how to protect yourself from scams.

This campaign is made possible through an outreach award from FINRA. Visit the Consumer page on akron.bbb.org or the events calendar on www.akronlibrary.org for additional information.

For those who are interested in learning more but unable to attend a local event, a free DVD is available from the FINRA Foundation and can be ordered from the BBB website. For information on scheduling a speaker, call DeShon at 330-253-4590.

Earthquake drill taking place Oct. 17

OHIO — The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) has elected to have a second Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill this year and move its ShakeOut drill to Oct. 17 to align with the national earthquake safety initiative.

For three years, the CUSEC conducted ShakeOut drills in February to coincide with the anniversaries of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12. However, the drills were out of sync with the larger, national ShakeOut drills that take place every third Thursday in October.

At 10:17 a.m., the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will join schools, organizations and county EMA offices throughout the state to practice earthquake safety and “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” To date, approximately 1.6 million people have signed up to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut and will practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking: Drop to the ground; take cover under a sturdy table or desk, if possible, and protect your head and neck; and hold on until the shaking stops.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Seismic Network have recorded six earthquakes in Ohio so far this year: three in July and three in March. Ohio had a total of four earthquakes in 2012.

The actual ShakeOut drill only takes about two minutes.

To participate in the Oct. 17 ShakeOut and learn more about earthquake safety and preparedness, go to www.ShakeOut.org/centralus. Drill manuals, audio/video drill broadcasts and other ShakeOut resources are available on this site.

Knight Foundation breakfast features idea stream speakers

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Knight Foundation Community Breakfast will take place Oct. 22 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Andrew Jackson House Ballroom, 277 E. Mill St.

The event is free and open to the public.

The speakers will be Mike Shafarenko, director of Civic Commons at idea stream, and Jerry Wareham, president and CEO of idea stream.

In March, the Knight Foundation provided $600,000 in additional funding to the Civic Commons to integrate and advance its online and community engagement work with ideastream, a nonprofit organization that applies the power of media to education, culture and citizenship. Together, they will serve community leaders, institutions and the desire of citizens to be engaged and empowered on key initiatives and community issues by providing multiple media community engagement throughout Northeast Ohio, according to foundation officials.

The speakers will share about their integrated efforts and how those efforts stand to benefit the Greater Akron community.

Reservations are requested by Oct. 18 to Lisa Stayer at stayer@knightfoundation.org.

ODA begins accepting dangerous animal, snake permit applications

OHIO — The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has begun accepting applications for permits to keep existing dangerous wild animals and restricted snakes.

As of Sept. 5, 2012, only exempted facilities or authorized rescue facilities are permitted to acquire new dangerous wild animals. Completed permit applications, and all supplemental documentation, must be submitted to the ODA no later than Dec. 31, or owners will be required to surrender their animals or snakes to the state or identify an alternate permanent home.

After Jan. 1, 2014, a valid permit is required to keep an existing dangerous wild animal or a restricted snake. Among the application requirements are a permit fee, completed background check, signed affidavit affirming that housing facilities meet state standards and proof of liability insurance or surety bond. Dangerous wild animal owners who registered their animal in accordance with the law will be sent application materials, which are also available at www.agri.ohio.gov. (Click on “Forms,” then choose “Animal Health” from the drop-down menu of divisions.)

Restricted snake owners need to contact the ODA’s Division of Animal Health to obtain the appropriate application forms or download them from the ODA website.

Dangerous wild animal and restricted snake owners who do not intend to apply, or are not eligible for a permit, should contact the Division of Animal Health at 614-728-6220 as soon as possible to discuss options for surrendering their animals or snakes to the state or identifying an alternate permanent home.

The Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act was signed by Gov. John Kasich June 5. In addition to permit requirements, the law also prohibits anyone from allowing a dangerous wild animal or restricted snake to roam off the property where it is confined and knowingly releasing a dangerous wild animal or restricted snake into the wild.

VAP, Chaplaincy Center recruiting program partners

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Victim Assistance Program (VAP) and Safety Forces Chaplaincy Center officials have launched a new Gifts of Hope Program.

As part of the program, the nonprofits are inviting partners to sponsor a family or families to help brighten their holiday in December. Officials state that this sponsorship eases the pain and suffering of crime victims and their families through the donation of food and gifts — a small gesture that can make a large impact.

The VAP has secured gift certificates for each family to purchase the meat of their choice. Sponsors are being asked to provide the remainder of the holiday meal and gifts for the family.

The staff will refer clients (a family) for participation in the Gifts of Hope Program, and clients will be matched with individuals, families, businesses or groups who would like to provide a holiday meal and gifts for them. When a match is made, the family information and wish lists will be sent to the sponsor. This is a confidential program, and sponsors will not be able to meet the family or deliver items to the families.

Sponsors will deliver the food and gifts they gather for the family to the office at 150 Furnace St. in Akron on scheduled days and times. Law enforcement officials will deliver the items to families Dec. 20.

For more information or to download a sponsor form, visit www.victimassistanceprogram.org or call Shelley Koch, VAP director of development, at 330-376-0040.

The VAP is a nonprofit providing free holistic services to victims of crime and trauma throughout Summit County. Organization officials reported they served 7,382 victims and their loved ones in 2012.

The mission of the Summit County Safety Forces Chaplaincy Center is to incorporate its unique understanding of and experience in the safety professions to provide confidential spiritual, emotional, material and mental health services free of cost to law enforcement, fire safety, dispatchers and their families.

Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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