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10/17/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Coventry Local Schools to present information on new construction, renovations

COVENTRY — Coventry Local School District officials will host two community meetings on the plans for the new high school and an update on current renovations. The public is invited to attend.

The meetings will take place Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club facility, 725 Portage Lakes Drive, and at 7 p.m. in the theater at Coventry High School, 3089 Manchester Road.

According to district officials, plans for the new high school, for 732 students in ninth through 12th grades, is being designed by GPD Group.

Voters approved a 5.99-mill bond issue and levy this past May to help fund the project. The district also will receive $11 million from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for the $39.3 million project, according to district officials. The new high school is being constructed on the site of Erwine Intermediate School. The old high school will be renovated into an elementary school.


Springfield Police Department gets grant

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Township Police Department officials announced they have received a High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant from the Ohio Department of Traffic Safety in the amount of $31,544.

The grant will pay overtime to put officers on the road for the sole purpose of enforcing traffic safety, according to police officials. The grant will run through September 2014 and is broken into “blitz” and “nonblitz” periods.

“Blitz” periods include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July and Springfield High School’s prom and homecoming.

Also, two national campaign “blitzes” scheduled for next year include “Click It or Ticket,” to take place May 19 to June 1, 2014, and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” set for Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, 2014.


Barberton Municipal Court offering amnesty Program

BARBERTON — The Barberton Municipal Court once again will implement the Operator’s License Forfeiture (OLF) Amnesty Program, according to Diana Stevenson, clerk of the Barberton Municipal Court.

The program, which runs through Dec. 15, allows citizens whose licenses have been forfeited for not paying court fines and costs to pay one-half of the amount owed to the court and, in turn, the court will release the license forfeiture, a step toward having a valid driver’s license, according to Stevenson. Citizens will be placed on an updated monthly payment plan for the balance of fines and costs they owe the court.

“The court realizes the importance of having a valid driver’s license,” said Stevenson. “The overwhelming benefit to the citizens of the district in giving those whose license has been suspended the opportunity to release that suspension has compelled Judge David Fish and Judge Christine Croce to hold the OLF Amnesty Program.”

According to Stevenson, one-half of the amount owed on all traffic and criminal cases must be paid in order for the court to release the license forfeiture. Defendants must pay the remaining one-half on a monthly basis until paid in full. Defendants are subject to future license forfeitures for nonpayment if they do not continue to make timely monthly payments.

Letters to all defendants who have a current license forfeiture have been sent out, according to Stevenson.

“I highly encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Stevenson. “After Dec. 15, 2013, the court will require full payment of fines and costs before the license forfeiture is released.”

The Barberton Municipal Court district serves the communities of Barberton, Clinton, Copley, Coventry, Green, New Franklin and Norton.

For questions regarding the program, call 330-861-7191.


Relay For Life of Green Kickoff Rally set

GREEN — Event organizers will host a Relay For Life of Green Kickoff Rally Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at LifeStyles at Akron General Health & Wellness Center — Green, 1940 Town Park Blvd.

The evening will include entertainment provided by 8 Count Dance and Green High School alumni singers, as well as a fashion show by Gerri’s Closet. Inspirational speakers also are planned.

Attendees also will be able to do some holiday shopping for purses, candles, jewelry, hand-knitted hats and accessories and more.

In addition, a catered dinner will be offered.

Event chair Jennifer Ringer also said a surprise speaker who will open the Relay for Life ceremonies June 13-14, 2014, will be announced that evening.

Cancer survivors, anyone interested in volunteering or starting a team and community members are invited to the rally.

The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple. The Giant Eagle-catered dinner will include a chicken breast or vegetable lasagna with a salad, potato and roll, and dessert from West Side Bakery.

To make a reservation or for more information, contact Ringer at 330-310-2963.


Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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