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10/24/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

City of Green organizing citywide food drive for Green Good Neighbors

GREEN — The city of Green is initiating the first annual Green Gives Back, a citywide food drive that will be held Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 to benefit Green Good Neighbors.

According to city officials, in addition to nonperishable food items, Green Good Neighbors is in need of personal care and household items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, feminine products, diapers, dish soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, facial tissues and paper towels.

“This food drive is about neighbor helping neighbor in Green,” said Green Mayor Dick Norton. “We often think Green is immune to poverty and families not having enough food, but the need is real.”

Families, businesses and community groups are invited to participate and drop off nonperishable food items at various locations around Green.

Drop-off locations include all city buildings, the Green Branch Library, Akron General Health and Wellness Center — Green, the Green YMCA, all Green Local School District buildings and the new Buehler’s located at South Main Street and East Turkeyfoot Lake Road. Businesses interested in participating or being a public drop-off location may contact Kelly Lavaco at klavaco@cityofgreen.org.

Green Good Neighbors, a not-for-profit located at Greensburg United Methodist Church, provides food, clothing and other essentials to families in Green, Clinton, Coventry and New Franklin in need, according to city officials. Approximately 60 percent of the families served live in Green, and the organization serves approximately 2,700 families a year.

“We like to say we provide a hand up to those in need, not a hand out,” said Green Good Neighbors Co-Chair Dorothy Cormany. “Many families we serve are in between jobs, or are seniors on a fixed income, or grandparents who are now raising their grandchildren and don’t have enough month to month.”

The organization accepts clients referred by Infoline, a social services information clearinghouse, as well as school nurses, counselors, clergy and other social-service agencies, according to city officials. For a referral, contact Infoline at 330-376-4850.


SCCS board announces Saros’ successor

Julie Barnes
SOUTH AKRON — After a search that lasted several months, the search committee of the Board of Trustees of Summit County Children Services (SCCS) has announced its recommendation of the top finalist to succeed John Saros, who is retiring as SCCS executive director at the end of 2013. 

The top finalist is Julie Barnes, M.Ed., LSW, who is currently executive director of Stark County Job and Family Services (SCJFS), a triple-combined agency including Human Services, Child Support and Children Services with approximately 475 staff and an annual budget of approximately $50 million, according to SCCS officials.

Barnes has held her current position since 2008 after serving as deputy director of SCCS from May 2007 to May 2008. Prior to joining SCJFS, Barnes served as director of foster care and adoption at SCCS. Barnes has also held positions at the Ohio and Geauga County departments of job and family services.

Barnes has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hiram College and a master of education degree in higher education from Kent State University.

A start date and an employment agreement have yet to be finalized. Barnes will be introduced to the community at a reception at SCCS, 264 S. Arlington St., Oct. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m.


Fiscal Office issues third billing for delinquent taxes

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Property tax bills were mailed this week to owners of properties that have not yet paid their real estate taxes, officials at the Summit County Fiscal Office said.

This third billing was sent as a courtesy, according to Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise. The closing date for payment is Nov. 27. Failure to pay by that date may result in the office publishing the taxpayer’s name in a newspaper publication, as required by law.

On Dec. 2, statutory interest will be charged against any unpaid taxes. If a property owner’s mortgage lender or someone else is responsible for a real estate tax payment, the owner must contact them and forward the tax bill to them. Ohio law states it is the taxpayer’s responsibility to obtain and pay their tax bill on time.

Payments may be made in several ways:

  • in person at the Fiscal Office, Treasurer Division, on the third floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St., from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays;
  • mailed to the above address (ZIP code 44308) with a U.S. postmark by Nov. 21;
  • online or by phone with a credit card or e-check at www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net. Payments are processed by Official Payments Corp., which charges a service fee of 2.5 percent of the total on Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover transactions; $3.95 on Visa Debit transactions; and $2 for an electronic check payment; or
  • in-person cash payments through MoneyGram at 35,000 locations nationwide. MoneyGram payments are processed through Official Payments Corp., which charges a nominal service fee and provides guaranteed same-day transactions. To locate a MoneyGram center, go to the Fiscal Office website or call 1-800-MoneyGram.

Scalise said third billing payments cannot be paid at a bank.

The office also asks that taxpayers with address changes send a written notice or email to summittreas@summitoh.net as to where future tax bills should be mailed.

The Fiscal Office offers plans to assist in the payment of delinquent taxes. For more information, call 330-643-2600.


Dorothy O. Jackson Society presenting ‘The Power of Giving’

AKRON — United Way of Summit County’s Dorothy O. Jackson Society (DOJS) will host “The Power of Giving” dinner Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at President’s Hall at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.

The DOJS was established to recognize the generosity of the minority community in Summit County and encourage the involvement of minorities in United Way.

The “Power of Giving” event will offer a look at how philanthropy impacts minorities in the community and the origins of the DOJS. Jim Crutchfield, former president and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and founder of the DOJS, will be the evening’s keynote speaker and honoree. The organization also will celebrate namesake Dorothy O. Jackson, on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

Tickets are $35 or $280 for a table of eight and can be purchased online at www.dojsthepowerofgiving.eventbrite.com.

For additional information about “The Power of Giving,” contact Margaret Palisin at 330-643-5514 or mpalisin@uwsummit.org.


Community Medal Award honoring Philip Maynard

AKRON — The Community Medal Award and Kettle Kickoff Luncheon will take place Nov. 12 at the Tangier, 532 W. Market St.

The Salvation Army’s Community Medal Award honors those who have made a significant impact in the area through professional and volunteer work. The 2013 Community Medal Award recipient is Philip Maynard.

Maynard currently serves as chairman of Akron Children’s Hospital’s Foundation Board and is past chairman of Akron Children’s Hospital’s Board, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, Archbishop Hoban High School Board, International Warehouse Logistics Association and the Ohio Warehouse Association. According to Salvation Army officials, he has served on numerous other not-for-profit and corporate boards and continues his membership on the Executive Committee of The University of Akron Foundation and OPEN M Board.

The speaker for the luncheon will be Major Darryl Leedom, national social services secretary for The Salvation Army National Headquarters. He will address the topic of “Homelessness in America, and The Salvation Army’s Response.”

Call 330-434-7310 to make a reservation. Tables of eight are $500 and individual seats are $75, with proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army Summit County Area Services.


Volunteer center invites local nonprofits to list holiday volunteer opportunities

SUMMIT COUNTY — Agencies can post holiday projects needs on the United Way of Summit County Volunteer Center website for free.

According to United Way officials, these projects will be seen by hundreds of people looking for volunteering projects during the holidays. The Volunteer Center is already receiving requests from individuals and groups looking for holiday volunteering opportunities.

Nonprofit organization representatives seeking volunteers to help with holiday projects are invited to call Andrea Metzler, director of volunteer services, at 330-643-5512.

Individuals looking for a holiday volunteer opportunity may view the full list at www.uwsummit.org (click on “Volunteer”).


Family Promise leasing new center

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Family Promise of Summit County has negotiated a lease for a new Family Promise Day Center located at 111 Voris Ave., west of the intersection of Wolf Ledges and Voris.

The annual meeting and dinner will take place Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the new site.

According to the organization, the site was selected for several reasons. It offers families and their children 43 schools; federal, state and local government agencies; child care centers; employment/staffing centers; food, health care and housing services; the METRO Transit Station; and social service agencies within a 1-mile radius of the location.

Second, the Summit County Continuum of Care Initiative has begun a “one-stop” initiative for homeless individuals in Summit County. At this site, The Louis Stokes Homeless Veterans Resource Center is open to serve homeless veterans, and Community Support Services plans a homeless drop-in center for nonveteran individuals. Family Promise serves homeless families with children; hence, the one-stop site will be rounded out to serve veterans, individuals and families with children who are homeless.

Third, the site has assets that allow for the development of revenue-generating activity to help cover the costs of operations, according to Family Promise officials.

Family Promise officials also negotiated a commitment to allow them to use a lesser amount of square footage, thereby making the transition in three phases so as to not over-commit resources. The first year of rent will be free, and Family Promise will pay for utilities. Family Promise officials say that the final lease will include exit clauses so that the nonprofit can remain flexible.

The site is handicap accessible and has available parking.


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

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