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10/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Summit BOE open late for last day of early voting

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Summit County Board of Elections (BOE) will be open until 6 p.m. Nov. 1, the last day for early voting, according to officials there.

The BOE did not extend hours leading up to the Nov. 5 General Election with the exception of Nov. 1. Normal business hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the office, located at 470 Grant St.

BOE officials added that Nov. 1 is also the deadline to deliver in person an absentee ballot application. Mailed applications must be received at the BOE no later than Nov. 2 at noon, when the office is not open to the public.

BOE officials also reminded voters that absentee ballots returned to the BOE by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 4, the day before the election. A postmark does not include a date marked by a postage evidencing system such as a postage meter. Absentee ballots may be hand-delivered to the BOE in their sealed envelope by the voter or a family member by 7:30 p.m., the close of polls, on Election Day. Absentee ballots cannot be accepted at polling places on Election Day.

Polls will be open on Nov. 5 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, go to www.summitcountyboe.com or call 330-643-5200.


TEDxAkron Talks will focus on ‘Forever Young’

DOWNTOWN AKRON — TEDxAkron will host its third annual event Nov. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Student Union Theater at The University of Akron.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature talks on the topic of “Forever Young.” Speakers will include:

  • Michael Gaffney on the topic of “Not every life is saved by running into a burning building. The potential to be a hero is inside us all. Literally.”;
  • Tony Troppe on the topic of “The Energy of Place: The Apex-Akron”;
  • Kendra St. Charles on the topic of “22 seconds can change your life”;
  • Barb Frye on the topic of “Stop wishing for the life you wished you had and start living the life you do have”;
  • David Hassler on the topic of “Giving Voice: The Conversation of Poetry”; and
  • trombonist Michael Bauer.

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

Tickets are $35. For more information, follow TEDxAkron on Twitter (www.twitter.com/TEDxAkron) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/TEDxAkron), or join the group on LinkedIn.


Veterans can obtain ID cards at county locations

SUMMIT COUNTY — Veterans can obtain the new veteran identification card at the following locations:

  • Springfield Community Center, 2491 Canfield Road in Springfield, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
  • Laurel Lake Retirement Community, 200 Laurel Lake Drive in Hudson, Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
  • Cascade Community Development, 2360 Copley Road, Suite No. 6, in Copley, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
  • Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road in Stow, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Summit County Fiscal Office staff will be on hand. These appearances follow outreach sessions where staff issued approximately 150 veteran identification cards. 

Veterans are encouraged to visit one of these locations as an alternative to coming into Downtown Akron to obtain a card. Each facility is accessible and provides close parking, according to the Summit County Fiscal Office officials.


SCCS celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month in November

SUMMIT COUNTY — More than 50 children in the permanent custody of Summit County Children Services (SCCS) are waiting to be adopted, and 90 percent of those children are aged 12 and older, SCCS announced last week.

With November designated as National Adoption Awareness Month, the SCCS Placement and Permanency Planning Services Department has scheduled a month-long series of events designed to raise community awareness of the importance of adoption, especially the adoption of teens.

National Adoption Awareness Month events that are free and open to the public include:

  • Kick-Off Celebration Event, tomorrow, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. in the WAB Rooms of SCCS — A special celebration event will be held to help raise awareness of adoption and that SCCS has more than 50 children waiting to be adopted. Adoptive families will share their stories with the audience, and Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinor Marsh Stormer will speak. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Adoption Day at Probate Court, Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m. at Summit County Probate Court — This is a day of celebration during which several adoptive families will formally legalize their adoptions of children.
  • Foster Care and Adoption Information Meetings — Nov. 4, 6 to 8 p.m. at SCCS, 264 S. Arlington St. in South Akron and Nov. 25, 6-8 p.m. at Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road in Green — Individuals wanting to learn more about foster care and adoption are invited to attend these special free information meetings. 
  • Family Movie Night, “The Blind Side,” Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Akron-Summit County Main Library — Families are invited to view the adoption-themed movie starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock. This true story focuses on Michael Oher, a homeless boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the support of a caring woman and her family. The movie is free.
  • Ohio Adoption Advocacy Day, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m., Statehouse Atrium, Columbus — Adoption advocates from across Ohio will rally at The Ohio Statehouse to celebrate Adoption Awareness Month. The event will draw attention to 3,000 Ohio foster children who are waiting for permanent families.

For more information, call SCCS at 330-379-2055 or visit www.summitkids.org.


Volunteers provide free tax help for low-income people

COLUMBUS — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking new and returning volunteers to help low-income working families and seniors in Greater Akron and elsewhere prepare and file their federal income taxes during the 2014 tax return filing season.

Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs, volunteers receive specialized training for duties as tax preparers, quality reviewers, interpreters, greeters and more. Upon successful completion of their training, volunteers receive IRS certification and are eligible to participate in a VITA/TCE program supporting people in their local community.

No prior tax preparation experience is required to participate. Since tax laws vary from year to year, returning volunteers must undergo annual training and recertification. The training and certification process generally takes 16-20 hours. Most volunteer training occurs in November and December, so that volunteers are ready and able to provide free tax help from mid-January to mid-April.

During the 2013 tax-filing season, the IRS partnered with the Akron Summit Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program to provide 10 free tax preparation sites. Six of the sites were traditional VITA sites where volunteers prepared returns, and four of the sites were Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) sites where taxpayers prepared their own returns under the guidance of volunteers. About 80 volunteers assisted local taxpayers with more than 2,100 tax returns, bringing more than $3.1 million in federal tax refunds to Summit and Portage counties.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, complete and email IRS Form 14310 VITA/TCE Volunteer Sign Up (www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f14310.pdf) or email TaxVol unteer@irs.gov. Additional information on the VITA and TCE programs can be found at www.IRS.gov.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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