South Side News & Notes
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. today, 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.
Rabies vaccination clinic Nov. 2 in Green
GREEN — Summit County Public Health will sponsor a rabies vaccination clinic tomorrow, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Green Recycling Center, 5383 Massillon Road.
The clinics are for dogs and cats only. Veterinarians from PetGuards will provide the vaccines and other shots as listed below. No appointment is necessary.
Rabies vaccines, 1- and 3-year (pet must be 3 months old), are $8 per animal.
Other vaccines/services offered will include: cat shot (annual booster), adult cat shot (over 5 years of age, good for three years); kitten shot (includes wormer), feline leukemia shot (outdoor cats only), dog shot (annual booster), adult dog shot (over 5 years of age, good for three years), bordatella, puppy shot (includes wormer) and “Home Again” microchip identification insertion.
Payment must be by cash or check only. Pets should be kept on a leash or caged.
For more information, call Summit County Public Health at 330-926-5600.
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.
Leaf drop-off, tire recycling for Coventry residents planned
COVENTRY — Coventry Township officials will offer a free bagged leaves and scrap tires collection event for residents Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Logan Field, located on North Turkeyfoot Road.
Leaves must be bagged. This year’s leaf drop-off program has been funded by a ReWorks 2013 Community Recycling Access grant, according to township officials.
Scrap tires will be accepted for recycling from residents only; tires from businesses will not be accepted, according to township officials. Car tires, light truck tires, truck tires and ATV tires will be accepted, and rims do not need to be removed.
According to township officials, dumping on-site either before or after the specified time is not permitted, and violators will be charged for the cost of removal.
For more information, call the Coventry Administration Office at 330-644-0785 or visit www.coventrytownship.com.
Volunteers provide free tax help for low-income working families, seniors
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. Returning volunteers are welcome. 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 for both new and returning volunteers. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on the VITA and TCE programs can be found at www.IRS.gov.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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