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12/26/2013 - South Side Leader
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Springfield trustees approve temporary 2014 budget

SPRINGFIELD — During a special meeting Dec. 19, the Springfield Board of Trustees adopted the temporary appropriations budget for 2014 and acknowledged a gift of land to the township.

Fiscal Officer Joy Dies said the temporary appropriations budget totals almost $8.5 million. Dies said the amount is almost the same as last year. Trustees must approve a permanent budget by April 1, according to Dies.

Office Manager Amie Biltz said Donald Holzapfel recently donated three small parcels of land that are unbuildable and located next to the Springfield Veteran’s Memorial. The land, valued at $8,830, has been used to provide additional parking during township events in the past.

In other business, trustees assigned a work order to PC Construction Group for the removal of asbestos, prior to demolition, for 2763 Canfield Road in an amount not to exceed $300 and for 2396 Hillstock Ave. in an amount not to exceed $5,500.

Trustees met yesterday, Dec. 26, for an organizational meeting, followed by a regular meeting. Information on that meeting will appear in our next edition. Board of Trustees meeting dates for 2014 were set during that meeting.

 

Summit County Council members host ‘Let’s Move’ event Jan. 1

SOUTH AKRON — On Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon, Summit County Council member Paula Prentice (D-District 8) will host a “Let’s Move, Summit County!” event at County Councilman Tim Crawford’s (D-District 7) Third Annual “First Walk” on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. 

Walkers will meet at the Manchester Road Trailhead and head north or south on the towpath trail. Hot chocolate will be served, and free “Let’s Move” winter hats and goodie bags will be handed out to participants while supplies last.

According to organizers, the idea behind “Let’s Move, Summit County!” stemmed from First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, which aims to curb childhood obesity in the United States. The initiative has been a collaborative effort among Summit County Council and the Summit County Executive’s Office; Akron Public Schools; Metro Parks, Serving Summit County; Akron Children’s Hospital; Akron General Medical Center; the Akron Area YMCA; and Summit County Public Health. The group has hosted First Night Fitness activities, family fitness hikes at the Goodyear and Firestone metro parks and a neighborhood Block Walk at Summit Lake, and also participated in the Michael Clayton Memorial Sickle Cell Walk during the past three years. 

“The First Walk is an ideal time [for] kids and families to start or renew their plans to get in shape and adopt healthy lifestyles in the New Year,” said Prentice. “Walking is a great activity that all ages can enjoy together, and we’re looking forward to a fun time as we ‘get moving’ into 2014.”

Crawford represents Barberton, Clinton, New Franklin, Norton and part of Akron and Coventry. Prentice represents Green, Lakemore, Mogadore and Springfield.

For more information, contact Crawford at 330-825-8866 or Prentice at 330-608-4309.

 

Proenza to receive H. Peter Burg Award

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Greater Akron Chamber has announced that Luis Proenza, president of The University of Akron (UA), will be the 10th recipient of the H. Peter Burg Economic Development Leadership Award.

Proenza will be honored March 20 at the Greater Akron Chamber’s 107th Annual Meeting, which will take place at the John S. Knight Center.

The award was created in memory of H. Peter Burg by the Chamber’s Executive Committee to recognize a leader who promotes economic development in the Greater Akron region. According to Chamber officials, the award is being made in recognition of Proenza’s accomplishments over many years to redefine the role of UA as a catalyst for economic development.

Proenza became UA’s 15th president in 1999 and will have served more than 15 years in this role by the time he completes his presidency June 30.

According to Chamber officials, he also is widely credited with: transforming UA from a downtown commuter college into a major metropolitan university; developing the UA Research Foundation; reversing a decade-long slide in enrollment; overseeing the most successful fundraising years in UA’s history; and bringing national prominence to Akron and UA through programs in research and education.

To register for the Annual Meeting, go online to www.greaterakronchamber.org, email Sarah Vojtek at vojtek@greaterakronchamber.org or call 330-237-1254. Reservations should be made by March 13.

 

Metro Parks recycles live Christmas trees

SUMMIT COUNTY — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will accept live Christmas trees cleaned of all decorations, garland and tinsel at the following locations through Jan. 31:

  • Sand Run Metro Park, Treaty Line Area, 995 Treaty Line Road in West Akron;
  • Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Area, 4955 Townsend Road in Richfield;
  • Silver Creek Metro Park, Big Oak Area, 5199 Medina Line Road in Norton;
  • Firestone Metro Park, Little Turtle Pond, 2400 Harrington Road in South Akron; and
  • Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St. in East Akron.

Visitors should look for the small signs that identify the drop-off locations.

On average, more than 2,000 trees are collected each year. The resulting mulch is spread out near trailheads or used to create landscaping compost.

Officials from Metro Parks, Serving Summit County estimate they have chipped more than 80,000 Christmas trees into mulch since the early 1970s.

“It’s a way to give your tree new life and enjoy it well beyond the season,” spokesperson Nathan Eppink said.

For more information, call 330-867-5511.

 

Norton baby in need of transplant

NORTON — With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure, according to officials with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA).

COTA is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Norton, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local baby Gabe Beres.

Gabe is the son of Gabriel and Sonja Beres. According to COTA officials, Gabe was born June 6, 2012, and was diagnosed with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis. The doctors at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati have recommended a liver transplant, according to COTA officials, and an estimated $50,000 is being raised by Norton volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with transplant-related expenses. Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Joann Quatraro at 330-310-6580 or david-joann@hotmail.com

In addition, donations may be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 W. COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Gabe B” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations also are accepted online at www.COTAforGabeB.com, according to COTA officials, who add that 100 percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.

CVNP trail plan finalized

CVNP — The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) Final Trail Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been released and published in the Federal Register for public notification.

The ROD completes the Trail Management Plan process and provides the National Park Service the ability to begin with implementation of the Selected Alternative of the Plan.

“We thank the general public and our partners for their participation in the plan process,” said Acting Superintendent Paul Stoehr. “We have begun to outline a strategy for the Trail Plan’s implementation, which is one of the major tenets of our Trails Forever program. We look forward to continued community involvement as we work with volunteers and partners to develop the new trails outlined in the plan.”

The FEIS establishes a blueprint to guide the expansion, restoration, management, operations and use of the trail system and its associated amenities during the next 15 years, in keeping with the purpose, mission and significance of CVNP, according to park officials.

Key elements of the Preferred Alternative include the following:

  • adoption of updated Sustainable Trail Guidelines;
  • restoration of existing trails with Sustainable Trail Design methods and management practices;
  • creation of new trails that offer new trail experiences for a variety of trail users;
  • creation of new trail amenities that will enhance trail experiences within the park; and
  • opportunities for trail connections within the park and with regional and local trail systems.

Both the ROD and FEIS are available online at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/cuyahogatrailplan.

For more information about the park’s Trails Forever program, visit www.nps.gov/cuva/trails-forever.htm.

 

VAP introduces results of rebranding effort

As the winner of the 2013 WhiteSpace Create-A-Thon Extreme Brand Makeover, Victim Assistance Program was able to create a new brand.
Logo courtesy of Victim Assistance Program
AKRON — Victim Assistance Program (VAP) is introducing its new brand to the community.

As the winner of the 2013 WhiteSpace Create-A-Thon Extreme Brand Makeover, WhiteSpace Creative rounded up a team of artists and designers to rebrand VAP.

According to VAP officials, the concept for the design of the new logo portrays the power of conversation: “Tell me a little bit about what’s going on.” That sentence, according to VAP officials, allows advocates to begin the process of helping victims navigate through what may be considered the worst experience of their lives.

“From hardship to healing” is the new tag line. The new website, www.victimassistanceprogram.org, is designed with victims in mind and is simple and to the point, according to VAP officials, who add that the sleek design gives victims and supporters the answers they need without fluff and confusion.

There also are a new e-news template and newly branded social media sites on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube.

VAP also hopes its new color, blue, will become a symbol of victims’ rights.

VAP also is introducing five newly designed brochures that will be provided to victims and distributed throughout the community. To obtain brochures to be displayed in offices, contact VAP at 330-376-0040.

 

Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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