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3/27/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Springfield trustees approve new employee insurance plans

SPRINGFIELD — During a special March 20 meeting, Springfield Board of Trustees reviewed medical insurance plans for employees and convened into executive session to consider the purchase of real estate.

Trustees voted to enter into an agreement with Ohio Insurance Services and Brian Savage as agent of record to provide medical, dental, vision and life insurance for township employees, according to the meeting minutes.

The minutes also indicate Ohio Insurance Services was selected to facilitate the township’s transition from its current policies with SummaCare.

The new benefit policies will include Anthem BlueCross, Delta Dental and Anthem Life and Vision, and are effective April 1, according to the meeting minutes. Ohio Insurance Services will administer the township’s Health Reimbursement Account and provide ongoing member support and service.

In addition, a transition to the Ohio Public Entity Consortium HealthCare Cooperative will take effect July 1, with a 2.5 percent rate reduction from the rates in effect April 1, with those rates to continue until Dec. 31, 2015, according to the meeting minutes.

Township officials stated they did not have rate information available or know whether the change in provider represents a decrease or increase in the cost of benefits to employees or the township.

No decision was made on the purchase of real estate, according to the meeting minutes.

The trustees met yesterday, March 27, after presstime. Details from that meeting will be included in next week’s issue.

The next trustees’ meeting is scheduled for April 10 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.


VAP to Observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 6-12

AKRON — Victim Assistance Program (VAP) will recognize the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 6-12.

The 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme — “30 years: Restoring the Balance of Justice” — celebrates the passage of the Victims of Crime Act 30 years ago and its contribution to victims’ rights and services, according to VAP officials.

Each April, the country observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is an event initiated by the Office for Victims of Crime, a division of the Department of Justice. Locally, VAP again will commemorate Victims’ Rights Week with two events.

A Candlelight Vigil will take place April 6 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., in the chapel. The annual vigil is an opportunity to recognize those whose lives have been impacted by violent crime. The vigil is free and open to the public.

Karhlton Moore, executive director of the Office for Criminal Justice Services, will be the keynote speaker at the Victim Rights Week Luncheon April 8. The luncheon will take place at the Greek Community Center, 129 S. Union St. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon will begin at noon. Prepaid reservations are required, and the cost of the luncheon is $25. The reservation deadline is April 2.

Reservations can be made by sending a check payable to Victim Assistance Program to 150 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44304, by calling the office at 330-376-0040 or online through www.victimassistanceprogram.org/events.

Akron Police Department Capt. Sylvia Trundle will receive the 2014 Dr. Robert Denton Outstanding Victim Service Award for her dedication, support and passion for victim assistance, according to VAP officials.


Agency will host open houses for community

AKRON/CUYAHOGA FALLS — Community Health Center, a local provider of addiction treatment services, will host several open houses about health care topics pertaining to addiction and recovery this spring. These events are free and open to the public.

The dates and topics are as follows:

  • April 1, 838 Coburn St. in Downtown Akron, “Residential Treatment for Women”;
  • April 10, 702 E. Market St. in East Akron, “Adolescent Treatment for Substance Abuse and Mental Illness”;
  • April 17, 702 E. Market St. in East Akron, “Medically Assisted Treatment for Opiate Addiction”; and
  • April 24, 3386 Charles St., Cuyahoga Falls, “Housing for People in Recovery.”

All events will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided. Contact Jackie at 330-315-3770 or visit www.commhealthcenter.org for reservations and more information.


Special event promotes community engagement about end-of-life-wishes

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Pulitzer Price-winning columnist Ellen Goodman will speak April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at The University of Akron’s (UA) E.J. Thomas Hall.

In 2010, Goodman co-founded the Conversation Project, a grassroots public campaign, when a group of colleagues and concerned media, clergy and medical professionals gathered to share stories of “good deaths” and “bad deaths” within their own circle of loved ones.

The program is being presented by Respecting Options of Care (ROC) and the Palette of Faith (POF). ROC is a collaborative whose mission is to educate community members about health care choices at the end of life and to empower them to communicate their wishes. POF is a coalition of health care and faith community leaders dedicated to meeting the holistic needs of patients and families facing end-of-life issues. Its interfaith call to action is to ensure that all people will remain connected with their faith community throughout all of the important seasons of life, especially illness, end of life, care giving and grief.

The goal is that individuals clearly express their informed personal choices so that they are honored by providers across all health care settings, according to event organizers. These conversations, according to organizers, reduce the burdens on family members and loved ones, especially during times of crisis. This is a process that requires time for reflection, questions, expression of emotions and for seeking spiritual and medical guidance, according to organizers.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for UA faculty and staff with identification, as well as seniors, and $6 for UA students with a valid ZipCard. Tickets are available at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office, 330-972-7570, all TicketMaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.uaevents.com for more information.

The event is sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Area Agency on Aging 10B Inc., Northeast Ohio Medical University-Office of Palliative Care and Office of Geriatrics, Summa Health System, Summa Health System-Seniors Institute, Summit County Health District, Summit 2020 Quality of Life Project, Summit County Probate Court, UA College of Health Professions, Akron-Region Interprofessional (ARI) AHEC, Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology, E.J. Thomas Hall and UA.


Stewart’s Caring Place bestows Spirit Award to Judge Stormer

FAIRLAWN — Stewart’s Caring Place: Cancer Wellness Center has announced that Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer is the recipient of the first Spirit Award, given in recognition of her commitment and service to the community. Stormer will receive the Spirit Award at the 11th annual Butterfly Gala to benefit Stewart’s Caring Place (SCP) July 19.

“The Stewart’s Caring Place Spirit Award has been created to honor those individuals who provide the community leadership and vision that fosters a shared social responsibility,” stated SCP Board President Michael Cohen in a press release. “Honorees chosen to receive the Spirit Award will be united through the spirit of giving back to our community in a meaningful way.”

Stormer’s commitment to service through addressing issues to help repeat offenders become law-abiding citizens is recognized through the Spirit Award. She founded the first Municipal Drug Court and the first Mental Health Specialty Court in Ohio, as well as the first Reentry Court for felons in Summit County. As a stage II breast cancer survivor, Stormer acts as a public advocate for the early detection of cancer, according to SCP officials.

The Butterfly Gala will take place at the Golf Improvement and Event Center in Sharon. For event and ticket details, contact Jeannine Marks, SCP event coordinator, at 330-836-1772 or visit www.StewartsCaringPlace.org.


Volunteers encouraged to register for Clean up Akron Month

AKRON — Nearly 5,000 volunteers participated in last year’s Clean up Akron Month, and registration is now available for the second annual event.

Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) has been picking up litter and illegal dumping each spring for 33 years through Clean up Akron Week/Great American Cleanup. For the second year in a row, KAB is expanding its cleanup to a month-long event. Summit County residents can register online at www.keepakronbeautiful.org or by calling 330-375-2116 until April 21. All volunteers will receive free cleanup supplies and trash disposal.

The first 1,000 registered volunteers will receive free admission to the Akron Zoo for May 3 for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. The picnic is sponsored by Acme Fresh Markets, Akron Zoological Park, city of Akron, D-A Specialty Co. Inc., Eat’n Park, GOJO Industries, Hitchcock Fleming and Associates Inc., House of LaRose, Junior League of Akron, KAB Board of Directors, Little Debbie Snacks, Sandra Smith, Schwebel’s Bakery, Shearer’s Branded Snacks, Sully’s Party Rental, Pepsi-Cola, The University of Akron, the Volunteer Center of Summit County and Waste Management of Ohio.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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