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5/29/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Common Pleas Court warning of jury duty scam

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County residents should be wary of telephone calls from someone claiming to be a law enforcement official calling about an alleged discrepancy with jury duty.

Summit County Common Pleas Court officials said the caller likely will try to obtain or verify the resident’s Social Security number, date of birth or other personal information for fraudulent use. Court officials ask that anyone receiving such a call hang up immediately, contact local law enforcement and make a note of any caller identification information available.

Court officials said they never ask for personal information or threaten with warrants for arrest. If a potential juror fails to report, the court will send a letter via the U.S. postal service asking the recipient to call the jury bailiff.

Anyone who believes they have provided confidential information in error to a caller who identifies himself as law enforcement should take steps necessary to protect their identity, said court officials.


Green Council of PTAs recognizes award winners

Some of the winners of the Green Council of PTAs’ Friends of Children Award are, shown above from left, Gail Klingensmith, Vickie Rogers and Harmony Springs Christian Church representatives Liz Iler and the Rev. Joel Engman, pastor.
Winners of the Green Council of PTAs’ Outstanding Educator Award are, shown above from left, Cindy Brown, Carol Mayhew, Andrew Snavely and Michelle Lumley.
Photos courtesy of Green Council of PTAs
GREEN — The Green Council of PTAs recognized the recipients of its awards at its Spring Banquet May 21 at Prestwick Country Club.

The award recipients included:

  • from Green Primary PTA: Andrew Snavely, Outstanding Educator; and Joan Renner, Helping Hands Award;
  • from Green Elementary PTA: Michelle Lumley, Outstanding Educator; and Laura Borne, Helping Hands Award;
  • from Green Middle School PTSA: Carol Mayhew, Outstanding Educator; and Vickie Rogers, Friends of Children Award;
  • from Green High School PTSA: Jenna Jamil, Distinguished Student Scholarship; David Thum, Special Merit Scholarship; Cindy Brown, Outstanding Educator; Dave Law, Helping Hands Award; Gail Klingensmith, Friends of Children Award; and
  • from Green Council of PTAs: Spencer Nay, Outstanding Citizen Scholarship Recipient; Catherine Racco, Outstanding Citizen Scholarship Recipient; and Harmony Springs Christian Church, Council Friends of Children Award.

The Green Council of PTAs consists of four units, including Green Primary PTA, Green Elementary PTA, Green Middle School PTSA and Green High School PTSA, according to its website.

Also at the meeting, all PTA officers were honored and new officers for the 2014-15 school year were installed.


Workshop on Holocaust education planned

NORTH CANTON — Teachers are invited to attend the Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education (OCHGE) workshop, “Echoes and Reflection for Ohio Educators,” June 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Barrette Business and Community Center at Walsh University, 2020 E. Maple St.

According to OCHGE officials, the workshop deals with instruction in the history and pedagogy of the Holocaust and genocide. Training will be facilitated by Sarah Weiss, executive director of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Cincinnati. The workshop will feature presentations by: Barbara Turkeltaub, a child survivor providing eyewitness testimony; Douglas Palmer, Walsh University, executive director of Global Learning and associate professor of history, “History of Genocide”; Renate Frydman, Ph.D., Dayton Holocaust Resource Center at Wright State University, “Faces of the Holocaust”; Barbara White, general manager, branch libraries, Akron-Summit County Public Library, presenting information on resources; Rabbi John Spitzer, Walsh University, associate professor of Jewish Studies, director of Jewish-Catholic Studies Institute, “Background on Judaism.”

Participants also will receive a complimentary copy of the “Echoes and Reflections Multimedia Curriculum” (a $100 value) and access to lesson plans, primary sources, handouts, photographs, video testimonies and more. Six continuing education units are available to teachers.

The $20 fee includes the workshop, materials, a continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. To request a registration form or for more information, email marilyn feldman7@gmail.com or call 330-494-2728. To register, due by June 6, send the form and a check made payable to OCHGE, to Marilyn Feldman, 4816 Tanglewood Circle N.E., Canton, OH 44714.

Some “virtual” sign-ups, as well as a limited number of spaces for other interested adults at $36, are also available.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Walsh University, The Global Learning Partnership and The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, with funding from foundations and individuals, according to OCHGE officials. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu/oche.


Red Cross launches anti-drowning campaign

NORTHEAST OHIO — On May 21, the American Red Cross launched a new national campaign to reduce drownings and urged people across the country to make sure they and their families can swim safely.

This year marks 100 years of Red Cross swimming safety education, and the Red Cross is making a new sustained multi-year push to teach more people to swim safely.

Ohio averages 93 drowning deaths each year.

“As we all gear up for trips to the pool, beach, rivers and lakes, we’re asking that adults here in Northeast Ohio make water safety a priority this summer,” said Mary-Alice Frank, CEO of the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio, in a press release.

The new Red Cross drowning prevention campaign comes at a time when a new national survey shows that people believe they are better swimmers than they actually are. The survey, conducted for the Red Cross, found that while 80 percent of Americans said they could swim, only 56 percent of the self-described swimmers can perform all five of the basic skills that could save their life in the water, which are: Step or jump into the water over your head; return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute; turn around in a full circle and find an exit; swim 25 yards to the exit; and exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.

“Parents and caregivers should take advantage of the summer months to enroll children in Red Cross swim lessons and download the free Red Cross Swim App to track their progress,” Frank said. “Parents and caregivers, in addition to learning how to swim, should also know critical water safety rules and know how to respond to a water emergency.”

The Red Cross encourages all household members to enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and Learn-to-Swim programs. To find classes, contact a local aquatic facility and ask for American Red Cross swimming and water safety programs.


Agents encourage safe decisions regarding alcohol consumption

COLUMBUS — During graduation season, agents with the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Investigative Unit are urging parents and teens to make the wise and mature decision not to participate in illegal and dangerous behavior, such as providing alcohol to minors and consuming underage.

“Far too often, parents believe they will have a party to provide a safe environment for their child and some of his/her friends,” said Agent-in-Charge Eric Wolf in a press release. “However, even if parents have taken ‘every safety precaution,’ it is often not enough and an incident or a tragedy occurs. We are asking these families to rethink their decision and not participate.”

To help foster good choices, parents and teens need to understand Ohio’s underage drinking laws, according to ODPS officials:

  • It is illegal to provide a place for your child and his or her friends to drink in a “safe” environment. In fact, parents may not provide alcohol to youths who are younger than 21, who are not their own, even with the other parents’ permission. Those convicted of providing alcohol to a person younger than 21 face maximum sentences of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
  • It is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone younger than 21. Anyone who purchases, sells or gives alcoholic beverages to underage individuals faces a $1,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail.
  • Arrests can be made of those who are younger than 21 and are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or higher, a level that can be reached after just one or two drinks, according to ODPS officials. Punishment is suspension of the driver’s license for at least 90 days and up to a maximum of two years, plus four points added to the driving record. Having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle also is illegal.  

Those with information about a bar, store or carryout selling beer or liquor to persons younger than 21, or those who have information of an underage house party, are asked to notify the Ohio Investigative Unit by calling 677 on a cell phone.


Housing developers awarded Housing Tax Credit

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Housing Tax Credit (HTC) program to fund the construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable housing units in Ohio. More than $27 million in federal housing tax credits were awarded to 46 developments serving families, seniors and individuals with disabilities in 31 counties, including Greensburgh Manor, in Green, developed by The Woda Group Inc., which received $731,880 in credits reserved. 

The 50-unit facility for senior citizens will be constructed on the east side of Massillon Road south of Graybill Road, according to City of Green officials.

The tax credit recipients were selected based on the policies and goals of the program, including affordability, location and experience of the development team. More than 100 applicants sought funding through this year’s competitive process and requested more than $71 million in credits.

“The Housing Tax Credit program is the largest driver of the production of new affordable housing in the state and nation,” said OHFA Executive Director Doug Garver in a press release. “The unfortunate reality, however, is the demand for affordable housing in Ohio far exceeds the resources available. The recipients of this year’s funding round will create viable and sustainable communities for families, seniors and persons at risk of homelessness that would not be available otherwise.”

Housing tax credits are federal income tax credits claimed by developers during a 10-year period to help offset the costs associated with the construction or rehabilitation of a development. In exchange for the credits, owners must maintain affordable monthly rent and limit occupancy to residents with low- to moderate-incomes for up to 30 years.

For more information on the housing tax credit program, visit www.ohiohome.org.


Stephanie Kist and Pam Lifke contributed to these reports.

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