West Side News & Notes
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center opening June 5
STOW — Beginning today, June 5, and continuing every Thursday through September, the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center (HHWRC) will be open from 2 to 8 p.m.
“Many common household products contain the same chemicals found in hazardous industrial chemicals and can create similar environmental and health problems,” said ReWorks Executive Director Yolanda Walker. “Don’t throw chemicals in the garbage or pour them down the sink or on the ground. You’ll be protecting your family’s health and preserving the environment if you bring them to the HHWRC to be recycled.”
Common household hazardous waste accepted at the HHWRC includes antifreeze, gas, gasoline mixtures, used motor oil, acids, batteries, bleach, fertilizer, fluorescent bulbs, fungicides, household cleaners, lighter fluid and pesticides. Latex paint is not accepted, but other paint products are, including oil-based, solvent-based, stain, thinner, varnish and wood preservatives. For complete instructions on how to properly dispose of latex paint, visit www.summitreworks.com.
The HHWRC, at 1201 Graham Road, is for Summit County residents only. No business, school or other nonresidential waste is accepted.
Free breakfast, lunch program continues
AKRON — The Akron Recreation Bureau again will participate in the Summer Food Service Program June 16 through Aug. 7.
Meals will be provided to all eligible youths (18 and younger) and summer day camp programs that meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program.
Children who are in households that receive food stamps or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.
Sites providing meals in West Akron are:
- Akron Community Service Center, 450 Vernon Odom Blvd., 8:30 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch;
- Buchtel Community Learning Center, 1040 Copley Road, 11:30 a.m. lunch;
- Edward Davis Community Center, 730 Perkins Park Drive, 8:30 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch;
- Erie Island Park, 1532 Peckham St., 8:30 a.m. breakfast, 11:30 a.m. lunch;
- First Apostolic Faith Church, 790 Easter Ave., 8:30 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch;
- Greater Temple Baptist Church, 1800 McTaggert Drive, 11:45 a.m. lunch;
- Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd., 9 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch;
- Lane Field, 650 Wooster Ave., 11 a.m. lunch;
- Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St., 8:30 a.m. breakfast, 11:30 a.m. lunch;
- Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1180 Slosson St., 9 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch;
- Mountain of the Lord Fellowship, 1477 Copley Road, noon lunch;
- Mt. Haven Baptist Church, 545 Noble Ave., noon lunch;
- Nela Manor Apartments, 608 W. Market St., noon lunch;
- Providence Baptist Church, 458 Madison Ave., noon lunch;
- Sarah House, 1414 Pine St., 9 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch;
- Springhill Apartments, 1221 Everton Drive, noon lunch;
- United Baptist Church, 115 S. Hawkins St., 8:30 a.m. breakfast, 11:30 a.m. lunch; and
- Unity House, 1241 Diagonal Road, 11:45 a.m. lunch.
A newly added site this year is Edgewood Village, 506 Euclid Ave., serving lunch at 11:45 a.m.
In addition, lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. at the Honey Locust Apartments, 3299 Prange Drive in Cuyahoga Falls.
Fairlawn to spray for mosquitoes
FAIRLAWN — The City of Fairlawn’s Department of Public Service is now conducting a mosquito control program every Tuesday and Wednesday through September.
On Tuesdays, all residential streets north of West Market Street, Ridgewood Road, Brunsdorph Road, the Ridgewood Lakes allotment and the Villages of Fairlawn will be sprayed.
On Wednesdays, all other residential streets south of West Market Street, Rothrock Road and Rosemont Ridge will be sprayed.
Spraying will begin at dusk and proceed into the next morning (usually no later than 1 a.m.). Typically the program takes two days to complete and is dependent on temperature, wind and precipitation, according to city officials. Rain dates will be on Thursdays.
For more information, call 330-668-9550.
CVNP seeking volunteers for Day of Service
BRECKSVILLE — Volunteers can celebrate National Trails Day June 7 with a Day of Service for trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).
Volunteers can choose from four projects to preserve, maintain and enhance CVNP trails, according to CVNP officials. Projects include repairing Langes Run or Valley trails from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., doing maintenance on Ledges and Pine Grove trails from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., restoring native habitat along Langes Run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and flood litter cleanup in the Stumpy Basin area of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children ages 10 and older with parent or guardian supervision are welcome at all projects. Children ages 7 and older can assist with the habitat restoration project, said CVNP officials.
Volunteers will be treated to a cookout and trail equipment demonstrations following the projects and will be offered the opportunity to camp overnight for free, according to CVNP officials. Exact location of the projects and details of the cookout and camping option are available after registering, according to park officials.
Projects will take place rain or shine, with the exception of thunderstorms and lightning. Volunteers should wear comfortable work clothes, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots. Tools, instructions and snacks from Earth Fare will be provided, said CVNP officials.
To register for the Day of Service, visit www.nps.gov/cuva and go to “Volunteer” or contact the CVNP volunteer office at 330-657-2299.
Sheriff’s Office hosts flag retirement ceremony
GREEN — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office will host a ceremonial retirement of American flags on Flag Day, June 14, at 10 a.m. at the Robert D. Campbell Training Center, 2825 Greensburg Road.
Anyone wishing to retire an American flag should fold and place it in a protective paper or plastic bag with a note attached to the flag eyelet indicating the name of the person or organization wishing to retire the flag. The flag then can be delivered to any sheriff’s office facility by June 13. It will be inspected and prepared in accordance with the tradition of solemn dignity and military manner, according to Sheriff Steve Barry.
“According to federal law, when a flag is no longer fit for display, it should be retired in a dignified manner,” Barry stated in a news release.
The event will include the Sheriff’s Office Color Guard, Mounted Unit, K-9 and Motorcycle units, along with the Group III Civil Air Patrol Squadron and various military groups.
All veterans, veterans groups, youth organizations and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, as well as members of the public, are invited to attend the ceremony. Attendees should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Agencies wishing to participate in the event should contact Deputy Jim Orsine at 330-896-4019.
ODOT to hold public meeting on state Route 8 improvements
BOSTON HEIGHTS — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) intends to improve state Route (SR) 8 in Summit County between Graham Road and SR 303. The proposed project is located in the cities of Stow and Hudson and the village of Boston Heights. The project will begin when construction funding becomes available. The estimated construction cost is approximately $77 million.
A public meeting regarding the project will take place June 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the ODOT Summit County Garage, 6155 Chittenden Road. The meeting will have an open house format with no formal presentation.
This project proposes pavement reconstruction of approximately 6 miles of SR 8 and includes drainage and sign work. Proposed structure work will include deck replacement and widening of the SR 8 bridge over Hudson Drive, deck replacement of the SR 8 bridge over Mud Brook and minor rehabilitation of eight additional SR 8 mainline bridges. Minor ramp configurations, including the lengthening of acceleration/deceleration lanes, also are proposed by the project.
At least two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained on SR 8 during construction. Ramp closures of up to 90 days are expected, and detour routes will be posted prior to any ramp closures. The SR 8 northbound entrance ramp from Graham Road will be closed for 60 to 90 days while the SR 8 bridge over Hudson Drive is reconstructed. Hudson Drive under SR 8 will be closed for 30 to 45 days. The SR 8 northbound entrance ramp from SR 303 will be reconfigured and closed for approximately 90 days. Short duration ramp closures, such as a weekend, also might be necessary for other minor work activities.
At the open house meeting, public comments regarding the proposed improvements and their social, economic and environmental impacts will be solicited. ODOT also requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project. Cultural resources include prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, sites and districts.
The final date for submission of comments is June 28. Comments also may be mailed to: Edward W. Deley Jr., District 4 Environmental Coordinator, Ohio Department of Transportation, 2088 S. Arlington Road, Akron, OH 44306-4243.
A summary of public comments and responses will be prepared and posted on the ODOT District 4 website, www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/d04, under “Public Meetings/Public Involvement.”
For more information, contact Robert Lang, ODOT District 4 Environmental Specialist, at 330-786-4975 or email@example.com.
Speaker to discuss technology in education
Microsoft Principal Lead Programmer Cohen will discuss how early exposure to technology gave him a head start in the software business. He also will discuss trends in technology used in education and offer a behind-the-scenes look at his career across a variety of Microsoft services, such as MSN, Windows and X-Box.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Register by calling 330-836-0419, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.thelippmanschool.org/TechnologyTrendsForm.
Switching Gears conference taking place June 26
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) officials invite participation in the free Switching Gears Akron-Active Transportation Conference June 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Participants can learn how to increase walking, biking and transit in their communities and leverage their knowledge to create vibrant spaces and neighborhoods, according to AMATS officials.
Key Speakers will be Jason Roberts, of The Better Block, and Dave Cieslewicz, executive director of Wisconsin Bike Fed and former mayor of Madison, Wisconsin.
The conference will highlight successful grassroots efforts, as well as advocacy and policy level actions to enhance and transform communities.
For more information and to register, visit www.switching-gears.org.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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