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7/10/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Cleveland chosen for 2016 Republican National Convention

CLEVELAND — The Republican National Committee’s (RNC) site selection committee will recommend Cleveland as host of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

In a July 8 announcement, Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said the RNC will begin negotiations with Cleveland officials on key details of the 2016 convention. The site selection committee’s recommendation will be presented to the full RNC at an early August meeting in Chicago, the announcement stated.

“It is my honor to announce Cleveland as the site selection committee’s recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said Mickelsen in a press release. “Cleveland is a phenomenal city and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016. This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican Convention.”

The recommendation remains contingent upon successful contract negotiations and a final vote of RNC members, the announcement stated.

“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great stepping stone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a press release. “The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer.”

Dallas was the site selection committee’s other finalist.

“I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas,” said Mickelsen. “Dallas is a world-class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future. The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer.”


Woodridge seeks school board member

PENINSULA — The Woodridge Local School District Board of Education is accepting applications for an open position on the board.

The board accepted Vice President George DeBord’s resignation at a special July 8 meeting, according to district officials. DeBord, who submitted his resignation July 2, was appointed to the board in February 2011 and won election to a four-year term in November of that year. His seat’s term expires in 2015.

Anyone interested in being considered for the position may obtain an application from the board office, 4411 Quick Road, or from the district website, www.woodridge.k12.oh.us, officials said.

Applications must be submitted by July 18 and interviews will be scheduled for the evening of July 23. If needed, additional interviews will be scheduled for July 24, according to Woodridge officials.

For additional information, contact board President Jan Flasco at 330-606-5790 or at jan@t-hins.com.

The board’s next meeting is July 15 at 6 p.m. in the administration building, 4411 Quick Road.


Richfield trustees place police levy on ballot

RICHFIELD — The Richfield Township Board of Trustees agreed to place a police levy on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot at a special meeting July 3.

The township already raises money for police services through a continuous levy, but the ballot measure would increase the millage from 3.5 to 4.7 mills, according to township officials. Information on how much the levy would generate yearly or what it would cost homeowners was not yet available.

Also during the meeting, the trustees named three members of the new Joint Recreation District Board. Bob Lucas will serve a three-year term, Floyd Ostrowski will serve for two years and Donna Skoda is set to serve a one-year term. According to township officials, volunteer board members will have a strategic leadership role in creating a vision, mission and strategy for the park district, overseeing every aspect of its implementation and operation.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will be July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.


NPS seeking information about historic structure fire

CVNP — On June 21, an unoccupied structure in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) burned to the ground. The structure, locally known as the Lapchynski house, was built in 1880 and is located on Riverview Road in Independence.

The area is remote, since the section of Riverview Road is closed, according to CVNP officials. The house was scheduled for demolition.

Summit County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the house fire. Tips can be provided and rewards received anonymously.

To provide a tip, call 330-434-COPS, text TIPSCO plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or visit www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1156.


Granger firefighter faces criminal felony charges

GRANGER — The Granger Township Board of Trustees held a special meeting July 3, and following an executive session, they decided to move Granger firefighter James Kuruc from administrative leave with pay to administrative leave without pay immediately as a result of his arrest for criminal felony charges June 30, according to Fiscal Officer Don Baker.

Kuruc was hired by the township July 11, 2011.

Trustees sent a letter dated July 3 notifying Kuruc he had been placed on administrative leave without pay. During a trustees’ meeting April 28, Kuruc had been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an investigation of allegations made against him, according to Baker.

The letter states Kuruc is not to appear at the Fire Station or township offices without prior approval by trustees, or at any fire or emergency scene.

Granger Fire Chief Jim Paulett had no additional comment.

Kuruc also is listed as a member of Medina Township’s Fire Department on its website.

Det. James Cartwright, of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, said July 7 Kuruc had not yet been scheduled for arraignment.

According to jail records, Kuruc, 23, was booked into a jail in Harris County in Houston, Texas July 2.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office placed a hold on Kuruc on charges of unlawful sexual conduct the same day, with a bond set at $30,000, according to Harris County court records. At presstime, Kuruc was still in custody in Houston.

Cartwright said the Medina County Sheriff’s Office can not comment on the charges against Kuruc or discuss any other details of the case until after arraignment.


Bridge removal detours section of Bike, Hike Trail

BOSTON HEIGHTS — Removal of the vehicular Akron-Cleveland Road bridge in Boston Heights will force a short detour of the Bike and Hike Trail slightly southeast of the state Route 303 trailhead beginning July 18.

Currently, the multipurpose trail passes under the bridge. The trail will be detoured with an at-grade crossing of Akron-Cleveland Road through November, when a tunnel will be completed for trail users.


Donations needed for SCCS’ annual school supplies program

SOUTH AKRON — Summit County Children Services (SCCS) once again is asking for the community’s assistance to ensure every child in agency care will begin next school year prepared with new school supplies.

Each summer, more than 1,000 children in the care of SCCS are given backpacks filled with school supplies — all donated. 

A donation of $25 will purchase a backpack and school supplies for elementary school children. A donation of $35 will provide essentials for a middle school or high school student, including a scientific calculator. Monetary donations can be made through PayPal at www.summitkids.org (click on “Donor/Volunteer Opportunities” and use the “Donate Now” button). Individuals also can mail a donation to the agency, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44306, in care of the Community Relations Department. Checks should be made payable to Summit County Children Services.

For those who prefer to shop for school supplies and donate the items, a list of the essential supplies needed also is available on the agency’s website by clicking on “Donor/Volunteer Opportunities,” then “School Supplies.” It is requested that all donations be delivered to the agency between July 21 and Aug. 1. 

For details, contact Sandy DeLuca at 330-379-1994 or sdeluca@summitkids.org.


MCBDD offers Safety Town for children with special needs

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Safety Town+PLUS will take place July 21-25 at the Medina County Achievement Center in Granger.
Photo courtesy of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities
GRANGER — The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is gearing up for another Safety Town+PLUS to be held the week of July 21 at the Medina County Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road.

Children with developmental disabilities from across Medina County are invited to participate in the five-day program, each day focusing on a specific safety lesson: traffic safety, fire safety, gun safety and calling 9-1-1, bus safety and animal safety. During animal safety, the children will have the opportunity to interact with therapy dogs and service dogs. The week will include a graduation ceremony to recognize all children who participated in the program.

Safety Towns are realistic, child-sized towns designed to provide hands-on safety education for children. MCBDD’s program offers all the regular features plus the extra help some children with developmental disabilities need, according to agency officials. Designed for children in grades kindergarten through three with special needs, this program offers activities, games, stories and crafts to encourage learning how to stay safe and make good choices during emergencies.

MCBDD will work with Sgt. Beverly Fraser, of the Medina County Sheriff’s Department, and a variety of other local volunteers.

For more information or to register, visit www.mcbdd.org. The registration deadline is tomorrow, July 11.


KNAFF picnic set for July 25

SOUTH AKRON — For the past 14 years, Victim Assistance Program has partnered with the Akron Police Department’s Kids Need a Firm Foundation (KNAFF) program to provide a day of fun for children.

This year, the KNAFF picnic will take place July 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge at 2610 Ley Drive.

The picnic provides children (ages 17 and younger and accompanied by an adult) with the opportunity to enjoy a day of free food, music from KIDJAM! Radio, K-9 demonstrations, archery, fishing, fingerprinting by Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection, face painting and prizes while positively interacting with police officers. 

Call the Victim Assistance Program office at 330-376-0040 to make a reservation.


Naturalists need more bottles for Nature Realm greenhouse

WEST AKRON — Built from clear 2-liter bottles, with help last month from young visitors enrolled in a three-day camp, Summit Metro Parks officials report being about halfway done with the “repurposed” greenhouse at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road.

“We need several hundred more bottles to finish it,” said naturalist Danette Rushboldt, who is coordinating the effort to build the 8-by-10-foot greenhouse.

Through the end of the month, visitors can drop off rinsed-out bottles during regular hours for the park’s visitors center: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.


Jeff Gorman, Ariel Hakim, Stephanie Kist and Palm Lifke contributed to these reports.

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