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7/10/2014 - South 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 thing the city has to offer.”


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. However, because of limitations on the agency’s use of funds for this type of purchase, the agency depends on the generosity of community organizations and individual donors to provide school supplies to the children it serves, according to SCCS officials.

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 at 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 so volunteers can pack them into backpacks Aug. 3. 

For more information, contact Community Relations Manager Sandy DeLuca at 330-379-1994 or sdeluca@summitkids.org.


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.


‘Summit Kids Month,’ ‘Care Coordination’ programs win awards

SUMMIT COUNTY — The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded 2014 Achievement Awards to First Things First for “Summit Kids Month” and to Summit County Public Health for “Care Coordination: A Community Response Model.”

Annually, NACo reviews hundreds of entries from counties around the country looking for the most innovative programs in 21 categories, including children and youth, and health.

Summit Kids Month is an initiative to bring awareness to the importance of early childhood education, screening, and health and wellness. The creation of this public awareness campaign was designed by First Things First, an early childhood initiative led by Summit County Executive Russ Pry that encompasses more than 47 early childhood organizations.

Each week during August 2013, issues facing the families and children of Summit County were highlighted.

“The programs and events developed by the public awareness committee of First Things First for Summit Kids Month cover a wide range of meaningful topics for families and children in our community,” said Pry. “Summit County is fortunate to have so many early childhood professionals, and I congratulate them on this national award.”

Summit Kids Month again will take place in August. The featured event will be the Fifth Annual Summit for Kids Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Downtown Akron.

Summit County Public Health was recognized by the NACo for “Care Coordination: A Community Response Model.” The program was created to assure access to all services addressing health disparities that exist as a result of resources and access, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Through Care Coordination, four independent, though linked, projects have been developed and successfully implemented to address the needs of different vulnerable populations in the community: Adult Protective Services, Access to Care, Certified Application Counseling and the Million Hearts Campaign.

“On behalf of Summit County Public Health, I am pleased with this recognition of achievement by NACo. Care coordination programming represents a transformational change strategy by our local public health system to best assist those most at risk in a rapidly changing health care environment,” said Health Commissioner Gene Nixon.


Naturalists need more bottles for Nature Realm greenhouse

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.


ACCESS hosting breakfast event Aug. 14

DOWNTOWN AKRON — ACCESS Inc. will host its “Shelter From the Storm” Breakfast Aug. 14. The complimentary breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., with the program from 8 to 9 a.m.

According to agency officials, ACCESS empowers homeless women through pertinent programming, intensive case management, emotional support and more. The breakfast will celebrate the agency’s accomplishments. Last year, ACCESS:

  • sheltered 501 homeless women and children, 252 of whom were children and 126 of whom were younger than 6;
  • served 39,500 meals;
  • provided 13,000 nights of shelter; and
  • completed 255 physical health assessments.

To reserve a spot, contact Tara Regan at 330-376-0997 or by email at tregan@access-shelter.org.

Those who cannot attend but would like to make a contribution are invited to make a check payable to “ACCESS Breakfast” and mail to ACCESS Inc., 230 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44303, or contribute online at www.access-shelter.org (choose “Donate” from the “Support Us” drop-down menu).


Stephanie Kist, Pam Lifke and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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