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7/31/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Springfield trustees approve legislation at special meeting

SPRINGFIELD — During a special meeting July 24, the Springfield Board of Trustees approved four pieces of legislation.

Among those was an amendment to legislation approved in April regarding the township’s EMS 3.2-mill renewal levy to be placed on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. According to township officials, an amendment was made to correct the proposed language to match the original levy language.

Trustees also approved:

  • a contract with Ohio Public Entity Consortium Health Care Cooperative for the Joint Self-Insurance Cooperative agreement, effective Sept. 1;
  • a grant writing fee of $3,000 payable to Gatchell Grant Resources LLC for the 2013 AFG Grant for Operations and Safety, representing the 8 percent award fee as approved in a 2013 agreement; and
  • a payment of $2,055 for the annual self-contained breathing apparatus check.

The next regular trustees’ meeting is scheduled for Aug. 14 starting at a new time of 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 2459 Canfield Road.

 

Ceremony marks completion of business park expansion

GREEN — City of Green officials and development partners for the Port Green at CAK International Business Park Phase III planned to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project’s completion July 31.

According to City of Green officials, the newest area of the business park is located on the western side of the airport property between Massillon and Greensburg roads. The expansion project included the construction of 1.1 miles of new roadway to extend Global Gateway to Greensburg Road, a storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water lines.

The expansion opens up an additional 140 acres of buildable commercial and industrial land, according to city officials. The 316-acre business park, owned by Akron-Canton Airport, is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone.

According to city officials, the $4.387 million investment to construct the roadway and open up Port Green Phase III was made possible through the following collaborative partners: the City of Green (about $1.8 million, with a $1.3 million allocation of Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds), the State of Ohio (about $1.85 million), Akron-Canton Airport (land), Summit County ($477,500), Aqua Ohio ($307,800), the Development Finance Authority of Summit County and SB Equities.

Port Green, according to city officials, was developed in three phases and encompasses 316 acres of land zoned for industrial and commercial use. The park was first opened in 1995, with Phase II opening in 1997.

 

Summit ReWorks offering document shredding events

GREEN — Summit ReWorks will host a free on-site document shredding event Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Green Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

This event is for residents and businesses of Summit County only, and there is a limit of 10 file boxes or shopping bags per vehicle, according to ReWorks officials.

ReWorks officials report that according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, 7 percent of households in the United States reported some type of identity theft in 2013, which resulted in financial losses of over $21 billion. Officials said shredding confidential information to protect personal information and sensitive data is one step toward preventing identity theft, and it also recycles paper.

“Shredding might be inconvenient, but it’s absolutely necessary and it’s fundamental to protecting your identity,” said ReWorks Executive Director Yolanda Walker.

ReWorks, Summit County’s solid waste management authority, will present additional on-site document shredding events Sept. 13 in Barberton and Oct. 4 in Akron.

For details, call 330-374-0383.

Juvenile Court to have art project at Summit for Kids

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Summit County Juvenile Court will have a family-friendly art project at the Fifth Annual Summit for Kids event Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center.

“Adventures in Peace” invites families to come to Hay Room “A” on the first floor of the Knight Center to create artwork and place it on a “globe” that will be displayed at various events during the coming months.

“Adventures in Peace” is part of the Peace, Justice & Equality (PJ&E) movement, a community-wide initiative designed to promote greater understanding and communication among the community’s youth, their parents and law enforcement. The desired results are reducing the amount of minority youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system and creating safer neighborhoods in the process, according to court officials. The PJ&E Committee is working to facilitate that communication through the use of Peace Circles, where the parties can meet to engage in meaningful dialogue.

“The art project is the first of many activities that we hope will enhance awareness of the Peace, Justice & Equality message,” said Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. “It’s an opportunity for families to do something fun together while, at the same time, contributing to the PJ&E movement.”

 

Battelle’s contribution for STEM education in Akron to be announced

COLUMBUS — Representatives from Battelle will visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame® School...Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning in Akron to announce a contribution of more than $20,000 to further support STEM education in the region.

Following the announcement, local STEM leaders will join in an open discussion of strategies and resources for expanding STEM in the region.

Thanks to partnerships with Akron Public Schools (APS), The University of Akron, the City of Akron, the Greater Akron Chamber/Akron Tomorrow and Invent Now, among numerous other area businesses and leaders, this funding will further efforts made by the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN)-Akron Hub to advance STEM education to impact students and encourage the development of innovative cross-sector partnerships, according to APS officials.

The donation is part of more than $150,000 being donated by Battelle this year to further STEM learning across Ohio.

The event will be Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school, 199 S. Broadway St. To attend this open event, register at www.osln.org/ak/.

 

Stuff the Bus campaign underway

AKRON — The Salvation Army, Krispy Kreme, Leadership Akron and Akron General Health System are teaming up on the Stuff the Bus campaign to help children start the school year right.

Stuff the Bus, now in its second year, collected 1,135 new back-to-school supplies and backpacks last year, and the goal is to double the number of students served.

The Salvation Army is asking the community to help Leadership Akron and Akron General Health System collect school supplies again this year. The campaign kicked off July 28, and donations will be accepted through Aug. 15.

School supplies can be dropped off at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 354 S. Maple St. All types of school supplies are needed, but especially notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, school scissors and hand sanitizer.

The goal of this campaign is to ensure that every child who goes back to school has the practical necessities to start their school year right.

All donors will receive a free glazed doughnut for each single packaged school item or a dozen doughnuts for a backpack filled with school supplies. All supplies collected will be given to The Salvation Army for distribution to children in need in the community.

 

Flags displayed downtown for Gay Games

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The City of Akron has lined South Main Street with flags from 51 countries and 46 states, interspersed with gay pride flags. These flags represent the countries and states that have athletes participating in Gay Games 9 in Akron and Cleveland Aug. 9-16.  

“We hope that the flags show the diversity of nations and states participating in GG9, and that the athletes feel welcomed when they arrive,” noted Phil Montgomery, Akron’s deputy service director and one of the city’s liaisons for GG9. “Also, it’s a pretty distinctive visual, one that we hope will inspire others to support the athletes when they are in town.”

 

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 mail a check payable to “ACCESS Breakfast” 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).

 

Reentry Network provides support group

DOWNTOWN AKRON — To help overcome barriers, the Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN) has created a weekly re-entry support meeting.

Returning citizens are able to network with peers and gain information about how to effectively navigate around roadblocks. Whether someone is newly released or has been home for months or even years, everyone is welcome to attend. Family and friends also are encouraged to participate.

The re-entry support meetings, including refreshments, are free of charge. They take place every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Front Porch Café, located at 798 Grant St.

For more information, call the Reentry/Relink Hotline at 855-673-5465 or the SCRN office at 330-643-8179, or visit the SCRN’s website at summitcountyreentrynetwork.org.

 

Ariel Hakim, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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