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8/28/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

State Highway Patrol investigating fatal crash in New Franklin

NEW FRANKLIN — The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) responded to a fatal injury crash Aug. 24 at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Van Buren Road just south of Center Road.

The incident involved a blue 1999 Chevrolet Lumina going northbound on Van Buren Road that lost control. OSHP officials report the vehicle apparently drove off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and a tree and then rolled over, coming to rest on its roof. Neither of the two occupants were wearing seatbelts and both were ejected from the vehicle, according to OSHP officials.

Jessica Goff, 26, of Clinton, was fatally injured and was pronounced dead at the scene. Charles King III, 32, of Barberton, was seriously injured in the crash and was transported to a hospital by the Clinton Fire Department, according to OSHP officials.

Alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash, according to OSHP officials.

The Northeastern Ohio Crash Reconstruction Team was called in and the crash remains under investigation.


Green hosting tire recycling collection

GREEN — The City of Green will host a tire recycling event Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the city’s Highway Division, located at 5383 Massillon Road.

The event is for Green residents only (no businesses), and proof of residency will be required, according to city officials.

The city hosts several special recycling events each summer, including for household hazardous waste, electronic waste, paper shredding and tire recycling events. Details on next year’s events and other recycling programs are available at www.cityofgreen.org.


Summit County property valuation notices mailed, meetings set

SUMMIT COUNTY — The 2014 sexennial reappraisal effort has concluded and new property value notices were mailed to owner-occupied, residential property owners beginning Aug. 18, according to Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise CPA, CFE.

Property owners who have questions about their new property value may attend one of the following community meetings to be held from 1 to 8 p.m.:

  • Sept. 9-10 at Green Central Fire Station No. 1, 1900 Steese Road; or
  • Oct. 14-15 at the Kenmore Community Center, 880 Kenmore Blvd. in South Akron.


Summit Metro Parks partnering with ODNR on property management

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit Metro Parks has entered into a deal with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Ohio State Parks to acquire 1,000 acres from the state.

Metro Parks officials have signed a 25-year management agreement with the ODNR for Tinkers Creek State Park in Streetsboro and Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve in Aurora. Both areas make up a combined 1,141 acres and are contiguous with the district’s 2,000-acre Liberty Park in the Twinsburg area, according to Summit Metro Parks officials.

The deal also transfers management of the 6-acre Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve, a sphagnum bog in Coventry, and the 18-acre Karlo Fen, a wetland in Green, according to Summit Metro Parks officials. The Portage Lakes Wetland and Karlo Fen areas have no public access and will remain conservation areas, according to park officials.

According to the agreement, Summit Metro Parks rangers will patrol the park areas, and facility and trail improvements may be made over time, if needed, in Tinkers Creek.

“We appreciate having the opportunity to partner with the Summit Metro Parks,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “With their close proximity to these state properties, they will ensure these important areas are managed with a daily presence while allowing us to allocate resources to other areas that need closer attention.”

Summit Metro Parks officials said they intend to add one part-time, year-round employee to assist with the maintenance of the Tinkers Creek areas and its new Liberty Park Nature Center, which is under construction with a planned opening next spring.

With the ODNR agreement, Summit Metro Parks officials said they now manage 12,900 total acres, including 14 parks and more than 125 miles of trails that see more than five million visits every year.

For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit www.summitmetroparks.org.


Help with electric bills available for some Sept. 4

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Executive Russ Pry announced the Department of Community and Economic Development will be hosting a fuel fund assistance day for all income-qualified FirstEnergy/Ohio Edison customers at Ohio Means Jobs, formerly known as the Job Center, located at 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Sept. 4 beginning at 8 a.m.

Applicants will each be given a number upon arrival, and only 200 numbers will be distributed, according to county officials.

Eligibility for assistance with electric bills during the fuel fund assistance day is based on household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Persons applying for fuel fund assistance must provide the following on the day of service: photo identification (driver’s license or other form of photo identification); Social Security card; most recent delinquent electric bill or termination notice; proof of gross monthly income for all persons residing in the home for the past 30 days from the date of application; and proof of a good faith payment within the past 90 days of the date in which the customer applies for assistance. The person applying for assistance must be the person whose name appears on the utility bill.

Alternatively, the applicant must have a letter from the ratepayer dated within seven days of the application giving him/her permission to apply for assistance on his/her behalf.

A person is only eligible once every 12 months to receive the fuel fund assistance, and payments cannot be applied to a deferred or final account balance, according to county officials. Home Energy Assistance Program payments are not considered good faith payments. Also, City of Cuyahoga Falls’ utilities customers are not eligible for assistance at the event.

For more information, call the fuel fund information line at 330-643-2068.


Cleveland Clinic to acquire minority stake in Akron General

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Cleveland Clinic and Akron General Health System have agreed to terms for a deal that will give the Cleveland Clinic minority ownership of Akron General Health System, making Akron General its exclusive health system partner in Summit County.

According to Akron General officials, this transaction combines the clinical expertise and resources of the Cleveland Clinic and the hospital to strengthen and improve access to high-quality, affordable health care services for patients in the region.

“Today, Cleveland Clinic is proud to welcome Akron General as a valued affiliate of our organization.” said Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. “Working together, we will enhance health care quality, access and service in the region, ensuring Akron General’s mission of improving community health.”

Both organizations are committed to the development of a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership that will grow over time, according to Akron General officials. Details of the agreement were not released.

“Our lengthy efforts to find the absolute best partner have culminated in this historic agreement,” said Dr. Thomas Stover, president and CEO of Akron General Health System. “This partnership brings the world-class expertise of Cleveland Clinic much closer to patients in Summit and surrounding counties. We are very pleased to be working very closely together with the Cleveland Clinic, the undisputed leader in health care delivery in Northeast Ohio.”

Cleveland Clinic is the best hospital in Ohio as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, according to Akron General officials.

As a provision of the agreement, the Cleveland Clinic will make a substantial capital investment in Akron General Health System, according to hospital officials. In addition, the organizations will have representation on the other’s board.


Historic Hartong Farm available for lease

GREEN — The City of Green plans to lease the Historic Hartong Farmstead and land for use as a working farm.

The Hartong Farm, located in Southgate Park at 6521 Mount Pleasant Road, includes a residence, several outbuildings for storage, a barn for livestock, approximately 3.5 acres of fenced grazing land and approximately 15 acres of tillable land. The farmstead is suitable for fruit and vegetable production, management-intensive grazing operations and integrated crop-livestock enterprises, according to city officials.

Interested parties may lease all or part of the farm.

Details of this lease opportunity are available in the Hartong Farmstead Request for Proposal (RFP) document. To request a copy, visit www.cityofgreen.org/hartong-RFP or contact Mike Elkins at 330-896-6621 or hartongfarmstead@cityofgreen.org.

In addition, tours of the farm will be offered Sept. 20, 26 and 29 at 10 a.m. To attend a tour, call 330-896-6621 or email hartongfarmstead@cityofgreen.org.

Lease proposals will be accepted through Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Central Administration Building, located at 1755 Town Park Blvd. Only hard-copy proposals will be considered.


Women’s Network accepting applications for THRIVE! program

FAIRLAWN — Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio is now accepting applications for its 2014-15 THRIVE! mentoring program.

The program will kick off at a Sept. 11 meeting from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Fairlawn Country Club. Participating pairs will meet and create an action plan for future meetings.

According to Women’s Network officials, the mentor and mentee are required to meet at least once per month during the program year, from September 2014 to May 2015. The program is open to all women leaders in Northeast Ohio interested in fostering and supporting personal and professional development.

Those interested in becoming a mentee must first become a Women’s Network member. To register for the program, visit  www.womensnetworkneohio.com. Upon registration, an email will be sent with an application and information that must be submitted by Sept. 1.

Future THRIVE! events will include leadership workshops and other professional development seminars, according to Women’s Network officials.

For more information, contact Cindy Biggs, THRIVE! program chair, at 330-465-9089 or cindyjbiggs@gmail.com.  


Ariel Hakim and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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