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4/20/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Akron mayor to host neighborhood meetings

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan plans to visit neighborhoods throughout the city again this year for a series of town hall meetings.

Those in attendance may ask questions, convey their concerns and share points of interest regarding that specific neighborhood with the mayor and his staff, city officials said. The events are spread throughout the city to keep the conversations neighborhood-focused. In addition, parents are encouraged to bring teens and young adults to learn more about city government and civic engagement.

Billy Soule, assistant to the mayor for community relations, will facilitate the 75-minute sessions, which take place at community learning centers (CLCs). Each session will begin at 6 p.m.

This year’s meetings are as follows:

  • today, April 20, Hyre CLC, 2385 Wedgewood Drive;
  • May 11, Innes CLC, 1999 East Ave.;
  • May 23, Forest Hill CLC, 850 Damon St.;
  • June 15, David Hill CLC, 1060 E. Archwood Ave.;
  • June 27, Schumacher CLC, 1020 Hartford Ave.;
  • July 25, Resnik CLC, 65 N. Meadowcroft Drive; and
  • Aug. 17, Seiberling CLC, 400 Brittain Road.

For more information, contact Christine Curry at 330-375-2209 or Soule at 330-375-2660.


CVNP hosting open house about new Boston Mills Visitors Center

PENINSULA — Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) will host an open house to share plans and gather public input for the new Boston Mills Visitor Center April 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge, located at 500 W. Streetsboro Road.

According to CVNP officials, the Boston Mills Visitor Center will be located on the southeast corner of Riverview and Boston Mills roads in Boston Township. The historic property will be renovated to serve as a central, one-stop resource where visitors can plan their visits to the national park and Ohio & Erie Canalway.

Officials stated the $5.9 million project is a partnership between the Conservancy for CVNP, the nonprofit friends group for CVNP, which is managing fundraising, planning, design and construction of the project; and the National Park Service, which will operate the facility once it is open.

The visitor center will be housed in a building that was constructed in 1905 as a commercial and residential space for the Akron-Canton Bag Co. In recent years, it has been a privately owned residence, said CVNP officials. The current owner approached the park with his desire to sell the property, and the purchase was completed April 12.

According to CVNP officials, the primary contracts for architectural and engineering services, exhibit design and project management have all been awarded to Ohio-based firms. Architectural and engineering services are being led by Peninsula Architects with support from Environmental Design Group. Hilferty & Associates, of Athens, is leading exhibit design. Regency Construction Services, of Lakewood, is providing construction management.

Participants at the open house will be able to comment on early stages of design for the buildings, site and exhibits, said CVNP officiails.

For details on the Conservancy, visit conservancyforcvnp.org or call 330-657-2909.

For more about the park, visit nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.


Public meeting to detail South Main Street improvements

DOWNTOWN AKRON — A multimillion dollar plan to improve South Main Street will be the subject of a public meeting April 26 at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St.

Attendees may arrive anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. for the open-house format meeting.

According to City of Akron officials, the Main Street promenade will be completely renovated in 2018 and 2019, funded by a $5 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. As part of the project, the city will construct roadway improvements along South Main Street between Mill and Exchange streets, as well as rehabilitate the State Street Bridge between Main and Water streets.

Officials added that the corridor currently contains uneven sidewalks, challenging parking areas, deteriorating pavement and inconsistent drive lanes of varying widths, and the State Street Bridge is in declining condition.

“This project is going to modernize and beautify Main Street and transform the downtown experience for pedestrians and motorists,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan in a statement. “Our goals with this innovative project are to improve the traffic flow for motorists, update our traffic signals, leverage technology in an efficient way and make Main Street more welcoming and accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists.”

Proposed improvements include new roadways with one lane in each direction plus turn lanes as needed; updated, coordinated traffic signals; a lane on each side of the street for parallel parking, drop-offs or buses; a cycle track connecting to the nearby Towpath Trail; new sidewalks with updated lighting; and improved aesthetics and amenities. The plan is based on the design principles defined by Phase I of the Downtown Vision and Redevelopment Plan, which includes room for sidewalk cafés, officials said.

Two mid-block crossings for pedestrians will be added and a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Mill and South Main streets. The roundabout will move traffic more efficiently and eliminate the need for a traffic signal there, city officials said. On State Street, a new smaller bridge deck will be constructed along with a separate pedestrian/bike deck on the existing steel beams.

Those who cannot attend the meeting but would like to share their comments may do so by email to CJonke@akronohio.gov by May 29. Comments also may be mailed to the Akron Engineering Bureau, 166 S. High St., Design Division, Room 701, Akron, OH 44308 to the attention of Christine Jonke.


Medicare coverage information available from state

TWINSBURG — The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) will hold two free “Welcome to Medicare” presentations in Summit County to help soon-to-be Medicare recipients learn about coverage options.

The events will take place April 27 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Twinsburg Senior Center, 10260 Ravenna Road. To attend, call 330-963-8722.

According to ODI officials, topics will include Medicare Part A and B benefits, the Part D prescription drug benefit, Medicare supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance and key deadlines.

“These events are a great resource for Ohioans who are seeking information about Medicare coverage,” said ODI Director Jillian Froment. “Future Medicare recipients will come away from these events better prepared to select coverage that best suits their budget and health care needs.”

Individuals are eligible for Medicare if they or their spouse worked for at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment, they are 65 years or older and a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Those who are not 65 might qualify for coverage if they have a disability or end-stage renal disease.

For those unable to attend the event, the department is offering it via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/OSHIIP. Webinars are also viewable at www.insurance.ohio.gov.

For more information, call 800-686-1578 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Scrap tire collection planned in Stow

STOW — A scrap tire collection event for Summit County residents will be held April 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Summit ReWorks’ Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, located at 1201 Graham Road.

Summit County residents may drop off unwanted passenger car and light truck-sized tires for $1 per tire, with a limit of 10 tires per vehicle, said ReWorks officials.

According to ReWorks officials, recycling tires not only diverts them from landfills, but it also provides a new life for them as the basis of eco-friendly products. Recycled tires can find their way into turf, asphalt rubber and synthetic sports field surfaces, said officials. ReWorks contracts with Lightner Tires to provide scrap tire recycling services.

Businesses are not permitted to participate, and no household hazardous waste will be collected at this event.

Scrap tires also will be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center during regular office hours, which are 2 to 7 p.m. The center reopens for the season June 1 and is open every Thursday through Sept. 28.

Officials said scrap tires also are accepted at Lightner Tire, 780 E. Waterloo Road in South Akron. For more details, call 330-724-7436.

For more information, visit summitreworks.com or call 330-374-0383.


ACF Mother’s Day campaign underway

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Endowment funds of Akron Community Foundation (ACF) benefiting women and girls in Summit and Medina counties are giving donors the opportunity to honor special women in their lives with tribute or memorial gifts for Mother’s Day.

Anyone who donates to either fund by April 30 can have a Mother’s Day card sent to someone, letting her know a gift was made in her honor. The amount of the gift will not be disclosed. The donations, which are fully tax-deductible, will support each fund’s grant-making programs.

The Summit County Women’s Endowment Fund has coined the term “SHEro” to refer to a woman who has made a significant impact as mother, sister, friend or mentor. Gifts to the fund in honor of SHEroes support grants to programs that improve the health and wellness, safety and economic empowerment of women and girls in Summit County.

In 2016, the “Who Is Your SHEro?” campaign raised nearly $20,000. This year, campaign organizers aim to raise at least $30,000 using a team of 30 local women leaders, each of whom has committed to raise $1,000 through their personal and professional networks. To read more about these ambassadors and track their fundraising progress, visit akroncf.org/SHEroAmbassadors.

Gifts in honor or memory of SHEroes can be made online at YourShero.org or by calling ACF at 330-376-8522.

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund gives grants to programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women and children in Medina County.

Gifts to the Medina County fund are accepted online at akroncf.org/MCWEFMothersDay or by calling ACF at the above number.


Collection of unwanted drugs set for April 29

GREATER AKRON — The Drug Enforcement Agency National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held in cooperation with Operation Medicine Cabinet, will take place April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations.

According to event officials, unused or unwanted prescription drugs will be collected during the event to help protect children and water and food supplies, and decrease prescription drug abuse. All items will be held by law enforcement officials and disposed of safely.

Officials said participants are invited to remove labels or black them out, and drop drugs off at one of the following locations:

  • Akron Children’s Hospital circular driveway, 215 Bowery St. in Downtown Akron;
  • Akron METRO Regional Transit Center visitor’s center parking lot, 631 S. Broadway St. in Downtown Akron;
  • Bath Police Department, 3864 W. Bath Road;
  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit, 393 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road in Green;
  • the former FirstMerit Building, 480 W. Tuscarawas St. in Barberton;
  • Copley Police Department, 1280 Sunset Drive;
  • Western Reserve Hospital, main entrance, 1900 23rd St. in Cuyahoga Falls; and
  • Summa Health Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center, 195 Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth.

For more information, call 330-374-0947. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit DEA.gov.


Local event part of Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Nancy Gardner will lead a free program April 29 at the Akron Art Museum as part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Gardner
DOWNTOWN AKRON — People of all ages are invited to participate in a local event as part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2017. 

The free community wellness event will take place April 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. The interactive program will be led by NG Energy Founder and certified tai chi and qigong instructor Nancy Gardner, and will be part of a global live-feed streaming video of Tai Chi and Qigong Day demonstrations around the world, according to organizers.

Now in its ninth year, the event will feature demonstrations, audience participation and a special segment for children, Gardner said. She added the core of the community wellness program is to introduce community members to breathing and movement techniques that will boost energy, improve balance and help reduce and manage stress.

Tai chi and qigong are exercises for body and mind that are widely recognized for aiding relaxation; reducing and managing stress; increasing strength, flexibility and balance; and improving overall health, Gardner said. The two-hour program is suitable for adults of all ages and physical abilities, as well as children old enough to follow along, she added. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs for the outdoor event, which will be held in the lobby in the event of inclement weather.

According to Gardner, similar events will be taking place in all 50 states and internationally that day. The mission of the event is to raise awareness of the benefits of tai chi and qigong, recognized by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) as components of complementary and integrative health, and to promote health and healing in individuals, communities and nations.

Akron native Gardner is a certified tai chi and qigong instructor, licensed massage therapist, applied polarity therapy practitioner and international motivational speaker. She has studied and taught numerous healing modalities since 1985.

For additional information, go to akronartmuseum.org/calendar/world-tai-chi-and-qigong-day-celebration/11344 or www.ngenergy.us, email nancyg@ngenergy.us or call 330-945-5533.


Scholarships available to attend Opiate Conference

GREATER AKRON — The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental (ADM) Health Services Board is offering scholarships for Ohio’s Opiate Conference: Bridges to Recovery for members of the Opiate Task Force not currently employed in organizations with training budgets.

The Opiate Conference, hosted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, will take place June 12-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. Event officials stated this conference will bring over 1,100 behavioral health professionals together for two full days of education related to the opiate epidemic. The conference will focus on treatment, prevention, recovery supports, medication-assisted treatment, criminal justice and more.

For more information on the conference, visit www.oacbha.org.

According to ADM officials, 10 scholarships will be awarded, with priority going to people in recovery and their family members. The scholarships will cover registration for the conference only, with travel and accommodations being the registrant’s responsibility. The maximum scholarship amount will be $250.

Scholarships are available on a first available basis. Those interested in attending should contact Darlene Migas at migasd@admboard.org.


Kathleen Folkerth, Ariel Hakim and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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