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5/7/2015 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Village at St. Edward plans Wadsworth community

FAIRLAWN — The Village at St. Edward is developing plans for a senior living community in Wadsworth.

The organization has issued a letter of intent to purchase 60 acres of the Brickyard property at the corner of Main Street and Seville Road in the southwest corner of Wadsworth, said St. Edward Director of Marketing and Admissions Annette Walters. A purchase agreement is being negotiated, she added.

Subject to approvals and financing, construction of Phase I, which includes independent living, assisted living and memory care units, will begin in fall of 2015 or spring of 2016, said Walters. Construction on the project is expected to take 16 months, she added.

The new facility is expected to employ 30-40 people, Walters said.

Preliminary drawings and renderings have been produced, although changes may be made based on results of soil testing on the property, Walters said.

St. Edward commissioned independent studies that indicated there was a need for a faith-based senior citizens’ community in the Wadsworth area, she said. Acquisition of the 60-acre parcel makes further expansion of the proposed Wadsworth community possible, Walters added.

The Village at St. Edward has operated in Fairlawn since 1964. It is a continuing care retirement center that provides independent living, assisted living, long-term care and skilled nursing for senior citizens, according to St. Edward officials. St. Edward is a nonprofit organization funded, organized and initially operated by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron.

For more information, call 330-668-2828 or visit www.vased.org.


Mature Services job fair attracts 700 job seekers

FAIRLAWN — More than 700 job seekers attended the 25th Mature Workers’ Job and Career Fair April 16 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

According to Mature Services officials, Summit County Executive Russell Pry, along with Fairlawn Mayor William Roth and representatives from Mature Services, the City of Akron’s mayor’s office and U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge’s (D-District 11) office cut the ribbon to the job fair, which celebrated its 25th anniversary. Pry presented the organization with a proclamation declaring April 16 Mature Services Inc. Day.

More than 40 employers took applications and accepted résumés from job seekers, according to Mature Services officials.

The job fair was created specifically for workers age 50 and over to allow older workers to be recognized as a viable part of the workforce, according to Mature Services officials.

“Older workers possess many traits and skills that employers are looking for when hiring new employees, such as being hard working, experienced and trustworthy,” said Don Zirkle, training and placement supervisor for Mature Services Employment and Training Solutions. “These employers recognize this and that is why they have chosen to be here today [at the fair].”

Many of the participating employers were honored for having participated in the job and career fair since its inception, organizers noted.

Linda Valentine, president and CEO of Mature Services, thanked the event sponsors.

“Without them, this event wouldn’t be possible,” she said.

Mature Services hosts mini job fairs throughout the year. Employers seeking new hires can visit www.matureservices.org/ets/minijobfair.php or call Zirkle at 330-762-8666, ext. 174. Mature workers interested in paid job training and job search assistance should call Caroline Barborak at 330-762-8666, ext. 176.


Pam Lifke contributed to these reports.

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