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9/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Meth Lab Community Forum set for Sept. 25

DOWNTOWN AKRON — To share the latest information about today’s methamphetamine labs — including what to look for, where to report and the health risks — Summit County Children Services and the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board are co-sponsoring the Second Annual Meth Lab Community Forum set for Sept. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St.

The event is free and open to the public.

According to event organizers, plastic or glass bottles and other easily accessible household products are used every day to make meth in neighborhoods throughout this area. Meth labs can be found anywhere — a house, the trunk of a car or a neighborhood park, according to organizers.

Presenting at the forum will be Lt. Brian Simcox and Officer Chris Crockett, of the Akron Police Department; retired Summit County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Hylton Baker; Becky Mundy, BSN, RN, burn unit education coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital; and special guest speaker Apryl Miller, who will share her journey from being a former meth cook and user to her life today — sober for more than two years and working at Interval Brotherhood Home with other people in recovery.

Immediately prior to the forum, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., free resource material will be available from a variety of community supporting organizations.

For more information about the event, call Summit County Children Services at 330-379-2090 or visit www.summitkids.org.


Revere school board approves refunding of two bonds

BATH — In a special meeting Sept. 10, the Revere Local Schools Board of Education voted 4-0, with one member not present, in favor of refunding two bonds that are scheduled to mature in 2016.

Board member George Seifert was unable to attend the meeting, according to district officials.

Refunding a bond, like refinancing a house, is transferring an existing debt to a new debt with different terms, according to Treasurer Dave Forrest.

“When dealing with bonds, you have to call it ‘refunding,’” Forrest said, “but, it means the same thing.”

The bonds were originally purchased with a 5.98 percent interest rate, but because rates are so much lower today, the school district was able to refund them to 1.85 percent, saving the taxpayers in the district a significant amount of money, he said.

According to Forrest, the gross savings from this refunding is $352,000.

“That is a significant amount of money,” Forrest said.

The bonds were originally issued in 1993 and were used to remodel school buildings, make improvements to existing buildings and furnish and equip the schools as well.

Forrest also noted the bonds will still mature in 2016.

“This is our second time refunding these bonds,” Forrest said. “We did it to save the taxpayers money and help the community.”

The board met for a regular meeting Sept. 17. The next regular meeting will take place Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.


Akron-Area Toastmasters to compete for speaking awards

WEST AKRON — Four Akron-area Toastmasters clubs will meet in the Area 14 Fall Speech Contest, with members seeking to advance to divisional and district contests in October and November.

The contest, which includes Humorous and Table topics portions, will be Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ayres Community Room of the Northwest Akron Branch Library, 1720 Shatto Ave.

The contest is free and open to the public.

Contestants and functionaries will represent Akron Toastmasters Club 151 (the oldest Toastmasters club in Ohio, chartered in 1939, according to Toastmasters officials), Central (Akron) Advanced Toastmasters Club 8023, A.M. Akron Toastmasters Club 8480 and a new Toastmasters club that is forming in Cuyahoga Falls.

Among the participants will be residents of Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Bath, Copley, Fairlawn, Tallmadge, the Portage Lakes area and other local communities.

For additional information about Toastmasters clubs in Northeast Ohio, visit www.district10.org.


Stow joins Direct Indictment Program

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh and Stow Law Director Brian Reali have announced the city of Stow has joined the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office Direct Indictment Program.

As part of this program, felony cases in Stow, Boston Township, Northfield Center Township, Sagamore Hills Township and Twinsburg Township will bypass the preliminary hearing in Stow Municipal Court and move directly to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, where they will be presented to the grand jury.

“We have found that the Direct Indictment Program reduces the time between the date of arrest and arraignment in the Court of Common Pleas by approximately three weeks,” said Walsh. “This decreases the time defendants spend in the Summit County Jail, thus reducing costs for the Sheriff’s Office and the financial burden on taxpayers.”


Fall seminars continue at Peninsula Library

PENINSULA — The Peninsula Library, 6105 Riverview Road, is offering short seminars for those getting ready for Medicare or Social Security.

Call the library at 330-657-2291 or email info@peninsula library.org to register for either of the following free programs:

• “Getting Ready for Medicare,” Sept. 26, 6 to 8 p.m. — This program will be presented by Laura Mutsko, a Certified Senior Adviser and Medicare Supplement Accredited Adviser. She will highlight when and where to apply, what decisions need to be made, what Medicare covers, the cost of Medicare and the difference between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans. Reservations are required, as a minimum of five people is needed for this class.

• “Getting Ready for Social Security,” Oct. 21, 7 p.m. — Sexton will answers questions about what age to begin taking Social Security, qualifications and how it will affect retirement income and investments.


Juvenile court seeking students for advisory board

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio has announced that the court is seeking applicants from county high schools to serve on the court’s High School Advisory Board.

The students should have a strong grasp of issues germane to their school and their community, as well as issues that confront today’s young adults. Board members will hold a series of discussions with court staff to get their input on a variety of matters concerning the court and its programming.

The court is contacting high school administrators for candidates, but nominations are open to anyone who would like to submit a student’s name for consideration. A nomination form can be found by visiting juvenilecourt.summitoh.net and clicking on “Forms” under the “General Information” drop-down menu. Mail nominations to: Don Ursetti, 650 Dan St., Akron, OH 44310-3989. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 27.


Elder abuse prevention conference set for Sept. 27

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Summit County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition will present “Potential Dangers and Protective Measures: Safety for Elders and Staff” Sept. 27 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Akron City Hospital in the Professional Center South Auditorium, 55 S. Arch St.

The keynote speaker will be Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Teodosio. Other speakers will include Detective Lt. Richard Munsey, of the Bath Police Department; Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Felicia Easter; Victim Assistance Program Executive Director Leanne Graham; Battered Women’s Shelter Executive Director Terri Heckman; Naomi White and Becky Thomas, representatives of The University of Akron School of Social Work; Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mark Carroll, medical director of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; and a panel of Carroll, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services Assistant Director Frances Ladd and Deputy Health Commissioner Donna Skoda, of Summit County Public Health.

Continuing Nurse Education is available for social workers.

The registration deadline is tomorrow, Sept. 20. For more information, call 330-252-9320.


SCCS offers free training on recognizing, reporting child abuse, neglect

SOUTH AKRON — State law requires that preschools and child care centers have a person trained in child abuse recognition and prevention on staff at all times, according to Summit County Children Services (SCCS) officials.

To help area child care providers fulfill this requirement, SCCS is offering area child care employees free training in child abuse and neglect recognition and prevention in October.

A free three-hour review training on the topic of Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect will take place Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the agency headquarters building, 264 S. Arlington St.

A free six-hour initial training will take place at SCCS headquarters Oct. 8 and 10 from 5:45 to 9 p.m. each evening; participants must attend both evenings to receive credit for this training.

These trainings, conducted by SCCS Community Educator Lisa Hamilton-Green, LSW, are specifically designed to meet the requirements for all child care employees, child care centers and Type A homes. Topics covered will include: an overview of SCCS, indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting, prevention of child abuse and community supports that are available for families.

Registration is required. More information and online registration is available by visiting www.summitkids.org. Those interested can also contact Hamilton-Green directly at 330-379-2090 or lgreen@summitkids.org.


United Way of Summit County presents Pinnacle Awards

FAIRLAWN — The second Annual Pinnacle Awards of Summit County were presented Sept. 13 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn before a crowd of nearly 300.

The Pinnacle Awards were established to acknowledge and celebrate those companies and individuals who serve the greater good through philanthropy, leadership and example, according to United Way of Summit County officials.

The organizational honorees for 2013 were: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (private sector large company); Fifth Third Bank (private sector mid-size company); State & Federal Communications (private sector small company); and Hattie Larlham (public sector nonprofit agency).

Individual honorees were: Laura Culp, a partner with BCG & Co., recipient of the Lisle M. Buckingham Leadership Award; Russell Pry, Summit County executive, recipient of the John F. Seiberling Jr. Award for Excellence in Elected Public Service; and Dr. Lauren Spalding, a resident at Summa Akron City Hospital, recipient of the Andrea R. Teodosio Rising Star Award.

The Pinnacle Awards of Summit County were presented by United Way of Summit County and Inside Business Magazine and sponsored by Cohen & Co. and Summa Health System.

For more information, visit www.uwsummit.org.


Tickets on sale for Polsky Humanitarian Award event

FAIRLAWN — Tickets are now available for the 2013 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award Dinner honoring H. Peter and Eileen Burg. The event will take place Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St. Tickets start at $150 and are available online at www.regonline.com/Polsky.

Eileen and the late H. Peter Burg will be the 46th recipients of the award, which Akron Community Foundation (ACF) presents each year to the individual or couple who best exemplifies Bert Polsky’s selfless dedication to humanitarian causes in Akron. Eileen Burg will accept the award.

After meeting as students at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, Peter and Eileen Burg, according to ACF officials, built their life together around helping individuals and the Greater Akron community. Peter Burg, as FirstEnergy Corp. chairman and CEO, served on the boards of Akron Children’s Hospital, Musical Arts Association, United Way of Summit County and the Summit County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also chaired the steering committee for Team NEO. Eileen Burg serves on a variety of boards and has chaired many local fundraisers, including the 2011 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award Dinner, the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red and the 2008 Harvest for Hunger campaign. She continues to support the couple’s favorite causes and charities through the H. Peter Burg Fund of ACF, according to ACF officials.

The Polsky Award event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The program will be led by former Akron Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth, followed by the award presentation.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsorships start at $2,500 and include tickets to the event and a private reception with Eileen Burg Oct. 10. For more information, call Margaret Medzie, vice president of development and donor engagement, at 330-436-5610.

Event proceeds will benefit the Polsky Fund of ACF. For more information about the event or to request a printed invitation, contact De Shawn Pickett at 330-376-8522.


Summit County CASA/GAL announces additional support, seeks partners

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County CASA/GAL will host its annual “I Am for the Child” Fundraising Breakfast Nov. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Quaker Station.

CASA is seeking additional sponsors to help achieve its goal of raising at least $50,000. According to CASA/GAL officials, 100 percent of all proceeds from this event will be used for the recruitment, training and support of CASA volunteers to ensure abused and neglected children in the Akron community can receive proper help.

During the event, John Saros, executive director of Summit County Children Services, will be honored by the Summit County CASA/GAL Volunteer Board of Trustees as the 2013 William P. Kannel Child Advocate of the Year. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to improving the lives of abused and neglected children in Summit County.

Brown Dog Productions Inc. and State and Federal Communications Inc. have committed to the Silver Sponsorship level, donating $2,500 or more. Akron Children’s Hospital, FirstEnergy Corp. and Robert W. Baird-Kim Haws Falasco each committed to the Bronze Sponsorship level, donating $1,000 or more. Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and PCR Business Systems have committed to the Friend Sponsorship level, donating $450 or more.

“We are so thankful for these sponsorships and look forward to additional support leading up to the event,” said Beth Cardina, CASA program coordinator.

Sterling Jewelers Inc. also has pledged to match any gift, up to a total maximum donation of $25,000.

“We are more than appreciative for Sterling’s generous and long‐term commitment to Summit County CASA/GAL,” Cardina said.

For additional information on the award fundraising breakfast and sponsorship opportunities, call Cardina at 330-643-2514.


Kathleen Folkerth, Julia Kazar, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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