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10/3/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

County, FirstEnergy to assist low-income electric consumers

AKRON — Summit County Executive Russ Pry has announced that his Department of Community and Economic Development will host a Fuel Fund Assistance Day for all income-qualified FirstEnergy/Ohio Edison customers Oct. 9 at 8 a.m. at the Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave.

Applicants will be given a number upon arrival. Only 200 numbers will be distributed on the date of intake. Those who arrive after 2 p.m. or after 200 numbers have been distributed or would like more information may call 330-643-2068.

Eligibility is based on a 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. If not, he or she must have a letter from the ratepayer dated within seven days from the date of application giving him or her permission to apply for assistance on their behalf.

A person is eligible once every 12 months to receive the Fuel Fund assistance, and payments cannot be applied to a deferred or finaled account balance. Home Energy Assistance Program payments are not considered a good faith payment.


Green Expo and Health Fair planned for Oct. 12

GREEN — Summa Health System has joined as the title sponsor for the Green Community Expo and Health Fair, set for Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Career Center, 4401 Shriver Road.

“We are very excited to have Summa Health System as our title sponsor,” said Lori Howerton, CEO of the Green Chamber of Commerce. “Summa Health System has a strong presence in the area and is focused on being an active community player for the betterment of all area residents.”

According to Chamber officials, more than 50 exhibitors are participating in the free event that will offer flu shots, heel bone density screenings and blood pressure checks, spinal and sugar screenings, a discussion on the prevention of diabetes and more. There also will be interactive health demonstrations for children.

Student artwork will be on display, and children will have the opportunity to make art during the event. In addition, the Portage Lakes Career Center Culinary Arts program will partner with Giant Eagle to provide fresh, healthy food options. A cooking demonstration is planned at noon.

For more details, visit www. greencoc.org or call the chamber at 330-896-3023.


Phony pitch for ACA cards reported by BBB

GREATER AKRON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has reported that consumers across the United States are reporting phone calls that claim to be from the government about new health insurance cards required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

According to BBB officials, this is the latest twist on the “Medicare scam” that BBB has seen for years. Fraudsters are trying to take advantage of those who are uncertain or confused by the ACA.

According to the BBB, scam victims receive a call from someone claiming to be from the federal government. The caller informs victims they have been selected as part of the initial group of Americans to receive insurance cards through the ACA. However, before the caller can mail a card, he or she needs to verify personal information, such as bank account and Social Security numbers.

According to BBB, there is no card, and consumers should ignore these pitches and follow these tips:

  • Be cautious with your identity. Never give personal information to someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether by phone, email, social media or in person.
  • Hang up, don’t press any buttons and don’t call back. Returning the phone call might give the con artist information he can use.
  • The government uses regular mail. Government agencies normally communicate through the mail, so be cautious of calls, text messages or emails.
  • Don’t trust caller ID. Scammers have technology that lets them display any number or organization name on your screen.
  • Keep your personal information to yourself. Never give out personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, date of birth or Social Security numbers to unfamiliar callers.

For more information on the ACA and the Health Insurance Marketplace, go to www.healthcare.gov.


Barberton clerk of court rolls out new website

BARBERTON — A new website for the Barberton Municipal Clerk of Court’s Office went live Sept. 20.

The website address remains www.cityofbarberton.com/clerkofcourts for the site, which features a new look and more user-friendly navigation, according to Clerk of Court Diana Stevenson.

The new website serves as a central hub for the public to get information on the services of the court, as well as pay tickets and fines owed the court. Online case payments can be made by clicking the “Pay Fines Online” button on the homepage.

The site also hosts a selection of printable court forms, Stevenson said.

She added the site continues to provide online access to court cases and schedules and local rules.

In addition, Stevenson said the court’s mobile application has been improved with easier-to-read content. 

Stevenson said the office plans to continue to update and expand the site’s features over time.

“There have been no substantial updates to the clerk’s website since its implementation over 12 years ago,” she said. “Technology has advanced substantially, and we need to keep up in order to provide the best customer service possible.”

The Court serves the communities of Barberton, Clinton, Copley, Coventry, Green, New Franklin and Norton.


18th annual seminar explores women and the Holocaust

WEST AKRON — The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) and The Lippman School will present “Women and the Holocaust: Experiences & Perspectives — A Seminar” Oct. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Shaw Jewish Community Center, 750 White Pond Drive.

Area teachers and other interested learners are invited to attend this 18th annual seminar. Advance registration is required by Oct. 8. Continuing education credit will be available for teachers. For details and online registration, visit www.jewishakron.org. The seminar, including a boxed supper (dietary laws observed) is $18; the seminar alone costs $12. For more information or a copy of the registration form, contact Mary Dean at JCBA at 330-869-2424 or mary_dean@jewishakron.org.

The seminar focuses on experiences, challenges and perspectives of women and young women who were victims, survivors and rescuers (both non-Jews and Jews). It features a survivor and second generation panel as keynote speakers. Sam Chestnut, head of school at The Lippman School, will moderate the panel.

“To Be a Woman in the Holocaust: Cleveland Stories,” a movie produced by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, will provide additional points of view. The film, made by Steven Hacker Films, features eyewitness testimony and memories of their mothers from four Cleveland survivors.

Other sessions include a Historical Overview with Esther Hexter and Women of Valor, stories of Jewish and non-Jewish rescuers with Sol Factor, both Holocaust educators.

Barbara White, general manager of branch services at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, will present “Resources: Asking Questions, Seeking Answers.”

Participants will explore “Teaching the Next Generation” in facilitated discussion groups for teachers and community learners. Groups will be led by award-winning teachers from the Greater Akron area.

Themes for each seminar correspond to the theme for the city of Akron Arts and Writing Contest. The 2014 contest theme is “Women of the Holocaust.” Copies of materials from the seminar will be available after Oct. 14 at www.akronohio/holocaust2.

Major funding comes from a grant from the Rose & Larry Schwartz Holocaust Education Fund with the Akron Legacy and Endowment Fund of the JCBA. The Jewish Studies Program at Kent State University is also providing funding.


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.

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

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


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

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