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3/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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VAP to Observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 6-12

AKRON — Victim Assistance Program (VAP) will recognize the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 6-12.

The 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme — “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice” — celebrates the passage of the Victims of Crime Act 30 years ago and its contribution to victims’ rights and services, according to VAP officials.

Each April, the country observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is an event initiated by the Office for Victims of Crime, a division of the Department of Justice. Locally, VAP again will commemorate Victims’ Rights Week with two events.

A Candlelight Vigil will take place April 6 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., in the chapel. The annual vigil is an opportunity to recognize those whose lives have been impacted by violent crime. The vigil is free and open to the public.

Karhlton Moore, executive director of the Office for Criminal Justice Services, will be the keynote speaker at the Victim Rights Week Luncheon April 8. The luncheon will take place at the Greek Community Center, 129 S. Union St. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon will begin at noon. Prepaid reservations are required, and the cost of the luncheon is $25. The reservation deadline is April 2.

Reservations can be made by sending a check payable to Victim Assistance Program to 150 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44304, by calling the office at 330-376-0040 or online through www.victimassistanceprogram.org/events.

Akron Police Department Capt. Sylvia Trundle will receive the 2014 Dr. Robert Denton Outstanding Victim Service Award for her dedication, support and passion for victim assistance, according to VAP officials.


Medina DD Board selects superintendent

Annette Davis-Kramp
MEDINA — The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) has selected Annette Davis-Kramp to fill its vacant superintendent position.

The MCBDD board members named Davis-Kramp, a longtime board employee who has been interim director since December, their choice at the March 24 meeting.

“We are very pleased that Ms. Davis-Kramp has accepted this position,” said board President Kent Daugherty. “Her knowledge, passion and commitment to this field will ensure that Medina County continues to be one of the leaders in the state in service and support for individuals with disabilities.”

“I am honored to have been named superintendent of the Medina County Board of DD,” Davis-Kramp said. “I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the families of our county. I look forward to becoming an active part of the community and to working with other local providers for the benefit of those we all serve. I am committed to helping MCBDD with its continuing success in becoming one of the best county boards in the state.”

Prior to being named interim director, Davis-Kramp was the agency’s Adult Services director for over 20 years.

MCBDD officials said the board considered community and employee input to develop the profile and selection standards that were used in the selection process. In making its decision, the board considered skills of each applicant, knowledge of and familiarity with MCBDD and the community, fit of applicant leadership style with the people and needs of the system, and each applicant’s potential to move the agency forward in areas of achievement and financial efficiency.

During the meeting, specifics of Davis-Kramp’s contract were finalized. She will be paid $110,000 annually during the term of the contract, which ends on Dec. 31, 2015. She will begin her new position effective April 1.

Davis-Kramp has a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Kent State University. She has served as an adjunct professor at The University of Akron and has an Ohio superintendent’s certificate, according to MCBDD officials.


Agency will host open houses for community

AKRON/CUYAHOGA FALLS — Community Health Center, a local provider of addiction treatment services, will host several open houses about health care topics pertaining to addiction and recovery this spring. These events are free and open to the public.

The dates and topics are as follows:

  • April 1, 838 Coburn St. in Downtown Akron, “Residential Treatment for Women”;
  • April 10, 702 E. Market St. in East Akron, “Adolescent Treatment for Substance Abuse and Mental Illness”;
  • April 17, 702 E. Market St. in East Akron, “Medically Assisted Treatment for Opiate Addiction”; and
  • April 24, 3386 Charles St., Cuyahoga Falls, “Housing for People in Recovery.”

All events will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided. Contact Jackie at 330-315-3770 or visit www.commhealthcenter.org for reservations and more information.


Special event promotes community engagement about end-of-life-wishes

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Pulitzer Price-winning columnist Ellen Goodman will speak April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at The University of Akron’s (UA) E.J. Thomas Hall.

In 2010, Goodman co-founded the Conversation Project, a grassroots public campaign, when a group of colleagues and concerned media, clergy and medical professionals gathered to share stories of “good deaths” and “bad deaths” within their own circle of loved ones.

The program is being presented by Respecting Options of Care (ROC) and the Palette of Faith (POF). ROC is a collaborative whose mission is to educate community members about health care choices at the end of life and to empower them to communicate their wishes. POF is a coalition of health care and faith community leaders dedicated to meeting the holistic needs of patients and families facing end-of-life issues. Its interfaith call to action is to ensure that all people will remain connected with their faith community throughout all the important seasons of life, especially illness, end of life, care giving and grief.

The goal is that individuals clearly express their informed personal choices so that they are honored by providers across all health care settings, according to event organizers. These conversations, according to organizers, reduce the burdens on family members and loved ones, especially during times of crisis. This is a process that requires time for reflection, questions, expression of emotions and for seeking spiritual and medical guidance, according to organizers.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for UA faculty and staff with identification, as well as seniors, and $6 for UA students with a valid ZipCard. Tickets are available at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office, 330-972-7570, all TicketMaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.uaevents.com for more information.

The event is sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Area Agency on Aging 10B Inc., Northeast Ohio Medical University-Office of Palliative Care and Office of Geriatrics, Summa Health System, Summa Health System-Seniors Institute, Summit County Health District, Summit 2020 Quality of Life Project, Summit County Probate Court, UA College of Health Professions, Akron-Region Interprofessional (ARI) AHEC, Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology, E.J. Thomas Hall and UA.


County Council’s Roemer announces 2013 donations

RICHFIELD — Summit County Councilman Bill Roemer (R-at large) announced March 18 that he once again has donated half of his Council salary to local charities.

For the second year, Roemer, of Richfield, donated $11,850 to Summit County organizations. To date, Roemer has donated $23,700 to more than 50 different local charities.

This year, donations were made to 40 Summit County charities, Roemer said. The most significant donations were made to OPEN M, Flashes of Hope, Haven of Rest, Christ Child Society, the Kimberly Walton Foundation, Elves and More and The Emergency Assistance Center.

Members of the committee Roemer formed to oversee the donations are philanthropist Mary Serpentini; Dan Bell, attorney with Dan L. Bell, Co., LPA, and past chairman of Summit County Children Services Board; Randy Briggs, attorney, Akron deputy mayor for labor relations and chairman of the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and Kevin Crum, CPA, of Levin, Swedler, Crum and chairman of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.

“This is a promise I made three years ago, and it is imperative to keep commitments,” he said. “It is important to give back to the community, and I believe this will benefit many charities spread throughout Summit County.”

Roemer was elected to County Council in 2010. Previously, Roemer kept his campaign pledge to not accept any Summit County-provided benefits, including health, pension, vision or dental. He also declined to accept the monthly stipend offered to employees who decline benefits.


Volunteers encouraged to register for Clean up Akron Month

AKRON — Nearly 5,000 volunteers participated in last year’s Clean up Akron Month, and registration is now available for the second annual event.

Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) has been picking up litter and illegal dumping each spring for 33 years through Clean up Akron Week/Great American Cleanup. For the second year in a row, KAB is expanding its cleanup to a month-long event. Summit County residents can register online at www.keepakronbeautiful.org or by calling 330-375-2116 until April 21. All volunteers will receive free cleanup supplies and trash disposal.

The first 1,000 registered volunteers will receive free admission to the Akron Zoo for May 3 for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. The picnic is sponsored by Acme Fresh Markets, Akron Zoological Park, city of Akron, D-A Specialty Co. Inc., Eat’n Park, GOJO Industries, Hitchcock Fleming and Associates Inc., House of LaRose, Junior League of Akron, KAB Board of Directors, Little Debbie Snacks, Sandra Smith, Schwebel’s Bakery, Shearer’s Branded Snacks, Sully’s Party Rental, Pepsi-Cola, The University of Akron, the Volunteer Center of Summit County and Waste Management of Ohio.


Women of Achievement Luncheon is May 16

FAIRLAWN — Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio invites organizations and professionals to celebrate local women leaders at its 15th Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St.

The Women of Achievement Awards will be given to nominated women who have made a difference in the community by encouraging success among women, breaking down barriers, mentoring, taking risks to overcome obstacles and supporting the overall progress of women. This year’s recipients are Cynthia Christian, Akron General Health System; Carla Davis, Akron-Summit County Public Library; Jani Groza, Westfield Insurance; and Lisa Mandel, Rubber City Radio Group.

The Dorothy O. Jackson Award will be given to a nominated organization that has demonstrated excellence and leadership in its commitment to the empowerment of women. This year’s winner is Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County.

Marie Covington, founding president for Women’s Endowment Fund, will be the honorary chair. Betsy Kling, chief meteorologist at WKYC-TV, will serve as the event emcee. In-kind donations include desserts by Hattie Larlham Community Living and photography by Vicki Lantz.

Individual tickets can be purchased for $50 at www.womensnetworkneohio.com/WNCalendar. Organizations may also buy a table (eight seats) for $400. In-kind donations, financial gifts and program ads are still being accepted, as well.

Event proceeds will benefit Women’s Network programs, including the 2014 Authentic Leadership “Investing in Your Inner Self” workshop series, THRIVE! Mentoring Program and the Judith Resnik Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 330-256-1122 or email wninfo@womensnetworkneohio.com.


Three Countryside Conservancy workshops coming in April

PENINSULA — Countryside Conservancy has three workshops coming up in April that will help attendees get started with raising their own chickens and vegetables, as well as offer information regarding soil health.

  • “Backyard Chicken Basics” will take place April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at Stone Cottage Farm and Garden in Cuyahoga Falls. Lorree Cummings will teach attendees how chickens raised for eggs or meat can be a good addition to a backyard and a great way to teach children about the local food system. The cost is $30 per person, and registration is required.
  • “Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden” will take place April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Church in the Valley, 2241 Everett Road in Peninsula. Heather Walters, from Basket of Life Farm, will share her years of farming experience to take attendees through all the steps of adding a garden to their homes, beginning with soil preparation through dealing with pests. The cost is $30 per person, and registration is required.
  • A “Soil Fertility Workshop” will take place April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church in the Valley. This workshop is being presented in conjunction with the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District and The Ohio State University Extension. Attendees will learn the basics of soil texture, structure, fertility and health, as well as how to increase soil fertility and build soils without impacting the water quality of nearby lakes. Attendees also will learn which cover crops to plant and how to use them for specialty crop production and soil resource limitations. Steve Prebonick, Steve Culman and Ann Brandt will present. The cost is $20 per person, and registration is required.

To register for these workshops and other events, visit www.cvcountryside.org or contact Julie Gabelman at info@cvcountryside.org.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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