The Portage County TEA Party will offer a fundraising training seminar for nonprofit organizations on Saturday, March 21.
Chris Doss from the Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. will lead the seminar. The seminar is aimed at organizations that want to improve their fundraising operations.
The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn at 4423 state Route 43 in Brimfield Township. Lunch and class materials will be provided.
Cost is $25 per person. Checks, made out to the Portage County TEA Party, can be mailed to P.O. Box 253, Mogadore, Ohio 44260.To read more or comment...
A town hall meeting on the hiring-goals issue will be held Tuesday in Akron.
Councilwoman Margo Sommerville said she decided to move forward with the meeting, despite the state legislature removing a provision from the transportation budget Thursday that would have forbid municipalities from having local hiring requirements, to "let the public know about the fight."
The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Vernon Odom library branch, 600 N. Odom Blvd.
Speakers at the event will include Glenn Stephens, a consultant on Akron's sewer project, Councilman Jeff Fusco, Deputy Service Director Phil Montgomery and Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee.To read more or comment...
The city’s first Big Dig event will be held Friday afternoon.
Volunteers will work together to make the route safer easier for students and residents who live near Findley Community Learning Center by clearing the ice and snow from sidewalks. The Big Dig will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with volunteers meeting at the school, 65 W. Tallmadge Ave.
The Big Dig will be held weather permitting, meaning that, if school is canceled Friday, the event will be as well.
The event is being spearheaded by Save Kids Summit County and Akron Safe Routes to Schools to raise awareness about sidewalk and pedestrian safety during the winter. Free shovels will be provided to Big Dig participants who sign a Hold Harmless Agreement and pledge to keep their sidewalks clean.To read more or comment...
Can't make it to Wilmington Tuesday night for Gov. John Kasich's annual State of the State address?
This will be the first speech of Kasich's second term and the fourth time he's given his annual address in an Ohio city other than Columbus. Kasich delivered his speech last year at Medina High School, partly as a tribute to Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, who is from Medina and retired at the end of last year.
Kasich will give his 2015 speech in the county seat for Clinton County in southwest Ohio, nestled between Columbus and Cincinnati. It comes at a time when he is exploring a potential presidential bid and is pushing for major reforms in the two-year state budget.To read more or comment...
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is losing another member of his cabinet.
Law Director Cheri Cunningham is retiring April 1, the city announced in a press release this afternoon. She has worked for the city on and off since 1981.
Cunningham became Akron's first female law director in 2009, replacing Max Rothal. She joined the law department as a law clerk in 1981 and remained an attorney with the city after graduating from the University of Akron's law school in 1982.
In 1986, she served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division in its Cleveland office. A year later, she returned to the law department for six years and then moved out of state with her family. She returned to the law department in 1994.To read more or comment...
Akron Councilwoman Margo Sommerville will speak at a Black History Month Brunch Celebration Sunday morning.
Sommerville is the Ward 3 councilwoman and is the daughter of Akron Planning Director Marco Sommerville, who is the former, long-time Akron City Council president.
The event will be at 8 a.m. at New Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 1380 Hartford Ave. It is sponsored by Charles Walker.
Cost is $10 for seniors and children and $20 for adults.To read more or comment...
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith Lanzinger will swear in Jill Flagg Lanzinger as a new Barberton Municipal Court judge at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Anna Hall, 542 W. Park Ave.
The two are related by marriage.
Gov. John Kasich appointed Jill Flagg Lanzinger earlier this month to replace Todd McKenney, who was elected Summit County Common Pleas Court judge. Lanzinger will run this year to retain the seat.To read more or comment...
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci will host a College Affordability Program from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. in Green.
Information will be provided on financial aid, scholarship and grant opportunities and earning college credits while in high school. A panel of speakers, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, the College Board, and the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, will attend and answer questions.
The event is free and open to the public.
Renacci, R-Wadsworth, said in a news release that the event is "designed to pool together available resources for parents and students."To read more or comment...
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic will give his semi-annual State of the City speech March 20.
Plusquellic skipped the speech in 2013 and delivered it last year in early April.
Plusquellic, Akron's longest-serving mayor, will give this year's speech at a tumultuous time for Akron, with the city in the midst of a major dispute on fire promotions, embarking on a billion-dollar sewer project and weighing competing big-ticket purchases, including the need for a new emergency radio system and body cameras for police officers. The mayor has not yet said if he will run again and has until June 10 to decide.
This year's event will be at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., with registration starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the speech at noon.To read more or comment...
After a brief break from the political spotlight, Ernie Tarle and Zack Milkovich are back.
Tarle, a former Akron councilman, and Milkovich, who lost his Statehouse seat last year, sent an invitation Thursday to Akron council members and Mayor Don Plusquellic to a town hall meeting they're holding next week to discuss Akron's sewer project. The event is sponsored by their new Political Action Committee, F.O.R. Akron, which stands for Fix Our Rates.
Tarle said in a news release that the event will provide a venue for community leaders and residents to "share their concerns and ideas on how to best address our current and pending sewer problems."
"The goal of this gathering is not to complain nor point fingers but rather to share ideas as a community in hopes of identifying and developing innovative solutions to a problem that has the potential to cripple our city," Tarle wrote.To read more or comment...