The Summit County Republican Party will once again be recommending candidates to fill a judicial vacancy.
The party's executive committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path in Akron.
The committee will select three candidates to recommend to Gov. John Kasich to fill a vacancy on Barberton Municipal Court created by the election in the Nov. 4 election of Judge Todd McKenney to Summit County Common Pleas Court. McKenney is filling an unexpired term ending in January 2017.
Candidates interested in applying may send a written application and resume to Summit County GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff at 1755 Merriman Road, Suite 250, Akron, Ohio 44313. The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.To read more or comment...
The documentary Heist: Who Stole the American Dream will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at the Stow Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road.
The 2012 film looks at the influence of large corporations in the United States.
After the film, there will be a discussion of starting a ballot initiative in Stow and elsewhere calling on Congress to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United case that freed corporations to give unlimited campaign contributions.
For more information, contact Anthony Hancovsky of Move to Amend Stow at 216-703-0425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.To read more or comment...
Akron City Council isn't expected to vote Monday on legislation that would boost campaign finance limits for next year's election.
Council President Garry Moneypenny said more time is needed to look into some of the concerns raised by citizens during public hearings held last Monday.
"We want to give it the fair due process it deserves," he said.
The legislation would boost limits by $100, which would raise the limit for mayoral and at-large city council candidates to $750 and for ward council candidates to $500. The limit pertains to contributions from individuals, campaign committees, PACs and political parties.To read more or comment...
Residents interested in getting work under Akron’s massive construction project can attend a meeting Monday to find out how.
The meeting will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.
Several local trade unions will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions about union apprenticeship programs and membership. The trades will include laborers, pipe fitters, operators, electricians and truck drivers.
Applications will be completed and collected on-site, and potential candidates must meet minimum requirements prior to training.To read more or comment...
The city of Akron scored a minor win in the ongoing dispute over fire department promotions.
The monitor in a federal court case involving Akron's last promotions this week denied a contempt complaint filed by the firefighter plaintiffs. The plaintiffs were challenging an agreement between Akron and the fire union that would allow promotions based on seniority.
David Cohen, the monitor, however, hasn't yet ruled on the agreement. He said in his contempt decision that he would discuss "the extent to which (if any) the provisions" in the agreement "can be folded into the promotional testing process" he is helping hash out between Akron and the plaintiffs.
Akron hasn't given a fire promotional test in a decade, due largely to a discrimination lawsuit filed by firefighters challenging the city's last exam. The case, now eight years old, is in the court of U.S. District Court Judge John Adams, with several pending appeals. The plaintiffs twice won a judgment against the city, with the amount of damages lessened in the second round.To read more or comment...
Have an opinion on the latest proposed upping of Akron's campaign finance limits? Think they're good, bad or ugly? Here's your chance to voice your views.
Akron City Council will have public hearings on the proposed $100 increase during the Rules Committee meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday and the regular meeting that day at 7 p.m.
Under legislation introduced Monday, the campaign finance limits for mayor and at-large council members would increase to $750 and for ward members would rise to $500.
Council is required under a recent charter change to review the contribution limits every two years, and to seek public input.To read more or comment...
Just in time for the holidays, it's a Hillary Rodham Clinton coloring book.
The former first lady may just be weeks from announcing her historic 2016 presidential bid, and this book chronicles her life from early childhood through present day.
The 64-page book includes "fascinating facts about the life and times of America's Madam President-in-waiting," according to Kourtney Joy, a senior publicist for Ulysses Press, which published the book.
Joy aptly describes the book as "politics and pantsuits."To read more or comment...
Akron has been recognized for protecting the city's drinking water supply.
The city recently received the American Society of Landscape Architects' Ohio Chapter Honor Award. The award was given to the city and its consultant, Environmental Design Group, an Akron-based company, for the creation of the Upper Cuyahoga River Watershed Master Plan.
The plan provides an analysis and long-term vision for the Upper Cuyahoga River, which supplies 300,000 people in Akron and neighboring communities with drinking water. Using Geographic Information System technology, the city mapped and analyzed natural features that provide water quality protection and development influences that could negatively impact the water.
This information was compiled digitally and will be used to identify, evaluate, compare and rank water protection and property management strategies.To read more or comment...
The national Better Block initiative is coming to Akron's North Hill, but what is it?
Akron residents who want to find out can hear first-hand from Jason Roberts, who started Better block in his neighborhood of Oak Cliff in Dallas in 2010. The initiative, which temporarily transforms a block to show the potential for redevelopment, has spread across the United States.
Roberts will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the North Hill library branch, 183 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave.
Prior to Roberts' appearance, Akron residents can watch his TEDx talk on YouTube. Those who aren't computer savvy and would like to watch Roberts' talk may call Akron resident John Ughrin, who will meet with them at the North Hill library. Contact Ughrin at 330-703-2150.183 E. Cu183 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave 183 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave 183 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave CaTo read more or comment...
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who lives in Green, will begin Election Day voting with her family.
Taylor will vote at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Green High School, 1474 Boettler Road in Green. She then will stop by the Summit County GOP campaign headquarters at 9:30 a.m. to thank volunteers. The headquarters is at 122 Broad Blvd. in Cuyahoga Falls.
Taylor then will make stops in Boardman and Zanesville before joining Gov. John Kasich and the other statewide GOP candidates at a gathering in downtown Columbus that night.To read more or comment...
State Rep. John Patrick Carney, the Democratic candidate for state auditor, is doing a four-day swing leading up to Tuesday's election of get-out-the vote activities across the state, including a stop in Medina.
Carney will visit with Medina County volunteers at 10:20 a.m. Monday at 1188 Medina Road in Medina.To read more or comment...