Time is running out for you to have say in the images that will appear on new sound walls that will be installed through Akron's downtown.
Akron had a contest for suggested images and narrowed the field to seven finalists. It is now up to the public to decide on the three best, with those who first suggested the images receiving cash prizes. The images will be featured on the sound walls that will be part of an upcoming project to reconfigure the South Main Street/South Broadway interchange with Interstate 76/77 just south of downtown.
The seven images to pick from depict: a heron, Akron marathon runners, a rubber worker, Lock 3, the biomedical corridor, the downtown skyline and a chain of polymers.
To vote, visit this page, or send your picks to the Akron Engineering Bureau, 166 S. High St., Room 701, Akron, OH 44308.To read more or comment...
A voter action day and block party will be held this Saturday in Akron.
The event is part of a series of simultaneous voter events planned across the state by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.
The Akron event will be at 3 p.m. at the Summit County Board of Elections, 470 Grant St. in Akron. It is co-sponsored by the Akron chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Laborer's Local 894.
Participants will meet at the board of elections, go inside to cast an absentee ballot and then have a rally outside to protest the recent cut that shortened Ohio's early voting period. Afterward, they will go to the Laborer's hall a few blocks away at 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway for refreshments, according to George Johnson, president of the Akron AFSCME chapter.To read more or comment...
A judicial candidate forum in which residents can directly address candidates will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at East Akron Community House, 550 S. Arlington St.
All of the judicial candidates in Summit County were invited to participate, with some accepting and others declining or not responding.
The event is sponsored by the Akron Organizating Collaborative and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.
Every judicial race in Summit County is contested in the Nov. 4 election.To read more or comment...
Akron City Council this week approved spending another $25,000 for the University of Akron law school's expungement program.
The program provides clinics that assist those with criminal convictions that may impede their employment with getting their records expunged.
Joann Sahl, assistant director of UA's legal clinic, told council members the clinics continue to draw a large attendance. She said the next effort that is needed is to educate employers about hiring those whose records have been expunged.
Several council members expressed support for the program.To read more or comment...
A rally to call for a better relationship between the community and police will be held on the steps of the Statehouse at noon Saturday.
The event is being organized by the Ohio Student Association and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.
The groups are pushing for justice for John Crawford III, who was shot and killed by a police officer in a Walmart in Beavercreek in August for brandishing what turned out to be a bb rifle. A grand jury decided not to indict the officer.
The groups also are urging "law enforcement and policymakers to address the structural and systematic racial injustices faced by people of color in low-income communities," according to a press release.To read more or comment...