Big, beautiful bouquets to Jack Hayes, president of Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center in Cuyahoga Falls, and his staff who will again be providing free half-hour massages to U.S. military veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
“It is our small way of thanking the veterans for their sacrifices to protect our freedoms,” said Hayes, who served in Vietnam from 1968-69. “I hope other businesses will do something to thank the veterans as well.”
Along with the massages, each veteran with proof of service identification will receive “To Show Our Appreciation” goody bags filled with items donated by area businesses. Businesses interested in participating, please call 330-945-9354. Veterans should call the same number to schedule an appointment.
Connecting Touch is located at 960 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
Dancing for the Kids
Coming right on the heels of the new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars is Akron Children’s Hospital’s announcement of its second annual Dancing for the Kids.
The high-energy local dance competition, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Akron Civic Theatre, will benefit the hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
This year’s dancers will be:
• Dr. Jeffrey Hord, director of the Showers Family Center.
• John Zoilo, executive director of Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation.
• Tia Stathopoulos, past chair of Dancing for the Kids, and economic development specialist for the City of Akron.
• Tommy Bruno, general manager of The Summit, WAPS 91.3-FM Akron/Canton, and WKTL 90.7-FM Youngstown/Warren.
• Eric Mansfield, executive director of Kent State University media relations.
• Susan Summerville, founder/CEO of the Bloom Society, co-founder/executive director of Project Ed Bear.
• Ken Babby, owner of the Akron Aeros.
• Sherry Neubert, vice president of global product management at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
• Megan Merril, cancer survivor and state gymnastics champion.
• Susan Koroly, Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital.
“The community can support the event by voting for their favorite dancer online or attending the event,” said Anne C. Merchant, senior public relations specialist for the foundation.
Adult tickets are $25, children $10 and VIP $100, which includes stage seating and a reception. Buy online at www.akronchildrens.org/dancing, or by calling the Akron Children’s Foundation at 330-543-8340.
Elder abuse awareness
The public is invited to the Summit County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition’s International Elder Abuse Awareness Event on Sept. 27 at Summa Health System’s Akron City Hospital, Professional Center South Auditorium, 55 Arch St., Akron.
The discussion kicks off with 7:45 a.m. registration and continental breakfast followed by keynote speaker Summit County Common Pleas Judge Thomas T. Teodosio.
Panelists for the program include:
• Detective Lt. Richard W. Munsey, Bath Police Department, on Building a Case.
• Panel with Frances Ladd, assistant director Summit County Department of Job and Family Services; Donna Skoda, deputy health commissioner, planning, Summit County Public Health; and Detective Mark Carroll, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, discussing Adult Protective Services/Care Coordination Model.
• Panel with Leanne Graham, executive director, Victim Assistance Program; and Terri Heckman, executive director, Battered Women’s Shelter, on Help with the Community.
For more information, please call 330-252-9320. Registration deadline is Friday.
More on elder abuse
Our Elderly: Care and Protection is the theme of another panel conversation 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at St. Hilary Parish, 2750 W. Market St., Akron.
The event is being sponsored by the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland; Catholic Commission of Summit County; Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County; and Summit County Department of Job and Family Services. It will address issues involving elder abuse, signs to look for, available services, caretaker support and legal issues.
Pastors, parish staffs, volunteers working with the elderly and administrators are welcome. Lunch is included (freewill offering).
Please register by Sept. 27. Email axcoplan@cleveland catholiccharities.or email@example.com; or call 330-535-2687.
‘Christmas in October’
South Akron Board of Trade and Regency Office Furniture are sponsoring Christmas in October 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Freedom Hall, 1060 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. All proceeds benefit local military troops and their families.
Keynote speaker is Maj. Gen. Daniel Hahn, retired, from North Canton. Hahn, the recipient of several medals including the Distinguished Service Medal and three Bronze Stars, retired after 36 years of service. His last assignment was senior operations officer at NATO headquarters in the Netherlands with responsibility for NATO-Afghanistan operations.
Food will be provided by Lembo’s, Catering by Mark DiFeo and Chick-fil-A at Montrose.
Various levels of donations and sponsorships are available. Items needed include long distance phone cards; iTunes gift cards; coffee packs; tea bags; peanut snacks; 5-Hour Energy; granola bars; ChapStick; magazines; and travel-size baby wipes; Tylenol/Advil; baby powder; body wash/shampoo; packs of Q-tips; travel games; and playing cards as well as cash donations. For more information, please contact Lenny Morella at 330-418-5482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheelchair carrier stolen
Akron’s Bill Betleyoun is heartbroken because of an ugly and cowardly act done to him.
“On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 7, I found that my electric wheelchair carrier that was on my Ford Explorer was stolen from my utility trailer in my driveway in Ellet.
“I took it off because I sold the Explorer. I planned to put it on a Ford Escape I just got.
“I used the carrier to transport my wheelchair to my doctor’s office, stores and anywhere else I needed to go … It’s a great loss to me as it takes away from my ability to be independent and mobile … A police report was made that afternoon …
“I have a bad heart, COPD, diabetes, failing kidneys. I do dialysis three times a week and I have cataracts, all in a body that will be 62 on Sept. 27.”
If you’re the one who had sticky fingers and took Bill’s carrier, please return it, no questions asked. It would be a great birthday present for him.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.