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Local news briefs — Jan. 2


First Night crowd

AKRON: Organizers say brisk temperatures did not deter about 14,000 New Year’s Eve revelers from visiting downtown Akron.

The 18th annual First Night Akron brought out the throng despite cold temperatures and snowfall Tuesday night.

Officials said initial attendance figures are estimated based on the clicker totals of the various event venues. Official figures will be released Friday when sales information is complete. Akron police did not report any significant problems.

First Night Akron is a program of Downtown Akron Partnership. Founding partners are the city of Akron and the Akron Beacon Journal/

Meetings with Valle

AKRON: John Valle, Akron’s director of neighborhood assistance, will host office hours at two community centers next month.

He will meet the public from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St. A second meeting will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.

Mayor Don Plusquellic created the Neighborhood Assistance Department to handle citizens’ calls ranging from housing complaints to block clubs.

Kiwanis lunch

AKRON: Tom Duke, chairman of Akron SCORE, a volunteer business counseling organization, will speak at the monthly Kiwanis Club of Akron luncheon at noon Jan. 9 at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path.

Duke, a veteran public relations practitioner, will discuss how SCORE is making a positive impact on the local economy.

Duke worked for Ohio Edison, B.F. Goodrich and two marketing communications agencies, one in Akron and one in Greenville, S.C.

Tickets are $15 at the door. For a reservation, contact Katie Rennard at 330-643-5517 or


Leadership elected

LAKE TWP.: Galen Stoll was re-elected president of township trustees at the group’s organizational meeting Tuesday morning.

John Arnold was re-elected vice president.

Trustees then approved temporary appropriations for 2014 in an amount slightly above $12.6 million.

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Cemetery talk

NEW PHILADELPHIA: Sara Brink of the Foxfield Preserve will speak Wednesday at the meeting of the East Central Ohio Forestry Association.

Her talk will be at 7:30 p.m. at the McDonald-Marlite Lewis Conference Center, 143 McDonald Dr. NW.

The Foxfield Preserve is Ohio’s only nature preserve cemetery.


Meal costs to rise

STOW: The cost of full-priced school breakfasts and lunches will increase when classes resume Monday.

Breakfast will cost an additional 10 cents, while lunch will increase by 25 cents. At all buildings, breakfast will cost $1.50. Lunch will cost $2.75 at the elementary schools and Lakeview Intermediate School; it will be $3 at Kimpton Middle School and the high school.

The Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education approved the rate hike for full-priced meals at its December meeting.

The change does not affect reduced-price meals.

The last increase was implemented in 2008, before the breakfast program was available.


Volunteers needed

AKRON: The U.S. SARR Corps will hold a volunteer orientation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Maranatha Bible Church, 1424 Killian Road, Akron.

The unit specializes in locating missing persons in all categories, especially the autistic, victims of Alzheimer’s disease, abducted children and others who have disappeared.

Attendees interested in becoming a trained volunteer in search, rescue and recovery will learn about new positions offered to new members due to expansion in advanced methods.


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