AKRON: Two Akron City Council members will have ward meetings next week.
Garry Moneypenny, the Ward 10 councilman, will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of East Community Learning Center, 80 Brittain Road. The Akron Police Department will have a presentation and demonstration on Tasers.
Marilyn Keith, the Ward 8 council member, will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave. Duane Groeger, the city’s housing administrator, will discuss housing code enforcement, and John Eaton, the Nuisance Compliance Division manager, will explain what his department does. Both will discuss neighborhood concerns and how the city will address them.
The Northwest Akron Block Watches will meet before the ward meeting at 6 p.m. in the Northwest Community Center.
Court earns honor
AKRON: Akron Municipal Court has been honored for its efforts on mental health.
The court’s mental health program was honored by the Community Support Services with its 2013 CSS Community Service Partner of the Year award. The mental health court, the first such program in the state, began in 2004 and is presided over by Judge Annalisa S. Williams.
Since its inception, the mental health court has graduated more than 200 participants. It has partnered with Community Support Services, the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, Summit Psychological Associates, Oriana House, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Legal Defender’s Office of Summit County as well as city prosecutors.
The program aims to help defendants with mental illness by providing support, supervision and other resources. Individuals are placed on probation for 18 months and are assigned a case manager from Community Support Services.
The Western Reserve Kiwanis Club of Portage County will host “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road.
The event will include all-you-can-eat hot dogs, root beer, potato chips and cookies.
Tickets are $3. Children age 8 or younger are free.
Ken Babby, owner of the Akron Aeros, will promote the Diamond Classic for Kids, an annual benefit game featuring the University of Akron and Kent State University that supports Akron Children’s Hospital.
This year’s game will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Canal Park.
Tickets for the Diamond Classic game are available at http://ach.kintera.org/diamondclassic for $5. Children age 6 or younger are free.
For more information, call 330-864-8949 or 330-253-0333.
KENT: State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, will host a town-hall discussion at 7 p.m. Monday at Ravenna High School’s Community Room, 6589 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna.
Clyde will give an update about Ohio’s budget, focusing on funding for K-12 education.
The event is free to the public.
I-271 truck crashes
RICHFIELD: Interstate 271 northbound at Interstate 77 in Richfield had to be closed for hours Friday because of an accident involving a truck hauling hot dogs.
The crash that left packages of hot dogs strewn across the highway occurred around 3:30 a.m.
Block watch forum
AKRON: Councilman Frank Comunale and the Georgetown Block Watch Group will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Georgetown Condominiums Community Room, 35 Menlo Park Drive, Akron.
The guest speaker is Akron Chief Prosecutor Gert Wilms, who will discuss her role in handling criminal complaints.
Comunale will host informal office hours from 5 to 6 p.m.
For more information, contact the Summit County Council Office at 330-643-2725.
WOOSTER: Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information about fires set inside three Wooster houses.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fires on Spink Street, Nold Avenue and West Vine Street in February and March.
The reward is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the identity of the person or persons responsible.
Investigators believe the fires may have been set by the same individual.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-589-2728.
Help with painting
AKRON: Applications for the Senior Home Improvement Paint program are being accepted for the 2013 exterior paint program.
To qualify, one must be a homeowner, over 60 or disabled, and meet federal poverty guidelines.
Persons in need of the assistance can attend a council meeting of the Greater Westside Council of Block Clubs held on the fourth Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Ed Davis Community Center, 430 Perkins Park Drive.
The next meeting will be on Saturday, May 25.
COVENTRY TWP.: A seven-day closure of Cottage Grove Road will be in effect starting Tuesday.
Workers will replace a culvert between Killian Road and Moore Road. A detour will go from Killian Road to South Main Street to Moore Road. Routes will be posted.
For more information about the project, visit http://summitengineer.net.