STEM open house
AKRON: The National Inventors Hall of Fame School-Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Students thinking about applying to attend the school, parents, Akron residents and anyone who would like to learn more about the learning environment may tour the school and observe student work and demonstrations.
Open enrollment for the middle and high schools runs from Dec. 3 through Jan. 4. Students currently enrolled in fourth grade are eligible to apply for the middle school, and students in the eighth grade may apply for the high school.
NIHF-STEM Middle School is located at 199 S. Broadway.
NIHF-STEM High School is located at 123 S. Forge St.
For more information, contact the middle school at 330-761-3195 or the high school at 330-761-7965.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: Summit County Councilman John Schmidt will hold public office hours from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St.
Schmidt, who represents District 2, will be available to answer questions and hear concerns from constituents.
Most of Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls and a portion of Akron comprise District 2.
For more details, call 330-643-2725.
Rezoning vote set
GREEN: After months of delays and a 4-1 negative recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission, the long-awaited decision on rezoning nearly 16 acres to make way for more senior-targeted luxury apartments could come Nov. 27.
The latest round of pros and cons to extend the 102-unit Emerald Ridge apartment complex along South Arlington Road, just north of Boettler Road, came Tuesday night during a 90-minute public hearing before City Council.
The developer, Redwood Management of Beachwood, is requesting that nearly 16 acres just south of the Emerald Ridge complex be rezoned from R-1 single-family residential to R-2 multiple-family residential. Redwood plans to build another 81 senior citizen-targeted, single-floor apartments there if the zoning is changed and Green officials approve the site plans.
Redwood supporters included several Emerald Ridge residents and at least one nearby family. Opponents urged council to reject the request, citing potential traffic problems on Arlington and calling the current development unsightly.
For more details on this proposal, go to http://green.ohio.com.
GREEN: City Council on Tuesday agreed to permit the fire department to trade two of its four ambulances for $30,000 credit toward the purchase of a new $233,844 ambulance without competitive bidding.
Law Director Stephen Pruneski said competitive bidding isn’t required because the new vehicle will be purchased through a state consortium at the lowest price available.
Penn Care offered $15,000 each for the 2003 and 2005 ambulances, which will be removed from service because of high mileage and maintenance needs.
Fire Chief Robert Calderone said both traded vehicles needed to be replaced, adding that the offer is far more than could come from auction or other sale.
He said the city runs with three ambulances, and a fourth as a backup.
Calderone said the new ambulance will not be available for six to eight months.
Calderone said a third ambulance could be leased or a private ambulance service could provide additional service if needed.
For more details from the Green council, go to http://green.ohio.com.
LAKE TWP.: Township trustees reappointed Clark Swisher to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
His new five-year term took effect immediately upon the trustees’ vote Tuesday evening.
MEDINA: The city of Medina, Main Street Medina and Root Candles will host its 28th annual Candlelight Walk this weekend.
Friday activities will begin at 7 p.m. and include the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony on Public Square followed by the lighting of trees in the park, along the streets and buildings surrounding the square.
Saturday activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a parade and then a fireworks display at 7 p.m.
The festival runs through Sunday.
For more information, visit www.mainstreetmedina.com.
NORTH CANTON: Two North Canton men were charged with aggravated burglary after a man called police to report intruders at his Mabry Mill Southwest home.
Officers searching the neighborhood said they found Wyatt A Meek, 26, and Jordan T. Oblein, 21, hiding under bushes at a nearby home about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
They were taken into custody and booked at the Stark County Jail.
PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees on Tuesday held a public hearing to discuss a proposed zoning change for the parcel at the southwest corner of Schneider Street and Market Avenue.
Jan Walther, owner of Walther’s Cafe in Canton, wants to build a new restaurant at that location.
That would require a zoning change from residential to neighborhood business.
Reaction from nearby residents has been mixed.
Trustees tabled the question until their first meeting in December.
It will take a unanimous vote of the trustees to overturn the township Zoning Commission’s recommended denial of the zone change.
Walther said if the zone change is denied, he still will build a new restaurant, possibly in North Canton.
Online school event
AKRON: Ohio Connections Academy will host information sessions on its tuition-free, online public school from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Akron West, 4073 Medina Road.
The academy offers classes for students in grades K-12.
Teachers, administrators and parents of current students will be available to answer questions.
For more information, go to www.connectionsacademy.com/ohio-eschool/home.aspx.
STOW: A free paper shredding day will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Arc, 3869 Darrow Road.
The shredding day is open to the community.
The event is sponsored by Info Grow.
For more information, visit www.thearcneo.org or call 330-836-5863.