AKRON: John Valle, director of neighborhood assistance, will have office hours at community centers this month.
His hours will be: 10 a.m. to noon today at Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier St.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Dr.; 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 at Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.; and 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Ed Davis Community Center, 730 Perkins Park Dr.
AKRON: Political scholars and journalists will travel to Akron this week to discuss the deep divide among the parties and the public.
They will participate in the seventh State of the Parties conference, hosted by the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, which will be today and Friday at Quaker Square.
“The frenzied work of politicians and campaign workers ended on Election Day,” said John Green, director of the Bliss Institute. “And now it’s time for careful analysis of what happened and what it means.”
Journalist Dan Balz of the Washington Post, author of Collision 2012, will be the keynote speaker. Conference sessions will cover national polarization, party nominations, Tea Party activism and party resources.
The conference is open to the public. For more information and to register, call 330-972-5182 or visit the conference website.
Homes to be razed
BATH TWP.: Township trustees have voted to declare two vacant and abandoned properties — 2078 Glengary Road and 4458 Granger Road — as unsecured, unsafe, unsanitary and unfit for human occupancy. Both now are slated for demolition.
Bath Zoning Inspector Bill Funk said numerous attempts have been made to work with the property owners to clean up the homes.
The owners will have an additional 30 days to make repairs before the township moves ahead with the demolitions.
CLEVELAND: Additional corruption charges have been filed against a former director of the Veterans Affairs medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton.
Sixty-one-year-old William Montague of Brecksville was indicted Wednesday in Cleveland on an expanded 65-count indictment. He had pleaded not guilty in June to 36 counts.
He’s charged with taking bribes in exchange for influencing VA decisions on more than $1 billion in contracts. The additional charges in the superseding indictment include conspiracy and mail and wire fraud.
Montague led the Cleveland VA Medical Center from 1995 to 2010 and the Dayton VA Medical Center for part of 2011.
— Associated Press
CUYAHOGA FALLS: Due to the leaves falling so late this year, the city will extend its leaf pickup program one week.
Residents in the “A” area of leaf pickup will have an additional collection from Nov. 26 to Dec. 4.
Leaves remaining after the end of the leaf program can be put in yard waste bags or tan yard waste carts for collection on regular trash days.
For more information, go to www.cityofcf.com.
KENT: Kent State University will host a presentation by students from Kitakyushu University in Japan at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the Dix Room at the KSU Hotel and Conference Center, 215 S. Depeyster St.
Following the presentation, a panel discussion with KSU students and an open question-and-answer session focusing on the benefits of exchange programs, the impact on students, the value of international experience and local and visitor views of Japan will be shared.
Light refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and a local Zen priest and her students will perform a Japanese tea ceremony. The event is open to the public.
CANTON: The Lake High School campus will become part of Hartville under terms of an annexation Stark County commissioners approved Wednesday.
The 48.8 acre property is the subject of an agreement between village and township officials.
In other action, commissioners approved Louisville’s annexation of 3 acres at 3492 Ravenna Ave. NE. The land is owned by Ramon and Diana Shallenberger.
STOW: Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library will be closed Friday for a staff development day.
Regular library hours resume Saturday.
The library will be open on Veterans Day.
AKRON: First United Methodist Church of Akron will host a free health-care seminar at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 263 E. Mill St.
James Finnegin, a specialist in employee benefits from Associated Underwriters Insurance, will present information about the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to the seminar, the church will host a spaghetti dinner to support its free lunch program. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information, call 330-376-8143.
COPLEY TWP: The Copley Police Association will host its first Run for Veterans on Saturday at Copley Community Park, 3232 Copley Road.
The event will offer a 5K race and 1-mile walk and run. The race-day event will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 1-mile walk and run at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race at 9 a.m.
Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers for the 5K run.
Registration is $25 for one race and $30 for both races. Registration for a family of four is $50 with $12.50 for additional family members.
T-shirt and race number pickup will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the Copley Community Center, 1278 Sunset Drive.
Proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. To sign up, visit www.hma promotions.net.
AKRON: The community is invited to a panel discussion titled The Changing Face of Racism: Racial Micro Aggressions and Implicit Bias.
The event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and participate in a group exercise.
Panelists will include Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, Bridgie Ford of the University of Akron, psychologist John Queener, playwright Jewelene Banks, community activists Damareo Cooper and John Fuller and community organizer Susan Vogelsang.
The event is hosted by the Weathervane Playhouse in conjunction with Women’s Interfaith Spiritual Heritage.
For more information, contact Jennifer Kay Jeter at 330-812-0101.
MANSFIELD: By popular demand, the Mansfield ART Center will hold over The Art of the Brick, the popular exhibition of Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO brick sculptures.
Thousands of visitors have viewed the Sawaya’s work since the exhibition opened in September. It now will remain through Dec. 29. Hours at the center at 700 Marion Ave., Mansfield, are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed on Mondays, on Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 24-25.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 16.
ZANESVILLE: The third and final defendant in the death of a severely burned woman found wailing along an eastern Ohio road has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A judge sentenced 22-year-old Katrina Culberson on Wednesday in Zanesville, following the jury’s recommendation. Culberson tearfully apologized in court to relatives of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman. The Canton woman was set on fire and abandoned in Muskingum County in August 2012.
Culberson and another woman pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Co-defendant LaFonse Dixon Jr. was convicted at trial.
Culberson and Dixon were each sentenced to life in prison plus 11 years for kidnapping. Fellow defendant Monica Washington was sentenced to life with parole possible after 25 years.
— Associated Press