Ward 4 meeting
AKRON: Russel Neal Jr., the Ward 4 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Summa’s Center for Health Equity at New Seasons, 1493 S. Hawkins Ave.
Summa Health System professionals will share information about the services the center provides and give CPR instructions.
Akron school leaders will discuss the district’s levy on the Nov. 6 ballot. Neal will have maps and information on new precincts and polling locations in Summit County.
AKRON: Ohio’s Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst will be the featured speaker at the quarterly dinner of Fairlawn VFW Post 349 at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The event will be at the St. Joseph Family Center at 610 W. Exchange St. in Akron.
Ashenhurst is responsible for more than 17,000 Ohio Army and Air National Guard personnel. She will discuss the impending military budget cuts.
Tickets for the dinner are $17. The public is invited to attend. For reservations, contact Lt. Col. Chaker Fadel, assistant post adjutant and member of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at 330-867-1873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AKRON: A trip to Slovenia by Mayor Don Plusquellic and other city and business leaders already is paying off.
The Akron officials worked out an agreement between Technology Park Ljubljana and the Akron Business Accelerator. This will result in the Center of Excellence for Polymer Materials and Technologies (PoliMat) from Ljubljana opening an office in the Akron Business accelerator “to test the U.S. marketplace,” Plusquellic said in a news release.
PoliMat also is looking to partner with the University of Akron’s Polymer Science and Engineering Program on joint research.
The Akron leaders met in Slovenia with 13 early stage companies looking to commercialize their technologies in the marketplace.
Plusquellic, Akron Councilman Garry Moneypenny and Bob Bowman, deputy mayor of economic development, traveled to Slovenia last week. Anthony Margida, deputy managing director of the Akron Business Accelerator, also made the trip.
Moneypenny praised the city’s economic development department and the business accelerator during a recent council meeting for their efforts, noting that Akron beat out an East Coast city that was trying to woo PoliMat.
AKRON: Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh will be the guest speaker at Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale’s District 4 Block Watch meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Highland Square Branch Library, 807 W. Market St.
Abraham Wescott, Akron’s development manager, also will talk about the city’s Home Demolition Program, and Patrick Bravo, county deputy director of planning and development and an Akron school board member, will talk about the school district’s upcoming levy.
Comunale will be available to answer questions and hear concerns from constituents. District 4 encompasses part of Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. For more details, call 330-643-2725.
STOW: The Stow Historical Society will host its free Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Heritage Barn in Silver Springs Park off the Young Road entrance.
The festival will feature tours of three 1850s restored homes. On Saturday, apple butter will be made in an open kettle over a wood fire.
There will be food and beverages, entertainment and craft vendors.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
AKRON: A rooftop fundraiser will be held for Candace Kim Knox, candidate for Summit County prosecutor, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lockview, 207 S. Main St.
Suggested donation is $50.
Checks can be made payable to the Knox Campaign Committee, 1521 Collier Road., Akron, Ohio 44320.
GREEN: Sheriff Drew Alexander and the committee to elect Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty to Probate Court have rescheduled a golf outing for noon Friday at the Prestwick Country Club, 3751 Glen Eagles Blvd., Green.
The event will include lunch and beverages and a cocktail party at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $150 per golfer, $500 per foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $150.
Tickets for the cocktail party are $30 per person. For more information or for reservations, call Laura at 330-310-8273 or visit judgemccarty.com.
COLUMBUS: Ohio’s state-owned properties and buildings can now be searched online.
A new interactive tool unveiled Friday by the state treasurer’s office pulls together statewide imaging and mapping software into a searchable database.
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel said he hopes Ohioans will use the tool to provide feedback on any properties that might be underused or not used at all. Surplus properties may be taken off the state rolls and sold for extra revenue to taxpayers, he said.
Properties can be searched by county, ZIP code, city or address, and viewed and measured online.
Work for felons
COLUMBUS: A new Ohio law aims to make it easier for ex-offenders who can prove their rehabilitation to find work after prison.
The law taking effect Friday reduces past restrictions on felons for working as cosmetologists, optical dispensers, salvage-yard dealers, construction-trade workers, hearing-aid dealers and fitters and security guards.
The law now also permits the sealing of one felony and one misdemeanor conviction, or two misdemeanor convictions, and gives judges more discretion in calculating child support payments owed by imprisoned parents or parents with felony convictions.
The law also allows judges to order community service instead of fines or drivers’ license suspensions and allows the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to create repayment plans for license reinstatement fees.
New agency name
COLUMBUS: Ohio’s economic development agency has a new name.
The former Ohio Department of Development became the Ohio Development Services Agency on Friday.
The name change follows earlier restructuring of the state agency that was spearheaded by Republican Gov. John Kasich and approved by the state Legislature. Key job-creation functions were transferred from the former Development Department to JobsOhio, a new private nonprofit board.
LORAIN: Property owners along Ohio’s Lake Erie shore are upset state officials are appealing a ruling about ownership of the shoreline.
Attorney General Mike DeWine is appealing a ruling that gave the residents ownership rights and vacated submerged land leases for which the owners pay the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
A leader of the group said the Lake County ruling ordered the state to refund submerged land lease fees for property covered in the suit since 1998.
The Ohio Supreme Court in 2011 ruled that property owners’ rights extend to the point where the shore and water typically meet.