Discussion on alarms
AKRON: The Fairlawn Heights Homeowners Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the Akron Police Department’s new policy for responding to home security alarms.
Representatives of the police department and security alarm companies have been invited to attend the meeting at Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.
The department’s new policy — requiring prior verification of need of help before officers respond to an alarm — is set to go into effect March 1.
Some residents would like to see the start of the policy delayed to give homeowners more time to take additional precautions to protect their homes.
Sewer plan update
AKRON: City officials will update Akron’s plans for improving its sewer system when Ward 1 Councilman Rich Swirsky hosts a meeting Saturday.
Salsbury Scheweyer Landscape Design Co. staff will share ways that citizens can work with the city to reduce stormwater runoff, cut water consumption and improve “green infrastructure” practices.
The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Portage Path school, 55 S. Portage Path.
‘Cash mob’ planned
AKRON: The Neighborhood Network, a group of community and business members in the University Park area of East Akron, are coordinating a “cash mob” this week.
The group said it is trying to “show some love” to Sherif Mankaryous, a pharmacist and owner of Akron Health Mart Pharmacy, at 879 E. Exchange St., next to Dave’s Supermarket.
Mankaryous opened his independent pharmacy, which also sells such items as household supplies, school supplies and snacks, last year.
A cash mob is a group that supports local businesses by buying goods or services there rather that at one of the big-box retailers.
This cash mob is any time this week during regular business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Event for homeless
AKRON: Angel Rays Operation Homeless Helper will host a series of events, including dinner and dancing, for the homeless from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Cross Road Unity Church, 920 Brown St.
The event is open to the homeless and non-homeless. Donations of personal items and nonperishable foods are sought for the nonprofit group.
Guy’s Party Center has donated food for the evening, said Laura Lyn, founder of the Angel Rays group.
For more information, go to the Angel Rays Operation Homeless Helper Facebook Page.
Open mic night
BARBERTON: A free open mic night will be offered Friday at God’s Magic City Church, 183 15th St. NW.
Attendees at Dream Catcher Open Mic Night can participate by sharing a song, playing an instrument, dancing or reading poetry.
The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Pizza and pop will be available.
For information, call 234-571-4329, 330-217-3965 or 330-217-4512.
Water supply request
CANTON: The City Council passed a resolution asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase oversight of its water supply.
All members present Monday supported having parts of the Tuscarawas River basin designated as a sole-source aquifer.
The measure will be sent to the EPA’s office in Chicago, city Law Director Joseph Martuccio said. He said the sole-source designation would allow the agency to give extra protection to the source for water in Canton and surrounding areas.
GREEN: City Council on Tuesday ratified a three-year agreement with the 15 members of the city’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2714, whose contract expired last April.
Under the agreement, wages will be increased 2 percent each of the three years, retroactive to last April 16. Insurance co-payments will be increased 6 percent the first year, beginning Feb. 21, city Human Resources Manager Jeanne Greco said.
New buses approved
GRANGER TWP.: The Highland Board of Education this week accepted a bid from Rush Truck Centers for three International buses at a total cost of $226,638.
A savings of $20,000 resulted from rebidding the buses after only one supplier had submitted a bid in an earlier attempt.
Board members also approved a contract with Mann Architects of Fairlawn for a new athletic complex. Expected cost is $7 million.
Bids will be sought for tree removal on 4.5 acres of land that need to be cleared for the project. School officials expect the bids to be favorable to the district because of the usable timber on the acreage.
HIRAM: Hiram College is offering what is believed to be a first statewide: an instant decision on admittance.
Representatives of the private college in Portage County will be at the Panera Bread on Pearl Road in Medina from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 to help prospective students complete their application to Hiram and meet with financial aid counselors.
The college also will hold an Instant Decision Day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at its campus, which will include lunch, a financial aid presentation and a campus tour.
Prospective students should bring their high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores.
To register or for details about other Instant Decision Day events statewide, call 800-362-5280.
KENT: A Cleveland Clinic podiatrist has been named dean of Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine.
Dr. Allan Boike, director of the residency training program and head of podiatric medicine and surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, will succeed Interim Dean Bryan Caldwell, who has served in the position since October.
Caldwell will return to his position as assistant dean.
Boike will start his new position July 1 at an annual salary of $259,000.
The college was known as the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine before becoming a part of Kent State in July 2012.
Boike earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State in 1975 and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982.
PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees on Tuesday agreed to give the North Canton City Council until Feb. 24 to pass an economic development agreement between the two municipalities along with the city of Canton and Jackson Township.
Trustees expressed their frustration with the months-long delay and said that if North Canton doesn’t proceed they will go ahead with an economic development agreement the excludes the city.
The proposed agreement would encompass an area of development generally around Whipple Avenue Northwest from 38th Street north to the townships’ boundaries. It would be in effect for 50 years.
The cities would agree not to attempt annexation of the area and to share new income tax revenue and would provide water and sewer service. The townships would provide police, fire and road services.
‘Calamity’ bill stalls
COLUMBUS: The Ohio House has held off taking a formal vote on a plan to let schools take up to four additional days off this year because of the season’s extreme weather.
A House spokesman said Wednesday that members plan to take an additional week to continue to work on the number of days in the proposal and review its costs.
Snow and frigid temperatures has led most districts across Ohio to exhaust their five allowable calamity days.
Gov. John Kasich has been among those advocating adding extra snow days on a one-time basis this year.
Another proposal slated to get a Senate hearing Wednesday would excuse high school seniors from makeup days that fall after their scheduled graduation ceremonies.
— Associated Press