AKRON: Rick Santorum, a former Republican presidential candidate, is doing a three-city tour to promote his book Blue Collar Conservatives, and one of the stops will be today in Akron.
Santorum visited Chicago on Wednesday and Columbus on Thursday.
His local stop will be at noon at the DoubleTree Akron/Fairlawn, 3150 W. Market St. He will attend an Ohio Christian Alliance luncheon and answer questions from attendees.
Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, is chairman of Patriot Voices, a nonprofit organization. He made two stops in the Akron area during the last presidential primary.
AKRON: The 77th Annual All-American Soap Box Derby will be May 31 and June 1 this year.
Racers should send late registration in as soon as possible to Akron Area SBD, 2834 Porter Road, Atwater, OH, 44201.
For information, call Vickie Beck at 330-947-3900 or Jeff Iula at 330-715-1492.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a fundraising competition in communities across the U.S. in search of the Man or Woman of the Year.
Participants raise funds for blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year — because everyone wins when cancer loses. The titles are awarded to the man or woman in each community who raises the most money during a 10-week period.
Cheryl Levanduski, an Akron resident, is in the running for LLS Woman of the year.
To learn more about Levanduski’s personal story and help her win the title, make your tax deductible donation by 6:30 p.m., June 6, by visiting http://www.mwoy.org/pages/noh/cle14/clevandusk.
COPLEY TWP.: Township trustees said Wednesday they will contest a local gas station/convenience store’s application for a liquor license.
Their issue: location.
The Circle K store, on Cleveland-Massillon Road at Copley Road, is only a short walk from Copley-Fairlawn Middle School.
Trustees agreed Wednesday to file a request for a liquor license hearing with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to voice their opposition. The filing deadline is May 29.
Macs Convenience Stores LLC, which owns the site, is seeking a carry-out license to sell beer and wine.
Township Police Chief Michael Mier said that since 1998, the state three times has denied similar license requests for that location.
COPLEY TWP.: Service Director Mark Mitchell has totalled winter’s snowy cost for his department: a record $240,880.23.
The total includes about $145,000 for 3,650 tons of salt and more than $55,000 for 180 hours of Service Department personnel overtime and the townships’ senior snow plow program.
Township plow drivers assist senior residents when snowfall totals 4 inches. Mitchell said they were called out a dozen times this season.
HUDSON: A preliminary rezoning request from builder Prestige Homes failed Wednesday when City Council split 3-3 Wednesday on the proposal.
Rezoning would have converted commercial property south of Boston Mills Road, at the border of Boston Heights, to residential and would have paved the way for the construction of an additional 88 homes in the Reserve at River Oaks development.
Council President Hal DeSaussure opposed the rezoning, citing lack of information on how the change could affect the ecology, city services and traffic in the area.
David Basil said rezoning would result in the creation of a residential area “sandwiched between two commercial areas,” which he felt would be undesirable.
Dan Williams cited concerns about environmental effects on an area that contains nearby wetlands and wells that are a source of city water.
Council members Dennis Hanink, Alex Kelemen and Keith Smith supported the measure, saying that the rezoning was preliminary only. They said environmental and other concerns could be discussed further at future proceedings.
Two Hudson residents spoke in opposition to the rezoning at the meeting, citing environmental concerns about overdevelopment.
Credit union robbed
JACKSON TWP.: Jackson Township police are investigating the noontime robbery of a credit union.
Authorities say a man walked into the Buckeye State Credit Union, 4100 Munson St. NW, around 12:25 p.m. and demanded money.
The suspect is described as 44 to 50 years of age, around 5 foot 10 inches, with a large build. Police say he wore a disguise to hide his facial features.
The suspect fled in a dark, two-door sport-type vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call 330 830-6264. Anonymous tips can be directed to the tip line at 330 834-3967.
BEREA: “Experience Honors!” is a new summer camp offered by Baldwin Wallace University from July 14 to 18 for all incoming high school juniors and seniors interested in a university honors program.
The deadline for priority consideration for admission and scholarships is May 15 and the final application deadline is June 1.
For more information and to fill out an online application, visit http://www.bw.edu/academics/honors/summer-camp.
NORTON: The city’s first of two scheduled prescription drug turn-ins will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Medicine Shoppe, 3300 Greenwich Road.
Norton residents are encouraged to drop off unused or out-of-date medication for safe disposal.
The police department also will be accepting firearms, other weapons and ammunition that homeowners wish to have out of their homes. Functioning and non-functioning firearms will be collected.
The second turn-in date is scheduled for Nov. 1.
CANTON: The Courthouse Players will present the drama 12 Angry Men at the Roxy Theatre in Minerva at 8 p.m today and Saturday.
The classic courthouse drama depicts what happens when jurors decide a murder case.
The Courthouse Players, organized by Canton Law Director Joe Martuccio, is comprised of lawyers and judges from the Stark County area. They first presented 12 Angry Men during Law Week five years ago and since have expanded their repertoire to include the Civil War drama, The Andersonville Trial.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with Walsh University professor Tom Freeland performing 1950s-era guitar music.
The Roxy Theatre is located at 120 Market St. in Minerva.
For more information, call 330-868-7979.
New office space
PLAIN TWP.: The Township Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a conditional-use permit that will allow St. Michael’s Elementary to add office space to the school building, at 3431 St. Michael’s Blvd.
Andrew Lallathin of SoL Harris/ Day Architecture told the zoning board that the 12,950-square-foot addition will house offices for both St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the school.
Construction is expected to begin at the end of this school year.
PERRY TWP.: The Perry Township Fire Department was awarded $62,894 in funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office reported Thursday.
The grants can be used for training, facility upgrades or supplies, such as protective equipment.
STOW: The Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from the communities of Stow and Munroe Falls for the 2014 “Friends of the Community” Award.
The deadline for nominations is May 30.
Nominees must work or live in the Stow-Munroe Falls community, should show a long-standing commitment to the community and be an “unsung hero.”
AKRON: The park commissioners of Summit Metro Parks are seeking public input on the possible expansion of the board from three to five members.
Commissioners — appointed by the Summit County Probate Judge — now serve overlapping three-year terms. The idea of adding two additional members was proposed last March by Commissioner Mark Spisak.
Public comments can be submitted online at http://bit.ly/MPSSC-Board.
To contribute via written letter, please mail whether your preference is three or five commissioners, with an explanation why, to Board of Park Commissioners, 975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron 44313.
Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. May 30.
Contact information may be helpful, but is not required.
For more information, call 330-867-5511
WADSWORTH: City Council on Wednesday approved legislation for Wadsworth to partner with Medina and Brunswick and apply for a housing improvement grant from the Ohio Development Agency.
Planning Director Jeff Kaiser told the council’s Economic Development and Planning Committee at its April meeting that the Ohio Development Agency is awarding more money and bonus points if two or more communities partner.
Such partnership grants allow for each community to obtain up to $400,000 for housing rehabilitation and upgrades for low- to moderate-income households.
If a community files individually, the maximum grant is $350,000.
Over the years, Wadsworth had obtained a number of grants but has failed to obtain any the past few years
WADSWORTH: City Council on Wednesday approved legislation for the improvement of College Street from Pardee Street to Trease Road.
At an estimated cost of nearly $500,000 —mainly funded grants — the plans call for surface upgrade, storm sewers, curbs and roadway widening.
Service Director Chris Easton told the council that hydrant flushing in the city will be done the weeks of May 12, 19 and 27.
Water might be discolored in affected areas, the Water Department said, but it will be safe to drink. It is not recommended for washing clothes until the discoloration subsides.