AKRON: Akron City Hall will be well represented next year when the H. Peter Burg Awards are presented.
Mayor Don Plusquellic will receive the award by this name given by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, while now-retired Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth will get this honor from the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage counties, according to publications from these organizations.
The chamber’s award recognizes a leader who has enhanced local and regional economic and community development. The Red Cross honors community leadership.
Plusquellic will receive the chamber award at an event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. March 19 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St.
Lieberth will get his at an event 6 p.m. March 7 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St.
Lieberth, who retired Friday, was a finalist for the Red Cross award this year and was a natural choice for 2013, said Mike Taylor, a Red Cross spokesman.
AKRON: Two masked men robbed a South Arlington Street discount store Thursday night, police said.
The gunmen entered the Family Dollar at 915 S. Arlington St. at about 9 p.m. and demanded money from workers.
The men fled with an unspecified amount of cash.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.
AKRON: A man wanted for this week’s shooting death of an Akron man has surrendered.
Phillip Pope, 24, is being held in the Summit County Jail on a charge of aggravated murder.
He is accused in Wednesday’s shooting of Will A. Lamon, 21, of Akron.
Police say a domestic dispute precipitated the shooting. Lamon was inside a car parked near the intersection of Buckingham Street and Fairbanks Place when he was shot in the torso.
Ward 4, 7, 9 events
AKRON: Three Akron council members will hold events in the next two weeks.
Russel Neal Jr., the Ward 4 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.
Those who attend can participate in the annual ward review and learn about cost-saving tax tips and preparation services.
Mike Freeman, the Ward 9 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kenmore Senior Community Center, 880 Kenmore Blvd. Police Chief James Nice will be the speaker.
Donnie Kammer, the Ward 7 councilman, will have a “lunch with the councilman” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at Garfield High School’s restaurant, 435 N. Firestone Blvd.
Attendees may buy lunch from the school restaurant. The restaurant is staffed by students in a culinary vocational program.
Visit from Santa
AKRON: Project Grad Akron, whose mission is to increase the high school and college graduation rates, is hosting its eighth annual Snacks and Educational Fun with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon today at Schumacher Community Learning Center, 1020 Hartford Ave.
The event is free and open to elementary- and preschool-age children and their families.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Activities will include educational games, storytelling and reading, holiday craft making and informational booths providing community resources.
Santa will visit at 9:30 a.m. Children can get their picture taken with Santa.
BATH TWP.: On the first anniversary of when he was blinded in Iraq, Revere High School graduate Aaron Hale will thank the community for its support and the community can welcome him home.
The “Hale a Hero” event will be held on Hale’s “Alive Day” at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Revere High School, 3420 Everett Road.
Hale, 34, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal soldier, lost sight in both eyes Dec. 8, 2011, in Afghanistan when a bomb exploded as he approached it in an attempt to defuse the device.
This spring, his wife, Kelly Hale, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and received treatments for the illness. The couple has four children.
Hale was in the Navy from 1996 to 2007 before joining the Army and had served one tour in Iraq before his deployment to Afghanistan.
Dr. Sonny Bare, a lifelong friend of Aaron Hale and an emergency physician at Summa Health System, set up the event for his friend and called him one of the “most mentally tough and positive people you will ever come across.”
GREEN: A 33-year-old Canal Fulton woman was killed Friday afternoon in an accident on Arlington Road in Green.
Authorities say a Toyota Matrix ran into the back of a van stopped in northbound traffic along Arlington Road at 2 p.m. The Toyota’s driver was taken to Akron City Hospital, where she died of her injuries.
A passenger in her vehicle was taken to Summa Health Center in Green. Her condition was not disclosed.
The Summit County sheriff’s department is investigating the crash. Authorities had to close the roadway for several hours to reconstruct the crash.
Legislator for day
STOW: A Stow third-grader got to be a state legislator for the day this week.
Alexis Starnes was among the winners of a reading contest sponsored by state Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson. She and her family spent Thursday visiting Roegner and state Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley, touring the Statehouse, and learning about state government.
Roegner challenged students in her district in grades 1 to 6 to document five books they read on a bookmark and return the bookmark to a participating library.
She selected winners from each library. Alexis was unable to attend this summer when the other winning students went to Columbus to be mock legislators.