AKRON

Clyde to speak at Tangier

AKRON: Democratic candidate for Ohio Secretary of State Kathleen Clyde will speak at a buffet luncheon hosted by the Akron Press Club April 9 at the Tangier, 532 W. Market St.

An opportunity for audience questions will follow the noon program co-sponsored by the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the City Club of Cleveland.

Akron Press Club members pay $20, nonmembers $25. A table of eight costs $160.

For reservations, contact Press Club administrator Lianne Fowler at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com before noon April 5.

Fundraiser for Sandra Kurt

AKRON: Summit County Clerk of Courts Sandra Kurt will have a cocktail reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Bricco, 1 W. Exchange St. in downtown Akron.

Kurt was appointed clerk in January 2016 and won her current term later that year.

The suggested donation ranges from $25 to $250.

To RSVP, send an email to sandrakurt@yahoo.com or call 300-869-0065.

Home assistance answers

AKRON: John Valle, director of Neighborhood Assistance, will be available with a Housing and Community Services representative to answer questions about city services — including the lead-based paint grants, emergency roofing repair and minor home repair programs — at noon Thursday at the Lawton Street Community Center (1225 Lawton St.), noon Feb. 8 at Mason Park Community Center (700 E. Exchange St.), 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at Firestone Park Community Center (1480 Girard St.), 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at Reservoir Park Community Center (1735 Hillside Terrace), and 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at Summit Lake Community Center (380 W. Crosier St.).

Early integrated community

AKRON: Long before legislation requiring the fair and equal treatment of all people, some locals chose to make their home in an integrated community on Honeywell Drive in what is now the Valley View Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park.

Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse will share the history of this special place during a free program at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 in the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road.

Upon completing archaeological work at the newly acquired Valley View Area (formerly the Valley View Golf Club), park district staff found evidence of the neighborhood that existed decades ago.

Cultural Resource Specialist Megan Schaeffer discovered old newspaper ads from the Akron Beacon Journal from the late 1940s and early 1950s that marketed lots along Honeywell  —  an area sometimes called “Wheelock Acres”  —  to “whites or colored.”

BATH

Rezoning request meeting

BATH: For the third time in two years, a rezoning request for 12 acres at 4837 Medina Road is before the Bath Township Zoning Commission.

The commission has scheduled a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the Trustees’ Meeting Room, 3864 W. Bath Road, to revisit the issue.

While the two previous requests were made by property owner Wesley Noland, the current request from Omni Senior Living is to rezone the existing R-2 Single-Family Residential property to R-4 Residential to develop an assisted living facility on the site, according to William Funk, Bath’s planning director and zoning inspector.

In all three cases, neighborhood opposition to the rezoning has been evidenced through testimony at public hearings and letters. Issues of increased traffic, declining property values, stormwater runoff, the need to preserve Bath’s open spaces and a proliferation of noise and light pollution are most often cited.

According to Funk, the Zoning Commission will most likely make its recommendation about the property at Monday’s meeting but the ultimate decision will lie with trustees.

The record will be left open for up to 20 days for public comment.