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Holiday hours at Beacon

AKRON: The Akron Beacon Journal’s customer service call center will be open Memorial Day weekend from 7 to 10 a.m. daily Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The call center’s regular business hours of 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will resume Tuesday. The center can be reached at 330-996-3600 or 1-800-777-2442.

The public service counter inside the Beacon Journal will be closed for the holiday weekend Saturday through Monday. Regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will resume Tuesday.

Trash pickup to be delayed

AKRON: There will be no trash service Monday, the city said.

City offices also will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Curb service will run on a one-day delay, along with recycle collection, for the remainder of the week. The service will resume Tuesday.

Five chicks in falcon nest

AKRON: Downtown Akron has a record-setting five peregrine falcon chicks.

Peregrine falcons generally have two to four chicks at a time, said Laurie Graber of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.

Five chicks have been recorded at FirstEnergy Corp.’s Eastlake Power Plant east of Cleveland in Lake County, but not in Akron until now, she said.

The five chicks were confirmed earlier this week in a nesting box on the 19th floor of the FirstMerit Tower in downtown Akron by volunteers Chad and Chris Saladin.

CLEVELAND

Campus goes tobacco-free

CLEVELAND: Cuyahoga Community College has adopted a tobacco-free policy that prohibits the use of any tobacco product on college grounds, effective Aug. 8.

The Tri-C Board of Trustees unanimously approved the “100% Tobacco Free Campus” policy at Thursday’s board meeting.

The policy prohibits the use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, cigarellos, hookahs, oral tobacco and electronic cigarettes/vapes. It applies to anyone on college grounds, from buildings to parking lots.

“Our new tobacco-free policy will ensure that students and faculty at Tri-C have fresh air and a healthy learning environment,” said Alex Johnson, president of the college. “It will contribute to the well-being of our colleagues, safeguard the environment and assist those who desire to cease using tobacco products.”

The policy follows a grant from Truth Initiative, the national public health organization responsible for the national truth smoking prevention campaign. The grant was awarded to support the college’s efforts to create a tobacco-free environment.

Tri-C will offer tobacco cessation programs to students and staff.

TALLMADGE

City supports Freedom Trail

TALLMADGE: The City Council authorized a memorandum with Summit County Metro Parks and the City of Kent to enhance city connectivity of the Freedom Trail and Portage Hike and Bike Trail. Phase III of the Freedom Trail project, scheduled for completion this summer, will connect Southwest Avenue near Tallmadge Circle to downtown Akron.

In other business, Law Director Megan Raber announced a community restoration event, C.O.O.L. Day (Community Outreach of Love), is scheduled for Saturday, June 4. Local church and community members will assist with housing repairs on homes along Danner Road.

Detour on North Avenue

TALLMADGE: Construction continues on North Avenue, which closed to southbound traffic at Howe Road, earlier this month and is expected to be completed last this year or early next year.

The North Avenue project is expected to improve traffic flow by adding turning lanes.

The detour route is east on Howe to south on Alandale Drive (which becomes Kent Drive) to Northeast Avenue.