AKRON

Swirsky plans ward meeting

AKRON: Councilman Rich Swirsky’s regular monthly ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday will be held outside Angel Falls Coffee Co., 792 W. Market St., to discuss Summit Stage Fest.

The series of short, outdoor theater performances will be scattered around Highland Square on Saturday.

Participating artist Kris Carter, production groups and retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jane Bond will discuss the acts and locations.

Volunteers are needed. To sign up, contact the artists at www.summitstagefest.org or attend Swirsky’s meeting. The rain location for the meeting will be Highland Square Library.

BARBERTON

Planned cuts worry leaders

BARBERTON: Mayor Bill Judge and Planning Director Joe Stefan said they recently traveled to Washington to discuss proposed federal funding cuts that would affect the city’s “ability to provide quality of life programs, safety services, and economic development opportunities,” according to a city news release.

Judge said they met with Sens. Sherrod Brown’s and Rob Portman’s offices, Congressman Tim Ryan and other legislative representatives concerning proposed budget cuts.

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for a $2.7 billion reduction in spending.

“The proposed budget cuts or elimination of federal dollars for programs like Community Development Block Grants, Community Oriented Policing Services, Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the Environmental Protection Agency, along with many others will devastate our community,” Judge said.

KENT

Re-imagine the Innerbelt

KENT: Community stakeholders will come together to re-imagine Akron’s Innerbelt from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kent State Architecture Building, 132 S. Lincoln Ave.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has begun demolition of the Innerbelt. What comes next may unfold Saturday as collaborators from a broad range of disciplines — architects, designers, landscape designers, visual and performing artists, Kent State students, faculty and community innovators — brainstorm and share concept designs.

The urban landscaping proposals will be presented to Mayor Dan Horrigan to influence Akron’s master use plan for the area.

To participate in the Akron Innerbelt — Design Charrette, RSVP at the event’s Facebook event page at http://bit.ly/2rHlbNe. Lunch and sketching materials will be provided.

CLEVELAND

Watch launch into space

CLEVELAND: NASA’s Glenn Research Center is holding a viewing of the Thursday launch of SpaceX to the International Space Station.

The viewing will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the research center’s visitor center at the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland.

The live launch is targeted for 5:55 p.m. from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Access to the science center will be free during the event.

Two Glenn projects will be aboard the uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft.

In the event the launch is delayed or rescheduled, an event update will be posted on www.facebook.com/NASAGlenn.

For more information, contact Debbie Lockhart at deborah.j.lockhart@nasa.gov or 216-433-8655.

Two pedestrians killed

CLEVELAND: Police say two pedestrians were killed in a hit-and-run crash in Cleveland, and a suspect is in custody.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office says a 63-year-old Maple Heights man and a 55-year-old Cleveland woman were struck by a sport utility vehicle early Monday while crossing a street southeast of downtown.

Police say the driver didn’t stop, but they later arrested a suspect, whose identity wasn’t immediately released.