AKRON

Ward 4 meeting

AKRON: City Councilman Russ Neal will host his monthly Ward 4 meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Sebastian’s Zwisler Hall, 476 Mull Ave.

Block club/watch members are asked to arrive at 6 p.m. to discuss block watch topics.

The regular meeting will focus on “Branding Our Neighborhoods.”

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Cemetery fundraiser

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The third annual Tea Luncheon fundraiser to benefit the Historic Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls — featuring assorted breads, hot chicken salad and other eats — will run form noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave. in the Falls.

Tickets, available at the door, are $20 and will feature the program “Fairy Gardens” by Master Gardener Peggy Cartwright.

Luncheon food is being prepared by members of the Ladies Cemetery Association and Bill Bailey, owner of a local catering company.

The Ladies Cemetery Association of Cuyahoga Falls owns the chapel and is restoring the stained-glass windows in the chapel, which was built in 1898 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The chapel is still used for used for funerals, open houses and special occasions.

For more information, visit the Ladies Cemetery Association of the Oakwood Cemetery at www.cfoakwoodchapel.com, or call 330-928-7292.

MASSILLON

City raises money for girl, 9

MASSILLON: The community is rallying around a 9-year-old girl who reportedly was abducted and raped Monday, according to a report from Beacon Journal news partner NewsNet5.com.

People can donate to the fund to help her achieve her dream of going to Disney World through the Massillon police department’s Facebook page.

Dennis Menefee, 46 of Port Washington, who is charged in the rape and kidnapping of a the girl, made an appearance in Massillon Municipal Court Friday, according to NewsNet5.com.

He is charged with first degree kidnapping and rape of a minor under the age of 13. The judge ordered a $1 million bond on each charge. Police say he impersonated a police officer on Monday to abduct the child when she was walking home from a library in Massillon.

If convicted on both counts, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 7.

PENINSULA

Councilman faces charges

PENINSULA: A Peninsula councilman has been charged with misdemeanor criminal damaging after being accused of removing a video camera in council chambers.

Michael Matusz, 44, will be arraigned Thursday in Stow Municipal Court. The charge was filed this week by Mayor Doug Mayer. The complaint accuses Matusz of damaging “the video recording system by cutting the wires while removing the camera and mic” on Sept. 14.

WJW (Channel 8) reported that the council had voted to remove the camera, which had been installed earlier this year, before the incident.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Historical Perkins trip

Akron’s co-founder Gen. Simon Perkins never lived in Akron, with he and his family calling Warren home.

The Summit County Historical Society will offer a day-away bus trip to Perkins’ hometown Tuesday.

Attendees will see the two homes that belonged to Perkins’ children, the Kinsman House and Warren City Hall.

The tour also will include stops at the Sutliff Museum, the Harriet Upton House and Saratoga Restaurant, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Cost is $65 per person or $59.50 for historical society members. This includes transportation, snacks, museum admission and lunch.

For more information or reservations, call the society at 330-535-1120 or visit www.summithistory.org/.