Officials tout trip

AKRON: A trip to Slovenia by Mayor Don Plusquellic and other city and business leaders already is paying off.

The Akron officials worked out an agreement between Technology Park Ljubljana and the Akron Business Accelerator.

This will result in the Center of Excellence for Polymer Materials and Technologies (PoliMat) from Ljubljana opening an office in the Akron Business accelerator “to test the U.S. marketplace,” Plusquellic said in a news release.

PoliMat also is looking to partner with the University of Akron’s Polymer Science and Engineering Program on joint research.

The Akron leaders met in Slovenia with 13 early stage companies looking to commercialize their technologies in the marketplace.

Plusquellic, Akron Councilman Garry Moneypenny and Bob Bowman, deputy mayor of economic development, travelled to Slovenia last week. Anthony Margida, deputy managing director of the Akron Business Accelerator, also made the trip.

Moneypenny praised the city’s economic development department and the business accelerator during Monday’s council meeting for their efforts, noting that Akron beat out an East Coast city that was trying to woo PoliMat.

Zoo offers free app

AKRON: The Akron Zoo has a free new app for iPhone and Android users that can direct them through the property and provide information about the animals and facilities.

Visitors can make a list of things to see, use a map to help find attractions and get the shortest route and mark their parking location to make it easier to find later.

The app, developed by wdd­online of Wadsworth, also makes it easy to donate to the zoo.

Contest for pupils

AKRON: The Akron Global Polymer Academy at the University of Akron invites young inventors to compete in the fifth-annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors.

Students in the fifth through eighth grades nationwide craft inventions using rubber bands.

The inventions will be judged on creativity and originality, effectiveness and usefulness and more, in two divisions.

The first-place winner in each division will receive $2,500.

The top four schools with the most entries will receive $250 donations.

Contest rules and an accompanying lesson plan are available at www.rubberbandcontest.org or from the Polymer Academy at 330-972-8178 or rbcontest@uakron.edu.

The deadline for entries is April 5.

Dance at fun run

AKRON: The Akron Kids Fun Run will include a flash mob dance at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 S. Main St., Suite 33.

The dance, choreographed by Sheena Mason, will hold a rehearsal at 7 tonight at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

On race day, all dancers will meet at the Spaghetti Warehouse by 7:30 a.m.


Provision extended

CANTON: Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has been added to the list of prohibited practices in various aspects of city government and private business.

The City Council unanimously approved legislation Monday that extended the provision to its housing, employment, and public contracting rules.

The new categories join age, race, religion, color, handicaps, national origin and military status as reasons for which equal treatment in housing, employment or a city contract may not be denied.


Rezoning approved

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The City Council has voted to rezone a section of land to clear the way for the Portage Crossing development to move forward.

The council voted to change the zoning of a portion of land at the former State Road Shopping Center from mixed use to commercial.

Stark Enterprises, the Cleveland company redeveloping the land, asked for the change.

The developer was concerned that the planned construction of Menards and Giant Eagle stores would have required several zoning changes.

The date that Stark Enterprises is to close on the purchase of the property from the city is now scheduled for Oct. 31.

Robert Stark has said he plans to begin construction on the massive retail development in the spring.


Inspector named

GRANGER TWP.: Township trustees have voted to hire a new zoning inspector.

Annie George will take over as zoning inspector Oct. 15. Her salary will be $825 per month.

They also hired Marie Yambor as zoning secretary at a salary of $400 per month.

The previous zoning inspector, Nancy West, will leave the post Oct. 12.


Premium to rise

LAKE TWP.: Township trustees on Monday approved the negotiated increase of the employee share of health insurance premiums for Uniontown Police Department personnel.

The premium will rise from 6.8 percent to 10 percent.

At the recommendation of the township’s road superintendent, trustees authorized the road department to remove trees, plantings and an island in the cul-de-sac on Theeland Avenue to eliminate the obstruction of the road right-of-way.

Security cameras will be installed at the recycling center on Midway Street to thwart a rise in illegal dumping.


Gold Star meeting

LOUDONVILLE: The American Gold Star Mothers group will hold a ceremony honoring service members killed in action at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Memorial Forest Shrine at Mohican State Park.

The annual ceremony is held the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Mother’s Day, to honor Ohio’s soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen killed in action.

The names of service members killed in action from the previous year are recorded in wood-bound “Great Books” and then closed until the next year’s ceremony.

Representatives from Gold Star Mothers, American Legion color guard, Rolling Thunder, Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs and Ohio Army Survivor Outreach will attend.

The Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs raised funds for the Memorial Forest Shrine and dedicated it in 1947.


Board vacancies

STOW: Mayor Sara Drew is seeking Stow residents from Wards 2, 3 and 4 to fill vacancies on the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

The volunteer board works with the director of parks and recreation to make policy recommendations for city action related to the management of recreation facilities, programs and parkland.

Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.

The five board members — one from each city ward and an at-large appointee by the Board of Education —serve five-year terms.

The current vacancies are for unexpired terms.

Applicants must reside in one of the wards with a vacancy and be an elector.

For more information or an application, call 330-689-2800.


Smart cards at RTA

AKRON: Metro RTA’s board Tuesday approved the purchase of up to 130 new fare boxes for main line buses that eventually could accept smart cards.

Riders with smart cards would be able to hold the cards close to the box and pay without even taking the cards out of their wallets.

The process could be ready by November, Executive Director Richard Enty told the board.

The authorization allows Metro to spend up to $369,590 with the possibility of increasing it up by up to 10 percent.

Cancer awareness

STOW: Matco Tools will kick off its Tools for the Cause campaign and charity car show for breast cancer awareness month from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday.

The event will be at the Matco Tools headquarters, 4403 Allen Road.

The event will include a information and question and answer sessions, the unveiling of a pink race car, entertainment, raffles, tool giveaways and refreshments.

Tools for the Cause campaign will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.