AKRON

Ward 8 workshops

on park improvements

Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith will host a workshop at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave., from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday for anyone interested in sharing ideas to improve neighborhood parks.

Applications for the city's Akron Parks Challenge Program, which funds three projects of up to $100,000 each, are due by April 30.

 

CLEVELAND

Rock and Roll Hall seeks

link to Science Center

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is seeking a renewable lease on an acre of city-owned land that separates the museum from the Great Lakes Science Center.

It would use the land for a roughly 50,000-square-foot expansion that could include room for exhibits, special events, education, object conservation and research, The Plain Dealer reports.

The plan also proposes a glass-enclosed connection along the waterfront promenade to link the Rock Hall to the Science Center.
 

MEDINA

Easter baskets assembled

for kids of jailed parents

For the 10th year in a row, members of Medina United Church of Christ, Congregational, has assembled Easter bags for Medina County children whose parents are incarcerated in Medina County Jail.

The 40 bags, personalized and blessed by the congregation on Palm Sunday, will be delivered Easter weekend.

Since 2010, the church has filled and distributed about 500 bags.

The project is coordinated by the church's Both Sides of Prison Group, which formed in 2010. The group seeks to explore perceptions and experiences of the criminal justice system and find out how to put their faith into action in this area of ministry. Other activities have included collecting paperback books for the jail's library, touring the jail, writing thank-you notes to the corrections officers, supporting the jail's women's choir and more.

Medina United Church of Christ, Congregational, is located at 217 E. Liberty St. on the Medina square. The church can be found online at http://uccmedina.org, on Facebook at http://fb.com/UCCMedina, and on Twitter and Instagram @MedinaU3C.

 

STARK COUNTY

Better Business Bureau

to host shredding day

The Canton office of the Better Business Bureau will host its 13th annual Shred & E-Cycle Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 in the parking lot of Canton Central Catholic High School, 4824 Tuscarawas St. W.

Individuals and business are invited to bring documents that list personal or financial information for onsite commercial shredding. The service is free, but cash donations will be accepted. Because of overwhelming response in 2018, any business with 10 or more boxes of documents is asked to call ahead and donate a minimum of $50.

Certain electronics items will be accepted for free recycling, including nonalkaline batteries, cellphones, computers, ink/toner cartridges, keyboards, printers, satellite TV boxes and dishes, speakers and televisions.

A disposal fee of $20 will be charged for computer monitors and older, glass-tube televisions. A fee of $1 will be charged for fluorescent light bulbs 4 feet or shorter and $2 for bulbs 8 feet or longer.

For more information, visit bit.ly/2019shredevent or call 330-454-9401.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Sobriety checkpoints planned

across county next weekend

The Summit County OVI Task Force will be conducting sobriety checkpoints next weekend across the county.

The checkpoints will take place Friday night through early Saturday morning.

The Summit County OVI Task Force doesn't release exact locations of its checkpoints.

 

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Council candidate

to hold fundraiser

The Committee to Elect Russ Iona for Cuyahoga Falls Council At-Large will host a public fundraiser reception 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 24 at Wise Guys Lounge and Grill, 1008 N. Main St., Akron.

Iona has been the Ward 8 councilman since 2016 and is active in the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.

 

STATE NEWS

Jobs site features ease

employers' searches

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is adding new features to its jobs website to help employers connect more effectively with the right workers.

OhioMeansJobs.com introduced the first changes Friday, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The changes come while the unemployment rate is 4.6 percent and employers often complain of difficulty finding qualified workers.

Director Kimberly Hall said the enhancements will continue to roll out over the next year, beefing up employers' searches to make them easier and more effective and to keep the site in line with private counterparts.

The website is free to employers and workers. Before now, it was primarily designed to help job seekers find work.

OhioMeansJobs aggregates job postings for openings across the state. About 126,000 openings are currently listed.