AKRON

Child advocate

to speak at event

Beth Cardina, director of the Summit County Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem Program, will speak at the luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Akron at noon Thursday.

It will be at the Duck Club of Canal Park, 300 S. Main St.

CASA/GAL provides advocates for children in court who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

Cardina is a licensed social worker with 30 years of experience in the child welfare and juvenile court system.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by emailing Sarah McBryer at smcbryer@gmail.com.

 

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Council to review

development plans

City council will review plans Monday for the proposed $35 million development of town homes and single-family homes on a former golf course property.

The planning commission on May 21 approved a final master plan and a preliminary subdivision plat for the Villages at Sycamore project being built by Sycamore Valley Development Co. LLC on the former Sycamore Valley Golf Course on Akron-Peninsula Road. The project is expected to have 143 housing units on 28.3 acres. The developer is Danny Karam, and Ryan Homes will construct the homes.

The council’s Planning and Zoning Committee will review both the final master plan and preliminary subdivision plat in one piece of legislation. If the committee decides to move the legislation forward for a vote of the full council, that vote would occur June 10.

The council in April voted 7-4 to rezone the land from from E-1 Employment District to R-3 Sub-Urban Density Residential. The rezoning was needed to allow for the construction of a residential development.

The council’s committee meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

 

STATE NEWS

Ohio State to revoke

Strauss' emeritus title

A committee of Ohio State University trustees took the first steps on Thursday to revoke the emeritus title bestowed years ago upon Dr. Richard Strauss, now accused of sexually abusing at least 177 former students.

The move, which will go before the full board of trustees for approval on Friday, would be mostly symbolic, stripping the honorific from the doctor who killed himself in California in 2005.

It would also be a historic one. If the resolution is approved on Friday, Strauss would be the first individual at Ohio State to be stripped of emeritus status, Provost Bruce McPheron told the trustees' Academic Affairs and Student Life committee on Thursday.

The committee unanimously approved the resolution to revoke Strauss' emeritus status. No trustees on the committee spoke about the resolution.

An investigation conducted for Ohio State by Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie found Strauss sexually abused at least 177 former students during his time at Ohio State. Investigators also found that university employees knew about the doctor’s misconduct but failed to act.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY

Terri Heckman honored

for community service

Terri Heckman, CEO of the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties, received the Cliff Skeen Lifetime Achievement Award this week.

Heckman was recognized during a ceremony Wednesday that also honored county employees for exemplary service.

The Cliff Skeen award is given annually to a Summit County citizen who has dedicated a significant portion of his or her life to community service. Heckman was the unanimous choice of the selection committee.

“For over two decades, Heckman has served countless Summit County residents in need of kindness and patience,” Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro said in a prepared statement. “I am thankful for her consistent presence in our community and her commitment to serving others.”