What’s going on around Greater Akron
Girls at much higher risk of Internet abuse
As we reported a few months ago, cyber crime is constantly on the increase, and with the ease of access to the Internet on all manner of devices, children are becoming more and more internet savvy through mobile devices, laptops and tablets.
While keeping you and your family safe from hacking and identify theft is one concern, the other is trying to stay on top of what your children have access to online, knowing when and how to step in, and what tools are at your disposal to do so.
Christel Silas, Community liaison for A New Way Project, has been training for the Akron Marathon by running on the Towpath early in the morning or at dusk and says she doesn't always feel safe when on the trail alone. Silas and Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh are hosting a self-defense class for women, Monday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gus Johnson Community Center, in the United Baptist Church, 1007 S. Hawkins Ave.
Silas and Walsh are supporters of awareness against domestic violence in the Akron area and have come together to host this informative, hands-on experience in which women can learn how to defend themselves against potential attackers. Silas said during an an outing with the running and walking group called Run Sistah Run “many of the other members expressed the same feeling” of being unsafe.
Many women face dangerous situations and should know how to defend themselves, and that is exactly what Walsh wants to promote in this self-defense class. Walsh has been teaching self-defense to senior citizens for a decade now and the classes have expanded to include a woman’s self-defense class.
The Ohio Sausage Fest is set for Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, at 5555 Akron Peninsula Road, in Peninsula. The inaugural event is being put on by Sausage Fest LLC- an organization who seeks to promote the United States rich history of diverse culinary heritage exemplified by regional, ethnic, and craft sausage makers throughout our land.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of the most tasteful blends of sausage meats, links, and patties that are crafted using hormone-free, and pasture-raised meats all over Ohio's country side. Along with tasting some of our state wide sausages, the attendees will also have the chance to sample sausages from different countries and cultures who take pride in crafting sausage all over the world.
Don't worry about being thirsty either- there will be a great variety of Northeast Ohio's award winning microbreweries to help wash down, and even cool off your tranquil taste buds.
Akron Community Foundation’s board recently ratified $1.65 million in grants, including 271 grants totaling $1,207,995 from donor-advised and scholarship funds. The board also approved 27 grants totaling $445,500 for local civic programs from discretionary, or board-directed, funds.
More than 30 percent of the discretionary funding will revitalize local neighborhoods through home construction and rehabilitation, beautification and vacant property demolition. A grant to Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute will provide the city of Akron with an inventory of residential properties and locations of vacant houses within the community.
Authorities still on the lookout for young lady's killer
Taylor Robinson, 19, last was seen by her family May 3. Pathologists on Wednesday determined that the skeletal remains found in Cuyahoga Valley National Park are those of Robinson, a Kent State student.
Kenmore students past and present held a community vigil Wednesday evening put together by Cousin Denayshaia Duncan and best friend Taylor Ratliff. Both young ladies said they felt the need to have a vigil and were both overwhelmed and thankful with the outpouring of community support.
Robinson's mother, Carmilla Robinson, said she had not seen Taylor since she dropped her off at work. The next morning, Robinson’s coat and shoes were found inside the home, but she was not. At the vigil, the Rev. Jackson (Mount Calvary Baptist Church) started in prayer and more than 100 attendees sang "Amazing Grace."
The Summit County Metro Parks are geared up for the 50th Annual hiking spree. The hiking spree is an annual event that gives local area hikers the opportunity to hike 8 designated trails for a reward. First year hikers will recieve a hiking staff, and a shield, vetern hikers will recieve a sheild.
The hiking spree originated in 1964 after the director-secretary at the time, Arthur Wilcox, had a vision to help get the most out of these beatuiful and treasurable Summit county landmarks. To date, it is the longest running hiking program in the country and it show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The buzz at Tuesday night's Inaugural Akron City Council Fifth Ward Debate at East Akron Community House -- sponsored by moderator and Akron native Richard Montgomery, co-founder of CultureLoveFamily.com a community-based media company -- was not only about what the candidates said or promised but rather who didn't bother to show up.
Democratic Candidates for Ward 5 Ronald D. Street, Sidney K. Richards and Tare Mosley Samples were all no-shows. Their absences, particularly that of Mosley Samples, were disappointing, considering this is certainly the Fifth Ward’s most important City Council election in the past four years.
Among the five candidates running for the Democratic nomination in the election for the City of Akron Ward 5 City Council seat, only Incumbent Ken Jones and Candidate Lucille Humphrey participated in the policy debate “to disclose to the public their plans and aspirations for the City’s Fifth Ward.”
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and Mustard Seed Market family owners Phillip Nabors, Margaret Nabors, Abraham Nabors and Gabriel Nabors, shoveled dirt to mark the start of the construction of the Mustard Seed Market at Highland Square. The new grocery destination will be a two-story, 23,000 square-foot grocery store, with a second floor terrace and restaurant, and is expected to be completed by Fall, 2014.
The Mustard Seed Market was first opened on April 1, 1981, at 1392 N. Portage Path, in "the valley." Currently, there are two other Mustard Seed Market grocery stores in Northeast Ohio, both owned by Nabors. One is located in Montrose, the other in Solon. The stores are known for their high-quality food, including fresh, whole natural foods.
"Our whole family really cares about the well-being of our community," noted patriarch Phillip Nabors. "Being able to bring our distinctive grocery store to the Highland Square neighborhood not only brings us joy, but furthers our commitment and dedication to the community. Our hope is to hire locally for the many positions that will be available in the near future."
The City of Akron, Water Distribution Division will be conducting a water main flushing program within the Akron, Bath, Coventry, Fairlawn, Hudson, Mogadore, Montrose, and other water retail service areas to help maintain the water quality and to increase and evaluate the amount of water available for firefighting purposes. The Water Department will be flowing hydrants from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on MONDAY through FRIDAY. On approximately Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, the fire hydrant flushing crews will be flushing the Downtown Akron area and the West Akron area.
The Downtown Akron area is bounded approximately by:
Margate Road to the north
W Exchange Street to the south
Aqueduct Street to the east
Merriman Road to the west
The West Akron area is bounded approximately by:
Mayfair Road to the north
Wooster Road to the south
Merriman Road to the east
Crestview Avenue to the west
KAB congratulates board member, Eric Jones, and 2012-2013 intern, Helen Dauka, for receiving the Volunteer and Student of the Year Awards respectively for 2013. The two winners were recognized statewide for their achievements at The Keep Ohio Beautiful Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, to which Helen attended.
Eric Jones, KOB's Volunteer of the Year, has been a part of Keep Akron Beautiful for close to 20 years, becoming a member of the Board of Directors in 2011. Eric has been the Chairman of the Beautification Watch Awards for a decade and has taken it upon himself to host a training session at his interior design business for all participants in the watch. Eric's passion for Akron, the agency and beautification overall led to his desire to help lead KAB last year in developing a fundraising strategy. He went on to sell the most tickets in the Dreamscape Raffle by selling 286 of the 1,126 tickets sold overall.