Community partnership combats prescription drug abuse in Summit County
When hearing the words “drug abuse,” prescription drugs may not be one of the first thing that come to mind, but the Summit County Community Partnership (SCCP) is aware that prescription drug abuse is a large and growing issue.
“We know that one of the fastest growing groups of addicted people are those who are using prescription drugs not prescribed for themselves in many cases,” Darryl Brake, Executive Director of the Summit County Community Partnership, said. "Research has shown that many individuals with the problem are abusing left-over pills from prescriptions for themselves or from friends or family.
“When we get prescription drugs, a lot of times they’re not used up and we’re healthy again. But some think it’s a good idea to hang onto those in case they have the problem again. The drug is then available. The problem with that is that those that are addicted to prescription drugs get them a number of different ways. One of which is from family and friends, either by asking for them or stealing them,” Brake explained.
Former pro football player uses status for positive change
Former pro football player Jason Carthen is not only an author, public speaker, and television personality, but President/CEO of Redeemed Management & Consulting, an adjunct professor at Bethel University and affiliated faculty member in Business Management at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Carthen believes in using his platform as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of others, young and old. He does this through Redeemed Management and Consulting (RMC), The Leaders of Tomorrow Initiative (L.O.T.), I Speak Life Seminars and more.
“One of the big things for me is that being a former professional football player really allows me to utilize my platform,” Carthen said.
Speaking all over the world and here in the U.S., plus offering one-on-one mentoring and training, sets him apart.
YMCA summer camps offer opportunities for growth, fun
Summer camp is a great time for young people to make new friends, gain independence, learn new things and have a whole lot of fun. And there is nothing quite like the local YMCA Camp.
Some exciting things planned for campers this summer include horseback riding, shooting a bow and arrow, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, archery, bb guns, swimming, and learning about nature.
“And along with the fun activities, we teach kids core values, such as responsibility, caring, honesty and respect. We focus on that. It gives a deeper understanding of what it means to grow in character, not just skills,” Taylor Ellis, Girls Village Director, said.
YMCA provides alternative school for troubled youth
Children these days face many obstacles. There are multitudes of young people with different issues, and the proper care isn’t always easy to find.
Where do children with special needs and behavioral issues go to get the help they need to stay in school?
The Akron area YMCA’s Phoenix Alternative School provides a place where troubled youth, grades 4 through 12, can receive close attention, getting them back on track and into their school systems quickly.
From young to old, Elaine Evans leaves her mark
Elaine Evans was known as the woman who "wanted to plant pretty things in pretty spaces and make people feel good," Sarah Vradenburg, Master Gardener, recalls.
As plain and simple as it sounds; much labor was put into the projects that Evans hoped will continue to live on through Let's Grow Akron (LGA).
Before her death, Evans "passed the torch" to Lisa Nunn, new Executive Director of LGA, who plans to continue this endeavor, spreading the beauty of gardening to the young and old throughout Akron.
Elaine Evans leaves a legacy through Let's Grow Akron
She's been referred to as the "fairy godmother" of community gardens in Akron, Ohio, known for her art of turning "trashed" areas into treasured gardens of beauty.
The late Elaine Evans sure left a legacy and impact on this city that will be remembered forever.
"(There was) a magic that she created by creating these gardens and then watching what happened in the neighborhood. She's been adding her little gardening fairy dust to neighborhoods that most people would rather just drive through," Sarah Vradenburg, a master gardener, recalled.
Human trafficking continues to be a national, local problem
Did you know that there are more human slaves in the world right now than ever before in history?
Approximately 27 million people are trapped in this spider web of perverse modern day slavery throughout the world – and even scarier – 13 million children.
Human trafficking is an illegal, underground business that takes on many forms, mostly involving sex and work for little to no pay.
This past weekend, the Chapel, an Akron-based Christian church, hosted "Stop the Trafficking," a conference that highlighted the horrifying facts and statistics on the reality of this mind-boggling 21st century form of slavery. It also offered the hope of how you and I can take steps to end this.
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'Man-Up' strengthens male role models
Jonathan Greer is a man on a mission. A father of two sons, Jonathan has a passion for encouraging men to be present and active in the lives of their children. Rarely will you see him without his 3-year-old son, Jonathan Jr., by his side.
Whether at an event, meeting, prayer time or work…his son spends most of his time with him – watching what his dad does and how he lives his life. "My oldest is with me all the time, he helps me set up (for events) and hangs with me," Greer said.
The Man-Up Movement is a challenge to men, to rise up higher and be the men that God has called them to be, which will in turn have a ripple effect on generations to come. "It's a ministry of the family. Our design is to help build men up to 'man-up' to what they were designed to be and what they were destined to do," said Greer.
City takes neighborhood focus with recent appointment
Do you have a noise complaint, zoning question, block club matter or other neighborhood question? The city of Akron has a plan for that, as it has put into motion the creation of its first new department in nearly 50 years. The Neighborhood Assistance Department was created by Mayor Don Plusquellic with hopes that it will significantly enhance the city’s neighborhood oriented services and keep neighborhoods safe, secure and clean.
Akron Deputy Service Director John Valle took on the new title as Director of Neighborhood Assistance, overseeing the project. Valle, a member of the mayor's cabinet, said he plans to tackle issues and concerns in the community to improve neighborhoods and the city as a whole.
Residents who need assistance with any neighborhood questions, issues, complaints or concerns are encouraged to speak with Valle, whether it be during his visits to community centers, over the phone, over email or at his office.
'Black Widow' comes to Akron for National Hamburger Eating Contest
Looking at the petite, 100-pound, Asian “Black Widow,” one would never assume she could do so much damage when it comes to eating. But don’t judge this book by her cover.
At just 5-foot, 5 inches, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas has taken the world by storm with her unassuming ability to devour food, landing her as the fourth ranked eater and No. 1 female eater in the world.
She and other top-ranked, major league eaters will be in Akron at Lock 3, Aug. 18 and 19 for the National Hamburger-Eating Championship at the Seventh Annual National Hamburger Festival in Akron.
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