Regional Roundup: April 24 to April 30, 2014

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In Regional Roundup, we've gathered the top stories from each of our eight weekly newspapers every Thursday. Here are the regional stories you don't want to miss from April 24 to April 30, 2014.

Aurora
Aurorans will go to polls May 6; issues, candidates on the ballot

Aurora residents will have three issues and a handful of candidate races to vote on at the May 6 primary election, when precincts will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Two issues pertaining just to Aurora will appear on the ballot.

Cuyahoga Falls
Summit County Health officials recommend relocation of one kindergarten class at Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Based on preliminary results from soil and indoor air sample testing at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Summit County Public Health is recommending the temporary relocation of a kindergarten class and the improvement of the HVAC system to enhance ventilation at the Lillis Drive building.

The Ohio EPA spent this past week collecting samples both inside and outside of the building while students and staff were on spring break. Officials are attempting to determine whether chemicals in the groundwater under the neighboring Portage Crossing site are affecting the school building and community center.

Hudson
Price tag to remove graffiti on railroad bridges at least $12,000

It only cost vandals a couple of dollars for a can of spray paint, but the city will have to pay at least $12,000 to remove the graffiti on downtown railroad bridges.

During the April 22 Council workshop, members asked about appropriations of $20,000 for painting the downtown railroad bridges to cover the graffiti and $4,000 for the Norfolk Southern Railroad permits and fees related to the painting.

Stow
Mayor's law director appointment approved

City Council unanimously approved Mayor Sara Drew's appointment of Deputy Law Director Amber Zibritosky to replace Law Director Brian Reali April 24. Reali has resigned and was serving at his last meeting in the post before taking on his new role as Beachwood's law director.

Beachwood City Council approved his appointment April 21. He lives in Stow and has served as Stow's law director since his election to his first term in 2008 and Zibritosky will complete his unexpired second term, which ends Jan. 2, 2016.

Tallmadge
Tallmadge police call Geneva Avenue structure fire 'suspicious'

A fire which broke out in a Geneva Avenue structure April 27 has been determined to be suspicious by the Tallmadge Police Department.

According to Tallmadge Police Lt. Ron Williams, Tallmadge firefighters battled the blaze at 390 Geneva Ave. at about 1:45 p.m. with assistance provided by Akron and Munroe Falls fire departments.

Nordonia Hills
(Video) Local first-grader finds 'Heaven' in Hollywood film

Connor Corum is no typical 6-year­­-old boy: He was picked out of a nationwide search to be the central character in the TriStar Pictures film Heaven is for Real, which opened in theatres nationwide on April 16.

Connor, a local first-grader, stars alongside Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winner actor Greg Kinnear.

Streetsboro
Streetsboro High School principal Rauschkolb plans to leave for Colorado school

Streetsboro High School Principal Eric Rauschkolb plans to take a position as principal at Niwot High School in Niwot, Colo. next year.

"I've always harbored a desire to get to Colorado at some point in my career," said Rauschkolb, who's headed Streetsboro High School since the 2010-11 school year. He said he's has family in Colorado and has always enjoyed visiting on skiing vacations.

Twinsburg
Mark Kalina Jr. of Twinsburg starts charity foundation for fellow amputees

More than a year after losing his legs during a tragic train accident, Mark Kalina, Jr. is walking strong with new purpose, dedicating himself to using his harrowing experience to help others.

The 2008 Twinsburg High School graduate was studying civil engineering at Ohio State University and walking home from class on Oct. 12, 2012, when he crossed railroad tracks on his way home and got caught under an active train.

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