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Published: January 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Friends of Hudson Parks hosts annual meeting Jan. 26

The Friends of Hudson Parks are inviting prospective members and other interested parties to attend their 2017 annual meeting and banquet. This year the event will be at the Ellsworth Meadows Clubhouse, 1101 Barlow Road, on Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

In addition to dinner and networking with new and existing members, the evening will feature a review of 2016 highlights and goals for 2017. Interested individuals are requested to RSVP to Becky Mooney at friendsofhudsonparks@gmail.com by Jan. 23.

Friends of Hudson Parks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which actively supports the mission of the Hudson Parks through volunteerism, advocacy, promotion and fund raising. The group's activities are made possible in part through the "Best Friends" annual sponsorship by Hudson Preschool Parents.

Ward 3 open

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forum Jan. 30

Stop by and chat with Councilman Alex Kelemen at the Ward 3 Open Forum on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Barlow Community Center. Ask questions and learn more about what's happening in Hudson government.

Ice rink moved to Veterans Way

The ice skating rink previously located at Hudson Springs Park has been moved to the Veterans Way Park pond. The rink was relocated so it would be closer to downtown Hudson with heated restrooms nearby, more parking, and more room to skate. The pond is a better alternative to the previously used portable ice rink which required a costly liner that had to be replaced each year.

The rink is not open yet due to the extreme fluctuations in temperature not allowing the rink to freeze thoroughly. Stay tuned for opening announcements when we have more steady low temperatures.

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Farinacci Pizza

hosting 3rd

annual Super Bowl

Sunday fundraiser

Farinacci Pizza in Hudson is normally closed on Sundays, but on Feb. 5 they will be open to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday and raise money for a great cause. All gross sales will be donated to the Student Assistance Endowment Fund through the Hudson Community Foundation.

The Student Assistance Endowment Fund is an endowment at the Hudson Community Foundation that provides funds each year to the Hudson Public Schools in order to help children facing financial hardship. The needs are discreetly identified by teachers and principals. In the past, funds have provided for field trips, school fees and summer school classes to these children.

Students and staff will donate their time for this event.

So enjoy the Super Bowl, support Hudson students in need and eat award-winning pizza. People can order the day of the game between 3 to 5:30 p.m. or pre-order (preferred) any day before Feb. 5 by calling Farinacci Pizza Hudson at 330-655-5222.

Jury Scam

Advisory to Summit County Residents

SUMMIT COUNTY --Summit County Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge Amy Corrigall Jones announced residents should be aware of a jury scam occurring in Summit County.

The court is issuing this advisory to warn citizens of an on-going jury scam in which residents are receiving telephone calls from individuals representing themselves as law enforcement and requesting payment or personal information. The caller refers to some type of discrepancy in regard to jury service and then demands payment to clear up the matter.

Law enforcement will not initiate telephone communication with residents about jury duty nor require payment over the phone in regard to jury service.

Citizens are encouraged to protect themselves from becoming a victim of this scam. Summit County residents receiving a call regarding jury duty should never provide financial information, including bank account information and credit card numbers. If you receive such a phone call, it is recommended that you make a note of any caller identification information you can gather and then contact local law enforcement.

If you have already provided confidential information to someone who identified himself or herself as a representative of law enforcement, you should take the necessary steps to protect your identity.

Summit County prosecutor warns of payday loan scam

A new scam is occurring in the area, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a Jan. 17 news release.

"This time scammers are using payday loans to get your money," Bevan Walsh said in the release.

The scam starts as many do, with a phone call, according to the release. The caller claims to represent payday loan companies and collection agencies. They use information from legitimate loan applications to trick their victim into believing the call is real. But then things quickly change as the caller demands payment by threatening that the victim will be arrested. Many times the scammer even threatens to have someone come to the victim's work to intimidate them.

Failing to pay a loan is never punishable by arrest, Bevan Walsh said. Scammers are trying to use intimidation to trick their victims into giving them money.

A few tips to help protect your money:

° If a scammer calls or approaches you using this scam, contact local law enforcement and file a complaint with the NCL's Fraud Center at www.fraud.org

° By stealing your personal information, scammers have also committed identity theft.

° Be wary when applying for payday loans via the internet.

° Ask for written proof of the debt in question.

° Scammers often claim to represent official agencies or institutions. If you receive a call like this, hang up and call the organization in question directly.

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