Local news briefs — Nov. 13

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Block watch

AKRON: The Downtown Akron Partnership will hold a block watch meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday on the fourth floor of Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St.

Akron Detectives Debbie Lovelace and Joe Smith of the Financial Crimes Unit will discuss how people can protect themselves from financial fraud, including forgery, embezzling, identity theft, cyber fraud, counterfeit cash/checks and theft by deception.

Capt. Daniel Zampelli will give an update on the use of video to catch criminals and will provide attendees the opportunity to sign up for Nixle, a communication service that will keep them instantly informed of neighborhood-level public safety information from the police department. Information can be transmitted via email or text messages.

Parking is available in the Greystone lot south of the building and across High Street in the CitiCenter deck.


Paper tally

AKRON: A total of 126,700 pounds of paper was shredded in 2012 collections organized by the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority.

The information was distributed on Tuesday to the authority’s governing board.

The agency conducted six collections by Richfield-based All Ohio Secure Shred in Akron, Stow, Fairlawn, Green, Macedonia and Barberton.

That total is 10,000 pounds more than 2011, when five collections were held.

The 2012 collections attracted 2,033 participants, about 300 more than 2011.

Meet Santa

COPLEY TWP.: Graf Growers will host its annual free photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 25 and Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9.

Families and children will be offered a one-on-one experience with Santa in a poinsettia-filled greenhouse.

In addition to visiting with Santa, there will be a free ornament craft station and hot cocoa bar.

Donations will also be accepted to benefit the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

Graf Growers is at 1015 White Pond Dr.

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