State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 14

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

James led a successful campaign to pass a 7.9-mill school levy in November. The levy, which was approved with nearly 60 percent of the vote, will raise $19.2 million annually. The district had projected a $4.7 million deficit at the end of this fiscal year and $27 million by the end of fiscal 2014.

Akron schools made $19 million in cuts in May, which included 84 teacher layoffs, a reduction of hours for school custodians and the elimination of elementary school band and orchestra programs and middle school sports.

James became superintendent of Ohio’s fifth-largest school district in August 2008. During his tenure, James has led the district through a school building program and the opening of a STEM school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math.

James joined the Akron schools in 1992. He is a 1980 graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Cleveland State University in 1991 and a master’s degree in public administration from CSU in 1997.

In 2007 he received the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Education. James is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Akron program. He lives in Akron with his wife. His two children attend Akron Public Schools.

 

 

Details:

Speaker: David James, Akron Public Schools superintendent.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. Program follows.

Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Feb. 11.

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

 

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State of the County address March 27

Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual State of the County address Wednesday, March 27, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. There will be an opportunity for questions following the speech.

The Akron Press Club sponsors this annual speech.

Pry was elected to his second four-year term as county executive in November. He has been executive since July 2007, when he was selected to complete the term of retiring Executive James McCarthy.

Summit County’s chief executive oversees a budget of nearly $488 million. Pry was instrumental in keeping Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. world headquarters and Bridgestone Firestone North America Tire in Summit County.

A lifelong resident of Summit County, Pry holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Kent State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in 1984. Prior to becoming county executive, Russ chaired the Summit County Democratic Party for 10 years. He is a life member and past treasurer of the Mogadore Historical Society and was the chairman of the Village of Mogadore Charter Review Commission in 1990.

 

 

Details:

Speaker: Russ Pry, Summit County executive.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 27. Program follows.

Place: John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street, Akron.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations required by March 22: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc

 

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

 

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Chinese New Year dinner Feb. 22

The Akron Press Club invites you to celebrate the “Year of the Snake” with a scrumptious, bountiful feast for club members and guests.
This Press Club tradition continues at the China Gourmet Restaurant on West Market Street. Join us for cocktails and dinner on Feb. 22.

Chinese New Year Dinner Details:
Date: Friday, Feb. 22.
Time: Cocktails at 6 p.m. (cash bar), dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Place: China Gourmet Restaurant, 1971 W. Market Street (across from Ken Stewart’s Grill)
Cost: $25 per person (includes gratuity)
Reservations required: Call Ed Kalail at 330-929-3403 or ekalail1@neo.rr.com
RSVP deadline: Feb. 20.

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Deputy Mayor Lieberth to speak January 16

David Lieberth will speak at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center, about “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Local Government.”  There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Lieberth retired in December as Akron’s deputy mayor after 10 years. He also has been a journalist, practicing lawyer, master of ceremonies and served on nonprofit boards.

Lieberth is credited with turning the Lock 3 and Lock 4 parks into big draws for hundreds of thousands of people attending downtown concerts and other events.

He began his career in the late 1960s reporting for WHLO radio, where he became news director. He graduated from law school, started his own firm and after years as a domestic relations lawyer and mediator, he became Mayor Don Plusquellic’s chief of staff in 2002.

Downtown transformation was his top priority. He told the Beacon Journal that, at the time, “Downtown was a mess…. There was nothing happening. It felt unsafe. There was nothing to bring people downtown.”

Lieberth is known for his long workdays, his aggressive style and his passion for Akron.

He now is president of the Lieberth Consulting Group, and planning to write a book about Akron’s development.

 

Details:

Speaker: David Lieberth, retired Akron deputy mayor, lawyer and newsman.

Time: Jan. 16; Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Program follows.

Place: Martin Center, University of Akron, 105 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44325.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc

Reservation deadline: 11 a.m. Jan. 14.

 

 

 

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information

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PolitiFact program available on video

If you missed PolitiFact Ohio editor Robert Higgs at the Akron Press Club Nov. 29, you can see the complete program by going here

Thanks to AkronBuzz for the video. You can like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/akronbuzz

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Book sale Nov. 3

The Akron Press Club annual book sale will be Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron. Free parking is available.
Most of the items are priced very reasonably and include terrific books, CDs and videos.
Proceeds from the sale help underwrite scholarships for local journalism, public relations and communications students.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Ohio PolitiFact editor will speak Nov. 29

Robert Higgs, PolitiFact Ohio editor and deputy metro editor of the Plain Dealer, will speak Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Akron Press Club at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

This luncheon program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters for the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

PolitiFact is the fact-checking project of the Plain Dealer in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times. It has used its “Truth-O-Meter” to rate claims made in political ads, speeches and debates. In the politically charged atmosphere of Ohio this year, it  played a crucial role in examining claims made by candidates for president and both houses of Congress.  PolitiFact found that claims directly from candidates tend to be true more than those from special-interest groups, PACS and political-party campaign wings.

Higgs joined Plain Dealer in 1995 has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a law degree from the  University of Akron.

 

Details

Speaker: PolitiFact Ohio Editor Robert Higgs.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Program follows.

Place:  Martin Center, University of Akron, 105 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44325.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, or email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to  http://www.cmoresearch.com/apc?src=1

Reservation deadline: 11 a.m. Nov. 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Political panel video

A video of the Sept. 13 political panel discussion is available. The lively discussion by Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, and longtime political consultants Gerald Austin and Mark Weaver looked a a number of political trends in Ohio going into the November election.

To view the video, go to http://www.akronbuzz.com/akron-press-political-sept2012.php

 

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Oct. 11 lunch canceled

The lunch scheduled for Oct. 11 has been canceled. We regret any inconvenience that this cancellation may have caused.

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NPR president to speak Sept. 27

Gary E. Knell, the president and CEO of National Public Radio, will speak to the Akron Press Club luncheon on Sept. 27. His topic is the role of public media in a democracy.

This event will be held Kent State University.

Since 2011, Knell has overseen NPR’s worldwide media operations, including its partnerships with WKSU and 900 other public radio stations. The network operates dozens of bureaus around the country and the world, and serves some 26 million on-air listeners a month and 23 million on-line.

Before joining NPR, Knell was CEO of the Sesame Workshop for 12 years and helped focus the organization on its worldwide mission. That included creating co-productions in South Africa, India, Northern Ireland and Egypt. He also was managing director of a multimedia publishing company in Hong Kong and Singapore, general counsel to WNET in New York and counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Knell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

Details:

Speaker: NPR President Gary E. Knell.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Program follows.

Place:  Note that this lunch will be held at the Kent State University Student Center Ballroom balcony, 1075 Risman Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

Cost: $15 for Press Club and WKSU members, $20 for non-members, parking will be validated.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to  www.cmoresearch.com/apc.

Reservation deadline: 11 a.m. Sept. 25.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

 

 

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