Dr. Bob's Way

5/20/2010 - West Side Leader

By Stephanie Kist

A section of a North Akron street will be designated Dr. Bob’s Way to commemorate the 75th anniversary this year of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in Akron.

Olive Street, between North Main and North Howard streets, will receive the honorary designation after Akron City Council approved the measure at its May 17 meeting. Dr. Bob’s Way runs near St. Thomas Hospital, where Sister Mary Ignatia and Dr. Bob Smith established the first specialty unit to treat alcoholism as a medical condition in the late 1930s.

Smith and Bill Wilson, with help from Henrietta Seiberling and Anne Smith, founded AA in 1935 after a discussion on Mother’s Day at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in West Akron. Every year, thousands of pilgrims come to Akron to pay tribute to “Dr. Bob” and “Bill W.” during Founders Day weekend.

Akron Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth noted Olive Street is not being officially renamed because of the several dozen physicians who use Olive Street as their mailing address. He said there will be signs, however, designating the street as Dr. Bob’s Way.

In other business, Council approved a mutual aid agreement with the city of Tallmadge. According to Akron Police officials, the agreement will help both cities’ police departments enforce an area along the Akron-Tallmadge border, between Brittain and Thomas roads.

Council also approved the issuance and sale of up to $35.8 million in notes to retire notes issued to pay the costs of various capital improvements in the city.

The next Akron City Council meeting will take place May 24 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. in Downtown Akron. Committee meetings are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.

From the Thursday, May 20, 2010 Akron Ohio News©

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