Seminar looks at Social Security, retirement

Hudson Chamber of Commerce Network Connections will offer the free seminar "Building A Confident Retirement & Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits" Feb. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Summa Wellness Institute, 5625 Hudson Drive in Hudson.

The presenter is J. Michael Agan, regional director for Ameriprise Financial. The presentation will be hosted by Ameriprise Financial, Dexter L. James.

Space is limited. Call Peggy Norris at 330-650-2550 to make reservations by Feb. 1.

This is an educational seminar. There is no cost or obligation, and hors d' oeuvres will be provided.

Book Club in a Bar meets in Kent

The Learned Owl Book Shop's Book Club in a Bar will meet at the Bistro on Main, 1313 West Main St. in Kent, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. to discuss "Whose Body?" by Dorothy L. Sayers. The 1923 English murder mystery introduces gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.

Book Club in a Bar is a (very) casual book group that meets at a local watering hole every month. Feel free to drop in. There are no rules for this group, just fun. For more information, visit the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., or call 330-653-2252.

Hudson attorney

receives several honors

Longtime Hudson resident and attorney Jeffrey W. Van Wagner has received several prestigious distinctions for 2013.

For the seventh year in a row he was awarded 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers status. In addition, Ohio Super Lawyers designated Van Wagner a 2013 Ohio Top 100 attorney and a Cleveland Top 50 attorney, his second year in a row on both lists. Further, he is included in the 2013 The Best Lawyers in America, 19th Edition, in two practice areas; Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice Law. He has long held the status of an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated attorney.

Van Wagner devotes his professional practice to the defense of physicians, acute and long term care facilities and physician practice groups in claims of professional liability. He is a shareholder with the Cleveland law firm Bonezzi Switzer Murphy Polito & Hupp Co. LPA.

Jo-Ann collects for hurricane victims

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will collect monetary donations through Feb. 1 to benefit the American Red Cross - 2012 Hurricane and Other Related Storm Fund. Collection boxes will be at the registers in every Jo-Ann store across the country. Jo-Ann in Hudson is at 5555 Darrow Road. For more information, visit