|Demolition began on the 1909 GE building this week.|
GE paid for the demolition and will retain ownership of the property in hopes to be able to market the land for new development.
Park & Recreation Gears Up: On Tuesday, the Youngstown City Council Park & Recreation committee met with department officials to discuss plans for the summer. Officials are preparing programs at several city parks in which over 600 youth are expected to participate. The city is also considering purchasing a number of splash pads at various locations to help city youth with summer heat.
|Members of the city's Park & Recreation committee discuss summer plans.|
Planning Initiative Winds Down: Also, Tuesday night was the final planning meeting for neighborhood residents (recap). The citywide meeting was held at the Covelli Centre Community Room. Residents were given a final opportunity to offer input. Also, feedback was provided from previous meetings. Not surprisingly, issues related to vacant property topped the list but things such as marketing and assistance with neighborhood organizing and project planning were also included.
|YNDC's Ian Beniston answers audience member's questions.|
Downtown Sign Language: On Thursday, the fourth meeting of downtown stakeholders was held at the Youngstown Business Incubator. The group - which mostly consists of business owners - is focusing on signage as their first project. A consultant from Cleveland provided the group with an overview of how the city developed a signage strategy for different neighborhoods. The group then broke into teams and provided input on maps as to where focus should be directed.
|Downtown stakeholders provide downtown marketing input at the YBI.|
Burning Off Winter On The Mahoning: Also on Thursday, Polish Youngstown held their annual Topenie Marzanny at the B&O Station Boxcar Lounge. The tradition includes the burning and drowning of the effigy of Marzanny, the Slavic goddess of death and winter. The act is a symbol of spring's triumph over winter. Polish Youngstown members did their part by lighting this doll on fire and tossing her into the Mahoning River.
|A member of Polish Youngstown prepares the Marzanny doll for a toss in the Mahoning.|
Photo: Ken Shrilla
|Polish Youngstown monthly happy hour events feature homemade meals such as this one.|
|A father and son get in some fishing on the banks of the Mahoning at the B&O Station.|
Tressel For President?: On Friday, Jim Tressel made it official: he's applying for the presidency of Youngstown State University. Various political, business and community leaders have aggressively advocated that the board of trustees consider Tressel for the top post. Tressel has also applied for the presidency at the University of Akron. Both universities plan to select a president by July 1. YSU trustees note that every candidate will be treated fairly and evaluated based on how well they interview, what type of vision they have for the university, and how they can help it through difficult financial times.
|Jim Tressel applied for the YSU presidency on Friday. |
'Classic Restaurants Of Youngstown' Hits Shelves: The highly anticipated book, 'Classic Restaurants Of Youngstown', hit shelves this week at select locations in the Mahoning Valley. The book features notable Mahoning Valley restaurants (and stories) of past and present. On Saturday, author Tom Welsh held a reading and book signing at the Brier Hill Cultural Center. Some interesting background on the book was provided and audience members shared stories about some of their favorite spots.
|Author Tom Welsh (right) signs copies of this new book at the Brier Hill Cultural Center.|
|YBI Chief Evangelist Jim Cossler purchases the first signed copy at Youngstown Nation.|
Geocaching In The Green Cathedral: On Sunday, Mill Creek MetroParks organized an interesting and fun new public event that combines technology and the great outdoors. Geocaching is 'the real-world, outdoor treasure hunting gaming using GPS devices' such as a smart phone. At Mill Creek, folks gathered at the Newport Wetlands to receive a quick training and then headed out to find a number of hidden geocaches. Once a geocache is discovered, folks sign a logbook and choose a treasure left by the last person (while replacing it with something of equal value).
|Geocatchers discover a cache near the Newport Wetlands in Mill Creek MetroParks.|
Youngstown Caricatures: We close this roundup with a cartoon rendition of the downtown skyline. It's truly amazing what smart phones can do these days.
Notable Stories Of The Week
- ODNR: Fracking Triggered Quakes, New Permit Rules
- Youngstown Fracking Ban On Ballot For 3rd Time
- Advocates, Opponents React To New ODNR Regulations
- Study Spells Out Pluses, Minuses Of Shale Drilling
- No Blast Furnaces But Steel Industry Still Strong
- Ohio Gains $18.7 Billion In Shale Investment
- More Drilling Permits For Southern Utica - Not Here
- Oak Hill Collaborative Makes A Difference To Create Jobs
- State Minority Business Office Opens In Youngstown
- Youngstown To Use People Receiving Government Aid To Handle City Work
- $4.2 Million To Help Home Demolition In Youngstown, Suburbs
- Eyesores Demolished In Youngstown
- Collaboration Demolished Idora Neighborhood Nuisance House
- YNDC Officials Promise Actions On Development Plans For City
- Banner Supply Buys Mahoning County Annex
- ODOT Projects: $63.3M In Mahoning, $44.7M In Trumbull
- Nine Year Old Shooting Victim A 'Walking Miracle'
- Youngstown Program To Fight Violence Starting Early
- Mahoning Officials Defend County Employees' Raises
- Salex Tax Renewal Is Critical, County Officials Say
- Judicial Candidate Candidate's Ad Draws Ire
- Belinky Now Off Ballot; Hopeful Sammarone Fliers Derided
- Mahoning Dem Chairman Urging State Panel To Get Answers
- Ryan's Bill Seeks Nutrition Curricula In Med Schools
- Youngstown Foundation Gives $1.22 Million To 22 Organizations
- Trolley Tours A Big Hit With Mill Creek MetroParks
- Report: Riding A Bicycle Getting Safer In Youngstown
- Mahoning Visitor's Bureau Buys Ad In WSJ Magazine, Times Square
- Dunn Begins Move Out Of Pollock House
- Two More YSU Deans In Job Hunts
- Jim Tressel Seeks YSU Presidency
- Charter School Report Leads To Proposed Legislative Changes
- Compliance With Presidential Educational Order Disputed In Youngstown
- Chaney Students Compete With CO2 Cars
- 'Farm To You' Starting Pilot Program At YSU
- Garry Steps Up In QB Derby
- Released YSU Players Wanted To Return
- Former YSU Pitcher Now With Angel's Triple-A Team
- Former YSU Infielder Dosch Makes Class A Pro Debut
- Emotional Finale At Covelli For Phantoms
- Easter Egg Hunt Near St. Dom's Draws Hundreds
- Book Uncovers City's Restaurant History
- Event Brings Back Favorite Valley Foods From Homes, Restaurants
- Gift To Name YSU Art Gallery
- Butler Hosts New Exhibit
- Preservationist Completes Work In Arms Family Museum Dining Room
- Stas Kmic Returning To Ballet Western Reserve
- Oakland Season Resumes With 'Equus'
- Youngstown Students Learn Polish Egg Coloring
- Valley Resident Lands Role On Cosner's Team
- Ohio Craft Beer Event: 2014 Youngstown Beer Fest