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  Ohev Tzedek-Rodef Sholom Temples Will Merge Nov. 1  
  October 21, 2021 Edition  
     Ohev Tzedek Temple on Glenwood Ave. in Boardman will merge with Rodef Sholom Temple in Youngstown. Mark Huberman, president of Ohev Tzedek, confirmed this week.
      Nancy Burnett, president of Rodef Sholom said she was “approached by the president of Ohev Tzedek asking if we could find a path to merging our two congregations. An initial committee of six persons (Elliot Legow, Dick Shapiro, and me representing Rodef Sholom; Mark Huberman, Booker Kessler, and Sam A Roth representing Ohev Tzedek). Our proposed newly formed congregation will be housed in our historic synagogue on Elm Street and will be led by a Reform Rabbi. We will hold Reform services on Friday evenings and Conservative services on Saturday mornings.”
      The new, merged congregation will be known a Congregation Ohev Beth Sholom, a name chosen to be inclusive of all three congregations---Rodef Sholom, Ohev Tzedek, and Temple Beth Israel, the Sharon Temple with whom Rodef Sholom merged seven years ago.
      “Although the name will change, our mission and footprint in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys remains the same,” Burnett said.
      The Board of Directors of Ohev Tzedek deems it to be in the best interest of Ohev Tzedek to carry out a statutory merger with Rodef Sholom, a proposed merger agreement says, noting the merger will become effective Nov. 1.
      Huberman told The Boardman News theat Saturday services will continue to be held at Ohev Tzedek, at least until next spring, unless the site of the Boardman temple is sold before then.
  ACH Groundbreaking For Emergency Dept. Additions  
  October 21, 2021 Edition  
     Akron Children’s Hospital broke ground on a $31 million construction project at its Boardman campus on Market St. last week.
      The ACH/Boardman campus will expand its emergency department from 9,600 square feet to 34,700 square feet when construction is completed. When completed, the capital improvements will provide the hospital with six additional treatment rooms, bringing the total to 23. There will also be two, new behavioral health needs-based treatment rooms, as well as a second triage room.
      The ACH/Boardman campus received a $1 million gift from Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream chairman, Lenny Fisher, to help fund the work. The hospital will rename Building A on its campus in honor of Fisher.
      The hospital expects construction to be completed in spring 2023.
      “I am pleased to support such an important initiative in the Mahoning Valley,” Fisher said, adding “The health of our children is so important, especially in today’s climate. And providing support for the emergency department, which has seen explosive growth, is a way that we can help impact the community for generations to come.”
      Since the opening of the Beeghly campus in December, 2008 there have been over 348,000 visits to the hospital’s emergency department.
      The current facility has the capacity to see 80 patients per day, but the department regularly cares for well above that almost daily.
      “The need to expand this department is critical,” said Grace Wakulchik, ACH president and CEO.
      “Our expanded emergency department is a major investment in the Mahoning Valley community and continues to build on the commitment we began when we opened the campus in 2008,” said Paul Olivier, vice president of ACH/Mahoning Valley.
  Friends Of Fido Fundraiser Set For Nov. 13 At Davidson’s  
  October 21, 2021 Edition  
     In the last 10 years, Friends of Fido has helped close to 1,500 Mahoning County Dog Pound dogs, paying more than $608,000 in vet bills.
      The non-profit group plans a big 10-year anniversary fundraiser Nov. 13 to help continue that work.
      FoF started in 2011 when volunteers who walk the pound pups wanted to do more to help the dogs that came in sick or injured.
      “The Mahoning Dog Warden is a government agency and its funding is limited,” said Shirley Tkalec, Friends of Fido president. “But so many of the dogs that end up here come in sick or injured, many severely. Our group started to help those poor dogs—to help them get healthy and to hopefully help them find loving, forever homes.”
      FoF members estimate the organization takes pound pups to about 200 vet visits each year with volunteers transporting the dogs and the group footing the bills.
      The volunteer organization runs entirely on donations.
      The Nov. 13 fundraiser will be at Davidson’s Restaurant and Tavern, and feature a huge basket raffle and 50/50 drawing. Davidson’s is at 3636 Canfield Rd., Cornersburg.
      The event, sponsored by T-Mobile, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first 75 people to buy tickets for the basket raffle will each get a $10 Davidson’s gift card, courtesy of T-Mobile.
      T-Mobile is also offering a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and company representatives will hand out 225 collapsible dog bowls to people who attend the event.
      FoF also buys treats, toys and beds for the pound dogs. Pound staff and volunteers walk the dogs and help to socialize them to increase the animals’ adoption chances.
      “Fundraisers are crucial because that’s how we pay to treat these dogs,” FoF’s president said.
      “Sadly, there’s no shortage of homeless dogs that need vet care. So far this year, we’ve taken 149 dogs to the vet, some multiple times. That’s added up to more than $85,000 just through September. The need never stops so we can’t stop either,” she added.
  Shopping Mall Pioneer DeBartolo Called Boardman Home---His Influence Spanned Across America  
  October 14, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      When newly-completed capital improvements at the Southern Park Mall are unveiled to the public during a Community Day celebration set for Sat., Oct. 23, in addition to showcasing the four-acre DeBartolo Commons, the event will memorialize American shopping mall pioneer Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., who built the mall in the late 1960s. Mr. DeBartolo made his home on Southwoods Dr. in Boardman.
      The exhibit will pay tribute to the DeBartolo-York family’s tremendous impact in the Boardman/Youngstown community, and its iconic place in the retail, real estate and professional sports worlds.
      “In addition to DeBartolo Commons, it’s been an honor to collaborate with Mrs. Denise DeBartolo-York and her team on the DeBartolo retrospective, which commemorates Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. and the family’s significant impact through storytelling that transcends decades. The exhibit features artfully executed visuals, original publications and video, hand-selected photos, articles and treasures from the family’s personal archives. We’re excited for our guests and the Boardman and broader Youngstown/Mahoning Valley community to experience their dynasty in a way their story hasn’t been told,” said Jennifer Moretti, senior vice president and chief activation officer of Washington Prime Group (WPG).
      “We placed the exhibit in the heart of the center, adjacent to DeBartolo Commons, to emphasize the importance and pay homage to the DeBartolo-York family’s legacy in the community. Southern Park Mall is a perfect place to memorialize the DeBartolo family,” Moretti added.
      “Washington Prime Group is honored to be affiliated with this great family and we are proud that Southern Park Mall will be a permanent place to share their legacy,” said Lou Conforti, CEO and director of WPG.
      “Lou Conforti and the Washington Prime Group team have brought their vision, drive and resources to solidify Southern Park Mall’s place as the social and entertainment center of Boardman,” said Denise DeBartolo York. “I am grateful my family’s legacy will live on through this exhibit.”
      Edward J. DeBartolo Sr.
      Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. grew-up in Smokey Hollow in Youngstown, Oh., and graduated from South High School in 1927. He never knew his father, Anthony Paonessa, who died before he was born. His mother, Rose, married Michael DeBartolo, a Youngstown contractor, and ‘Mr. D,’ as he became known, took Michael’s last name, and at a very early age, began working for his father’s construction business.
      It was his stepfather, Mr. DeBartolo always said, who taught him humility and how to work long hours.
      Following graduation from high school, Mr. DeBartolo went on to earn a degree in civil engineering from Notre Dame, and then served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. (While in the service, he married his wife, Marie Patricia Montani, on Dec. 18, 1943, where he had been commissioned a lieutenant at Officer’s Candidate School at Ft. Belvior, Va.)
      Legend says that ‘Mr. D’ was a very good poker player, and when he got off the boat returning to America following the World War II, many fellow servicemen owed him plenty of debts from the card games they played while traveling across the ocean.
      Less than enamored with the way city officials conducted business in Youngstown, Mr. D formed his own company, The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., in 1948 and began building strip plazas away from the city.
      Mr. D foresaw that the development of suburbia after WWII would change shopping habits. Starting with strip malls in the 1950s and then moving on to enclosed malls in the mid-1960s, he built a mall empire that became one of the industry’s top revenue producers.
      Among his early projects was the Greater Boardman Plaza, first opened in the early 1950s. He faced financial hurdles and great skepticism in building the plaza, after all, his critics claimed, who would want to go ‘all the way’ out to the suburbs to shop?
      With a ‘five and dime’ store like W.T. Grant, a grocery store, a drug store, two clothing stores and a hardware store among its tenants, the Boardman Plaza, as well as Mr. D’s company thrived.
      It was the plaza, and its arcade that gave Mr. D the impetus to building enclosed shopping malls.
      During Christmas, Mr. DeBartolo held a community event at the Boardman Plaza arcade. Santa Claus would appear from behind the building, hoisted atop the arcade portion of the plaza by a Boardman Fire Department truck.
      Cookies and hot chocolate would be provided to patrons who gathered inside the arcade during Santa’s arrival, and Mr. DeBartolo began considering construction of an enclosed shopping center, where people could not only shop, but gather for community events, eat, and not worry about the weather.
      The suburban shopping plaza, or strip centers as they were sometimes called, indeed did change the shopping habits of Americans.
      Within ten years, the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. moved from its south-side Youngstown headquarters into new general offices at 7620 Market St., at the intersection of Southwoods Dr. in Boardman.
      Among the many projects the firm completed during its first decade, in addition to the Boardman Plaza, were the Mahoning Shopping Plaza on the far west side of Youngstown; North Hills Village Shopping Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., the Hickory Plaza, Sharon, Pa.; Norton Village, Barberton, Oh.; Midway Plaza, Akron, Oh., Loblaw’s Division Office and Warehouse, the Akron-area office of the Ohio Bell Telephone Co., and Century Foods headquarters, on Meridian Rd. in Youngstown.
      At the time, the growth and success of the DeBartolo Corp. also led to growth and success of its suppliers, that locally included Master’s Office Furniture, Roth Brothers Heating and Cooling, The Boardman Supply Co., Antonucci Electric Co. and Parella Construction, to name a few.
      “Continuing changes to the shopping habits have revolutionized retail,” Mr. D. told The Boardman News in 1969, adding “this growth and development gave birth to the mall.”
      While construction was still on-going, Mr. DeBartolo opened the first store at Southern Park to the public in Aug., 1969. That was Sears. Among the earliest businesses at Southern Park were JCPenney, Livingston’s, Gray Drugs, and Lustig’s Shoe Store and Strouus’.
      An added feature was a restaurant perched on top of the mall called The Terrace Room.
      When Southern Park opened, the Boardman-based Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. operated 13 malls with 20 more under construction.
      “Today’s shopping malls are as extravagant as his strip centers were conservative,” one observer said at the time.
      About two decades later, the DeBartolo Corp. developments stretched across America, as a company press release said “Nearly one-half billion people were serviced by DeBartolo entities.”
      In 1986 alone, The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. cited its involvement in projects in California, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Texas in creating over 5,500 new jobs with the new development, or renovation work.
      A year later, The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. owned and/or managed more than 100 shopping and entertainment sites in America, (including what was once the world’s largest shopping mall, Randall Park, near Cleveland), overseeing more than 100 million square-feet of retail space in its portfolio.
      As Mr. DeBartolo observed at the time, “We strive to set the standards of excellence in the retail industry by which all other are judged. Each project represents a long-term commitment to service the needs of our shoppers, as well as tenants.”
      Enjoying success in retail and real estate also brought Mr. D into the world of sports.
      In 1977, he led the purchase of majority stock in the San Francisco 49ers and under his son, Ed Jr., the Niners became known as “The Team of the 80s,” and were the first NFL team to win five Super Bowl titles.
      The Niners are now owned and operated by his daughter, Denise, and her husband Dr. John York, and their children, Jed, Jenna and Mara.
      From 1959-1999 Thistledown Race Track was operated by the DeBartolo Corp. In 1999, the track was sold to Magna Entertainment Corp.
      Mr. D also developed Remington Downs in Oklahoma. When first opened, it was the first horse racing track in America where horses ran on an artificial dirt track.
      Mr. D and his family also owned the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League from February, 1977 until selling it to an ownership group led by Howard Baldwin in November, 1991. His team would win the Stanley Cup in 1991. He name was engraved onto the Stanley Cup along with his daughter, Denise DeBartolo York, who served as president of the hockey team.
      Mr. D said at a rally after the first Stanley Cup win that the occasion was “possibly the happiest moment of my life.”
      He also owned the soccer team Pittsburgh Spirit from 1978 until 1986.
      Success in business and sports also led to a major role in philanthropy.
      For example, Mr. D played a major role in renovations at his church, St. Charles, in Boardman.
      He was a major contributor to Youngstown State University and in 1984 was the recipient of the university’s Distinguished Citizen Award.
      In May, 1989, Mr. D announced what was then the largest gift ever in higher education, $33 million, to the University of Notre Dame that created a $16 million Edward J. DeBartolo classroom facility, and a $14 million Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, in honor of his wife.
      More legendary, on the local level, are Mr. D’s contributions that more than often went unnoticed, like support for the Mill Creek Children’s Center. Typical was a gift to Austintown Little League. When approached to help support development of baseball fields, Mr. D graciously offered to pay for everything.
      Similarly, when Boardman Little League had some safety and funding issues, his son-in-law, John York, provided a gift to help make the Fields of Dreams on McClurg Rd. as safe as possible.
      Mr. D’s daughter, Denise, has continued a tradition begun by her father, by memorializing his interest in higher education with the annual Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Memorial Scholarships. Over more than two decades, more than $1.5 million in college scholarships have been awarded.
      When Boardman High School’s Center for the Performing Arts was dedicated at the turn of the century, it was a major contribution from Denise DeBartolo-York that provided funding for special concert given by BHS graduate Maureen McGovern that celebrated the opening of the facility. Among many local, charitable causes Denise supports are the Rescue Mission, Akron Children’s Hospital/Mahoning Valley, Beatitude House, Youngstown Neighborhood Development and Angels for Animals,
      Now living in Tampa, Fla, Mr. D’s son Ed Jr., and his wife, Candy, recently contributed $2.5 million to Tampa General Hospital in its fight to treat COVID-19 coronavirus patients.
      Locally, Cardinal Mooney High School on Erie St. in Youngstown has been remodeled thanks to gifts of $5 million each from Denise and Ed Jr.
      “Through my friendship with the DeBartolo-York family, I can tell you that they are defined by their generosity, loyalty and commitment to their community,” WPG CEO Conforti said.
      The legend begun through the work-ethic and unstoppable will and determination of Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. will now be on permanent display at the Southern Park Mall in his hometown of Boardman, Ohio.
      Mr. D died Dec. 19, 1994.
      Among the many accolades given to Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. was the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award) in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan in recognition of his “significant endeavors and contributions” in the United States.
      Mr. D would frequently say “Foresight and imagination are the the future, hard work and determination will open the door.”
      PICTURED: Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 1909-1994
      “I took chances a million miles out. I no
      longer have qualms taking chances.”
      The above quotation graces the owner’s suite
      at Levi Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
  Oct. 23 Community Day Will Celebrate Renovations At The Southern Park Mall  
  DeBartolo Commons Will Be Showcased:   October 14, 2021 Edition  
     A Community Day celebration, free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 to showcase the grand opening of the DeBartolo Commons four-acre, athletic and entertainment green space and event venue for the benefit of Southern Park Mall’s guests, tenants, and community neighbors and partners. DeBartolo Commons is a major portion of some $30 million in capital improvements begun at the Southern Park two years ago.
      In addition, Community Day will celebrate the addition later this year of several local tenants including The Bunker, Double Bogey’s Bar & Grill, and Steel Valley Brew Works, each of which will overlook and connect to DeBartolo Commons, collectively forming a go-to outdoor gathering space and place of connection and fellowship within the community.
      Community Day, from noon to 8 p.m., will also feature live music, crafts, food trucks and kids’ activities.
      “The transformation at Southern Park Mall, that observed its 50th anniversary in 2020, will strengthen its position as the hub of retail, dining and entertainment in the area,” said Lou Conforti, CEO and director of Washington Prime Group (WPG), that owns the mall. WPG has worked with the Boardman community and existing tenants throughout the two-year redevelopment project, that was made possible with the support of the staff and elected officials serving Boardman Township, the Boardman Local Schools, Mahoning County Commissioners and the Western Reserve Port Authority. “In addition, WPG is proud to partner in executing the Southern Park Mall project with local tradespeople affiliated with Ironworkers Local 207, LIUNA Local 125, Roofers Local 71, Carpenters Local 171, Concrete Finishers Local 179, Electrical Workers Local 64, Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, Operating Engineers Local 66, Painters 476, Electricians 573, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 396, and Cement Masons & Plasterers Local 179,” said Matthew Jurkowitz, vice president of development.
      Southern Park Mall was built by the Boardman-based Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. and first opened in 1970 with three anchor stores--- JCPenney, Strouss’ and Sears Roebuck. A unique feature was Cherry’s Top of the Mall restaurant that was located above the Strouss’ Department store.
      The redesign of the town center is the third, major renovation of the facility, including 1997 improvements completed by the Simon Corp., that acquired DeBartolo interests in the site in the late 1990s.
  October 14, 2021 Edition  
      The ABC Water and Storm Water District intends to contract for asbestos assessment services which are required before the demolition of Market Street Elementary School located at 5555 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio 44512. Statements of qualifications should include information regarding the firm’s history, education and experience of owners and key technical personnel, the technical expertise of the firm’s current staff, the firm’s experience in performing similar work, availability of staff, the firm’s equipment and facilities as well as the laboratory that will be used, current Ohio abatement specialist or evaluation specialist license(s), references; any previous work performed for the Board of Boardman Township Trustees, and/or ABC Water and Storm Water District.
      Statements of qualifications should be transmitted by 3:00 PM, November 5, 2021 to:
      ABC Water and Storm Water District
      P.O. Box 3554
      Boardman, Ohio 44512
      or hand delivered to:
      Boardman Township Government Center
      8299 Market Street
      Boardman, Ohio 44512
      Attn: Jason Loree
      As required by Ohio Revised Code Section(s) 153.64-71, responding firms will be evaluated and ranked in order of qualifications. The project description is as follows:
      Asbestos Assessment Report: ABC Water and Storm Water District has acquired the Market Street Elementary School located at 5555 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio 44512. The school will be demolished in order to build a storm water facility that includes daylighting a tributary of Cranberry Run. The current AHERA report for the school building lists suspected asbestos containing material but shows no evidence of sampling of plaster, roofing materials, caulking, etc. The successful firm will be required to sample material, provide sample testing and provide guidance regarding abatement of same.
      The Statement of Qualifications must be submitted in the following format:
       •List of similar projects, with references. (2 page max.).
       •List of Sub-consultants, if any (1 page max.).
       •List of Project Manager and other key members (2 page max.).
       •Description of Capacity of Staff and their ability to perform work in a timely manner (1 page max.).
       •Description of Project Approach, (2 page max.)
      With Cover Letter, the submittal must be a maximum of only nine (9) pages, using 8 ½” x 11” single sided paper with a 12 point font and minimum 1” margins. Bind each submittal with a single staple in upper left corner only. Please provide seven (7) copies.
  October 14, 2021 Edition  
      The ABC Water and Storm Water District intends to contract for profession design services for a stream daylighting and restoration project with in the Cranberry Run Watershed in Boardman Township. The project is located on the former Market Street Elementary School property, 5555 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio 44512. The project includes daylighting the captured stream, stream restoration, relocating a sanitary sewer and landscaping. Firms interested in being considered to provide design services should reply with a statement of qualifications no later than 3:00 PM on November 5, 2021. Statements received after this deadline will not be considered.
      Statements of qualifications should include information regarding the firm’s history, education and experience of owners and key technical personnel, the technical expertise of the firm’s current staff, the firm’s equipment and facilities, references; and any previous work performed for ABC Water and Storm Water District, the Board of Boardman Township Trustees, or other Mahoning County Governmental Agencies or experience with stream restoration, working with Clean Ohio, ODNR, WPCLF, and other grant funding. Firms may submit one (1) copy of the Statement of Qualifications.
      Statements of qualifications should be transmitted to:
      P.O. Box 3554,
      BOARDMAN, OH., 44512
      or hand delivered to:
      8299 MARKET STREET
      BOARDMAN, OHIO 44512
  Three Serious Accidents At Intersection Since 2014 Factor In ODOT Decision To Spend $1.5 Million To Close Roadway  
  Trustees, Residents To Oppose Project:   October 7, 2021 Edition  
     Residents of the Forest Glen neighborhood who are members of the Forest Glen Homeowners Association and the Boardman of Boardman Township Trustees agreed they will oppose proposed changes to the intersection of Market St. at Shields and Brookwood Rds.
      Meeting last week, Trustees Tom Costello, Brad Calhoun and Larry Moliterno unanimously voted to oppose the changes as proposed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
      The state agency, in part, says because there have been 76 traffic accidents at the intersection (only three with serious injury) since Jan., 2014, it wants to spend about $1.5 million to close down Brookwood Rd. at the intersection of Market St. and create a cul-de-sac there.
      ODOT says “the improvements will address high crash frequencies.”
      But the Forest Glen Homeowners Association says the proposed changes “will not directly solve the safety issues claimed by ODOT.”
      About 30 members of the association addressed Trustees last week in opposition to the project, saying it will “increase traffic significantly...especially on Forest Hill Rd., Mill Creek Dr. and Newport Dr., streets that were not designed to handle significant traffic.
      “Significant pedestrian traffic, including young children in the neighborhood, would be at greater risk of injury by vehicle.”
      ODOT says the proposed project “Will modify access for some properties on Market St. and Brookwood Rd.” and the agency would require ‘property takes’ from some properties, including Hospice of the Valley and a gas station at the intersection of Indianloa Rd. and Market St.
      “A representative from the Real Estate Department will be in contact with affected property owners beginning Jan., 2022,” ODOT said.
      In a Sept. 21 letter to ODOT, Boardman Township Administrator Jason Loree said that township officials “received numerous complaint from residents concerned about increased neighborhood traffic if Brookwood Rd. is removed from the intersection.”
      Loree said that “constructing a cul-de-sac on Brookwood Rd. will increase traffic on Boardman Township maintained roads, [including] LeMans Dr., Mill Creek Dr. and Forest Hill Rd.”
      Addressing those at the township meeting, Trustee Calhoun said “There’s a hundred reasons were are against it (the proposed changes).”
      Calhoun called for ODOT to hold a public forum on the matter, saying to the Glen residents “They need to hear from you...You have a solution that maybe they didn’t have. We can try and facilitate that.”
      He added, “A better option is to abandon the entire project.”
      Trustee Costello told Glen residents “We will partner with you. We are against it.”
      Trustee Larry Moliterno suggested “We can reach out to State Rep. Al Cutrona on this matter.”
      Two days after last week’s meeting, Administrator Loree sent another letter to ODOT noting about 30 residents of the Glen spoke in opposition to the proposed closing of thru traffic on Brookwood Rd. and the construction of a cul-de-sac.
      “The concern is that traffic will be directed into the historic Glen neighborhood,” adding The Board of Boardman Township Trustees also wants to reiterate that the township is not, and has never been in support of this project.
      “The removal of Brookwood Rd. access from the intersection at Market St. will cause delays for our police and fire safety services and will place our residents in jeopardy.
      “Boardman Township can only support a ‘no build’ option, or an option that would relocated Brookwood Rd. to the north.”
      In 1997 the Ohio Historic Preservation Office named Forest Glen Estates as an Ohio Historic District. And in 1998, the United States Department of the Interior added the neighborhood district and each of its eligible homes to the National Register of Historic Places.
      Forest Glen Estates is an early 20th century planned residential subdivision of approximately 130 acres. Development began in 1923, and installation of streets and landscaping was completed by 1931. Because the neighborhood abuts the Lake Newport area of Mill Creek Park, the Forest Glen Estates development plan followed the urban and park design initiated by renowned landscape architect Warren Manning, who was then under contract with the Mill Creek Park Board of Commissioners.
      Members of the current Forest Glen Home Owners Association wish to preserve the integrity of the neighborhood, as it was originally developed.
  School Board Sets FY 2022 Appropriations At $66 Million  
  Approves Payment In Lieu Of Transportation To Charter, Parochial Schools:   October 7, 2021 Edition  
     Meeting last week, the Boardman Board of Education adopted a Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations resolution report in the amount of $66.801 million, including a general fund budget of $49.068 million.
      According to the district’s most recent five-year forecast, some $24.972 million of the system’s budget goes to salaries, while $11.173 million is consumed in fringe benefits.
      $2.273 million of the appropriations come from Covid-related American Relief Plan funds, while food service costs for the district are set at $1.499 million. Title I funding for disadvantaged students is reported at $995,300.
      Treasurer Terry Armstrong’s report to the school board reflected the district will see changes in revenues received through unrestricted grants-in-aid.
      “As the year progresses we will see a change in this line due to the implementation of the Fair School Funding Plan.
       “Funding that was received based on Average Daily Membership (ADM) included foundation revenue for students who attended non-public, charter schools and open enrollment.
       “A major change will be that this will no longer show up in a district’s ADM thus the per pupil funding will not be shown as revenue as we will get funded for students attending Boardman Local Schools,” Armstrong said, adding “This will be a net gain for Boardman as this will be off-set by lower expenditures for those students leaving the district that under the old school funding system resulted in costs that exceeded what we received for each student.”
      Affirming a decision made in August, the school board formally adopted a resolution saying that providing transportation to students who do not attend the school system as impractical.
      “It is recommended that the Board, after examination of factors as identified in ORC 3327.02, has declared by resolution that such transportation by school conveyance is ‘impractical’ and hereby agrees to pay the parent or guardian of said pupil in lieu of providing such service. Payment shall be based upon the reimbursement rate set by the Ohio Department of Education and shall not exceed the average cost of transportation per pupil in the state of Ohio,” an agenda of the school board’s meeting said.
      In August, the school board said the policy could affect transportation to “the Center for Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities, 118 West Wood St., Youngstown, Oh., as well as Cardinal Mooney High School, the Heartland Christian School, the Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley, Summit Academy. Ursuline High School and Youngstown Community School.”
      Approved for appointment to the system’s certified staff were Gianna DeToro, Ryan Mistovich and Victoria White.
      DeToro, intern psychologist, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Youngstown State University. She will receive a salary of $26,250, paid through the School Psychologist Intern Grant.
      Mistovich will be an art teacher at Glenwood Junior High School replacing Robert Sheldone. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminister College.
      White, an intern psychologist. Ms. White earned her bachelor’s from Youngstown State University and her master’s degree from Kent State University. She will receive a salary of $26,250,paid through the School Psychologist Intern Grant.
      At the meeting, the school board accepted the following donations:
      •Glenwood Middle School Makers Activities Account: $4,500 from the Steve Bendel Ditch Diggers Memorial Fund.
       •West Blvd. Elementary Library: $50 from Mary Eicher.
       •Center Intermediate School: $100 from Beverly Muresan in honor of Jennifer Pratt.•Center Intermediate School: $25 from Anne Kravitz in honor of Jennifer Pratt.
       •Center Intermediate School: $150 from Ken and Shirley Schaab; David and Phyllis Schaab; Dr. Kevin Schaab and Julie Skalma in honor of Jennfer Pratt.
       •West Blvd. Elementary Library: $150 from Waldene and Thomas Kane in honor of Sandy Saxton and Suzie Summers.
       •Sponsorship of kindergarten signs: $1,500 from the Boardman School Fund for Educational Excellence, a subsidiary of The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.
       •Sponsorship of Yes Fest 2021 at Boardman High School: $4,000 from the Drug Education Officers of Mahoning County.
  October 7, 2021 Edition  
     The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM, go to for further information for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2021-41
      Ryan Pavlak, property owner, 572 Squirrel Hill Dr., Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective January 1, 2021, Article 6.01 Accessory Use Regulations (E) Use Specific Standards (9) Detached Accessory Buildings (b) to reduce setback from the front foundation line of the house from (30) thirty feet to (11) eleven feet. The property is further known as LOT 122 191.83 X 160 IRR HITCHCOCK WOODS PL #2, Parcel 29-101-0-107.00-0. Said property is zoned R1-A-Residential, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2021-42
      Cody McCullough, property owner, 8077 Deerpath Dr., Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective January 1, 2021, Article 6.01 Accessory Use Regulations (b) Decks (iv) to reduce the required rear property line setback from twenty five (25’) feet to fifteen (15’) feet. The property is further known as LOT 224 95 X 175 LAKE FOREST REP 4, Parcel 29-099-0-036.00-0. Said property is zoned R1-A-Residential, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2021-43
      Christine Dorsett, property owner, 121 Danbury Dr., Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective January 1, 2021, Article 6.01 Accessory use regulations (E) (20) (a) in order to raise hens on the property. The property is further known as LOT 259 60 X 162.44 IRR ALBURN RLTY CO PL 8, Parcel 29-061-0-294.00-0. Said property is zoned R1-B-Residential, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2021-44
      Haider Ali on behalf of Noureen Fatima, property owner, 428 & 438 E. Western Reserve Rd., Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a conditional use from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective January 1, 2021, Article 4.08 (D) (10) Parking lot use for adjacent property & 4.08 (D) (12) vehicle sales. The property is further known as GL 31 DIV 4, Parcel 29-037-0-006.00-0 & 29-037-0-007.00-0. Said property is zoned GB-General Business, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2021-45
      Rick Cain of Adams Signs on behalf of Ashvin Yanjik, property owner, 5953 South Ave., Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective January 1, 2021,
       •Article 12.11 Permanent Signs in Non-Residential Districts (C) Permanent Freestanding Signs (1) for a 5’1/2” pole sign, 2’1/2” taller than allowed three foot poles or supports from the adjacent grade with landscaping to screen the view of the poles;
       •Article 12.11 (C) (6) (b) for an electronic message center not on a monument signs as required;
       •Article 12.11 (7) Table 12.11.2 for sign face of 247.2 square feet per side, 47.2 square feet over the allowed 200 square feet per side;
      The property is further known as LOT 3 646.78 X 546.72 IRR REPLAT OF LOT 3 & THE REPLAT OF LOTS 7-10, Parcel 29-020-0-305.01-0. Said property is zoned GB-General Business, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio 44512 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, until time of hearing. Please call 330-726-4181 or email requests to
      Atty. John F. Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Krista D. Beniston, AICP,
      Director of Zoning and Development
  LWV Voter’s Guide Provides Insight Into Candidates For Trustee And School Board  
  September 30, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      The League of Women Voters (LWV) has released its 2021 Voter Information Guide that includes information on interest to Boardman voters, including for Boardman Township Trustee and Boardman Local School Board. The information is non-partisan and comes directly from questionnaires submitted by candidates.
      On the ballot for Trustee are incumbents Brad Calhoun and Tom Costello, opposed by Tabitha Fitz-Patrick and Joseph Pavone.
      On the ballot for Boardman Local School Board are incumbents John Fryda, John Landers and Vickie Davis, opposed by Anthony Buchmann.
      Township Trustee Race
      Calhoun, 58, has served three terms on the Board of Trustees and notes he has extensive training in labor contracts and budgeting, as well as “a working relationship with many stakeholders.”
      Costello, 71, has served for 18 years as a trustee and says that service “has prepared me for the challenges facing Boardman.
      “I am proud of my ability to work with other elected officials to build support for community improvement.”
      Citing her “qualifications for office,” Fitz-Patrick, 34, says “Micro, macro and mezzo experience with policy and program development, implementation and advocation.” She says she is a licensed social worker with five years of experience.
      Pavone, 46, did not provide the LWV a direct response to his qualifications, instead referring the query to a social media site.
      Fitz-Patrick and Pavone both sought the office of township trustee two years ago and lost.
      Each candidate for Trustee was asked by the LWV about their priorities for Boardman Township.
      Calhoun responded his priorities are sound fiscal policies, maintain strong police and fire protection, improve road and infrastructure projects, protect the integrity of neighborhoods and continue to partner with the ABC Water District to secure grants to upgrade stormwater systems.
      “I am committed to serving this community and listening to their concerns while tasking our team leaders with finding solutions, Calhoun said, adding “Together we can make Boardman Township a proud community.”
      Costello said he has four priorities, including---
       •Continue to be fiscally responsible and live within our budget;
       •Continue to completely support both our police and fire departments, keeping them adequately staffed and equipped;
       •Work to improve road and storm sewer infrastructure projects;
       •Work closely with the ABC Water District.
      “All of these priorities can only be accomplished by working cooperatively as a team, “ Costello said.
      Fitz-Patrick suggests one of her priorities as a township trustee would be the installation of central air conditioning “in all Boardman school buildings,” as well as “more financial support for our schools,” while saying another priority is “Less taxes for homeowners.”
      Fitz-Patrick’s priorities also include flooding and sewer issues (Editor’s note: sewer issues are under the province of the county engineer), creation of emergency medical services (Editor’s note: that Boardman Township already provides), more financial support for Boardman Park, installation of a sidewalk on Southern Blvd., stretching from Western Reserve Rd. to Market St (Editor’s note: Southern Blvd. does not intersect with Market St. in Boardman Township); as well as creation of community gardens and “advocating for our residents and their needs.”
      Pavone says his priority is “listening and working with the residents will come first. Take the time to listen and explore different solutions to an issue.”
      Boardman Local School Board
      Fryda, 54, has served on the Boardman Local School Board for four years; while Davis, 55, has served on the school board since 2014; and Landers, 39; is a 12-year member of the school board.
      In citing his qualifications to serve on the school board, Buchmann responds “Tradesman. I believe I will bring uniqueness to the school board, showing those not ‘designed’ for college that there are great options that pay well without the extreme debt of college.
      “I am also an American citizen, a husband and father of teenagers.”
      Fryda points out his priorities for the school district include serving all citizens, support for a safe and positive learning environment in which students, parents, teachers and administration can witness the opportunity for all students to succeed in academics, athletics, art, technology and trades in the Boardman schools.”
      He says that fiscal accountability “is vital” and believes advocating for fair school funding “that benefits the taxpayers of Boardman.”
      Davis says she will continue “to stretch taxpayer dollars past their expiration date while continuing for fight the unfairness of public school funding at the state level.”
      She adds, “The role of a school board member is also to support the community around them. I will continue to support redevelopment and renovation plans of major investors and small business owners while keeping the Boardman school system the centerpiece of the community.”
      Landers says his priorities include continue advocation for the Ohio Fair School Funding plan, continue the evolution and improvement of school district communications to the community and the utilization of technology “and other methods design,” and “implement continued growth in in-person and online learning while supporting individual pathways to learn.”
      Buchmann says “the priorities that I believe that are important are safety, transparency, accountability and trades,” as well as “zero tolerance for bullying with a much more severe consequence for the person found to have caused the issue.”
      Buchmann also calls for “being more transparent when it comes to communication with the voters, especially before major decisions are made.”
      He says “kids need to learn more real life skills such as counting money and using a check register “rather than take classes that will do absolutely nothing for them in the real world.”
  School Fund For Educational Excellence Announces Changes To Its Board of Directors  
  September 30, 2021 Edition  
     The Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence (BSFEE) announces two changes to its board of directors.
      Atty. Matthew H. Gambrel has been elected as Vice-President of BSFEE, and joins fellow officers Lynda Beichner, president; Michael Walston, treasurer; and Annie Sofran, secretary.
      A new member of the fund’s board is Kate Spires, a 2000 Boardman High School graduate who is currently employed as an architect with BSHM Architects, Inc. in Youngstown, Oh.
      The Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence is a non-profit organization that awards teachers grant monies for classroom projects that go beyond the scope of those funded by the school’s educational budget. The fund has awarded over $75,000 since the group’s inception in 2009.
  Candidates Laud The Creation Of Stormwater Park :   September 23, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      Incumbents and challengers for seats on the Boardman Township Board of Trustees and Boardman Local School Board spoke about their candidacies on Monday night before some 70 persons at the Community Center in Boardman Park. The forum was sponsored by the Boardman Civic Association.
      Incumbents seeking re-election for Township Trustee are Thomas Costello and Brad Calhoun. They are opposed by Tabitha Fitz-Patrick and Joseph Pavone, both of whom soundly lost their bids for the same office two years ago.
      Incumbents for the Boardman Local School Board seeking another four-year term are John Fryda, Vickie Davis and John Landers. Their lone challenger is Anthony Buchmann, president of the McKinley Cigar Club and who serves as an alternate on the Boardman Township Zoning Board of Appeals.
      Each candidate was limited to three minutes in touting their candidacy, followed by just a few questions, for each candidate.
      Costello and Calhoun, noting they are members of a team of elected officials that also includes Trustee Larry Moliterno and Fiscal Officer William Leicht, said they will continue to work on projects that benefit the community.
      Among those projects cited were updated zoning codes, improved ISO ratings for the Boardman Fire Department, maintenance of township roads, and appropriate staffing levels in the police and fire departments.
      Calhoun said the fire department’s insurance rating had been elevated to place the community in the top 14 per cent of all fire departments in the country.
      “We have created a tactical emergency medical service team to render aid to the police and our community during unusual conditions,” Calhoun said, noting the Boardman Fire Department answers 5,000 calls a year (mostly for EMS services).
      Both Calhoun and Costello lauded the collaborative effort between Boardman Township, the Boardman Local School Board and the ABC Water and Stormwater Utility District to demolish the vacant Market St. Elementary School and create a passive park.
      Costello, who also serves on the executive committee of the Coalition of Large Urban Townships (CLOUT) in Columbus, said he is a fiscal conservative.
      “Serving on that executive committee, we are able to share our issues and seek solutions,” Costello said.
      Costello noted maintaining appropriate staffing levels in the police and fire departments is important to the overall well-being of the community.
      Fitz-Patrick said she is a physical therapist and a licensed social worker, who favored creation of EMS services funded by township monies, and improved accountability.
      She cited her priorities as flooding issues, police and fire department funding and community credibility, and indicated she favored creating a fund of public monies to help citizens impacted by drainage issues.
      Pavone opened his remarks noting that “customer service” was his top priority.
      “I think we can get better at customer service,” Pavone said, adding he believed township meetings should be scheduled at convenient times for residents.
      Pavone told those in attendance that “flooding will never completely go away,” and said that ABC Utility District was making efforts to mitigate drainage issues.
      But, he said he believed there should be citizen participation on the board of the utility district.
      Pavone labeled tax abatements for the Southern Park Mall redevelopment as “ridiculous” and he favored charging non-residents for police and fire services.
      Safety issues, Pavone said, included speeding on Glenwood Ave., Hitchcock Rd. and Applewood Blvd.
      Each candidate for Trustee was asked to name their top, three priorities, if elected.
      Costello said his main concerns were solutions for drainage issues, continuing to seek grant monies to supplement the township budget, and continued efforts to work with other agencies.
      Calhoun offered his priorities included infrastructure projects, like road resurfacing and maintenance, drainage issues and maintaining services of the police, fire, road and zoning departments.
      Fitz-Patrick and Pavone did not offer three, top priorities.
      Fitz-Patrick indicated a top priority for her would be safer sidewalks from the Southern Blvd. area north to the Youngstown city limits, and concerns with accessibility to the police and fire departments.
      Pavone said Boardman should become a city for “better control and ability to serve residents.”
      School Board incumbents Landers and Davis each said they supported collaborating with township officials to create a stormwater park on the Market St. Elementary School property, as incumbent Fryda expressed pride in closing the school, a concept “that had been discussed for 20 years.”
      Fryda called the creation of a stormwater park “a no brainer” as the project will help families whose homes flood, and will also save the local school district some $500,000 in yearly maintenance costs for the property.
      Buchmann offered, “I’m the crazy guy. I would like to see a private company come there and build a trade school.”
      While Fryda, Davis and Landers said they did not favor open enrollment, Buchmann said he favored the concept because “It brings in extra money.”
  September 23, 2021 Edition  
     The Boardman Rotary Club will hold its 45th Oktoberfest on Sun., Oct. 3 in Boardman Park. The event, first held in 1976, is an outgrowth of Boardman Township’s Bicentennial Celebration and was first held as a ‘Community Day’ to promote fellowship in Boardman Township.
      Today, the Oktoberfest has grown into the area’s largest one day arts and crafts event, drawing vendors from five states. Visitors to this annual fall celebration also come from neighboring states and often arrive by the bus load.
      This year Oktoberfest will cling to its roots and again present a one day art, craft and entertainment event. The Oktoberfest is the largest single raiser of the Rotary Club of Boardman that uses the proceeds to support programs and efforts throughout the local area. International needs are also addressed when the Rotary Club of Boardman partners with other groups around the globe.
      Gates will open to the public on Oct. 3 at 9:00 a.m. and admission is $5/person. The event wraps-up at 5:00 p.m.
  12 Students, 2 Staffers Test Covid Positive At Boardman Local Schools  
  September 16, 2021 Edition  
      12 students and two staff members at Boardman Local Schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since Sept. 1, according to the school system. Students who tested positive include one child at Stadium Dr. Elementary School, four students at Center Intermediate School, seven students at Boardman High School and two staff members at Stadium Dr. Elementary School. In each instance, the school system said it follows contact tracing protocols of the Ohio Department of health that are “required by the Mahoning County Board of Health...Under those guidelines...our staff members are required to wear masks inside our buildings,” said Michael Zoccali, principal at Stadium Dr.; Michael Masucci, principal at Center Intermediate; and Mark Zura, principal at Boardman High School.
  Market St. Elementary School Will Be Demolished To Make Way For Creation Of Stormwater Park  
  $3 Million Project Set For Completion In 2023:   September 16, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      Meeting in a special session on Tuesday night with Boardman Township Trustees, the Boardman Local School Board transferred some 14.6 acres of land behind the now vacant Market St. Elementary School for the development of a passive community park.
      The creation of the park is directed at improving drainage issues in the Cranberry Run watershed area and is expected to impact upwards of 1,400 properties that have experienced surface water issues during heavy rainfalls for more than 90 years.
      The ABC Water and Stormwater Utility District has been studying watershed issue along Cranberry Run for three years, concluding the Market St. property is an “exceptional location” for a stormwater park.
      Development of the stormwater park is expected to be completed by 2023 at a cost of some $3 million.
      Funding for the Forest Lawn Stormwater Park will be provided through a $500,000 Ohio Capital Grant, the ABC Water and Stormwater Utility District and with support from Boardman Township and the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund and Mahoning County Commissioners, Boardman Trustee Tom Costello said.
      “Once completed, we expect the new park will be a community asset,” Trustee Brad Calhoun said, noting the project will begin with the demolition of Market St. Elementary School.
      “This project will be the first of its kind in Mahoning County and the first in the state of Ohio that has a joint partnership between a local school district and a stormwater utility district,” Trustee Larry Moliterno noted.
      Once the school building is demolished, two 60-inch storm sewers will be removed and replaced with two open stream channels that are expected to provide flood mitigation and less erosive stream velocities.
      When the park is completed, a walking path will be created and the site will include an entry plaza, boardwalk overlook of the stream (including an arbor), as well as floodplain overflow areas for added stormwater detention.
      “This project will be largest single detention project in Boardman Township to date with the capacity to hold water storage volume equivalent to one football field with 9-feet of water on top of it,” Trustee Costello said.
      “This type of project is a once in a life time opportunity will help stabilize a neighborhood and bring much needed relief in the form of stormwater control measures to Boardman,” Township Administrator Jason Loree, who also serves on the board of the ABC Water and Stormwater Utility District, said.
  Boardman Beats Howland To Move To 3-1  
  Cam Thompson, Sean O’Horo Score Two TDs Each In 33-21 Spartan Win:   September 16, 2021 Edition  
      Boardman News Sports
      Terence Thomas made his long-awaited season debut, racking up 210 yards offensively, Sean O’Horo added 139 yards rushing and two touchdowns while the Boardman offense racked up 394 yards of total offense as the Spartans rocked the Howland Tigers, 33-21 last Friday at Boardman Stadium.
      In the annual Hall of Fame game, the crowd was treated to multiple plays that qualified as hall of fame-like as the Spartans moved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the All-American Conference.
      Howland fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play as Boardman won for the second consecutive year – they were victorious 54-19 a season ago – and improved to 13-3-1 in 17 all-time games played against the Tigers.
      Starting quarterback Anthony Hightower led the team early, completing both passes that he attempted for 47 yards before an injury sent him to the sidelines.
      Wearing No. 14 – in honor KeJuan Robinson who was injured against Massillon Jackson on September 3 – instead of his familiar No. 3 shirt, Cam Thompson also stood out as he added four catches – three from Thomas – for 182 yards and two scores to help pace the Spartans’ offensive attack.
      “We knew that we would have to put some points up tonight if we expected to win,” stated Spartans first-year head coach Seth Antram after the game. “We knew they’d come out, grind the clock and we’d have to take a couple shots early. We took them and were fortunate enough to complete them.”
      Antram says his senior class is a great group of leaders.
      “We have a great group of seniors, not just Terence but he adds a little spark,” Antram added. “Look at Anthony Hightower and what he did to get us here in this situation. He got his ankle tweaked earlier but Cam Thompson is coming along, getting healthy and peaking at the right time.”
      The Spartans got on the board on their opening drive of the game when Cole Congson, a standout on head coach Eric Simione’s soccer team, split the uprights from 35-yards out at 8:37 of the opening quarter for a 3-0 lead.
      Thomas made his presence felt once he hit the field, connecting with Thompson on an 82-yard scoring strike, capping a five-play, 84-yard drive with just 22 seconds remaining in the opening session to stretch their lead to 10-0 heading to the second quarter of action.
      Thompson appreciates the fact that he has two quarterbacks in Hightower and Thomas who can get him the ball when he is in space.
      His 82-yard touchdown pass from Thomas was a fitting ‘welcome back’ greeting from his classmate.
      “Terence definitely means a lot to this team,” Thompson stated about the Purdue University commit. “He opens up both our pass game and run game.”
      Luca Massucci’s 20-yard run at 9:48 of the second period cut the Howland deficit to 10-7 and when Matthew Coomer found the endzone from 10-yards away at the 2:22 mark, the Tigers authored their only lead of the game, 14-10.
      O’Horo, who was bottled up a good portion of the first half – he had just 40 yards on six carries – gave Boardman the lead for good with 57 seconds remaining before intermission after his eight-yard dash to paydirt gave the Spartans a 17-14 lead heading to the locker room.
      He played the second half in a No. 10 jersey after his familiar No. 6 shirt was ripped in the opening half of play.
      O’Horo posted 89 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown after intermission, noting their adjustment at the half helped everyone offensively over the final 24 minutes of play.
      “We just started to throw the ball a little more,” O‘Horo noted. “They would overload the box and it gave me all the room I needed, even if it was just a little bit for me to do my thing.”
      Being 3-1 after the first four games has been an added plus, according to O’Horo.
      “It’s big for us because we’ve delt with some adversity and conquered it,” he said. “Terence and Anthony are both shifty in the backfield. Terence has a little more throwing experience and that helps a lot. We commit too many penalties and must clean that up moving forward if we expect to finish strong. We have some other stuff to clean up but just making sure that we are doing our job on every play is the big thing.”
      Congson’s second field goal of the game, this time from 33-yards out, extended Boardman’s lead to 20-14 and when O’Horo scored his second touchdown of the game from 46-yards away at the 4:55 mark, the Spartans increased their margin to 27-14 heading to the final frame.
      Massucci’s second rushing touchdown, this time from four yards out, cut the Boardman lead to 27-21 with 6:47 left but Thomas found Thompson from 13-yards away with 1:14 left for a 33-21 lead that all but put the game out of reach for the Tigers.
      “They ran the ball well against us and grinded the clock, but we knew that they would,” Antram said. “They are a hard-nosed, physical football team. Obviously, we would have liked to have gotten a win last week but our goals remain the same. That is to go 1-0 each week and get better each week so today we are where we want to be.”
      O’Horo finished with a game-high 129 yards on 17 carries and two scores while Thomas added 75 yards on 10 totes and 135 yards though the air with two scores to pace the Spartans offensively.
      Thompson was on the receiving end of four completions for 182 yards, also scoring twice.
      Thomas is happy to finally be back and barking signals under center for the Spartans.
      “It was great,” he stated. “I just loved being out there with my teammates. I had some ups and downs with my knee but I am ready to be back. Being 3-1 and almost to the midpoint of the season gives us encouragement moving forward. It keeps us fired up because we play a tough schedule. We have a few things that we have to tighten up on defense and need to put the ball in the endzone more but we have a bunch of guys who can go out there and make plays and those are things that we will clean up in practice.”
      Woomer finished with 102 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown to lead the Tigers’ offense while Massucci scored twice and rushed for 81 yards on 16 totes.
      Tigers’ signal-caller, John Perry, was 5 of 10 through the air for 42 yards.
      The Spartans will conclude their two-game homestand when they play host to the East High Golden Bears on Friday at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
      They will then open a three-game road stand at Cleveland Benedictine (September 24), travel to Warren Harding (October 1) then conclude the stand when they meet the high-powered offensive attack of Ursuline High at YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium on October 8.
       GAME NOTES…In 17 all-time games between the Spartans and Tigers, BHS owns a 13-3-1 overall mark…The Spartans have won two in a row and 11 of the last 12 outings between the two schools…There has been one tie in the series, that coming in 1979 when the two schools battled to a 6-6 deadlock....Sean O’Horo paced the Spartan defense against the Tigers, finishing with 12 tackles....Boardman defensive coordinator Mike Popio also cited the efforts of Andre Freeman, Jared Mahood, Cam Atwood, Fernando Ortiz, Stephen Conti and Ashton LaBelle, each of whom had a tackles for a loss; and Isaiah Torres, who finished with two tackles for losses and a forced fumble....
      Boardman-Howland All-Time Series
      Boardman leads, 13-3-1
      1975 – Howland, 14-0
      1976 – Howland, 16-0
      1977 – Boardman, 13-9
      1978 – Boardman, 20-0
      1979 – TIE, 6-6
      1981 – Boardman, 27-14
      1982 – Boardman, 10-7
      1983 – Boardman, 14-7
      1984 – Boardman, 20-3
      1985 – Boardman, 43-7
      1986 – Boardman, 24-0
      1987 – Boardman, 47-0
      2017 – Boardman, 35-17
      2018 – Boardman, 31-17
      2019 – Howland, 27-24
      2020 – Boardman, 54-19
  Munroe To Leave Post At Board Of Elections After 30 Years Of Service  
  September 9, 2021 Edition  
      At a meeting of the Mahoning County Board of Elections held on Tuesday, Board Chairman Mark Munroe, of Boardman, announced he would retire by month’s end, September 30.
      Munroe first joined the board 30 years ago this past March when he joined Dennis Vitt, Mary Kathryn Smith and Don Hanni as a board member.
      Munroe commented: “l have seen many changes over the past three decades, including new voting systems, changes in election law, a reduction in precincts, early and no fault absentee voting and much more. There have been hearings, protests, challenges and lawsuits, but at the heart of it all was the board of elections working to run good elections that voters could have confidence in. My number one goal was to always conduct our business in such a way as to encourage faith and trust in the system. Nothing was more important.”
      “lt’s been 30 years, and this is my birthday month, so I thought it was a good time to step down.”
      Munroe says he plans to keep a busy schedule looking after a new granddaughter, nursing his 1976 MGB, and continuing to tinker with ham radio and improve his morse code skills.
  YSU Scholarship Established In Memory Of Mary Jo Monakee  
  September 9, 2021 Edition  
Mary Jo Monakee
     In honor of their beloved younger sister, Mary Jo, a scholarship at Youngstown State University has been established by her sisters, Renee, Gail, and Pamela Monakee, on behalf of the family. The Monakees grew-up in Boardman and attended Boardman High School.
      “There was no better tribute to Mary Jo than to have something in her name that will invest in someone’s future,” her sister, Renee, said.
      The Mary Jo Monakee Scholarship was established at the YSU Foundation for minority students at YSU, with preference given to Boardman High School graduates studying early childhood education or primary education. Applications for the award will be open in the 2022 academic year.
      Mary Jo was someone who wore many hats throughout her lifetime; a sister, daughter, aunt, business owner, wife, and later, an educator.
      She was born and raised in Boardman, Ohio, and attended Boardman High School, where Mary Jo was active in the marching band and was a majorette. She began her college education at YSU and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing at Florida Atlantic University, graduating Cum Laude.
      After college, Mary Jo moved to Los Angeles, California, and began an impressive 30-year advertising career. She was an account executive and traffic manager at leading firms and would become an executive vice president in her boutique advertising agency. She worked with clients such as Honda, Chrysler, Rockwell International, Weight Watchers, and Kawasaki. Clients at her agency included Reebok and Adidas basketball.
      At the age of 50, Mary Jo had a new calling and switched careers to fulfill a cherished aspiration. She returned to college to study early childhood education. She was excited and inspired by the minds of her young students and grateful to have the opportunity to help them begin to build a foundation for future educational success.
      The Monakee family considers it an honor to create a scholarship where Mary Jo’s journey began: In Ohio and Youngstown State University.
  Candidates and Issues Forum Sept. 20  
  September 2, 2021 Edition  
     The Boardman Civic Association will hold its annual Candidates and Issues Forum on Mon., Sept. 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Lariccia Family Community Center in Boardman Park. The public is welcome. Candidates for Boardman Township Trustee and the Boardman Local School Board will be invited to the forum. They include incumbent Trustees Tom Costello and Brad Calhoun, who will be challenged by Jason Pavone and Tabitha Fitz-Patrick. Candidates for the Boardman Local School Board are incumbents Vickie Davis, John Fryda and John Landers. Also vying for a seat on the school board is Anthony Buchmann. Based upon social media posts by Fitz-Patrick, she doesn’t know the duties of a Township Trustee, posting at 11:10 a.m. on Aug. 24, “Boardman local schools should all be equipped with Central Air. If I become elected, this will become a reality.” The duties of a Township Trustee are not connected with the function of the Boardman Local School Board.
  School Board Moves To End Bus Transport Of ‘Non-Public’ Students  
  August 26, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      Meeting last week, the Boardman Local School Board declared providing transportation to students who do not attend the school system as impractical.
      In the declaration, the local school board agreed to pay a parent or guardian to transport their children to seven, different parochial and/or charter schools.
      “Payment (to parents or guardians) shall be based upon the reimbursement rate set by the Ohio Department of Education and shall not exceed the average cost of transportation per pupil in the state of Ohio,” the Boardman board said.
      According to the resolution, “school conveyance” was declared impractical to the center for Adults and Children with Learning Disabilites, 118 West Wood St., Youngstown; as well as Cardinal Mooney High School, Heartland Christian School, the Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley, Summit Academy. Ursuline High School and Youngstown Community School.
      Three certificated staff members were added to the system’s payroll---
       •Cristin Balale granted a one-year limited contract as a part-time music teacher at Robinwood and Stadium Drive Elementary Schools, replacing Laura Kotheimer. Ms. Balale received her bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and her master’s degree from the University of Miami, Florida.
       •Deborah Huck was granted a one-year limited contract as an ELL teacher at Glenwood Junior High School, replacing Sarah Holloway. Ms. Huck received her bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University.
       •Ryan Mistovich was granted a one-year limited contract as an art teacher at Glenwood Junior High School, replacing Robert Sheldone. Mistovich received his bachelor’s degree from Westminister College.
      The school board accepted the resignation of Dominic DeLaurentis, high school music teacher.
      Two persons were named to the administrative staff of the district---
       •Patrick Kale was granted a one-year 261-day contract as supervisor of the Boardman Performing Arts Center (BPAC).
       •Karen Kanotz was granted a one-year limited half contract as assistant director of student services. The position is being paid from ESSER II (COVID subsidy) funds.
      In other matters Lori O’Heren was hired as a curriculum gifted coach at a rate of $25 per hour, not to exceed 29 hours per week (to be paid from Title IIA Funds), replacing Marilyn Scheetz.
      27 teachers were named as staff of the Spartan Academy (remote learning) at a rate of $25/hour. About 50 students have enrolled for remote learning for the 2021-22 school year, Supt. Tim Saxton said.
      Teachers named to staff the academy include Pam Choleva, kindergarten thru second grade English Language Arts/Social Studies; Marcy Hughes, kindergarten thru second grade Math/Science; Lisa Rucci, kindergarten thru second grade Phonics; Mark Lias, third thru fifth grade English Language Arts; Marcy Hughes, third thru fifth grade Math; Amanda Reiter third thru fifth grade Math/Science/Social Studies; Shannon Soles, third thru fifth grade Science/Social Studies; Jerry Turillo, sixth grade English Language Arts; Missy Brent, sixth grade Math/Social Studies; Lyndsay Donadio, sixth grade Science; Dana Saferek, seventh and eighth English Language Arts; Kelsie Harris, seven and eighth grade Math; Heather Moran, seventh and eighth grade Science; Lisa Anzevino, seventh and eighth grade Social Studies; Laura Kephart, ninth thru twenfth grade English Language Arts; Dana Saferek, ninth thru twelfth grade English Language Arts; Katie Tomko, ninth thru twelfth grade English Language Arts; Vanessa Reilly, ninth thru twelfth grade Math; Gianna Rohan, ninth thru twelfth grade Math; Alexis Drass, ninth thru twelfth grade Science; Rick Sypert, ninth thru twelfth grade Science; Heather Moran, ninth thru twelfth grade Science; Nicole Blaze, ninth thru twelfth grade Social Studies; Lisa Anzevino, ninth thru twelfth grade Social Studies; Mary Beth Shobel, ninth thru twelfth grade Spanish; Dale Duncan, kindergarten thru twelfth grade Special Education; and Ben Heflick kindergarten thru twelfth grade Special Education.
  MASKS ON: When Boardman Local Schools Open Aug. 30  
  August 26, 2021 Edition  
     The Boardman Local Schools Mask Policy has been upgraded to “mandatory” for all students and staff, effective on the first day of classes, Monday, August 30. All visitors to the buildings will also be required to wear masks during the school day. There is no mask requirement outdoors.
      Boardman’s mask policy is in place for the start of the school year, as a proactive measure to help prevent the spread of infection, as well as limit quarantines that greatly disrupt in-person education.
      “We have learned a lot from COVID and its impact on education over the last 18 months. Our parents have expressed, quite clearly, that they want in-person learning 5-days a week and at regular school times,” said Superintendent Tim Saxton.
      “With the release of quarantine guidelines, the only way to greatly reduce students being home for 10 days on quarantine is to have students masked or vaccinated. With under-12 not eligible for a vaccine and only about 40 per cent of students 12-and-over vaccinated, masks are the best defense against a student being sent home and losing valuable in-person instruction.”
      Boardman’s mask policy follows strong recommendations from national, state and local health organizations. The district will monitor and evaluate the policy for the first 20 school days, and revisit this decision toward the end of September.
  August 12, 2021 Edition  
     The Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society will sponsor their 17th annual Dahlia Show August 28-29 at Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Community Center. The show will be open at 1:00 p.m. on Sat., August 28 and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sun., August 29. Dahlias in all colors and shapes, as well as designer arrangements will be entered into the show. Exhibitors from Ohio and surrounding states will be competing for prizes as well as the joy of showing their favorite flowers to the public. Society members will be on hand to answer questions about growing, caring and showing Dahlias and arranging them in design pieces. For questions about the show, visit the web at or call Harriet, MVDS show chairperson at 330-550-6342.
  The Parasite And The President  
  Scientist Defends The Naming Of Newly-Discovered Parasite:   August 12, 2021 Edition  
     PART 2 Of Series (PART 1 - 8/05/2021 Edition)
      When Dr. Tom Platt, a 1967 graduate of Boardman High School, named a parasite in honor of former President Barak Obama, it set off a firestorm of negative comments about the naming, prompting Dr. Platt, retired biology professor at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., to author and defend his action in the following ‘op-ed that was published in The Washington Post.
      (Final story of a two-part series)
      I named a parasite after Barack Obama. It was meant as a compliment
      I’m the scientist who recently made news for naming a new genus and species of parasite after President Obama. Before you accuse me of being some kind of hater, racist or worse — as plenty have — let me be clear: I absolutely intended it as an honor.
      I’ve had two species of parasites named after me, and I take great pride in the fact that colleagues thought my contributions to the field warranted this recognition. If I had named a new predator, say a jungle cat or bird of prey, for Obama, there would have been no question of my intentions. But most people have an unjustly negative opinion of the incredible — and, yes, beautiful — organisms that I have spent my life investigating.
      The problem seems to be in how parasites make their living. Animal lovers don’t find it off-putting that predators capture and dismember their prey to obtain the energy they require to grow, reproduce and feed their young. But because of the way parasites draw off some of the energy of their hosts to achieve the same ends, they are somehow seen as lesser forms of life — when, in fact, they can make their hosts better.
      Parasites are under constant attack by the immune system of the host; some parasites kill some hosts, some hosts kill some parasites. However, the hosts that survive possess immune systems that are better equipped to combat the infection and pass those attributes on to their offspring. Conversely, the parasites that survive the improved immune attack will pass those features on to their progeny. In many instances, a stalemate is reached whereby host and parasite coexist in a stable relationship.
      Baracktrema obamai belongs to a larger group of trematodes (flatworms) called “blood flukes” that inhabit the circulatory systems of their hosts. Each major group of vertebrates — fish, reptiles, birds and mammals (amphibians are curiously exempt) — has its own corresponding species of blood fluke. This includes the species that infects hundreds of millions of humans worldwide and causes the disease schistosomiasis.
      The life cycle of a blood fluke is daunting. Eggs pass from the host into water where they hatch and release a “miracidium” (a bit like a paramecium) that will die if it does not find its next host, a snail, within 12 hours. If it successfully penetrates a snail, the miracidium reproduces asexually and produces thousands of new forms called “cercariae,” which then leave the snail and have 12 hours to find the final host. For species of Schistosoma, that’s a human. For Baracktrema obamai, it’s a turtle.
      When the cercariae enter the blood stream of the final host, you would expect them to face rejection, like a kidney transplant from an incompatible donor. The host’s immune system is fully capable of “recognizing” this foreign organism and destroying it. But amazingly that doesn’t happen: Within 24 hours, the parasite develops a type of molecular cloak — eat your heart out, Harry Potter — that makes it invisible to the host. If that isn’t fantastic I don’t know what is. We know only the rudiments of how this occurs, but if we could understand it at the genetic and molecular level, it could have potential for improving transplant surgery.
      I can’t share all the incredible things that we know about parasites in this short space. Suffice to say they are amazing, beautiful and cool as hell. Anyone should be proud to have one named in his or her honor. I know I am.
      Science nerds got this immediately. Discovering a new species gives you naming rights, by tradition, it’s usually a rare moment for a tiny bit of immortality in a field where honors for a career of dedicated, disciplined, and occasionally brilliant work are seldom public, and where you get to immortalize yourself in some tiny corner of the science universe.
      Taking that opportunity to name something after someone else, a respected mentor, leader in the field, or just something or someone you really like or admire, a mentor, colleague, former professor, is also a tradition, and an honor. It’s recognized as a pure class-act to do that.
      You also have to love that Prof. Platt takes MOST of the space in an article written under the pretext of explaining the naming honor that some might consider an insult, to expound and inform people about the amazing critters that he studies.
      Bear 100
      Cool! But you do realize that many hear won’t look beyond the terms Obama and parasite, right? You know, the ones who think the earth is flat and when you get to the edge, you fall off?
      I’d say based on the fact that a parasite can either kill the host immune system and or the host and that Baracktrema obamai develops a molecular cloak in 24 hour that essentially allows it to thrive without being detected, that the good doctor picked a perfect namesake for his new dsicovery
      This is a tough one. Inventing the toilet got Thomas Crapper immortality. Not sure I would hang that one on my “I love me” wall!
      Mr. Platt, if I give you the benefit of my doubt at the very least your thinking was incomplete as was your explanation. Your detailing of the parasite does not explain why you thought this would be an honor for Obama. If you read the comments you can see that you gave the trolls something else to be stupid about. Name a few other people you have honored in this way.
      Getting named after a discovery is considered an honor in any scientific community. This man’s field of expertise happens to be parasites, and in fact has a parasite named after himself. I doubt he was thinking about internet trolls when he did it, so maybe give him a break?
      Ryan Harte
      He mentions a favorite professor, and himself. It is a high honor for a scientist to name something that has existed for untold ages, and will continue to exist for many more, after any person, to live on after we are all gone. Look at the names of trees, bugs, planetary moons, etc. The challenge is for us to take a moment to see parasites in the same way an expert does -- as another source of important discovery and excitement. Once you see it from his point of view -- always a good exercise -- the honor is clear.
      Wow, an actual thought invoking article in what has become a pathetic propaganda medium. To the author: Love your interests, don’t agree with your politics. I believe that certain virus that reach a balanced symbiotic state in the human body, such as std’s that position themselves at the base of the spine, actually have the capacity to influence subconscious behavior...actions which would result in their propagation.
      Julius Valdez
      In spite of his explanations, I would have preferred another term. Do you think Trump would provide those details when he uses that term to refer to the President or Hillary and their supporters?
      KAZ 75
      Well at least he didn’t call it a Democrat.
      So many cynics, too many keyboards...the article was fun, fanciful, and shows why this guy finds things to name, while so many comments show why some can only criticize what they couldn’t do.
      PICTURED:  TOM PLATT, pictured, defended his naming of a parasite in honor of a former U.S. President, noting “Before you accuse me of being some kind of hater, racist or worse — as plenty have — let me be clear: I absolutely intended it as an honor. I’ve had two species of parasites named after me, and I take great pride in the fact that colleagues thought my contributions to the field warranted this recognition.
  13-Year-Old Boy Tells Police He ‘Can’t Help But Do Bad Things’ After Car Pursuit That Reached Speeds Of 100-Miles-Per Hour  
  Out For A Stroll When He Found An Open Window:   August 12, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      A 13-year-old, south-side Youngstown boy, a reported runaway and driving a stolen car, faces a battery of charges after leading Boardman police in two pursuits shortly after midnight on Mon., Aug. 9, including one chase that reached speeds of more than 100 miles-per-hour.
      According to police, upon his capture, the boy was un-phased when he was advised he could have seriously hurt someone, and he wasn’t worried about going to the Juvenile Justice Center, and he said he “can’t help himself, but do bad things.”
      Nicholas Wilson, 13, of 1438 East Florida, Youngstown, told police his plan was to “joyride” in the stolen car.
      Wilson was driving a Nuick Verano that Ptl. Phil Merlo said had just been stolen from the Boardman Auto Mall, 5328 Market St.
      Ptl. Evan Beil said he was at a church parking lot at Buena Vista and Market St. when he observed a vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed and with no visible registration.
      Officer Beil began to chase the car noting “I accelerated to approximately 100-miles-per-hour, however the car was continuing to pull away.”
      Due to the high risk of the pursuit (that lasted about a half-mile), Officer Beil terminated the chase and pulled into a parking lot to write a report. About ten minutes later, he heard a grinding noise he described as a car driving on a flat tire.
      The policeman then observed the same car he had been chasing turn off Roche Way and head north on Market St.
      “The right front tire was completely gone and the car was riding on the rim,” Officer Beil said, adding the car turned onto nearby Washington Blvd. where the driver began to flee on foot.
      After tripping in a ditch, Wilson was apprehended, calling Officer Beil “a bitch.”
      Wilson told police he was “out for a stroll” when he found an open window at the Auto Mall, “so he climbed inside and began to look around.”
      Wilson told police that he used a stolen set of car keys to steal the Buick off the lot and had just driven away after committing the burglary when police tried to stop the car he was driving.
      “It should be noted Wilson had a vacalier attitude during the whole ordeal as he was laughing about what had transpired,” Ptl. Beil said, adding “He was bragging about how he was driving over 100-miles-per-hour and the only reason he was caught was due to him getting a flat tire and running out of gas.”
      Wilson faces the following charges---breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools, receiving stolen property, obstruction, resisting arrest, unruly juvenile, no valid driver’s license, failure to display license plates and operation of a motor vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property.
      Police spoke with Wilson’s legal guardians/grandparents, Earl and Jean Moss, who confirmed his identity.
      After booking, Wilson was lodged in the Juvenile Justice Center pending his court date.
  The Parasite And The President  
  1967 Boardman High School Graduate Authors Book About Life In Parasitology And Higher Education:   August 5, 2021 Edition  
     In 1967, Tom Platt graduated from Boardman High School and as he says “My life is devoid of any ill-treatment by family, teachers, clergy, or anyone else.” Platt went on to a career in parasitology and is now a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, where he served for 28 years in a career where he traveled extensively in search of new species of parasitic worms, from Costa Rica to the far-flung reaches of Australia and Malaysia. His love of turtles and their parasites led to the discovery of 30 new species, 11 new genera, and international recognition for his work, including his discovery of a new genus and species of trematode that he named in honor of the 44th USA president and his fifth cousin, Barack Obama. The story of Baracktrema has been picked up by over 200 news outlets worldwide, providing a fitting swansong to an illustrious career revisited in his part-personal and part-scientific memoir, entitled “Small Science: Baracktrema Obamai and Other Stories of a Life in Parasitology & Higher Education.” Following are excerpts from Pratt’s book from a chapter entitled “The Parasite and the President.” Platt says “I am a parasitologist: not a psychotherapist, parapsychologist, physical therapist, or other occupations with nominally similar-sounding names. I study parasites, and I have for nearly half a century. When asked what I do by someone I’ve just met, and they stare blankly when I share my occupation, I follow with, ‘If you take your dog to the vet to get it wormed, I study the worms.’ Responses range from the understated, ‘Well, I guess somebody’s got to do it,’ to facial expressions implying a note of disgust. I have been on the receiving end of both. However, either reaction almost invariably turns to curiosity. Most people have encountered parasites: ticks on a dog, fleas on a cat, pinworms in a (friend’s) child, or something more exotic, and they have questions. Nobody wants to be in a car wreck, but most folks slow down to look. Same for parasites.”
      The Parasite And The President
      On September 8, 2016, a Thursday, the Journal of Parasitology issued a press release announcing the publication of an article describing a new genus and species of parasite named in honor of the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
      I discovered the worm, a digenetic trematode, while on sabbatical at the Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2008. It inhabits the blood vessels of the lungs of two species of turtle endemic to Southeast Asia: Cuora amboinensis (the Asian box turtle) and Siebenrockiella crassicollis (the Black Marsh turtle). As the discoverer of this new organism, I had the honor of the christening, bestowing the name for the new creature according to the rules established by Carl von Linné, or Linnaeus.
      The name given to this new addition to Earth’s bestiary? Baracktrema obamai.
      Why the lag of eight years between the discovery of the new worm and its formal description?
      I fully appreciated the importance of my find almost as soon as I saw it. Nothing I had seen in the past quarter-century was remotely similar. It was a new genus and species. When my stay in Malaysia concluded, I returned to Saint Mary’s and began staining specimens and mounting them on slides for microscopic examination. My initial analysis of the “lungworm” confirmed what I had suspected from the beginning. It belonged in the family Spirorchidae (these are the turtle blood flukes, or TBFs, and will loom large as this story unfolds); however, it differed from all the other genera described. I began attempting to elucidate the form of the various organs and organ systems and measuring them for formal publication. I was excited! The basic morphology of trematodes is well known, and I was eminently familiar with the variations present in TBFs.
      The worm’s anterior end was straightforward: an oral sucker surrounded the mouth; a short esophagus led to a single cecum or intestine that ran almost the entire length of the body before terminating near the posterior end of the worm. Typically, trematodes have two blind cecae, but a single cecum evolved independently on numerous occasions across the families of flukes. The vitellarium, an organ that produces nutrients for the developing egg, surrounded the cecum. The testis was elongate, and the ovary compact. All of these structures were clearly visible in my specimens. Near the posterior end of the animal, a cirrus sac was present. The cirrus sac houses an eversible cirrus (analogous to the penis but turns inside out during copulation---ouch!).
      Most trematodes are hermaphrodites possessing both male and female reproductive organs. The genital pore, the site for both copulation and egg release, was located near the worm’s posterior tip. The big problem was between the ovary and the genital pore. The area housed a complex array of ducts, tubes, and sacs I could not decipher. Over the next six years, I examined these worms between my teaching duties, supervising undergraduate research, and working on other research projects. I was never satisfied.
      I fully understood how all the tubes and sacs connected and their role in this fascinating creature’s reproductive life. I was stumped for one of the few times in my professional career, I could not work out a trematode’s anatomy, and I wouldn’t publish something I was only guessing at. I planned to retire at the end of the 2014–15 academic year and didn’t imagine these specimens would yield their secrets to me.
      On the other hand, not seeing this through to completion was not an option. It just wasn’t going to be me who carried it across the finish line. I had to find somebody smarter, with better equipment, and the knowledge to complete the investigation.
      The choice was easy. Stephen A. ‘Ash’ Bullard, Auburn University, is a generation behind me in age and a generation ahead of me in knowledge and technique. Ash is an expert on the Aporocotylidae (fish blood flukes), which bear many similarities to their cousins found in turtles.
      He was the perfect choice to crack the problem I was unable to solve. Ash’s response to my inquiry was an enthusiastic and unqualified “Yes!” Then he surprised me by handing the work over to a graduate student interested in turtle parasites. I was skeptical, but Ash assured me the student showed great potential. His name was Jackson Roberts.
      With a sigh of relief, I packed all the material in several boxes and shipped them [to Auburn].
      I turned to the task of cleaning out my office and laboratory in preparation for retirement.Occasionally, in films and on television, a person is shown retiring from their job after many decades of service. They walk past offices and cubicles saying goodbye to colleagues carrying a single cardboard box with a few pictures, plaques, and maybe a plant peeking over the top edge. I don’t know if this portrayal is accurate, but leaving academic life is orders of magnitude more challenging. During my 45 years as a graduate student and faculty member, I accumulated over 1,000 books, 5,000 reprints (individual copies of articles), files on students, rough drafts of manuscripts, and voluminous correspondence. There were also thousands of microscope slides of worms from research projects, not to mention vials of worms (mostly nematodes) not typically mounted on slides. Deciding their fate would take the bulk of my last sabbatical during the fall of 2014. I had to cross-check information on the slides with my records, and label them for deposit in an accredited museum. I examined files individually to determine what to keep, what to recycle, and what to shred, as many contained potentially sensitive information.
      The books were the hardest to let go. I don’t know any academic of my generation who doesn’t love books. Books mark the history of our lives, our development as scientists and scholars. Many people take them home, but our house was small and already overburdened with books. I planned to continue to do research on a limited basis after retirement, so anything related to those projects stayed. What to do with the rest posed a problem. I wanted to put them in the hands of people who would use them. The sorting process was slow because of the memories many of the volumes invoked. I could recall when, where, and why I purchased most of them. I was erasing my past one volume at a time. I kept about 100 and decided which friends, colleagues, and former students might like the rest. I found homes for the vast majority of them, and I trust they will serve their new owners well.
      As the semester wore on and I was nearing the end of the big ‘sort,’ I checked with Ash to see how Jackson was doing. Within days, Ash sent a photograph of Jackson holding multiple sheets of 8 × 11-inch paper taped together, forming a 3 × 4-foot canvass with the preliminary drawing of our worm.
      I was relieved to see that my interpretation of the byzantine network of tubes and sacs was about 90 per cent correct. Jackson clearly and convincingly sorted out the rest. It finally made sense.
      After some fine-tuning, the manuscript was ready to be sent out for review; however, the worm still did not have a proper Linnaean binomial. Although I would not be the first author on the paper — that honor was Jackson’s — I did, as the person who discovered this creature, have “naming rights.”
      My choice was to name it for a relative. The name? Baracktrema obamai. Why? Why name a new parasite after President Obama?
      My cousin, Doug Toot, and his wife, Lola, are serious amateur genealogists and discov-ered our family connection to the 44th president through a gentleman who resided in Pennsylvania in the late 1700s named George Frederick Toot. He is my fourth great-grandfather and President Obama’s sixth, making us fifth cousins, twice removed.
      The primary rule for naming new species is that the binomial must be unique. No other animal can have the same name, the name must be in Latin (or Latinized), and the two names must agree in number and gender.
      Since President Obama was part of my ‘extended’ family, I followed a tradition established early in my career. Having a species named after you is an honor. I have two species and a genus named for me. I was touched my colleagues thought my contributions to the field sufficient to warrant public recognition. I voted for Obama twice and felt he did an admirable job as president during his two terms. Naming this unique and beautiful organism would be, in my mind, a tribute to his legacy.
      I finally screwed-up my courage and sent Ash my proposal. The initial response from Auburn was lukewarm. Jackson grew up in Tennessee, and many of his relatives were not fans of Obama. Both Ash and Jackson finally indicated their assent, but I sensed a level of discomfort. Ash is a friend. Although I didn’t know Jackson personally, I didn’t want to force either of them to do something they might find problematic, either personally or professionally. I told them if they didn’t want to use the name for any reason, I would change it. I didn’t have an alternative in mind, but I would think of something.
      After a brief interlude, they both decided, “What the hell, let’s see what happens.” We sent the manuscript to the Journal of Parasitology for review and possible publication. The reviews were positive and recommended publication. One reviewer suggested we should not name the organism after a prominent politician without permission.
      I expected Baracktrema obamai might raise some eyebrows. Hell, I was hoping it would. Ours wasn’t the first organism named in Obama’s honor. It wasn’t even the first parasite. None of them caused a kerfuffle as far as I knew; why would one more? I did not attempt to contact the White House. Better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.
      In April, [my wife] Kathy and I traveled to Ft. Mill, South Carolina, for the meeting of the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists. My primary reason for attending was to meet Jackson and the other members of Ash’s lab. Jackson was a delight. A large, bear-like young man several inches taller and more than a few pounds heavier than I. We immediately bonded and fell into conversation about our backgrounds in and outside the discipline. Jackson attended college in Tennessee and played baseball in high school and college. We had a great time over the two and a half day meeting, which made the 1600-mile round trip more than worthwhile.
      The April and June issues of the Journal of Parasitology passed with no sign of our paper. It had to be August. In the middle of the month, I received an e-mail from Peter Burns, the liaison between Allen Press and the Journal of Parasitology. The journal would issue a press release heralding the publication of Baracktrema obamai.
      A few days later, I received a second e-mail from Peter with a series of questions regarding my motivation for naming a parasite after the president. I was puzzled because the formal description of a new organism contains a short section entitled “Etymology,” which explains the derivation of the chosen name. We clearly indicated my familial connection to the president and were naming it in his honor. There could be no doubt we had no intention of disparaging Mr. Obama. I didn’t realize my answers (and those of my co-authors) would be crafted into a press release.
      Most of the questions centered on the negative view many people had of parasites, and was this really an honor? I thought this a strange question coming from a journal devoted to the study of these organisms. I suspect they wanted to make sure I was on record stating my motives were pure. They probed the family relationship and any significance to the parasite’s Malaysian origin (the answer was No).
      There was one question I thought was a bit strange: Does something about the new species, especially its physical characteristics, remind you of Obama?
      I thought about this for a moment and wrote: “I should note this seems the equivalent of when Barbara Walters asked her interviewees what kind of animal or tree they would be — a little silly.” With that preamble, I concluded, “The worm is long, thin, and cool as hell!”
      [My wife] and I planned a trip to New York City for ...a working vacation. We both love Broadway, and I planned on doing some research in the archives of the American Museum of Natural History for a paper on a dispute between several prominent parasitologists at the beginning of the 20th century. Kathy would spend time with a high school friend, Karen Pontius, who lives in the city, and we looked forward to attending plays in the evening. I learned the press release would appear while we were in NYC. Not an ideal time.
      I don’t have a cell phone. I have nothing against technology, and I am not a Luddite. I don’t need one. I spend most of my days either in my office at Saint Mary’s or at home. There are landlines in both places. When I travel, Kathy is with me, and she has a phone for directions and emergencies. Only this time, she wouldn’t be. I would be at the museum, and Kathy would be touring The Big Apple with Karen. I gave the journal my wife’s number as my contact...An inelegant solution to the problem, but it was the best I could do.
      September 9 was a beautiful day, warm and a bit breezy befitting late summer. The stroll from our rental on the upper eastside through Central Park to 79th and Central Park West was a glorious way to begin an eventful 48 hours. I arrived at the museum when they opened, stowed my backpack in a locker as required, and introduced myself to the librarian who would assist me during my visit. I gave her the information I needed for my project, and she headed for the stacks. I arranged my supplies: a pen, mechanical pencil, paper, and a tablet computer (to photograph documents if necessary). I wanted to examine the letters and manuscripts of Horace Wesley Stunkard, a former research associate of the museum and faculty member at New York University whom I met at my first parasitology meeting over four decades earlier. I was investigating a controversy regarding the early history of the family Spirorchidae: the same family now containing the new genus and species, Baracktrema obamai.
      I began plowing through the boxes of material the librarian delivered from the stacks. Because of the limited amount of time available, I made judgments of what to examine in detail rather quickly.
      In mid-afternoon, my world turned upside down. The librarian told me my wife called and needed to speak to me immediately. Fortunately, I was the only person working in the archives, and the staff granted access to their phone.
      Kathy wasn’t in full panic mode but close. She received calls from reporters who wanted to talk about the article. She had names and numbers for the Associated Press and Philadelphia Inquirer. I jotted them down.
      Both focused on the fact that I named a parasite for the current (and generally popular) president; parasites are regarded as among the lowest forms of life (obviously, I did not concur).
      Was this really considered an honor? I reaffirmed my admiration for President Obama and highlighted our familial connection. I shared that I named a parasite (from the eye of a turtle) for my father-in-law and conveyed my life-long dedication to the field and my love of the organisms. I felt I acquitted myself reasonably well. Kathy, Karen, and I met for dinner. We ordered, and I provided a recap of the interviews. We had purchased tickets to see The Marvelous Wonderettes playing at the Kirk Theater on 42nd Street, and the conversation turned to other topics as we ate.
      During dinner, I silently weighed my options. Should I attend the play or let Kathy and Karen go while I returned to our rental to see if there were any more inquiries I needed to address? My laptop was there, and I knew I had internet access.We came to New York to see plays. When dinner concluded, we headed to the subway and arrived at the theater about 45 minutes before curtain...
      I began to wonder if I had done something incredibly stupid. I never sought the limelight. I spent most of my days alone in my office and laboratory. I hoped for some modest recognition, but a few friends suggested Baracktrema was going “viral.”
      I wasn’t prepared for what was coming. Saturday was beautiful. We planned a trip to Brooklyn to visit the son and daughter-in-law of dear friends from South Bend, Bob and Ann Cope...I had a second objective in mind. The carousel from my hometown amusement park, the now-defunct Idora Park, had been purchased, moved to Brooklyn, and restored to its original condition.
      I spoke with the reporter from The Chronicle. Her approach to the subject was a bit different. She was interested in reviewing all the flora and fauna named in honor of President Obama. I also received a rather frantic note from Gwen O’Brien, the Media Relations Director at Saint Mary’s. She caught wind of what was happening and wanted to coordinate my interactions with the press.
      [My] story had gone viral and appeared in media outlets around the globe. Most made light of the “squirmy honor” but clearly indicated I was sincere in my tribute to President Obama.
      Conservative papers and bloggers were not as kind, noting the gesture was fitting as in their minds, Obama was a parasite — or worse. In this age of social media, “trolling” is a part of daily life for many people. However, my experience was almost nil as I had no online presence: no Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I received two e-mail messages from liberals con-demning my action.
      During our meeting, Gwen shared that KABC radio in Los Angeles wanted to do a live interview the following morning and asked if I was interested. I said, “Yes.” I was curious that Gwen hadn’t mentioned the South Bend Tribune, our local paper, or any local television stations. She indicated more interest in national and international coverage. I argued we should do everything possible to get Saint Mary’s name in front of the local community as we suffer from living in the shadow of the Golden Dome, i.e., the University of Notre Dame.
      Gwen agreed to contact local reporters. She was good to her word, and the local CBS affiliate, WSBT, would send a reporter later in the day, [and that was] Kaitlin Connin [who] fit the mold of a modern newscaster: young, attractive, and very bright.
      Kaitlin arrived with a cameraman and suggested we chat a bit before starting. I gave her a quick tour of the newly renovated Science Hall and shared some personal history and my career in biology. She and her assistant set up in one of the new laboratories, positioned me on a stool, and checked the lighting and sound levels. The interview was professional and straightforward.
      As Kaitlin was packing to leave, she indicated the story would air at 6:00 p.m. I missed the live broadcast due to a prior commitment. When Kathy and I returned home, I fired up the computer and searched for the clip online. I couldn’t find it, but I did locate the transcript. I was pleased with the flow until I got to the section on our shared ancestor, the connection that prompted me to name the new worm after President Obama.
      Kaitlin’s article quoted me saying our common ances-or’s name was George Frederick Smith, not George Frederick Toot. I nearly fell out of my chair!
      How could she have made such a horrific mistake? Or had I, in the stress of the moment, misidentified my fourth great-grandfather?
      I searched again for the video and couldn’t believe my ears when my video doppelganger uttered the name “George Frederick Smith.” I sent Katlin an e-mail noting my faux pax.
      Her reply? “Well, it isn’t the worst thing that ever happened in broadcast journalism. I’ll correct it in the print edition.” A charming young woman.The following morning, I waited in my office for the radio interview with KABC. At some point, I realized I didn’t know the ideological lean-ings of KABC or who might conduct the interview. Some of the press accounts by right-wing media were less than kind, and I thought, “Oh crap, this could be really, really bad.” Again, thanks to the internet, I located KABC online and was relieved to hear the mix of news, sports, and humorous banter associated with mainstream drive-time radio. A producer called and gave me some tips about what to expect. I heard the introduction and was live in Los Angeles. The conversation went smoothly; the on-air personalities had some fun at my expense and reined me in when I drifted into professor-speak. Six and a half minutes later, it was over. I said nothing untoward and, unexpectedly, enjoyed the attention.
      Press reports were snowballing; however, I was distressed by the derogatory nature of many of them. Even the articles reporting our naming as an honor to the president used modifiers like “dubious” or “squirmy” to indicate the public’s negative view of parasites.
      I decided to write a short piece with the working title of In Defense of Parasites. The words came easily, and within an hour, I had a 600-word essay.
      The question was, what next? This was probably my only shot at having my voice in the national press, so I went with “Go big, or go home.” It had to be either the New York Times or the Washington Post.
      The Times had done little with the story, while the Post published a substantial article with a picture of Obama.
      I went with the Post. I had zero expectation I would get a reply, let alone an op-ed in the paper of Bradlee, Woodward, and Bernstein. I searched the paper’s website for the appropriate editor and sent an e-mail explaining who I was, and asked if they would be interested in a short piece from my perspective.
      I was stunned when I heard back from Mike Larabee expressing interest in reading my “piece” but no guarantee to print it.
      Publication of a daily newspaper moves at warp speed compared to its academic counterparts. I was used to months, or more, from submission to print because the information in a scientific paper has relevance for years or decades. The life span of many news articles is the blink of an eye by comparison.
      The next day I received word the Post accepted my essay. After a thorough edit, the final draft entitled “I named a parasite after Barack Obama. It was meant as a compliment” (not In Defense of Parasites as I had hoped) appeared on Friday, September 15, less than three days from submission to print!
      Friends told me not to read the comments. I read all 100-plus: the good, the bad, and the vicious. People who disliked Obama continued their ignorant screeds. People who thought I was disrespectful to the president hammered me, but a few kind souls rose to my defense, demonstrating an understanding of what I did and an appreciation for the “beauty of life in all its forms.”
      Their thoughtfulness lifted my spirits.The week between the news release to the Washington Post article was a wild ride. Much to my relief, things settled down.
      I learned a valuable lesson; be careful what you wish for.
      I was surprised [that] I hadn’t heard from the South Bend Tribune. Then one of those coincidences of thought and action occurred. The phone rang. Margaret Fosmoe, the education writer for Tribune, was on the line requesting an interview. We arranged to meet at my office early the following week.
      We spoke for about 45 minutes, and I was photographed holding a drawing of Baracktrema.
      The following Saturday, the article appeared on the front page, below the fold. It was similar to others published over the previous weeks; however, Margaret posed an interesting question none of the other reporters thought to ask. After the standard “Have you heard from the White House?” (I had not), she asked, “What do you think Obama’s response was when he heard the news?” I thought for a second and replied, “If he did,” the professor said with a smile, “my guess is he shook his head in amusement and moved on to more important things.”
      I did not receive a call from the president or the White House. I suppose I fantasized it might happen, and I would have been delighted if Obama had reached out. I sent a copy of the Journal of Parasitology containing our article to the White House for inclusion in Obama’s Presidential Library---I received the standard postcard thanking me for my gift; a card mailed to thousands of people every year who send stuff to the president and first lady: plain, perfunctory, and impersonal. My 15 minutes of fame were over.
      Gwen O’Brien shared the results from a service the Saint Mary’s employed to follow reports of the college in various media---200-plus mentions, more than any other single event in St. Mary’s history. The paper brought nearly 10,000 unique visitors to the Journal of Parasitology’s website, more than the next 19 articles combined. I even got a nod from our campus security officers when I stopped by their office to renew my parking tag.
      And the response from the higher-ups at Saint Mary’s? Nothing! Not even an “Atta boy” from the Dean, Provost, or President. Their indifference was baffling, disappointing, and a bit hurtful.
      Do I regret my decision to “raise some eyebrows”? No. Nobody was hurt. I had a little fun and brought some attention to parasitology and the organisms to which I devoted the better part of my life.
      If Obama was facing a re-election campaign, I wouldn’t have done it. I do have a great deal of respect for the man as president, husband, and father. I would not have done anything to hurt his chances for a second term.
      The furor died down quickly, and Baracktrema obamai is still, I suspect, cycling through snails and turtles in Southeast Asia. However, the illegal turtle trade and habitat degradation may threaten the extinction of both hosts and parasite.
      Neither of the Obamas will live forever, but their name will as long as we are here, and there are folks like me who are fascinated by these genuinely remarkable and underappreciated organisms.
      (First of a two-part stories
      about The President and The Parasite)
      SMALL SCIENCE is a 268-page book written by 1967 Boardman High School graduate Tom Platt, the son of Ken and Jane Platt, who grew-up on Macachee Dr. It was published on June 16 and is available in paperback for $28. In the book, Platt provides perspectives on the places and people encountered along the way, details of interactions with wildlife, as well as interesting and accessible insights into parasite behavior in the external environment and with their hosts. ‘Small Science’ is an inspiring story of an unexceptional high school student’s path through college, graduate school, the academy, and a successful research career. The book is available on Amazon, or can be purchased through Kindle.
  Boardman To Receive $4.068 Million In Relief Plan Subsidies  
  August 5, 2021 Edition  
     According to the Ohio Association of Townships (OTA), Boardman Township is set to receive $4.068 million in funding from the American Relief Plan (ARP).
      The ARA provides additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19.
      After months of uncertainty, with townships unintentionally left out of original ARP bill language – due to definition inconsistencies for “non-entitlement unit of local government” (NEUs) – it was announced by the US Treasury in May that Ohio was one of eight states in which the state itself would determine ARP eligibility and the definition of NEUs. In late June, township eligibility was placed into first SB 111 and then HB 168; and after signature of HB 168 by Gov. Mike DeWine, townships in Ohio have finally and rightfully been confirmed for direct ARP funding as true units of local government.
      According to the OTA, eligible uses include:
       • Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.
       •Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector.
       •Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic.
       •Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors.
       •Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.
      Half of the APR funding is to be distributed this year and half is to be distributed next year. The funding will be distributed through the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) by population.
      According to the OTA, other townships in Mahoning County set to receive ARP funding includes Austintown, $3.654 million; Canfield, $815,487; Coitsville, $137,852; Ellsworth, $221,129; Goshen, $323,785; Green, $316,348; Jackson, $254,335; Milton, $254,335; Poland, $1,24 million; Smith, $347,040; and Springfield, $668,628.
  Book Details Author’s Worldwide Search For Parasites  
  July 29, 2021 Edition  
     Tom Platt, Boardman High School Class of 1967, who later went on to earn his PhD in Parasitoloy, has just had a book, ‘Small Science,’ published. The book chronicles his
      personal life, as well as his travels around the world in furtherance of his research. Platt’s road to success was not initially smooth. Faced with a brutal tenure rejection at the start of his career, he was told that “You are not the type of person we want to invest in for the next 30 years.” After a brief stint in the business world, Platt bounced back in spectacular fashion by embarking on a successful 28-year career at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind. He traveled extensively in search of new species of parasitic worms, from Costa Rica to the far-flung reaches of Australia and Malaysia. His love of turtles and their parasites led to the discovery of 30 new species, 11 new genera, and international recognition. He provides perspectives on the places and people encountered along the way, details of interactions with wildlife, as well as interesting and accessible insights into parasite behavior in the external environment and with their hosts. The link to his book is https/
  Fireworks At Boardman Park Aug. 28  
  July 29, 2021 Edition  
     FIREWORKS WILL BE BACK AT BOARDMAN PARK on Sat., Aug. 28 when a concert at the Maag Outdoor Arts Theater will be followed by a Phantom Fireworks display. Details of the event are still being finalized and will be announced soon, the park’s executive director, Dan Slagle Jr., said this week.
  Road Resurfacing Projects Will Begin In August  
  July 29, 2021 Edition  
     Road resurfacing projects that will be get underway in August in Boardman Township include Oakridge Dr., from Applecrest to Mapleridge Dr.; Squirrel Hill Dr., from Jaguar Dr. to Silver Fox; Paulin Dr., from Walker Mill Rd. to Tamarisk Trail; Sheridan Rd., from
      Country Club Ave. to Mathews Rd.; Salinas Trail, from Rt. 224 to Stadium Dr.; Green Glen Dr., from St. Albans to a dead end; Banbury Dr., from Green Glen to Robinhood; and
      Robinhood Dr., from Banbury to a dead end.
  Cattle Baron’s Ball Will Be Aug. 13 At The Lake Club  
  July 22, 2021 Edition  
     The 15th annual American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball, ‘Denims and Diamonds,” will be held at the Lake Club on Fri., Aug 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The ball is one of the Mahoning Valley’s premiere charity events, with tickets selling out each year and tens of thousands of dollars raised to fund the fight against cancer.
      This year’s honorees, chairs, event sponsor, and special guests include---
       •Honorary Chairs: Lauren Lindvig, Ron Flaviano, Fred Housel.
       •Medical Honorees: Kene Ugokwe, MD, and Jennifer Baird, MD.
       •Cancer Survivor Honoree: Jennifer Sayavich.
       •Special Guests/Pediatric Cancer Survivors: Brett Wilcox and Ava Timko.
       •Event Chairs: Carole Weimer and Annette Camacci.
      2021 survivor honoree is Jen Sayavich of Sweet Arrangements Florist, who has battled breast cancer as a young mother. The 2021 medical honorees are both also cancer survivors: Dr. Kene Ugokwe, a Mercy Health neurosurgeon, and Dr. Jennifer Baird, a physician with The Center for Women.
      Pediatric cancer survivors Brett Wilcox and Ava Timko, who were honored at this event in 2012 and 2013, have continued to be guests at the ball, providing all who battle cancer with pride and hope for the future.
      This year’s event will also recognize 2020 honorees, whose event was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      2020 honorary chairs were Patt and Doug Sweeney. Patt is the former health commissioner for the Mahoning County Health District and Doug is the former president of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC.
      The medical honoree of 2020 was Dr. Thomas Chirichella, a Mercy Health physician and surgeon, associated with the Mercy Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Center.
      The Survivor Honoree of 2020 was Mrs. Robin Daprile, who sadly lost her battle to cancer several months after the Cattle Baron’s Ball aired in August, 2020.
      The Cattle Baron’s Ball will offer attendees a lively, western-themed party featuring gourmet cuisine, musical entertainment and dancing, live and silent auctions, and much more. Attendees are encouraged to don their favorite country/western denim along with some glitz for this “Denim and Diamonds” event.
      Entertainment will be provided by Leanne Binder during the 6-7 p.m. cocktail hour, and the K Street Band will provide entertainment for the balance of the evening. Returning for this year will be Dana Balash from WFMJ, who will serve as master of ceremonies.
      The event is made possible through the generous support of the presenting sponsor Mercy Health. Additional major sponsors include Hollywood Gaming; Komara Jewelers; The Muransky Companies; Simon Roofing; Richard and Susan Sokolov; and Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC.
      To purchase tickets, provide a sponsorship or auction items, contact the American Cancer Society at 330-318-4107, or or visit
  Township Trustees Approve Body Cameras For Police Officers  
  July 15, 2021 Edition  
      Meeting on Monday, Boardman Township Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of body cameras for Boardman Police Department officers. Police Chief Todd Werth said the cameras could be in use within two months, and that his department has been developing rules and standards for the use of the cameras for several months.
      Policies have been developed and presented to the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office for review, Chief Werth said, adding that body cameras are important to law enforcement and “facilitate the collection of evidence, prosecution of suspects, and provide transparency.”
      On Monday night, Trustees approved a five-year service agreement with Watch Guard/Motorola for the body cameras at a cost of $216,000.
  24-Year-Old Man Shot During Encounter With Police Officer  
  July 15, 2021 Edition  
     A 24-year-old man was shot and wounded by a Boardman police officer early Tuesday morning on South Ave., near Mathews Rd.
      About 12:40 a.m., the officer saw a man wearing a trench coat and carrying a baseball bat while riding a bicycle along South Ave. near Mathews Rd. The officer stopped to speak with the man, and sources indicate the man came towards the officer.
      “I will be out with a male with a baseball bat,” the officer informed police dispatch. Moments later he requested a back-up and within 30 seconds, he announced ‘shots fired, man down.’
      The officer immediately went to provide life-saving measures to the man, as 14 police officers converged on the scene. The suspect reportedly brandished a knife and four knives were seized as evidence.
      Damian Cessna, 24, of 7059 West Blvd., #187, was transported to a medical facility within 14 minutes, He is charged with felonious assault.
      According to his Facebook page, Cessna is a graduate of Boardman High School and is employed as a stage set-up worker at Skull’Rz Bane band.
      Several police sources indicate
      His Facebook page notes---
       •About Damian: “Never give up. even when im down or depressed and say im giving up dont believe like most my freinds do a few that know me best know that i am unable to give and if i want something in life ill swear up and down im giving up but as soon as i get another chance im trying again even if i dont want to keep trying just because i want to accomplish it or die trying even though i say its hopeless im still trying again and to be honest not even i know why i keep trying against it all, but i do know something keeps me trying i just dont know what yet...”
  Akron Children’s Hospital Announces Plans To Expand Emergency Department  
  Facility Will Expand From 9,600 sq.-ft. to 34,700 sq.-ft.:   July 15, 2021 Edition  
     Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will be expanding the emergency department on its Beeghly campus and has received a $1 million gift from Leonard J. ‘Lenny’ Fisher, CEO of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt, to help support the project.
      The donation has been recognized with the naming of the Leonard J. Fisher Family building. Construction on the project is expected to begin this fall with an anticipated spring 2023 opening.
      In Oct., 2020, Fisher was recognized by the Boardman Civic Association as its Business Person of the Year.
      “I am pleased to support such an important initiative in the Mahoning Valley,” Fisher said. “The health of our children is so important, especially in today’s climate. And providing support for the emergency department, which has seen explosive growth, is a way that we can help impact the community for generations to come.”
      Since the opening of the Beeghly campus in December 2008, there have been over 348,000 visits to the hospital’s emergency department. The current facility has the capacity to see 80 patients per day, but the department regularly cares for well above that almost daily.
      The new facility will increase the emergency department’s square footage from 9,600 to 34,700. The emergency department will feature 23 treatment rooms designed with input from patient families and staff.
      “The need to expand this department is critical,” said Grace Wakulchik, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital. “Mr. Fisher’s generous gift is allowing us to get the fundraising for the expansion off the ground. We are so grateful for this support and for his long-time advocacy for children’s health care and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.”
      In addition, this gift will help fund three behavioral health rooms specially designed to take patients who are facing emotional and behavioral emergencies. The current department has one such room, which is often occupied.
      “Our expanded emergency department is a major investment in the Mahoning Valley community and continues to build on the commitment we began when we opened the campus in 2008,” said Paul Olivier, vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “It is through the generosity of donors, like Lenny Fisher, that makes projects like this possible.”
      “While we are off to a great start with this generous gift from Mr. Fisher,” chik said. “We still have funds to raise. The generosity of the Mahoning Valley is unparalleled, and we look forward to working with donors and community leaders to bring the project to a successful conclusion to ensure the children and families in the Mahoning Valley have the access to care they deserve.”
      Lenny Fisher is the chairman of the board of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. He has been a long-time supporter of children’s health in the Mahoning Valley through his support of Akron Children’s Hospital. His support has included the Vision for our Valley’s Children Campaign Fund, the Pediatric Cardiology Fund and the Mahoning Valley Fund. In addition, Mr. Fisher helped launch the Koins for Kids Campaign that challenges schools in Trumbull and Mahoning counties to raise awareness and funds to support Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
      Handels was founded in July, 1945 by Alice Handel, who began serving ice cream out of her husband’s gas station in Youngstown. For many years the company operated its business in the Fosterville area of Youngstown, before moving to Boardman.
      Since then, Handel’s has grown to include locations in California, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Oregon. The menu has expanded to include over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream and yogurt. Handel’s success has been documented in many national publications including USA Today, People Magazine, Chocolatier Magazine, and US News and World Report.
      Recently published books “The Ten Best of Everything” and “Everybody Loves Ice Cream” both recognize Handel’s as one of the best ice creams in the world.
  Trustees Approve $10,000 For Free Composting Services To Boardman Residents  
  July 8, 2021 Edition  
      Meeting last week, Boardman Township Trustees Thomas Costello, Brad Calhoun and Larry Moliterno approved an agreement with Elliott’s Garden Center, 1283 West Western Reserve Rd. to provide free composting services to ‘non-commercial’ residents of Boardman.
      The agreement is for services through Mar. 30, 2024. Cost of the services is $10,000.
      Yard waste accepted includes brush (4-ft. or less and 6-inches or less in diameter), tree and shrub prunings, grass clippings, garden waste (vegetative and perennials), loose leaves or paper bagged leaves), ornamental grasses, and clean pallets. Waste must be separated into grass, leaves and brush. No trash (plastic, glass, metal, rocks or food waste) will be accepted. All plastic bags must be emptied and discarded. No animal waste or batteries.
      All township residents must sign in at the Elliott’s office prior to dumping.
      Trustees also approved a lease agreement for $5250 with the Mahoning County Board of Commissioners to provide funding for a public recycling site.
      By unanimous vote, Trustees adopted a resolution to place a 3-mil current expenses renewal levy on the November ballot.
      Proclamations recognizing four employees of Giant Eagle were presented to Chris Spencer, Sara Jeffrey, Tiffany Adkins and Christine Kennedy for their life saving efforts involving a 5-year-old girl, Alex Lucas.
      The child was inside a local Giant Eagle store when her heart stopped beating while she was inside a bathroom. Spencer, Jeffrey, Adkins and Kennedy immediately reacted, performing CPR, calling 9-1-1 and using an AED to assist the child.
      Since that emergency, Lucas has been diagnosed with a heart condition called CPVT. Her family says she is doing well and that she has a permanent defibrillator on her chest.
  School Board Adds Online Academy Director; Names New Director Of Operations  
  June 24, 2021 Edition  
     During a special meeting held last week, the Boardman Board of Education hired a new director of operations; and added a supervisor to direct digital education provided by the newly-established Spartan Online Academy.
      Brian Fonderlin was hired as Director Operations and Human Resource, and Edward Admas was named Supervisor of Digital Instruction. Fonderlin’s beginning salary is set at $90,500; while Adams roles in digital education brings a $49,812 annual salary.
      Fonderlin will replace Matt McKenzie who resigned his position effective June 30, 2021. Fonderlin’s 3-year contract begins July 1, 2021.
      Fonderlin, a Boardman resident, is a former owner of a construction business, and currently serves as an Assistant High School Principal in the Niles School District.
      “Brian Fonderlin comes to us with the best of both worlds: he knows buildings, construction and maintenance--as well as all the rigors of school administration, scheduling and personnel,” said Superintendent Tim Saxton.
      In the private sector, he owned and managed Fonderlin Restoration, Inc. for 16 years. His company specialized in new construction of residential and commercial buildings across three states and he also did restoration projects. In the education sector, Fonderlin taught and coached at Jackson Milton Local Schools for 6 years, and most recently has served as assistant principal at Niles McKinley High School.
      “This is a great opportunity for me to serve the community where my children grew up,” said Fonderlin. “I am honored to join the Spartan family, and look forward to getting started.”
      Fonderlin earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Youngstown State University and a masters in Leadership in Educational Administration from Capella University.
      Fonderlin and his wife Barb, who is a guidance counselor at Glenwood Junior High School, have lived in Boardman for more than 20 years, and raised three children here.
      Adams is currently serves as the Boardman Local School District’s STEAM advisor and his role will be expanded to oversee all virtual learning.
      Adams was hired by Boardman Schools in 2018 as the technology teacher at West Boulevard Elementary. He quickly expanded that role, as the overall STEAM coach in the district the following year. Adams has established a hands-on STEAM program at all three elementary schools. He has introduced K-3 students to coding concepts, 3-D printing, and robotics. He also played a critical role as the district transitioned to remote learning during the pandemic.
      “Ed Adams has brought excitement and great ideas to our STEAM instruction, keeping the attention of our youngest Spartans with unique projects,” said Director of Instruction Jared Cardillo. “We are certain he is the right person to guide our new virtual learning academy so that all of our remote students are engaged and learning.”
      Adams earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Youngstown State University, and a masters in Political Science-Security Studies from the University of Akron. He is currently pursuing a second Masters in STEM Curriculum and Instruction at YSU.
      “I’m very excited to enter into this new chapter of my career here in Boardman,” said Adams. “This district has time and again demonstrated a real commitment to understanding how best to use technology to make learning more exciting, engaging, and accessible for our students, and I am truly honored to have the opportunity to help lead this effort.”
      Adams will continue his role as STEAM coach for the district, and also oversee all aspects of the Spartan Online Academy in August. Spartan Online Academy information can be found on the district website.
  ‘Ditch Digger’ Hopes To Repay Steve Bendel’s Good Deeds With The Creation Of A Memorial Fund  
  June 24, 2021 Edition  
     Steve Bendel Jr., 54, of Amberwood Trail, the owner of Bendel Enterprises Incorporated (B.E.I.) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack on May 12. Frank Quinlan, one of Mr. Bendel’s employees, is leading an effort to raise money and donate it in Mr. Bendel’s memory.
      “Mr. Bendel was the type of man that would not turn anyone down. He would put everyone in front of him and put himself at the bottom of the list. Mr. Bendel would drop everything he was doing to go and help someone in need,” Quinlan said.
      “I am that little boy in the poem Ditch Diggers, who plays with Lincoln logs and Tonka trucks. Thanks to Mr. Bendel, my mentor and friend, he saw this love I had and allowed me the opportunity to work beside him. From the time I was 11-years-old, I would spend my summers working alongside him, learning the trade. I too am a ditch digger and Mr. Bendel was the reason for it. I want to use this fund to help other future ditch diggers as well,” Quinlan said, adding “Since Mr. Bendel was taken from his life too early, all of his good deeds and favors could never possibly be repaid. With this memorial fund, I am hoping to pay all of his good deeds forward.”
      A portion of the funds raised will be donated to Glenwood Junior High and Boardman High School, both of which Mr. Bendel was an alumni. The donation for Glenwood Junior High will help with the purchasing of equipment and supplies for the Boardman Makers Club. The donation for Boardman High School will aid with the redevelopment of the industrial art classes.
      Mr. Bendel was a 1984 graduate of Boardman High School. While in high school he won the prestigious Lincoln Electric welding award and also the Golden Hammer.
      “It is my hope that the funds donated to these two schools will help to teach students the tools of the trade that are needed to be future ditch diggers,” Quinlan said.
      The rest of funds raised will be donated the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. The Mike Rowe Works Foundation is a foundation that raises money for students who have the dedication and work ethic to go into the trades. The foundation gives scholarships to those students who are in need. The foundation doesn’t just pick random kids to give the scholarships to. They are awarded them to people with a dedication to their trade.
      “Mr. Bendel left behind his family including a wife, four daughters, a brother and the B.E.I. business. If you were fortunate enough to know Mr. Bendel, you know that he was one of the nicest people around here. He was also one of the best equipment operators in the Mahoning Valley,” Quinlan said.
      Persons wishing to donate in Mr. Bendel’s memory can call 330-719-4295; or go to
      “I would like to say thank you in advance for any donations large or small. If you cannot make a donation, please keep the Bendel family in your hearts and prayers,” Quinlan said.
  Free Yard Waste Drop-Off  
  June 24, 2021 Edition  
     Boardman Township Trustees provide free composting for Boardman residents at Elliot’s Garden Center, 1283 West Western Reserve Rd. Yard waste accepted includes brush (4-ft. or less and 6-inches or less in diameter), tree and shrub prunings, grass clippings, garden waste (vegetative and perennials), loose leaves or paper bagged leaves), ornamental grasses, and clean pallets. Waste must be separated into grass, leaves and brush. No trash (plastic, glass, metal, rocks or food waste) will be accepted. All plastic bags must be emptied and discarded. No animal waste or batteries. All township residents must sign in at the Elliot’s office prior to dumping.
  Boardman High School Senior Noah Holdridge Receives $10,000 College Scholarship; Will Attend University Of Michigan  
  June 17, 2021 Edition  
Noah Holdridge
      In recognition of his academic achievement, Noah Holdridge,a 2021 graduate of Boardman High School, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Medical Mutual. Holdridge plans on attending the University of Michigan and majoring in chemical engineering. He was among six regional winners of $10,000 scholarships based on academic achievement and financial need.
      “Noah clearly was a high achiever at Boardman High School and is a deserving recipient of the scholarship,” said Ben Stoffer, Regional Vice President, East/Southeast Ohio. “Medical Mutual is pleased to support his pursuit of a college education in chemical engineering.”
      Noah, the son of Shannon Holdridge and the late Lynn Holdridge, of Presidential Dr., is a member of the National Honor Society at Boardman High School and graduated with ‘First in Class’ honors maintaining a 4.0 gpa while in high school
  24 Boardman Police Officers Deployed In Arrest Of Colorado Man Sought For Questioning By Secret Service  
  57-year-Old Tim Geisler Found At Red Roof Inn:   June 17, 2021 Edition  
      A Colorado Springs, Col. man was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest on Thurs., June 10 after Boardman police, accompanied by Secret Service agents, stormed the Red Roof Inn seeking to question 57-year-old Timothy Geisler, who apparently made questionable posts over social media.
      “The Secret Service needed to interview him regarding threats to the White House and believed he was in the process of traveling to Washington, D.C.,” Boardman Police Sgt. Paul Grimes said.
      According to police, 24 officers, including Chief Todd Werth, arrived at the Red Roof Inn about 11:30 a.m. and the first and second floors of the Inn were evacuated after local authorities learned the Secret Service had remotely tracked Geisler there.
      Police were told by an housekeeper at the inn that Geisler had been seen bringing a throwing axe, assorted pointed sticks and clubs into his room.
      Chief Werth and Sgt. Grimes were in a hallway near Geisler’s room, when, according to Sgt Grimes “suddenly, Geisler opened the door to his room and was face-to-face with Chief Werth with only one hand visible.”
      As Geisler was ordered to “show his hands,” he began to retreat back into his room when Chief Werth grabbed his hands and a struggle ensued.
      “Geisler was wrestling with the officers ordering him to the ground,” Sgt. Grimes said, adding a taser was deployed to help subdue the man.
      “Geisler went to the ground and after further wrestling, his hands were brought behind his back and he was handcuffed. He quickly calmed down,” Sgt Grimes said.
      Geisler was taken to the Boardman Police Department where he was interviewed by two Secret Service agents, then taken by ambulance to Mercy Health/Boardman for an evaluation. Sgt. Grimes said the axe, pointed sticks and clubs were seized by police.
  Several Initiatives Underway To Address Surface Water Issues In Boardman  
      associate editor
      Boardman Trustees are working on a host of initiatives to address surface water issues in the township this summer.
      Road Department Superintendent, Marilyn Kenner, said four homes on Wildwood Dr. and South Cadillac Dr. will be demolished and the properties will then be designed to move a water channel away from existing homes, and also to reduce the velocity of water flows during peak rainfalls.
      Homes set for demolition include 230 and 233 Wildwood Dr., and 230 and 241 South Cadillac Dr. Cost of the project is supported by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Kenner said.
      Meeting in May, Trustees Tom Costello, Brad Calhoun and Larry Moliterno approved a resolution to transfer property at 6706 Glendale Ave. to Boardman Township.
      “This property is known to flood during heavy storms and according to land revitalization protocols, this property will remain as green space,” Kenner said.
      She added, “As part of the stream restoration portion funded by FEMA grants, we will be removing a dam on Wildwood Drive to drain a pond and return it to a natural watercourse.”
      Other initiatives designed to improve drainage include in the Loch Heath/Heathers neighborhood, improvement to culverts on Turnberry Dr., Glenridge and Wildwood Dr., where erosion has undermined existing culverts.
      Boardman Township has received a $500,000 capital grant from the governor’s office, and those funds will be used to improve drainage near Market St. Elementary School.
      There are indications much of the school property will be donated by the Boardman Local School Board to the township to aid in addressing drainage issues associated with that property.
      “We are also applying for a grant his fall, that if approved, will also provide more funding for that project,” Kenner said.
  Boardman Community Baseball’s Field Of Dreams Complex To Celebrate 25th Anninversary With Ceremonies Set For June 26  
  43-Acre, 20-Field Facility Opened In 1996:   June 10, 2021 Edition  
      Boardman News Sports
      Boardman Community Baseball’s Fields of Dreams Complex is set to celebrate their 25th anniversary season on Saturday, June 25 with ceremonies scheduled for noon at their complex, located at 410 McClurg Rd.
      Ceremonies are open to the public free of charge.
      The 43-acre, 20-field baseball complex held opening ceremonies on June 15, 1996 with a parade of its current players, remarks by YSU President, Jim Tressel – at the time he was the Penguins’ head football coach and executive director of athletics – and former Major League all-star Dave Dravecky, a former Boardman Little League star pitcher.
      In a June 1994 article that appeared in The Boardman News, the first step toward realizing the dream of a centralized baseball complex for all Boardman youngsters occurred when Dr. John York and Clarence ‘Sonny’ Smith, the collective driving force behind the project, reached an agreement with three local doctors (Dr. Daniel P. DeGenova, Dr. Raymond S. Boniface and Dr. Elias T. Saadi) for Boardman Community Baseball to purchase 30 acres of land north of McClurg Rd.
      The doctors also agreed to donate an additional 10 acres for the project with several smaller parcels of land purchased to provide direct access from McClurg Rd. to the east of the Ohio Water Service towers.
      With the concurrence of the Boardman Community Baseball organization, Boardman Little League past-president, architect Chuck Schafer, who helped build the first community Little League Complex at Boardman Park, was asked to provide design services – he was aided by Paul Brock as on-site managers – while Warren ‘Pete’ Drescher agreed to provide surveying and field engineering services.
      Steel Valley Engineering volunteered to design the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems required for the entire complex with all professional services provided at no cost to Boardman Community Baseball.
      The rough grading, already completed, was provided by the A.P. O’Horo Co. with cooperation and assistance from the Operating Engineers Training Program, while several other members of the construction fraternity offered to provide services and-or materials.
      Parents of participating baseball players, skilled in various construction trades, also volunteered to join the construction team.
      The solicitation of funds, materials and services provided the main thrust of the construction efforts with the committee comprised of then current BCB president Marykaye Carlson, past president John Walsh, treasurer Tim Kaple, Jim Spaite, Woody Stone, Frank Dravecky, York, Smith and Schafer, who served as chairman.
      Greg Krieger, league secretary and director of complex operations, and a league board member for the past 28 years, is the unofficial historian of Boardman Community Baseball. HeLittle League since its chartering.
      “The Boardman Little League was chartered in 1955 and in 1993, merged with Boardman Youth Baseball,” Krieger stated. “Dr. John York, who came from BYB, then entered the picture and the two organizations merged to form Boardman Community Baseball. He knew that we outgrew our Boardman Park fields and parking was a challenge so in the winter of 1993, Dr. York, along with Clarence Smith, purchased the property on McClurg Rd. and gifted it to the league.”
      Schafer had a love for Little League baseball and for well over a quarter century, remained active as an announcer at the District tournament games during each summer session. Today, his son, Rick, carries on the tradition that his father started some six decades ago.
      Ironically, this year’s ceremonies will take place during the 18th annual Chuck Schafer Scholarship Tournament, a fundraiser which awards two, $2,500 yearly scholarships to an eligible Boardman High School, Cardinal Mooney or Ursuline High School player who has played at least five years at Fields of Dreams.
      The scholarships are announced during Boardman High’s annual year end awards ceremony.
      That first year in 1996, the organization offered 12 leagues with play in T-Ball (boys and girl’s baseball and softball), Minor League (boys and girls), Jr. Varsity (9 and 10, boys and girls), Varsity (11 and 12, boys and girls), Tri-T PONY League (13 and 14, boys and girls), Colt League (15-18 boys) and the ever popular Challenger Division (Co-ed, 4 though 18 years of age for mentally and physically challenged youth).
      This year, those same 12 leagues remain in existence and while 1,600 youths participated that first season at its Fields of Dreams Complex, close to half that number is expected to participate 25 years later.
      The challenge of an abbreviated 2020 season (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) is now a fading memory and Chad Miller, current league president, said it is nice to be able to return with a more normal schedule.
      “In 2020, our goal was to simply provide baseball and softball for the kids of Boardman,” Miller noted. “Our club officers and executive committee came up with a great plan to safely provide an opportunity to play and we did so from June 15 to July 30.
      “There were no state or all-star opportunities a year ago but this year, our 12-U Little League baseball and softball teams will play for a World Series championship. All others will play for a state crown but will not be eligible for regionals or a trip to the World Series.”
      In 25 years of play, BCB estimates that over 100,000 kids have enjoyed the use of its facilities, a site that has hosted multiple state Little League baseball and softball tournaments and all because Dr. John York and Clarence Smith had a vision to grow what had already become one of the very best Little League programs in the state of Ohio during its first 41 seasons of operation.
       NOTE: A total of 25 Boardman Community Baseball-Boardman Youth Baseball-Boardman Little League teams have won either a state, regional or World Series championship. They are as follows:
      1976: Little League Softball, State Champions
      1978: Senior League, State Champions
      1981: Senior League (13-yr. old Baseball), State, Regional and World Series Champions. (Ray ‘Bags’ Bagdasarrian, manager, Ed Moore and Mike Kish, coaches.
      1981: Senior League, State Champions
      1982: Senior League (13-yr. old Baseball), State Champions
      1983: Senior League, State Champions
      1985: Little League Baseball, State Champions
      1987: Little League Baseball, State Champions
      1988: Senior League Softball, State Champions
      1992: Little League Baseball, State Champions
      1994: 10-U Softball, State Champions
      1996: Little League Baseball, State Champions
      2002: Junior League Softball, State Champions
      2005: Little League Baseball, State Champions
      2006: Junior League Baseball, State Champions
      2006: Junior League Girl’s, State Champions
      2007: Junior League Girl’s, State and Regional Champions; World Series Participants
      2011: 11-U Baseball, State Champions
      2013: 11-U Softball, State Champions
      2014: Junior League Softball, State Champions
      2014: Intermediate 50-70, State Champions
      2014: 11-U Softball, State Champions
      2016: 10-U Baseball, State Champions
      2017: 11-U Baseball, State Champions (Back-to-Back)
      2019: 11-U Baseball, State Champions (Did not get a chance to defend their title in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic) notes that 2021 is the 66th year for Boardman
  Sister Jerome Corcoran, 105 Legendary Ambassador For The Poor  
  June 10, 2021 Edition  
Sister Jerome Corcoran
      associate editor
      Sister Jerome Corcoran, of the Ursuline Sisters, died Sun., June 6, at the age of 105. She served most uniquely as an ambassador for God and children in the Mahoning Valley for more than eight decades, and had a particular passion and ability to raise funds to benefit area youth.
      She was a woman of great compassion for others.
      Sister Jerome was a graduate of the first-ever coed class at Ursuline High School (1934) in Youngstown. She went on to earn both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She also earned her PhD. in education and research at Case Western Reserve University. She taught at colleges, universities, and Diocese of Youngstown Schools, as well as being a supervisor of education.
      She was recognized with numerous awards, including the Sargent Shiver Anti-Poverty Remedial Reading Award, B’nai B’rith Woman of the Year, Mahoning County Bar Association Annual Award, Ursuline High School Woman of the Year Award, Salvation Army Others Award, the Ohio Department of Education Award, the Chamber of Commerce William G. Lyden Spirit of the Valley Award, William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society Pioneer Award, and the Ethnic Heritage Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
      On May 19, 2016, Sister Jerome was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.
      At the time of her death, her popularity was as strong as ever, as many of her friends complained she had been kept out of public view, and contact with them. Despite this, she continued to show her compassion for others through telephone calls to her longtime friends and supporters, always offering encouragement through the word of God.
      In 1965, she began a children’s reading program and in 1967, the reading program was extended to adults. Over the next decade, 100 adults were able to receive GEDs through this program.
      Sister Jerome founded (in 1975) and operated the Mill Creek Children’s Center, preschool for children from low-income families, for more than 36 years until she was summarily dismissed from the post at the age of 96.
      That didn’t stop Sister Jerome’s efforts to help area youth.
      “The Lord has made me a tough old bird,” she said upon her dismissal, adding “I plan to work Sister I can be...I am thinking of one last big effort to thank the good Lord for my very happy life.”
      So, she continued to serve in education programs taking place in correctional facilities and opened her own nonprofit program called Sister Jerome’s Poor. She founded the Mission College program at the age of 97 in 2013. Its board selected 12 city college students with a promising future and helped them pay for their education either in college or technical school---as long as they held a job and kept their grades up.
      “That they learn, that they learn how to read, that they learn how to speak, they learn how to present themselves, the whole package is literacy,” Sister Jerome said of her missions in education.
      A year after she earned her doctorate in education and English, from 1953 to 1963, she was the supervisor of education for the Diocese of Youngstown.
      Sister Jerome Corcoran, was born Apr. 21, 1916 in Chicago, Ill, and moved to the Youngstown area as a child. Her parents were Irish and actually met in Chicago. With the United States economy down and unemployment rising, the family decided to move to Ireland where Sister Jerome and her parents lived six months with her father’s family and six months with her mother’s family, saving their money to come back to the United States.
      About 1924, her father heard that there was work in Youngstown, the family returned to the United States, purchasing the McKelvey home (from the department store era) on the city’s north side.
      Sister Jerome once recalled, “It was a magnificent home and my father thought with the three stories they could rent out rooms in an apartment on the top floor that would help pay for their mortgage.
      “The very top floor was rented out as an apartment, the second floor was rented out as rooms, and the main floor the family lived in.”
      “Every month, rent money would be collected and the family would then have me (8-year-old Sister Jerome) sit down and do the math on how much money was collected and subtract that from the mortgage to know what their balance would be.”
      Of course, as sister would later explain, she didn’t count any interest, as that was a more complicated.
      In June, 1935, at the age of 19, Sister Jerome received her White veil.
      Helping ‘working poor families,’ as she would always call them, was her passion. She helped college students with mentoring and expenses such as food, transportation and clothing.
      Many nights her friends would get calls from Sister Jerome, expressing her concern and need to be helping someone who had called her---whether the need was for gas or food, or other emergency, Sister Jerome was someone ‘to talk to,’ and depend on. Sister Jerome had no qualms about driving in so-called high crime areas and somehow she made everything seem okay.
      Those who knew her respected and loved her, and her spunky and persistent ways.
      In Oct., 2015, a 100th birthday party for Sister Jerome was held, even though her birthday was still six months away. The event, held at the Georgetown, was really a fund-raiser for Sister Jerome’s Poor and raised more than $100,000 for that mission.
      Spry and chipper on the backside of 99-years-old, (she was born Apr. 21, 1916) Sister Jerome told those in attendance that retirement was not an option.
      “I still have a lot to do,” she said after receiving accolades from local, state and national political figures, as well as a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis.
      “Poverty begets poverty, and the only hope to escape it is a good education. I have found this to be true time and again in my decades as an educator and school administrator,” Sister Jerome said.
      Asked about the secret of her longevity, Sister Jerome replied “My parents each lived to be 98-years-old, and that’s a good start. Aside from that, I have no idea.”
      A local group of many good friends of Sister Jerome are establishing a scholarship in her name at Youngstown State University. The scholarship will benefit students needing monetary help to further their education, which was Sister Jerome’s passion all her life.
      “Education is the way out of poverty, Education is the way to realize your potential,” Sister Jerome often observed.
      All donations may be sent to the Youngstown State University Foundation, 655 Wick Ave., Youngstown, Oh., 44502. Please put at the bottom memo line of your check: Sister Jerome’s Scholarship.
  Boardman Local School’s Retire-Rehire Program Will Save The District $131,952  
  June 3, 2021 Edition  
      Under terms of the Boardman Local Schools Retire-Rehire Program, Supt. Tim Saxton has been given a three-year contract that will reduce to salary by some $30,000. Meeting in May, the Boardman Local School Board gave the superintendent a new contract, but under the Retire-Rehire program his annual salary has been reduced from $120,477 a year to $89,307. “The new contract will save the district $31,139 a year,” said Treasurer Terry Armstrong, who noted three other staffers, Donnis Kaut, Betsy McCrate and Tom Davis, also joined the Retire-Rehire program. Coupled with Mr. Saxton’s contract, the new contracts will save the school district $131,952 in the next school year, Armstrong said.
  117th Annual Boardman Township Memorial Day  
  “A special breed of individual has always stepped forward to protect the sovereignty of our nation, and our way of life.”:   June 3, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      Boardman Township’s 117th annual Memorial Day observance was held Mon., May 31 at the Maag Amphitheater in Boardman Park where some 1,100 persons attended the ceremonies.
      Featured speaker was Gold Star Father Donald C. Clark, whose son Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark, died in a helicopter crash on Nov. 15, 2008 while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
      His 37 years were packed with life,” Mr. Clark said about his son, adding, “When he passed away that night, I realized he belongs to America. He’s not just mine; he’s also your soldier.”
      Serving as Master of Ceremonies was Mark Luke, of the Boardman Kiwanis Club.
      “Today is not a day for travel, vacationing, barbeques, family gatherings, swimming pool openings, picnis, walks in the park, wearing white from now to Labor Day, or even parades and services like this one....unless you choose them to be...because you can choose to spend your day in the manner you wish,” Luke said, adding “because great Americans with qualities like duty, honor, courage, service above self...gave you the freedoms to make your choices.”
      Luke said that throughout the history of the United States, “a special breed of individual has always stepped forward to protect the sovereignty of our nation, and our way of life, many of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice, surrendering their lives to the altar of freedom.
      “To those of you with us who served, or are serving our nation, and to those no longer with us, we, who now live in the greatest country in the world, say thank you.”
      Following Mr. Luke’s remarks, a wreath honoring current military personnel was placed at the Veterans’ Memorial in Boardman Park by Cassidy Bryan, president of the Boardman High School National Honor Society; and a rifle salute honoring all those who served in the armed forces presented by Sons of Confederate Veterans Ron Johnson, Kellie Wright and John Aaron.
      Providing patriotic music for the service were members of the Boardman High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Thomas M. Ruggieri.
      Members of the ensemble included Aeva Richard, Anna Shevock, Miranda Russell, Desi Girardi, Theresa Laverock, Molly DePinto, Ellie Leipply-Caban, Katelynn Kershaw, Tyler Tremayne, Riley McCurdy, Adam Lipka, Ryan Sweder, Zac Khoury, Lainey Beichner, Khloe McDaniel, Noelle Hammar, Emma Vondran, Ayden Dabney, Jason Lagese, Evan Sweder, Nick Ricottilli, Marshal Gollings, Alivia Shablesky, Caden Fleet, Isaiah Grazier, Sonny Testa, Teddy Anzevino, Zach Knickerbocker, Jason Sweder, Caleb Austin, Michael Misel, Max Martin, Nick Vivaqua, Nathan West, Aidan Swavel, Megan Bendel, Aaron Viars, Vivien Smith, Jacob Wolf, Noah Holdridge, Connor Zimmer, James Jama, Andrew Schrembeck, James Solmen, Brayden Norvell, Tommy Doerr, Sal Buonamici, Carlos Gonzalez, Brayden Norvell, Joey Callard, Emily Honthy, Celesta Richard, Logan Ciavarella, Erik Lipinsky, Benji Rolston, Anthony DeMain, John Cagnina and Zoey Fick-Mills.
      The ensemble closed the Memorial Day Ceremonies with Stars and Stripes Forever.
      Leading the Star Spangled Banner was vocalist Miranda Russell, and delivering the invocation was Lauren Johnson. Conducting the flag ceremony were members of Boy Scout Troop 46.
      Special recognition was given to three members of the Boardman community who passed away during the past year, including Clarence ‘Sonny’ Smith, Peter J. Gross and Earl ‘Dig’ Coffin.
      PICTURED: photo/John A. Darnell jr.
       SOME 1,110 PERSONS ATTENDED THE 117th annual Boardman Township Memorial Day services held in Boardman Park on Mon., May 31. Pictured, many of those in attendance join in the Pledge of Allegiance.
  Gold Star Father Donald C. Clark Featured Speaker At Boardman Township Memorial Day Observance  
  June 3, 2021 Edition  
     photo/John A. Darnell jr.
       FEATURED SPEAKER AT BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP Memorial Day observances held in Boardman Park was Gold Star Father Donald C. Clark, whose son, CWO Donald V. Clark died at the age of 37 when his OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashed while on a mission over Mosul, Iraq on Nov. 15, 2008.
  ABC Water & Stormwater District  
  Begins Work On Culvert Replacement:   May 27, 2021 Edition  
     photo/John A. Darnell jr.
       WORK BEGAN ON A $980,000 CULVERT REPLACEMENT PROJECT last week in the Loch Heath-Red Grouse neighborhood. Rudzik Excavating is clearing and replacing culverts that are a constant maintenance concern and that have deteriorated, including one culvert that caused a sink hole. Once the project is completed, surface water/drainage issues will be greatly reduced. The project is funded through the ABC Water and Stormwater District.
  15 Seniors Awarded Prestigious Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarships  
  May 27, 2021 Edition  
     Denise DeBartolo York and Dr. John York, San Francisco 49ers co-chairs and longtime education advocates, awarded 15 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in ceremonies held last week at the Lake Club.
      The scholarships, part of The Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation, totaled $150,000 were presented to the recipients during a luncheon for the students and their families.
      The scholarship was first established by DeBartolo York’s father, Edward J. DeBartolo, and several close friends, who worked to provide commendable youth the opportunity to continue their education. The scholarship foundation, overseen by the Yorks in honor of Mr. DeBartolo, serves to provide the same platform for excellent area youth in need of financial assistance.
      “My father believed that all students who have demonstrated intensity and desire to achieve their personal goals, regardless of their financial situation, should be afforded the opportunity to receive a college education. The goals of the foundation are to continue to reward those students who have proven themselves as role models and leaders in their community.” said Mrs. DeBartolo York.
      The 2021 scholarship recipients are---
       •Megan Black, South Range High School. She
      plans to attend either Mount Union, Youngstown State or The Ohio State University to study nursing.
       •Angelica Bohurjack, Austintown Fitch High School. She plans to attend Duquesne University and study music education.
       •Bailey Campbell, West Branch High School. She plans to attend ether Ohio University or The Ohio State University to study biology/pre-med.
       •Megan Chludzinski, Lisbon High School. She plans to attend The Ohio State University to study food science and technology.
       •Brooklyn Funari, Columbiana High School. She plans to attend Kent State University to study nursing.
       •George Getsy Jr., South Range High School. He plans to attend The Ohio State University to study political science.
       •Alannah Hetzel, Boardman High School. She plans to attend either Youngstown State or Franciscan University of Steubenville to study early childhood special education.
       •Nikole Husnick, Brookfield High School. She plans to attend either Walsh College, Edinboro University or Slippery Rock University to study exercise science.
       •Ruth Kaiser, Bloomfield High School. She plans to attend Cleveland State University to study studio art.
       •Makenzie McBride, Liberty High School. She plans to attend either The Ohio State University or Youngstown State to study mechanical engineering.
       •Hannah Minor, United Local High School. She plans to attend Slippery Rock University to study public health (pre-physician’s assistant).
       •Krista Perry, Crestview High School. She plans to attend Walsh University to study education.
       •Lily Secrest, Salem High School. She plans to attend either Ohio University, Mount Union, or Hiram College to study environmental civil engineering.
       •James Shaffer, Campbell Memorial High School. He plans to attend Grove City College to study accounting.
       •Tatiana Tolson, Cardinal Mooney High School. She plans to attend either Walsh University, John Carroll University or the University of Miami to study chemistry/pre-med.
      More than 350 applications were received by The Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which included grade transcripts, student essays and recommendations from guidance counselors and principals. Scholarship award winners are determined by academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.
      The Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 Million in scholarships over the past 24 years and strives to provide advanced education for deserving valley students well into the future.
  Poland School Administrators Named Principals At BHS And Center Intermediate  
  May 27, 2021 Edition  
     Meeting on Monday, May 24, the Boardman Board of Education hired principals for Boardman High School and Center Intermediate School.
      Tapped as the new high school principal, replacing Cyndi Fernback, is Mark Zura; and named new principal at Center Intermediate is Mike Masucci, who replaces Randy Ebie.
      Both new principals come to the Boardman Local School District after serving as administrators with the Poland Local Schools.
      Zura and Masucci received three-year contracts.
      Zura currently serves as Director of Student Services in the Poland Local School District. He has more than 20 years of educational experience, half of which was spent at Boardman. He served as an intervention specialist, teaching math at BHS before becoming Assistant High School Principal, and then Boardman’s Director of Student Services as recently as 2019.
      “I witnessed Mr. Zura grow into an outstanding leader over his nine years as a Boardman staff member and was saddened to see him leave in 2019,” said Supt. Tim Saxton. “He returns to Boardman with even greater leadership skills and wisdom after serving the Poland Local Schools. Boardman High School is in great hands with Mr. Zura at the helm.”
      A West Branch native, Zura earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Youngstown State University, a masters in education administration from Ashland University. He also earned superintendent licensure from Ashland in 2014.
      “I recently returned to [Boardman’s] campus to watch Project Mayhem rehearse for their concert this past weekend and I just felt a sense of great pride,” said Zura. “So many Spartan teachers, staff and administrators continue to have a great impact on me. I am so excited to return to a role where I can get to know and work closely with students, parents and staff members with the goal of building strong relationships and trust.”
      Zura and his wife Jennifer have two children---Olivia is a sophomore and Sean is finishing seventh grade. Education runs in the family, as his wife teaches math in Liberty.
      Zura’s annual salary will be $99,127.
      Masucci is currently principal at Poland Union Elementary School. He is a seasoned educator who began his 27 year career as a Title teacher at Boardman’s West Boulevard Elementary School, taught first grade for eight years in Poland before becoming an elementary principal in 2002.
      “Mr. Masucci brings to Center Intermediate School decades of proven success and dedication to his staff and students,” said Supt. Saxton. “After repeated years of change at our intermediate school, we are excited for the staff and the families at Center to experience Mr. Masucci’s outstanding leadership and passion.”
      A graduate of the Boardman High School Class of 1989, Masucci earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Youngstown State, and his masters in educational administration from YSU in 2001.
      “At 50-years-old, I decided to take a leap. The role of principal of Center Intermediate is an incredible opportunity and I cannot wait to get started,” said Masucci. “I am humbled to join such a tremendous team and look forward to creating a warm, friendly environment where everyone feels welcomed and appreciated.”
      Masucci and his wife Michelle, have three children: a son, Michael, and two daughters, Katie and Hannah.
      Masucci’s annual salary will be $99,820.
  What’s Going On At Local Hostelries?  
  May 20, 2021 Edition  
     Days Inn: Meth Explosion
      Holiday Inn: Unwanted Guests
      Red Roof Inn: Looking For 15-Year-Old Girl (Found At Holiday Inn)
      Boardman Inn: Man Stabbed
      associate editor
      A 39-year-old North Brockway Ave., Youngstown man was lodged into the Mahoning County Jail last week after some suspected meth he was cooking blew-up in a room sometime around 9:00 a.m. at the Days Inn, 7393 South Ave. on Thurs., Mar. 11.
      Justin Robert Bowman, 39, was charged with aggravated arson, possession of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, tampering with evidence and inducing panic.
      The Boardman Fire Department was called to the inn after a fire alarm activated. Lt. Joel Wharry, of the BFD, then called Boardman police to the scene to check for a possible meth law in room #127.
      Wharry told police a man staying in room #127 told him that he was cooking food on a hot plate when it caught fire.
      Plt. Steve Dubos then interviewed the man, identified as Bowman, who told the police officer “Man, I had a hot plate in there, the plastic under it melted. I freaked-out and it started smoking, so I put the hot plate under water. It steamed-up real bad, and now it’s everywhere.”
      However, Sgt. Glenn Patton, of the BPD, said fire department personnel were unable to locate a cook plate in room #127, or any burnt food.
      Footage from video surveillance cameras obtained by Boardman police showed Bowman enter room #127 about 8:30 a.m. and about an hour later, “smoke is seen coming out from under the door and the fire alarm begins to go off.”
      Police said Bowman, who claimed to be a student at Kent State, is then captured on an exterior surveillance camera exiting the inn and carrying a large, black plastic bag.
      The bag was later located by Lt. Wharry and Ptl. Mike Dado, and Sgt. Mike Hughes, head of the BPD’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) “identified the presence of chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine,” Sgt. Patton said.
      Owner of the inn, identified as Munawar Chaudry, told police when he entered room #127, “fumes smelled like starter fluid.”
      Sgt. Hughes said he determined “while cooking the methamphetamine, an explosion curred that caused smoke in the hallway, leading to the fire alarm activation and eventual evacuation of the inn.”
      Sgt. Hughes also learned during the incident, the Mahoning County Childrens Services came to the Days Inn to check on the welfare of a 1-year-old child staying there. Once the child’s presence was confirmed, the possession of chemicals charge was enhanced to a felony-2 crime.
      Sgt. Patton said once Bowman was placed into handcuffs, he began to complain of chest pain and he was taken to Mercy Health (under police guard) for an evaluation.
      Once released from the hospital, Bowman was booked and taken to jail where he was lodged without bail.
      Holiday Inn
      On May 7, near midnight, police were called to the Holiday Inn, 7410 South Ave., after they were told the occupants of room #501 had tampered with a fire alarm. The front desk manager asked police to help with evicting the guests in that room.
      When hotel management, accompanied by police, entered the room, no one was inside.
      Ptl. Daryn Tallman said in plain view on a dresser was a credit card in the name of Monica Robles. On the credit card was a white powder residue, Officer Tallman said, adding there was also possible remnants of some type of ecstasy pills.
      Police learned a man who used the name of Michael Roddy had rented the room and he had paid for an additional night so a female could stay there.
      About 40 minutes after police arrived, Robles, 23, showed-up at the hotel to get her belongings out of room #501, Officer Tallman said.
      Red Roof Inn
      About 11:00 p.m. on May 3, police were called to the Red Roof Inn, 1051 Tiffany South Blvd., in response to a reported fight, that included a claim a female jumped over the front counter.
      While investigating that claim, police located a group of individuals at a nearby convenience store, Country Fair on South Ave., where they spoke to 34-year-old Naqkeei McRae, of Braddock, Pa.
      McRae denied jumping over the counter at the Red Roof Inn, but said she and other family members went to the inn looking for her 15-year-old daughter.
      McRae told police her daughter had her hair done on the east side of Youngstown, then apparently left the hair dresser and went to the Red Roof Inn.
      McRae told police she and family members “saw” the 15-year-old girl, Cheelo, at the inn.
      “She ran from them (mother and family members) and would not talk to them,” McRae told Ptl. Angelo Pasquale.
      Police said they contacted a man by the name of Kelvin Monseraat, who was able to call Cheelo, who was then located at the Holiday Inn on South Ave.
      “Cheelo stated that she didn’t run away...(and) she went to the Red Roof Inn with her cousin, whom she could not identify,” Officer Pasquale said.
      Boardman Inn
      On Thurs., May 13, about 11:30 p.m., three Boardman police officers were sent to the Boardman Inn, 7109 Market St., after the manager of the business, Teja Patel, said he was monitoring an altercation on a surveillance video.
      Police learned that Deletaire White, 38, of 293 North Martha Ave., Akron, Oh. and Christopher Terrence Israel Waller, 20, of 412 Wirt St., Youngstown, Oh., had been involved in a physical altercation. Waller told police his hand was sore from duking White in the face, but he refused medical attention,
      While investigating the assault, police learned that Waller was wanted on a warrant issued out of Liberty Township. He was taken to the Mahoning County Jail where his custody was released to the Liberty Police Department.
      Boardman Inn
      On Fri., May 14 about 12:45 p.m., police were called to the Boardman Inn for a reported stabbing where the victim was reported to be Michael Mazorra, 29, of 448 Richland Ave., Youngstown, Oh. Police interviewed 29-year-old Hali Delgado, of 50 Westminster Ave., Austintown, who told Ptl Evan Beil she and Mazorra were arguing. “She stated that Mazorra was beating her up, so she grabbed a knife and was swinging it around,” Officer Beil said. Delgado was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence. Police said that Mazorra had been stabbed in the stomach and back, and had a cut behind his left ear.
  May 20, 2021 Edition  
     The 117th annual Boardman Memorial Day Service will be held Monday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Boardman Park’s Maag Outdoor Amphitheater where all who have served America in the armed forces, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in military service will be honored.
      All veterans and community members are welcome to recognize, remember and express solemn thankfulness for the historical sacrifices made to preserve the American way of life.
      Featured speaker will be Gold Star father Donald Clark, who will speak about his son, Donald V. Clark, who died in a helicopter crash over Mosul, Iraq in 2008.
      William Wainio will give the invocation. Lt. Colonel Bill Moss, USAF retired, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and place a wreath in honor of deceased veterans.
      Boardman High School National Honor Society President Cassidy Bryan will place a wreath in honor of those currently serving in the military. Mark Luke, of the Boardman Kiwanis Club, will serve as master of ceremonies.
      The Boardman High School Wind Ensemble, conducted by Tom Ruggieri, will provide music for the service.
      “We thank and recognize everyone who makes this event a success – our Military Veterans, Boardman Township Park, Boardman Local School District, Boardman Police Department, Boardman Fire Department, and our many volunteers and attendees. We are truly humbled by the public interest and dedication that so many have for our cherished annual service,” said Luke.
      In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Boardman Park Lariccia Community Center at 10:00 a.m.
  Four Appointed To YSU Foundation Board Of Trustees  
  May 20, 2021 Edition  
     The Youngstown State University Foundation announces the appointment of four new trustees to its Board of Trustees, with two-year terms that began on May 10. The incoming cohort includes Nancy Beeghly, Martha Bushey, Nikki Carter and Scott Schulick.
      “The YSU Foundation Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome new members who will champion for YSU students and the Foundation,” said Board Chairman Frank Hierro. “Their addition strengthens our existing Board, whose experience and passion for helping YSU and its students enhance the future and mission of the YSU Foundation.”
      Nancy Beeghly is a former educator and columnist with the Vindicator. She is a well regarded community philanthropist, having served on various nonprofit and higher education boards and committees. Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mount Union and an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Westminster College. For over 30 years, she has volunteered at the YSU English Festival and was a member of its advisory committee.
      Atty. Martha Bushey is a partner with Manchester, Newman, and Bennett. Her career path began as a nurse, graduating from YSU with a B.S.N. She later earned her J.D. at the Akron School of Law. Martha is very involved in community matters through her volunteer services over the years, such as being on the board of directors for Bon Secours Mercy Health, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber and Boardman Civic Association. She is also a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley.
      Nikki Carter is the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of the Samaritan Group Bon Secours Mercy Health. Her background has been substantially in the healthcare industry. These roles include being the Vice President of Cancer Care Services at the Cleveland Clinic and holding multiple positions within Mercy Health. Nikki is a Board Member and Program Committee Member for the American College of Healthcare Executives Northern Ohio Chapter and involved in civic organizations such as the YMCA and Inspiring Minds. Nikki earned a Master’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Public Health, both from West Virginia University.
      Scott Schulick earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from YSU and a Master’s of Business with a concentration in finance. Scott is the Vice President/Investments, AIF (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) with Stifel, Nicolas & Co., Inc, where he works with individuals and other entities on investment planning and management. He is a former board member on both YSU and the Foundation’s boards. Scott volunteers his time as a member of the YSU We See Tomorrow Campaign Cabinet Committee and other charitable causes.
      Founded in 1966, the YSU Foundation is the nonprofit philanthropic entity of YSU. In the 2020-2021 academic year, the Foundation provided a record of $9.9 million in scholarship and program support for YSU students.
  Longtime Administrators, Teacher Will Retire  
  From Boardman Local Schools:   May 13, 2021 Edition  
      Three longtime members of the Boardman Local School staff, including two principals, will retire this year.
      Boardman High School Principal Cyndi Fernback will step down from her position, effective July 31; while Center Intermediate Principal Randall Ebie will leave his post. effective June 30.
      Also leaving the system will be longtime teacher Brad Calhoun, who also serves as a Boardman Township Trustee. Calhoun will join the management team at Phantom Fireworks upon his retirement from the local school system.
      Fernback, a 1984 graduate of Boardman High School, has been employed by the Boardman Local Schools for 33 years, including the past six years as high school principal.
      In announcing her retirement, Fernback said “As I am finishing my 33rd year in education, all of them amazing experiences, I am making the joyful decision to retire. I have loved my role as an administrator for Boardman Schools so very much, but at this time I have a deep yearning to clear a new space in my life, to create a new openness for new roles and experiences to come. I am not so much leaving a job as I am returning to me, my life, my family, my friends, my husband, my beautiful grandchildren.
      “I will work again someday, this I know. But for now I am going to take some time to explore balance and quiet and time—time to fill as my heart and soul desire.
      “I am leaving BHS with joy, deep fulfillment, gratitude, and love for the place that gave me so many opportunities. I will miss all of the people in that amazing building.”
      Ebie has been employed for 34 years, and spent his entire career with Boardman at Center. He was a 1982 graduate of Boardman High School, and taught science at Center for the first nine years, then he was assistant principal there, and became principal in 2003.
      Ebie was instrumental in a lot of improvements at Center, and also spent countless hours literally painting, and fixing the building. (the extreme school makeover four years ago), painted every room in the building, This year, he painted the building’s new sensory room.
      Ebie brought the first school food pantry (pilot program for Second Harvest Food Bank) to light five years ago. Today, there are three dozen such school pantries in the tri-county area.
      Calhoun will leave Boardman Local Schools after a 32-year career in education,
      During his tenure, he taught seventh grade World History, Geography and Ohio History three years, eighth grade American History 26 Years; and has most recently served as Student Support Coordinator three years. He also held several coaching positions, including assistant girls basketball coach, boys junior varsity and freshman baseball coach; and also served as Student Council advisor and intramural coordinator at Center.
      Calhoun is a Trustee of the J. Ford Crandall Foundation and has participated in many community organizations, including the Mahoning County Township Association, Ohio Township Association, Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency Planning Committee, Boardman Lions Club, Boardman Civic Association and Boardman PTA.
      “I graduated from Boardman High School in 1982, completed my student teaching at Center Middle School and was hired in 1989. My time spent with the Boardman Local Schools has been terrific and rewarding. What an honor it has been to work with a terrific staff, Boardman families and most importantly the students of Boardman,” Calhoun said.
  Prosecutor Gains Announces Promotions/Office Restructuring  
  May 13, 2021 Edition  
      Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains announces promotions and additions to the office management and structure of the office, including the following---
      Gina DeGenova-Zawrotuk, Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Legal/Public Information Officer; Jennifer McLaughlin, Chief/Criminal Division; Ralph Rivera, Assistant Chief/Criminal Division; Robert Andrews, Senior Trial Counsel and Michael Yacovone, Grand Jury Prosecutor.
      In her new role, Chief Assistant DeGenova-Zawrotuk will be more visible on the criminal side of the office and will work with law enforcement on the many and varied legal issues presented in the criminal division. She will also work with staff, county and township officials, law enforcement agencies, the judicial system, and the public to communicate and implement policies that will facilitate the administration of justice.
      As Public Information Officer, Chief Assistant DeGenova-Zawrotuk will coordinate and manage the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office’s communications, public information, media relations, and services.
      Criminal Division Chief McLaughlin and Assistant Chief Rivera will manage the criminal division, including the common pleas court, juvenile court, and the county courts. They will administer office policies regarding all aspects of the criminal division, and implement measures to ensure that the division runs effectively and efficiently. All questions regarding the assignment of cases or any other operational issues of the criminal division should be directed to Chief McLaughlin or, in her absence, Assistant Chief Rivera.
      Senior Trial Counsel Andrews will utilize his thirty-plus-years’ trial experience to mentor and co-counsel with his fellow assistant prosecutors in all five felony division courts. He will also
      spearhead training for assistant prosecutors and law enforcement.
      As the Grand Jury Prosecutor, Attorney Yacovone will review all cases that are bound over
      from the county and municipal courts and all direct presentments. He will also work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to prepare cases for presentation to the Grand Jury.
      Attorney Nicholas Modarelli, now in a limited service position, will serve as Law Enforcement Coordinator/Training. In his new role, APA Modarelli will act as the liaison with all law enforcement agencies that work with the Prosecutor’s Office. He will also be working with the lawyers in this office and the law enforcement community to produce training opportunities.
      Although not a change, Chief Trial Counsel Dawn Cantalamessa will continue to be responsible for prosecuting the county’s most serious offenses before all five general division common pleas judges. These cases include, capital murder, homicides, and other high level violent felonies.
      Similarly, Chief Assistant Linette M. Stratford will continue in her role as chief of operations and the Civil Division Chief. Chief Stratford administers the fiscal and operational side of the office. Also, as the chief of the civil division, Chief Stratford along with Assistant Chief Gaglione manage the civil division and implement measures to ensure that the division runs effectively and efficiently and, most importantly, that all of statutory clients are well represented.
  ARP Funding To Ohio Townships In Limbo  
  Ryan’s Office Said Boardman Would Get At Least $7.2 Million:   May 13, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      Two months after Congressman Tim Ryan’s office notified U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellin about concerns townships in Ohio may be excluded from receipt of subsidies from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), uncertainty still remains about the funding.
      Under the plan, Ryan’s office notified Boardman Township it would be eligible for between $7.2 million and $8.7 million in funding from the ARP under provisions of the act first approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.
      On Mon., May 10, Heidi Fought, executive director of the Ohio Township Association (OTA), said to date, only three of the more than 1,300 townships in Ohio---Colerain, Green and West Chester---would receive ARP funding.
      “Confusion regarding ARP funding [has been] caused by language inconsistencies between bill versions – more specifically, a definition change in the term ‘nonentitlement unit of local government.’ Townships in Ohio (and in several other states) were included during the House process but were left out of the final version of the legislation.
      “Townships have been hit hard economically by COVID-19. If they are not determined eligible for direct funds or provided funds via a transfer from an eligible entity, over one thousand units of local government will be put at a disadvantage when trying to recover from the pandemic’s effects.” Fought said.
      “Treasury plans to provide further guidance on distributions to non-entitlement units in the coming days. The OTA is hopeful that all townships in Ohio will be part of that upcoming guidance and will be considered eligible non-entitlement units of local government,” Fought added.
      Uncertainty over the ARP funding impacts some 54 townships in Rep. Ryan’s district.
      While, for example, Mahoning County is slated to receive some $44 million, and the city of Youngstown will reportedly receive $88.63 million, the 54 townships in Ryan’s district will not receive any ARP funding.
      According to the congressman, under the House-approved version of the ARP, townships in his district were slated to receive a minimum of upwards of $81.624 million.
      Fought suggests “If [more than 1300] Ohio townships are ultimately not determined eligible for direct funds, townships could potentially still receive ARP funds via a voluntary transfer from other eligible entities (like state government), which the OTA has discussed with statewide leaders.”
      Under the CARES Act, okayed during the Trump Administration, Boardman Township received some $2.1 million.
      ‘Minimum’ allocations to townships from the ARP, as Rep. Ryan announced in mid-March to townships in his district included the following:
       •Austintown: $5.64 million
       •Boardman: $7.2 million
       •Poland: $2.65 million
       •Brookfield: $1.553 million
       •Champion: $1.684 million
       •Howland: $3.367 million
       •Hubbard: $2.365 million
       •Jackson: $7.456 million
       •Liberty: $3.841 million
       •Weathersfield: $4.563 million
      In a Mar. 18 letter to Sec. Yellin, Rep. Ryan and Sen. Sherrod Brown urged the Treasury Secretary “to use your discretion to interpret [the ARP] to the fullest extent practicable so that townships receive all the support Congress intended them to receive.
      “After a long and trying year, it is critical we provide this urgent relief to our local governments who are on the front lines serving our communities each and every day.”
      On Tues., Jordan Pennell, of Sen. Brown’s office, said “Funding amounts for non-entitlement units (that includes townships) are presently available only in aggregate at the state level. Treasury expects to provide further guidance on distributions to non-entitlement units in the coming days.
      “A separate announcement will be made next week about townships. Treasury is still working with the Census Bureau to be as inclusive as possible with townships.”
  May 13, 2021 Edition  
      The Boardman Township Board of Appeals shall hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM, Due to Covid-19, there will also be public access to the meeting via cisco webex. It will be held via conference call to join by phone at +1-408-418-9388 with Meeting number (access code): 132 035 0662 and Password 28752664. To join online, go to for further information for consideration of the following cases:
      APPEAL CASE AC-2021-21
      A Neider Architecture on behalf of Frank Nocera, property owner, 493 Bev Rd. 7a., Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective January 1, 2021, Article 4.09-2 Area, Setback, and Other Site Development Standards to reduce the minimum setback from the west property line from ten (10’) feet to one (1’) foot. The property is further known as BLDG 7A BEV RD PROFESSIONAL A CONDOMINIUM (3RD
      AMENDMENT) Parcel 29-037-0-018.11-0. Said property is zoned I-Industrial, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2021-22
      Mark & Karen Tabachino, property owner, 81 Charles Ave, Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective January 1, 2021, Article 6.01 Accessory Use Regulations (E) (2) Accessory Dwelling Units for the addition of an accessory dwelling unit with secondary driveway access. The property is further known as LOT 22 190 X 222.50 REPLAT OF LOTS 22, 7 & 8 TO INCLUDE AREPLAT OF LOT 22 OF THE REPLAT OF LOTS 6 & 22; Parcel 29-032-0-081.00-0. Said property is zoned R1-A-Residential, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      APPEAL CASE AC-2021-23
      Debbie Parisi on behalf of ALPINE PROPERTIES LLC, property owner, 1214 Shields Rd, Boardman, Ohio 44512, requests a variance from the terms of the Boardman Township Zoning Resolution, effective January 1, 2021, Article 4.07 Permitted Uses (B) (4) Prohibited Uses applying for a use variance to rent out a residentially zoned property for vehicle storage. The property is further known as GL 3 DIV 4 Parcel 29-082-0-012.00-0. Said property is zoned R1-A-Residential, in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, State of Ohio.
      Text and maps of the request may be viewed at the Boardman Township Zoning Office, 8299 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio 44512 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, until time of hearing. Our office is closed to the public so please call 330-726-4181 in requests in advance to be left in the lobby or they may be emailed if requested as well. Please email requests to
      Atty. John F. Shultz, Chairman
      Boardman Township Board of Appeals
      Krista D. Beniston, AICP,
      Director of Zoning and Development
  May 13, 2021 Edition  
      Sealed proposals will be received by Mr. Matt McKenzie, Supervisor of Building & Grounds, of the BOARDMAN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT located at 7777 Glenwood Avenue (Boardman High School – Door #16), Boardman, Ohio 44512, until 11:30 a.m. on MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021 and will be publicly opened and immediately read aloud, tabulated, and reported to the Board of Education at its next scheduled meeting thereafter for the following project:
      7410 MARKET STREET
      BOARDMAN, OHIO 44512
      The bid documents will be available at Roller Reprographic Services, 11952 South Avenue, North Lima, Ohio 44452, 330-549-0377, where responsible contractors may obtain printed sets at the cost set forth by the printer.
      A bond or certified check in the amount of 10% of the proposed cost must accompany each proposal as a condition that if a proposal is accepted, a contract will be entered into, and an acceptable bond in the amount of 100% of the contract will be furnished to guarantee performance of the contract in accordance with plans and specifications. The check shall be drawn on a solvent bank account and made payable to the BOARDMAN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT.
      A Pre-Bid Meeting will NOT be held. All bidders are strongly encouraged to visit the site to review the project conditions.
      No bid may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after closing time for receiving bids.
      Probable base-bid value of construction: $350,000.00.
      All inquiries concerning this bid may be directed by email only to: Thomas A. Madej, AIA, Team 8e Architecture, Email:
  School Board, Teachers’ Union Agree On New, Two-Year Salary Increase  
  Cost Of Wage Increases Set At $156,223:   May 6, 2021 Edition  
     The Boardman Board of Education unanimously approved an amended contract with the Boardman Education Association at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 26. The amended contract allows for a wage increase following the teacher wage freeze agreed upon last year during the uncertainty of the pandemic.
      The future pay hikes come in tandem with a new health insurance package that will enable the district to see substantial savings in healthcare costs.
      Total cost of the wage increases is $156,223 for the two-year period of the contract, according to Boardman Local School Treasurer Terry Armstrong.
      The amended contract will take effect July 1, 2021 and run through June 30, 2023. It includes a 1.5 % pay raise next school year, and a 2% pay raise in the 2022-23 school year.
      “The pay increases for the members of the Boardman Education Association were made possible through the willingness of BEA membership and all Boardman staff members to work with the Board on revisions to health care benefits,” said Armstrong. “It is also very important to note that the district will also realize savings through staff retirements and the district’s retire-rehire program heading into next year.”
      “The value of a teacher has never been more evident than what we have experienced through this pandemic,” said Supt. Tim Saxton. “I respect the fact that our employees understand the uncertainty the pandemic has created and we were able to work together to complete a collective bargaining agreement that addresses change but balances the financial health of the district.”
      The Boardman Education Association ratified the amended agreement prior to its approval by the school board. Approximately 300 teachers comprise the BEA.
      Average annual teacher’s salary at the Boardman Local School system for the 2021-22 school year will be $60,212; and that will increase to $61,417 in 2022-23, Armstrong said.
      “I am proud of the work our staff has done this year with returning to the classroom this fall and teaching both in person and remote students all year. After Gov. DeWine cut Boardman’s funding last year by over $800,000, the teaching staff understood the need to forgo a pay increase at the time. Now, we are fortunate that working together, a fair financial package could be reached.” said Boardman Education Association President Bill Amendol.
      Boardman’s general fund expenses this school year are over $1 million less than anticipated for this year and $1.5 million less than fiscal year 2020.
  Southern Park Mall Expands Hours, Welcomes Newest Retail Outlet  
  May 6, 2021 Edition  
     Southern Park Mall has expanded its hours of operation, effective May 1 to include Mondays thru Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Saturdays, Southern Park will remain open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      “Southern Park Mall’s newly expanded hours will allow guests more time to safely dine, shop and enjoy the town center. The town center looks forward to welcoming guests to Southern Park Mall and continuing to create safe, memorable experiences for the community,” said marketing director Christina Cleary.
      Last Saturday, Southern Park Mall cut the ribbons on its newest retail store, Macy’s Backstage, with the first 200 customers receiving a $10 giftcard. There was also a spin the wheel for free prizes like umbrellas, lip balm, hand sanitizer, water bottles and much more!
      Macy’s Backstage offers fashion-loving customers another way to shop at their favorite store by providing a store-within-store shopping experience.
      Macy’s Backstage is located on the second floor of Macy’s at Southern Park and offers a shopping experience featuring significant savings on top-quality products that include fresh product from both new and established brands. Shoppers can expect savings on apparel for men, women and children, as well as deals on an assortment of housewares, home textiles and décor, cosmetics, hair and nail care, gifts, jewelry, shoes, designer handbags, accessories and active wear.
      “The merchandise at Macy’s Backstage is always changing with shipments arriving daily,” Cleary said.
  Our Great Boardman Police Department!:   April 29, 2021 Edition  
      Six decades ago, Boardman Township was beginning to change from a sleepy ‘bedroom’ community of Youngstown to the hub of retail activity in Mahoning County.
      With that transition, our local Boardman Township Police Department began to modernize its use of technology, and manpower was increased in an effort to deal with the changing times.
      Fast forward to today, and the admonitions of previous leadership at the Boardman Police Department rings clear---“We better be prepared for what’s coming.”
      Police in Boardman Township today deal with issues---time and time again---that police here rarely dealt with 60 years ago---particularly drug abuse and all the thefts and absurd behavior related to addiction; as well as addicts and drug dealers and other unsavory types of humanity who seem to come to Boardman Township hostelries. It seems more often than not that issues arise when police presence is requested to deal with people who have little or no respect for the concept of law and order. And often, these people who call for the police, refuse to provide statements on the issue at hand.
      For what it’s worth, Boardman Township police are well-trained and very professional, despite the overwhelming number of calls during which they deal with absurd behavior and court decisions that place criminals back on the streets all to soon.
      We take an extreme amount of pride in the professional development of the Boardman Police Department as it moved into the 21st Century with the exception of dropping accreditation of the gold standard in public safety---The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
      Our police have earned, and deserve the full support of our community!
  Attorney Claims Man With Loaded Handgun (One In The Chamber) Did Not Pose A Threat When He Fled From Police, Was Tased And Arrested After Passing Fake $100 Bill Given To Him By A Friend  
  April 22, 2021 Edition  
     Mar. 30, 2020: Dominique O’Neal King, also known as Malcom Beattee, 28, of 137 Jean St., Campbell, Oh., was arrested by Ptl. Daryn Tallman, Ptl. Shannon Chaffee and Ptl. Shawn McClellan and charged with criminal simulation, robbery, felony drug abuse, obstruction, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon under a disability. Police were sent to the Speedway gas station, 649 East Midlothian Blvd., for a person trying to pass a phony $100 bill. Police said during their investigation, the “suspect lied about his identity, then fled on foot after he was told he was under arrest. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody after he was tased and dropped to the ground.” A loaded handgun fell out of his waistband while police were
      handcuffing him. Police found hypodermic needles and a scheduled drug on the
      suspect’s person.
      From an official Boardman Police Department report of Mar. 30, 2020
      associate editor
      Dominique King, now 29, of 838 Ohio Ave., Youngstown, Oh., has filed suit seeking a jury trial seeking upwards of $300,000 in compensatory damages, as well as punitive and exemplary damages stemming from his Mar. 30, 2020 arrest by Boardman police at a Speedway gas station on East Midlothian Blvd.
      The suit, filed by Atty. Nomiki Tsarnas, of Kistling, Nestico and Redick in Poland, Oh., says that King, “continues to suffer from the harms” that resulted from his arrest. He is still awaiting a trial on charges of robbery, having weapons under a disability, carrying a concealed weapon, felony possession of drugs, counterfeiting, falsification, escape, resisting arrest and obstruction stemming from his arrest.
      King was bound over to a Mahoning County Grand Jury by Boardman Court Judge Joseph Houser on Oct. 27,2020.
      “Testimony and exhibits introduced caused the belief the crime alleged has been committed,” Judge Houser said on Oct. 27. King bonded out of jail ($1,500) the following day, according to court records.
      Atty. Tsarnas claims in the complaint that King did not pose any threat to (police), and the police “were unaware King possessed a weapon until he was loaded into an ambulance.”
      Tsarnas also claims police violated use of force guidelines “by utilizing a taser on King while engaged in a pursuit for a non-violent crime” and should have known using a taser “should result in pain and harm to King.” Tsarnas claims the use of force was “excessive.”
      Counsel for King says after he passed a fake $100 bill at Speedway, he told police he had “received multiple counterfeit bills as payment from a friend.” Tsarnas said King did not realize the $100 bill was a fake.
      Tsarnas says police followed him to his car at Speedway “preventing him from leaving,” and that as King “walked eastwards,” he was struck with a taser and thrown against the pavement, causing multiple injuries, including fractures to his clavicle, a fracture to his spine and brain bleeding.
      Counsel for Tsarnas claims “this excessive force and the injuries to the bodily integrity was the result of the deliberate indifference” of police as well as “policymakers (who) failed to adopt, maintain and enforce adequate policies, procedures and training.”
      Tsarnas says the court action was brought “for battery and violation of [King’s] rights of procedural due process, equal protection and against cruel and unusual punishment guaranteed under the Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States,” and claiming King has suffered serious and permanent physical injuries as a result of this excessive force.”
      March 30, 2020
      At 9:22 p.m., two Boardman police officers were dispatched to Speedway Gas, 649 East Midlothian Blvd., to assist in dealing with a man who had just passed a phony $100 bill at the business.
      The suspect told police his name was Malcolm Beattee, and he had recently moved to Campbell, Oh. from Indianapolis, Ind.
      According to Officer Daryn Tallman, King said he had no idea that $100 bill was not real.
      “A friend of mine owed me $150, so he gave me two, $100 bills and I gave him $50 back,” King told police, noting his friend lived in Brownlee Woods. The friend, according to police, was a possible suspect in passing a fake $100 bill on Mar. 19 at Wedgewood Pizza, 6200 South Ave.
      “We were initially going to take pictures of King, confiscate the fake $100 bills and write a report so criminal simulation charges could be filed,” Officer Tallman said, adding “and then release him on a summons after soft-booking at the scene.”
      Officer Tallman said once this was explained to King, he “began to get visibly agitated, repeatedly saying how he had to get to work at the Schwebel Baking Co. before 10:00 p.m., or he would lose his job.
      “We told him he would be released as soon as possible, and I would escort him to work to explain to the manager why he was late.”
      King was being escorted by police to a cruiser, when he said he had to get his phone out of his truck.
      “I explained to him that he could get his phone after we were done, and he was now under arrest and to comply.
      “At this time, King ran on foot...through the lot and was reaching into the right side of his waistband. I attempted to grab onto King, but he was able to get past my grasp,” Officer Tallman said, adding “Police gave chase and yelling several times, ‘Stop or you’ll be tased.’”
      A first taser was fired at King, but had no effect,” Officer Tallman said, noting that King continued to run, despite warnings he would be tased.
      A second taser was fired at King and he fell to the ground, striking his head on the paved lot, Officer Tallman said.
      “We got to King and began handcuffing him when a silver, semi-automatic handgun fell out of the right side of his waistband,” Officer Tallman said, noting the weapon had eight bullets loaded into the magazine, as well as one round in the chamber.
      A rolled-up white sock tucked into King’s underwear waistband contained several hypodermic needles, and a single pill of a scheduled drug, alprazolam, was found in his right sock, Officer Tallman said.
      At this point, King told police his real name, and as police noted, another hypodermic needle was found in his left jacket pocket.
      King was then transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.
      King was found to be driving a pick-up truck owned by a female. When the woman was asked if King worked at Schwebel’s. “She laughed and said ‘no,’” Officer Tallman said, adding the woman said King “is known to use his brother’s information when he gets into trouble.”
      At the time of his Mar. 30, 2020 arrest, police were told King had three active warrants on him---One for failing to appear on a traffic offense issued out of Campbell; one for failing to appear on a disorderly conduct charge issued out of Geneva, Oh,; and another for theft, issued out of Youngstown.
      “King’s criminal history revealed that he had a felony drug conviction (possession of heroin), that elevated his charge for possession of the alprazolam pill to a fifth degree felony; and a charge of possession of drug abuse instruments to a first degree misdemeanor; and placed King under a disability to possess a weapon,” Officer Tallman said.
      Possession of Heroin
      In late 2011, King was charged with possession of heroin. In Aug., 2013, he was found guilty of the charge
      Judge John Durkin sentenced King to 10 months in prison on the charge, noting “The court finds that King is not amenable to community control and a prison sentence is consistent with the Ohio Revised Code.”
      King was represented in the case by a lawyer appointed at public cost. Becasue of his indigency, Judge Durkin suspended any fines and costs related to the case.
  Kira Vasko Holden Scholarship Winner  
  April 22, 2021 Edition  
Kira Vasko
      The WKBN 27 Caring for Our Community campaign has named Boardman High School junior Kira Vasko, at right, the winner of the $1,500 Tom Holden Memorial Scholarship contest.
      Nearly 150 students from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer counties wrote public service announcements for local nonprofit organizations.
      The winning script will be produced by WKBN, featuring the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley and will be able to be seen throughout the year on WKBN 27 and FOX Youngstown.
      A third place winner in the contest was Boardman High School senior Alayna Cuevas. Her entry featured the YMCA of the Mahoning Valley.
  Community Leader And Former Mahoning County GOP Chairman Clarence R. ‘Sonny’ Smith, 92, Dies  
  April 14, 2021 Edition  
Clarence Smith
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      Former Chairman of Compco Industries and former Mahoning County Republican Chair man, Clarence R. ‘Sonny’ Smith, 92, died Tues., Apr. 13 at Briarfield at Ashley Circle.
      He also operated Adamas Gem Shop at Market St. and McClurg Rd., and Diamond Steel for many years.
      He served as county GOP chieftain from 1998 to 2010; and was a member of the Mahoning County Board of Elections from June, 1998 to Jan. 7, 2013.
      Active in the community, Mr. Smith was a strong supporter of Youngstown State University and Boardman High School, Sister Jerome’s ministries, Native American Indians, Boy Scouts and many civic concerns.
      At YSU, he was a major contributor to Penguin sports programs and played a major role in philanthropic efforts to raise funds for the construction of Stambaugh Stadium. Mr. Smith served as the co-chair of the Stambaugh Stadium project and was instrumental in the brick campaign.
      A frequent traveler, Mr. Smith, like his father, began acquiring geological specimens from all over the world. By 1962, he and his father had amassed enough pieces to open their own rock shop, Adamas Art and Hobby Shop, within a barn at his home in Boardman. 40 years later, he donated his extensive mineral collection to Youngstown State, where the Clarence R. Smith Mineral Musuem was established.
      During dedication ceremonies for the museum, Mr. Smith noted “The people of the Mahoning Valley need to do all that we can for our youth, striving to give them the greatest opportunities possible.”
      By his deeds and actions, he did just that his entire life.
      He capped the effort to erect a Veterans Memorial in Boardman Park with the donation of an Eagle sculpture that graces the memorial today.
      Five years ago, Mr. Smith was asked if he wanted to buy an American Flag as part of a fund-raising effort to refurbish flags that fly along Market St. in Boardman, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Without hestitation, he provided funding for all the American flags that line the roadway.
      Clarence R. Smith was the first president of Boardman Little League in 1955, often-times showing-up to umpire games, first played at West Blvd. Elementary School and in Boardman Park. He helped merge Boardman Little League and Boardman Youth Baseball into one organization, Boardman Community Baseball, joining soon thereafter with Dr. John York to lead the developmment of the Fields of Dreams, one of the largest youth baseball complexes east of the Mississippi River.
      A former member of Boardman United Methodist Church, Mr. Smith, worked Rev. Norman Crewson to lead the effort there to build a new sanctuary for the church in the 1966 at the corner of Market St. and Buena Vista.
      When he and his wife relocated to Lake Tomahawk a decade ago, he joined Greenford Christian Church, prompty donating a 10-ton, 35-ft. steel cross to the church so families could gather at the site to pray and reflect. But Mr. Smith thought the cross needed proper landscaping, so he contacted David Collins at Diamond Steel. The company had to use a 150-ton crane to appropriately transport and place huge boulders at the site, much to the pleasure of Mr. Smith.
      In the late 1990s, he donated 11-plus acres of land to Boardman Township for the construction of the Boardman Township Government Center.
      As a longtime member and former Chairman of the Boardman Local School Board, Mr. Smith helped to lead the effort to build a new Boardman High School on Glenwood Ave.
      Some four decades later, in 1999, he and his company aided the Auditorium 2000 drive to build a 1,600-seat auditorium at Boardman High School, including the creation of the studio for the Boardman Schools Television Network (BSTN).
      In partnership with his lifelong best friend, Joe Dickey, the pair quietly supported a variety of Masonic and community efforts, including establishment of the 32-degree Masonic Chldren’s Learning Center that was dedicated to understanding and helping children with dyslexia; as well as support for inner-city schools in Youngstown.
      For Mr. Smith, life was about humility and family, with whom he always took special enjoyment in spending Sundays every summer with his great-grandchildren and family at Lake Tomahawk in Columbiana County.
      He never sought credit or publicity, preferring to speak about Christianity and politics (what a mix), planting trees, and of course, family.
      Sonny Smith was born July 10, 1928 in Boardman, the son of Clarence and Lottie Virginia Smith Sr.
      He attended Valley Forge Military Academy, and then graduated from Boardman High School in 1947. He attended Kenyon College, but his time there was cut short when he returned to Boardman to operate Diamond Steel Construction due to illness in the family when he was a junior at the college.
      Diamond Steel was founded in 1928 by Mr. Smith’s father, Clarence, Sr. Under ‘Sonny’s leadership, other opportunities came along involving manufacturing lawn mower decks forSears, aluminum window frames and industrial pipe hangers.
      A pipe hanger venture led to formation of Compco Industries, which soon began manufacturing tank heads for pressure vessels, including air compressors, propane storage, water tanks and many other applications. For many years the company was located at 85 East Hylda in Youngstown, before moving its headquarters to Columbiana, where it has acquired several, smaller steel fabricating firms.
      Most important to Sonny was his faith in God and his love for family and country. He often remarked that he considered his employees part of his family. He turned down numerous offers to sell the business as he wanted to take care of his Compco family.
      During his more than seven decades in private business, he led various companies, including Diamond Steel (founded by his father in 1926), Compco Industries, Compco Land Co., C&S Land Co., Buckeye Manufacturing Company, Diamond Metals Corporation and Adamas Jewelry & Gifts.
      He served on the board of the Home Savings and Loan Association, Mahoning National Bank and was a member of the Mahoning Valley Council of Churches and Organization of Protestant Men.
      Some of his civic responsibilites included The Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce, advisor to Goodwill Industries, member of the Board of Directors of Boys Scouts of America, Camp Stambaugh, member of the Board of Directors Mahoning County Library, member of the Western Reserve Port Authority and a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Learning Center through the Valley of Scottish Rite, and member of the Boardman Civic Association. He was a former member of the Boardman Rotary Club and Boardman Kiwanis Club.
      Mr. Smith was an honorary member of the Buckeye Elks Lodge No. 7, named Man of the Year by the Boardman Civic Association, and was a recipient of the Private Sector Business Award from the Better Business Bureau.
      He was a recipient of Scouting’s highest honor, the Silver Award, in recognition to his support for the Whispering Pines District/Boy Scouts of America,
      He was a former member of the Youngstown Club and Tippecanoe Country Club, and a current member of Salem Golf Club.
      Active in the Masonic Fraternity, he was a member of Western Star Lodge #21 F.&A.M. of Ohio, a 33rd Degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Youngstown, the York Rite Bodies of Youngstown, Al Koran Shrine in Cleveland, The Youngstown Shrine Club, Cleveland Court #14 Royal Order of Jesters, and Aut Mori Grotto.
      In 2002, Mr. Smith was honored as the 2002 Penguin of the Year, as chosen by the Youngstown State University Penguin Club.
      Sonny and his wife, Rose Marie (Poschner), celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Wed., June 17, 2020, with a family celebration at their home.
      He is preceded in death by his parents, and his first son, Clarence ‘Smitty’ Smith III, and three sisters, Jackie Botch, Elsie McLane and Margaret Turnbull.
      In addition to his wife, he leaves twin daughters, Gwen (John) Darnell, and Gail Smith; and son Greg (Nancy) Smith; six grandchildren Rick (Christy) Kamperman; Kim (Tom) Varley; Brad (Ashley) Smith; C. Roman Smith IV; Skyler Smith; and Reagan Smith, and his greatest joys---six great grandchildren, Jacob and Ryan Kamperman; and Alayna, Tommy, Jayse and Adalynn Varley; and a nephew, John (Marcia) Botch.
      During his later years, Mr. Smith would often reminisce about Boardman Township and the many civic endeavors in which he loved to participate.
      Recalling the building of the Fields or Dreams, he would sometimes say---“Since we built that place, just think about all the families that have come together, watching their kids. It’s not about the sports, it’s about all those families who get together. Isn’t that something!”
      The family has requested that memorial tributes take the form of donations to the “Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum” at Youngstown State University. Please make checks payable to the Youngstown State University Foundation, 655 Wick Ave. Youngstown, Oh., 44502; or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, Oh., 44512.
      The family would like to thank Ed and Diane Reese and all the wonderful and compassionate staff at Briarfield Place at Ashley Circle for their care given to Mr. Smith; as well as the staff of Hospice of the Valley.
      A memorial service will be held on Sat., Apr. 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenford Christian Church, 11767 Lisbon Rd., Greenford, Oh. 44422.
  Trustees Await Word On Stimulus Monies  
  Do Townships Qualify For Funds?:   April 14, 2021 Edition  
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      Boardman Township has not received word on whether it qualifies for funding from the American Rescue Act (ARA) signed into law by President Joe Biden.
      Meeting on Monday night, Township Administrator Jason Loree told Trustees Brad Calhoun, Larry Moliterno and Tom Costello “We still have no word if the township qualifies for ARA funding,” noting as announced by U.S. Rep Tim Ryan, that Boardman Township is supposed to receive between $7.24 million and $8.7 million in ARA funds.
      The American Rescue Act of 2021 provides relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals and businesses.
      The city of Youngstown is supposed to receive some $75 million, while Mahoning County government will receive $44 million from the ARA.
      “National and state township associations have been addressing the matter,” Loree said, noting that eight states, including Illinois and Texas, have the same issue with ARA funds as Boardman Township.
      “Our federal representative (Rep. Tim Ryan) said we would get $8 million. The version that passed the U.S. House of Representatives included funding for townships. But the version of the bill passed in the U.S. Senate changed the language,” Calhoun said, adding “that money could be used not only for salaries, but infrastructure projects.”
      “The law requires the Treasury Department to make a decision by mid-May,” Loree said.
      Trustees urged Loree to contact Rep. Ryan’s office about the matter.
      In March, Rep. Ryan and Sen. Sherrod Brown sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, urging her to pay “particular attention to language in the ARA (stimulus bill) to ensure townships across the country will be eligible for direct relief” provided to states, cities and villages under provisions of the measure.
      Heidi Fought, director of the Ohio Township Association (OTA), said last month, “What this means is that, unless Treasury updates its interpretation, or definitions are clarified, Ohio townships will not be receiving money directly under this bill.”
      Rep. Ryan and Sen. Brown said the ARA plan “gives discretion to the extent to which…townships are eligible” and urged Sec. Yellen “to use your discretion to the fullest extent practicable to that townships receive all the support Congress intended them to receive.”
      The federal legislators noted Ohio’s 1308 townships are responsible for maintaining 41,000 miles of roads and streets, as well as managing 2,400 cemeteries.
      Under the Trump Administration’s CARES Act, Boardman Township received some $2.1 million.
  Check or call 330-270-2855:   April 1, 2021 Edition  
     Mahoning County Public Health announces the opening of appointments for the area’s regional mass vaccination clinic at the former Dillard’s Department Store at the Southern Park Mall.
      The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available at this clinic and applicants must be 18 years of age or older to receive this vaccine. “Mahoning County Public Health’s clinics have been efficient and streamlined thanks to our staff and community partners. We welcome anyone in our region to register with us for a vaccine,” Health Commissioner Ryan Tekac stated.
      Appointment times for the first clinic to be held on Thursday, April 1 can be made through MCPH’s scheduling system, ArmorVax, which can be found at For those needing assistance with the online scheduling system, call 330-270-2855 Option 9.
      Additional appointment dates and times will be made available each week based on demand.
  National Honor Society Selections Recognized At Boardman High School  
  April 1, 2021 Edition  
     Boardman High School held National Honor Society inductions on Wed., Mar. 25. Inducted were:
      Cora Ams, Elizabeth Amstutz, Ethan Andersen, Theodore Anzevino, Jonah Bacho, Kylie Barnes, Haley Beish, Jared Benko, Salvatore Buonamici, Raegan Burkey, Gillian Canacci, Morgan Cherne, Michael Cicchillo, Samuel Cicchillo, Carlo Cordon, Alayna Cuevas, Gia Ditullio, Isabelle Dwyer, Kara Eliser, Kailey Engleman, Nathan Fleming, Makenna Glaser, Julia Gorby, Yara Habo, Shayne Harris, Alannah Hetzel, Noah Holdridge, Samuel Holter, Jake Hughes, Jenna Hughes, Surbi Jain,
      Landon Kilpatrick, Lilly Klisiewicz, Madilyn Larch, Anthony Micco, Bonnie Missos. Madelyn Moran, Maura Murphy, Ryleigh Neill, Vinh Nguyen, Kathryn O’Horo, Emily Olexa, Heidi Partlow, Tara Pasvanis, Syrenna Ramahi, Fatima Rehman, Signe Renstrom, Aeva Richard, TaJuan Richards, Emily Rutledge, Andrew Schrembeck, Allyson Schwendeman, Priya Shah, Katie Stamp, Marco Stilliana, Ranean Sulebi, Aiden Swavel, Ryan Sweder, Guy Tepsick, Emma Tokarsky, Maria Torres, Ty Ventresco, Grace Wieser and Christine Zheng.
  Boardman Native Laurie Henes Named ACC Coach Of Year For Fifth Straight Year  
  April 1, 2021 Edition  
     GREENSBORO, NC---Head coach Laurie Henes was named ACC Women’s Cross Country Head Coach of the Year for the fifth-straight year. Under her leadership, the North Carolina State women’s cross country team claimed its fifth-consecutive ACC team title and finished in second place at the NCAA cross country championships.
      Henes was also named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region Head Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row
      Laurie (Gomez) Henes, is a 1988 Boardman High School graduate and six-time Ohio track and cross-country champion for the Lady Spartans.
      Henes has been the women’s head cross-country coach at North Carolina State University since 2006.
  Blue Wolf Tavern Turns Corner On 20th Year In Business  
  March 25, 2021 Edition  
     For the last two decades, Blue Wolf Tavern, located at 1295 Boardman-Canfield Rd., has served the Mahoning Valley. This year, the restaurant that first opened in Struthers in 2001 celebrates 20 years in business.
      First opening in a smaller community like Struthers, Executive Chef Joe Rzonsa knew that a high-end restaurant would have to pull its market from all of the local communities. And the support from those communities played a large role in the restaurant’s success, according to Rzonsa.
      The family-owned restaurant expanded and moved to its current location in Boardman in June 2004. Rzonsa said the support remained strong. And with more space, resources and exposure, the restaurant was able to provide more jobs to the community.
      While he takes great pride in the restaurant’s 20 years of success, the most rewarding thing to happen during that time was meeting his wife, Stacey, who played a pivotal role in the expansion of Blue Wolf Events into a premier event company in 2011. She is the vice president of Blue Wolf Tavern and director of Blue Wolf Events.
      “This journey has given me a family and a career that I love,” said Stacey. “The success we’ve had is the perfect cherry on top. It’s a great feeling to know that the work Joe and I have done is paying off. And the most fulfilling part is that we’ve done it as a family.”
      In 2014, Blue Wolf Events moved to the Maronite Center to continue its planning and catering events. As director, Stacey is proud of their reputation to deliver intimate and exquisite experiences for all special occasions.
      “The community was behind us when we moved to Boardman,” said Joe Rzonsa. “Struthers and other communities followed us to our current location and were happy about our success and expansion. We couldn’t be where we are today without all the support we’ve gotten. And that’s not just the people that eat here, but it’s also the people that work here and trust us with their livelihoods. The people make us who we are.”
      Rzonsa originally envisioned an establishment with great-tasting food, using fresh and homegrown ingredients. Fast-forward 20 years, and the family-owned restaurant has accomplished exactly that.
      Instead of focusing on a single type of cuisine, Blue Wolf offers a diverse, farm-to-fork menu. Offering award-winning handcrafted recipes, Joe believes that the consistency of the food and staff have carried them the whole way.
      “We’ve done things pretty consistently over the past 20 years,” said Joe. “There have been some small changes to our menus and recipes, but for the most part we do the same thing we did 20 years ago, and we still do it as good as we did then.”
      Experiencing business after the events of 9/11 in 2001 to enduring the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Joe said there have been obstacles since day one. But reflecting on the peaks and valleys allows him to put the last 20 years in perspective.
      “It’s kind of bittersweet because you think of all the trying times and long hours,” said Joe. “But then you think of all the great successes. I know how long I want to do this for, and I know the kind of legacy we want to leave. These 20 years have been such an important part of my life.”
  March 25, 2021 Edition  
     AMONG THREE BOARDMAN POLICE OFFICERS who have entered the township’s retire-rehire program are for Bicycle Patrol Officers Rick Balog and Chuck Hillman. Balog, at left, now a lieutenant, began his career with the BPD on Sept. 9, 1990; while Hillman, at right, now a sergeant, began his career at Boardman on Aug. 26, 1990. During the late 1990s, the local police department had a two-man bicycle unit that would provide increased visibility in neighborhoods. Under the retire/rehire program, Boardman Township will save about $87,000 in wages and benefits. Also retiring under the program is Sgt. Mike Hughes, head of the BPD’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU).
  March 25, 2021 Edition  
U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF Sergeant Ian Guthridge
     U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF Sergeant Ian Guthridge, who enlisted for military duty on the day of his graduation from Boardman High School in 2008, has been named Airman of the Year for 2020 at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton. SSGT Guthridge is the non-commissioned officer in charge of the 88th Security Forces Squadron’s supply and logistics. He is responsible for all 11 security forces buildings at the Air Force base, as well as associated orders and upkeep of the facilities. He is the son of Mark and Lori Guthridge.
  Officials Express Concern Language In Stimulus Bill Could Exclude Townships From Receiving Funding  
  At Stake For Boardman: Between $7.24 Million And $8.2 Million :   March 18, 2021 Edition  
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      Boardman Township could get upwards of between $7.24 million and $8.2 million in funding from the so-called $1.9 trillion stimulus relief package signed into law by President Joe Biden last week---or maybe not.
      According to the Ohio Township Association (OTA) “At the local, state and federal levels, there are conflicting reports on whether Ohio townships will directly receive funds from the American Rescue Plan (HR 1319), due to changes made between the House and Senate versions of the legislation. The bill allocates $350 billion to states and local governments.”
      “We received official word that Ohio townships (and a couple other states) are potentially not included in the latest COVID relief bill,” Heidi Fought, director of the OTA said, adding “There is an issue with a definition that has caused this problem and it could possibly depend on how the Treasury Dept. interprets the language.
      “What this means is that, unless Treasury updates its interpretation or definitions are clarified, Ohio townships would not be receiving money under this bill directly.”
      Boardman Township Administrator Jason Loree told The Biardman News he has contacted U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan’s office repeatedly about the matter and as of Mon., Mar. 15, had not received a response.
      “Rep. Ryan knows this is a problem,” Loree said, adding if the township does get new stimulus funding, it is at present, unknown how that money will be spent.
      “We don’t know yet, what the rules are for spending the newest round of stimulus money,” Loree said.
      “The Ohio Township Association (OTA) is working around the clock with Ohio’s Congressional delegation and the Biden Administration to ensure that the U.S. Treasury interprets Ohio’s 1,308 townships as eligible nonentitlement units of local government for this critical funding. According to the 2010 Census, at least four million Ohioans reside in a township; relief funds are crucial to helping those communities recover from the effects of the pandemic,” Fought said.
      Under the Trump Administration, Boardman Township received about $2.1 million in stimulus funding. According to Loree, about half of that money was spent on equipment and supplies, and the rest was used to support payroll.
      According to information from the Ohio Township Association, other area townships included in the newest round of stimulus funding include Austintown, between $6.5 million and $7.817 million; Howland, between $3.367 million and $4.048 million; and Poland Township, between $2.65 million and $3.186 million.
  $1.5 Million Set To Address Township Drainage Issues  
  March 18, 2021 Edition  
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      Meeting on Monday night, Boardman Township Trustees indicated more than $1.5 million will be spent this year addressing surface water issues in the township. Upwards of 80 per cent of those monies will be provided through grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
      Much of the work is designed to address drainage issues in the Boardman Lake and Wildwood Dr. areas, as well as Cranberry Run, that flows into Mill Creek.
      Trustees approved the Davey Resource Group to provide engineering and construction management services, including site grading, stream restoration and landscaping in the Boardman Lake/Wildwood Dr. area where it is expected four homes will be razed by the end of June and those sites will be restored to what Boardman Road Superintendent Marilyn Kenner said will be “a park like setting.”
      The contract with Davey approved by Trustees was for $45,250. Of that, the ABC Stormwater District will provide a local match for $5,656.
      Kenner said the cost of the overall project will be $998,000, of which $125,000 will be paid from ABC funds, with the balance coming from FEMA grants.
      Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to a $100,000 grant for a ‘stream modeling project’ along Cranberry Run; and according to Kenner, the state of Ohio has agreed to provide a capital grant of $500,000 to address surface water issues impacting Cranberry Run at Market St. Elementary School.
      Township Administrator Jason Loree told Trustees the ABC Stormwater District is expected award a surface water project for Glenridge Dr., and as well, the district will soon conduct an aerial survey that will provide storm water modeling data designed to address drainage issues.
      “We continue to seek outside funding to help improve the infrastructure of our community. We are dedicated to working on addressing as many of the problem areas of the township with regard to drainage and this outside funding (grants) will allow the township to make a major difference,” Brad Calhoun, chairman of the township’s Board of Trustees, said.
      Kenner told Trustees more than 10 miles of township road will be resurfaced this year at a cost of about $1 million. That work will be funded with assistance of about $350,000 provided from Ohio Public Works grants, Kenner said.
      Police Chief Todd Werth told Trustees that three officers will remain with his department under provisions of a retire-rehire program. They are Lt. Richard Balog, Sgt. Chuck Hillman Jr. and Sgt. Mike Hughes, head of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU). Under terms of the program, the township will save about $87,000 through reductions in salary and benefits, Chief Werth said.
      In other matters, Trustees adopted nuisance resolutions for properties at 8551 Crossroads Dr. and 101 Shields Rd., ordering those sites to be cleaned-up.
      $35,288 was approved for the purchase of ammunition and replacement service pistols for the police department.
  Public Invited To 117th Annual Memorial Day Services On Mon., May 31 In Boardman Park  
  March 18, 2021 Edition  
      On Memorial Day, 2020, Boardman Kiwanian Mark Luke stood alone in Boardman Cemetery where he delivered the 116th annual Memorial Day address. There was no parade, no gathering at Boardman Park, due to concerns with the coronavirus. Memorial Day, 2021, will be different. Although there will again be no parade (due to concerns with the virus), there will be the 117th annual Boardman Memorial Day service at the Maag Outdoor Arts Theater in Boardman Park on Mon., May 31 at 10:00 a.m. to which the public can attend. “We will honor those who have served, are serving and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in military service to our country,” Mark Luke, a Memorial Day coordinator and president of the Boardman Kiwanis Club said, adding “We invite all veterans and community members to join as we recognize, remember and express our solemn thankfulness to our military forces who preserve our way of life.”
  At $75/Hour Disengaged, Remote Elementary Students Offered Counseling To Help Them Return To ‘In-Person’ Class  
  Student Engagement Specialist Assigned To West Blvd., Stadium Dr. And Robinwood Lane Schools:   March 11, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      Meeting in January, the Boardman Local School Board unanimously gave its approval to an addendum to an existing contract with the Alta Care Group to provide counseling services to “bring back disengaged, remote students” to the system’s three elementary schools at a cost $75/hour, not to exceed $22,500.
      The local school district said “it is expected that the results of the services provided under the addendum will support the potential attendance demands that comes from Gov. Mike DeWine’s anticipation of a return to in-person learning by Mar. 1.”
      Specifically, according to the addendum, an elementary student engagement specialist will be assigned to each elementary school building, Robinwood Lane, West Boulevard and Stadium Drive.
      The specialist is directed to communicate with school staff and parents/guardians “regarding attendance and performance issues of ‘identified’ students,” as well as “explore barriers to education and in-person or remote learning, and offer tours and ‘demo’ protocols to parents and or guardians in an effort to “facilitate experiences to increase student/family comfort in returning to the school building.”
      Another goal of the program is to bring back low performing remote students to in-person learning by coaching students with organization and study habits in the classroom, and to develop a homework planner shared between the school and home.
      Under terms of the addendum approved by the school board, the Alta Care Group must complete its services no later Apr. 30; and the school system agreed to provide access to all “personnel and documents reasonable necessary for the performance of the care group’s duties.”
  Slavic Festival on YouTube  
  March 11, 2021 Edition  
Marta Mazur of Krakus Polish Deli and Bakery
     SLAVIC FESTIVAL ON YOUTUBE: While the coronavirus pandemic has cancelled the annual Simply Slavic Festival in downtown Youngstown this June, Simply Slavic has found another way to continue its mission. In lieu of the in-person festival, the group has announced the release of its Slavic Educational Video Series on its YouTube channel. Funded in part by a grant from The International Institute Funds of The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the eight-part series will present various culturally entertaining, educational, and just plain fun videos for children and adults. “While we yearn to be together in food, song, and dance in downtown Youngstown, our board and volunteers felt that we need to look beyond June, 2021 to have an event that minimizes risk for our attendees and is welcoming to all,” said John Slanina, Simply Slavic Board President. “In the meantime, we hope these videos offer an opportunity to enjoy this colorful culture in your homes with your families.” Viewers can learn how to dance the kolo, a circle dance popular in the Southern Slavic nations; and the polka, the Northern Slavic national dance. They can observe the tips and tricks of making the perfect stuffed cabbage from Marta Mazur (pictured) of Krakus Polish Deli and Bakery, 7050 Market St. in Boardman. In addition, celebrated local author, Loretta Ekoniak, will share her deep knowledge of Slovak history in the Mahoning Valley.
  People In Boardman Have No Problems and Fears About The Community In Which They Live  
  From March 12-18, 1987 Issue of The Boardman News:   March 4, 2021 Edition  
     PEOPLE IN BOARDMAN have little or no problems and fears about the community in which they live, according to a recently completed study done for the Mahoning County Planning Commission. As the chart reflects, most issues raised in the study, conducted by the Youngstown State University Center for Urban Studies, are by sizeable majority “no problem” for the people of Boardman. [From Mar. 12-18, 1987 issue of The Boardman News]
  A Fearful, Frightened Dog Was Crying And Yelling Loudly...As If It Was Being Abused  
  Pure Fentanyl Found In Room At Red Roof Inn:   March 4, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      Responding to a call at 4:51 a.m. of an animal in distress in a room at the Red Roof Inn, 1051 Tiffany South Blvd., police found fentanyl and drug-related paraphernalia, including nine syringes in a room occupied by an Oregon Ave., Youngstown man last week on Tues., Feb. 22.
      Dante Jermaine Mason, 31, of 3080 Oregon, Youngstown, faces charges of felony possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and cruelty to a companion animal.
      According to Ptl. Anthony Ciccotelli, Mason was also wanted on warrants issued out of the Liberty Police Department for tampering with evidence, two counts of possession of drugs and one count of possession of criminal tools.
      Police were called to the Red Roof Inn after a guest at the inn was awakened to the sounds of what appeared to be an animal in distress.
      Ptl. Ciccotelli said officers went to room #212 when they “heard a man yelling, and then what appeared to be sounds of a man hitting a dog (numerous loud thumps).
      “We could hear a fearful, frightened dog crying and yelling loudly, if it was being abused.”
      When Mason opened the door to the room, he told police he was angry his dog peed in the bed and he was teaching the dog a lesson in the bathroom, Officer Ciccotelli said.
      Mason was detained in the hallway by his room.
      When police checked Mason’s room, they found a puppy (about 3-4-months-old) in a bathtub.
      “The dog was observed laying in its own feces, trembling and unable to stand.
      “It appeared both back legs were severely injured or broken and the dog was also having a difficult time breathing, as if it had suffered trauma to its throat/neck area,” Ptl. Ciccotelli said.
      Also in the bathroom, Ptl. Ciccotelli said police found a clear plastic baggie, consistent with the appearance of heroin or fentanyl, behind the toilet.
      “The baggie of white powder was field-tested by Det. John Gocala and gave a positive indication for pure fentanyl,” Ptl. Ciccotelli said.
      The Mahoning County Dog Warden’s office was sent to the inn. Tara Girty, of the warden’s office, suggested Animal Charity be contacted, and that agency took possession of the dog, promptly posting a picture of the pooch on its Facebook page, seeking donations to help defray medical costs associated with the its injuries.
      Mason got a free ride in the back seat of cruiser to the Boardman Police Department for booking.
      “During the booking process, he was loud, uncooperative and gave officers a difficult time.
      “He removed all his clothes, ripped them up and refused to put them back on,” Officer Ciccotelli said, adding “While in the booking room, Mason admitted to Officer Earl Neff to ‘whooping the dog’s ass’ for peeing in the bed,” Officer Ciccotelli said.
      Mason told police he has six more dogs at his house in Youngstown.
      PICTURED:  POLICE FOUND this dog in a bathtub at the Red Roof Inn last week with injuries to its rear legs after it had been apparently beaten by a man who said he was irritated because the pooch peed in his bed.
  BCB, Little League And T-Mobile Team Up  
  February 25, 2021 Edition  
     We know this past year has been difficult, and the financial strain of the pandemic has had an effect on all of us. As we look ahead to returning to the field in 2021, we want to make sure you and your kid(s) have the opportunity to write the next chapter in the Little League® story, regardless of your personal or financial situation. Thanks to the generous support of T-Mobile over the last two years, families in our community have the opportunity to apply for the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant, which is focused on helping to cover registration costs of Boardman CommunityLittle League (BCB) for the 2021 season!
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      The T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program is committed to helping families in need by covering registration fees associated with local Little League programs so that every kid has the chance to play. Little League, BCB and T-Mobile share the belief that every kid should have the chance to experience Little League.
      This program is available to families in need who can present verifications, such as a Free/Reduced Lunch Verification letter, SNAP, WIC, Foster Child Paperwork, or Enrollment in Medicaid or State Health Plans. For more information on how to determine if your family is eligible, as well as information on how to apply, visit Prior to filling out the application, we encourage you to reach out to our league to find out more information about registration dates and fees, as well as other opportunities we may be able to provide to help welcome you into our BCB Little League program. Players must reside in the Boardman Local School District or attend a school in the BCB LL boundary. For more information call 330-758-2123 and leave a message. Your call will be returned shortly.
      We are here to support everyone in our community, and without each and every one of you, our program would not be what it is today. We are all here for you, and warmly welcome you to be a part of our BCB Little League family.
      Boardman Community Baseball, 410 McClurg Rd., Boardman, Ohio 44512
      Phone: 330-758-2123
  Boardman Kindergarten Registration Mar. 3-4  
  February 25, 2021 Edition  
      Boardman Local Schools kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is set for Wednesday, March 3, and Thursday, March 4. Parents/students must be a resident of Boardman to enroll.
      Time for registration on Wednesday (morning only) will be 8:30 a.m. until noon.
      On Thursday, registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon; 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Registration takes place at the three elementary buildings---Stadium Dr., Robinwood Lane and West Blvd.
      Printed enrollment packets will be available in advance at each elementary building to complete and return at the time of registration.
  Boardman Businessman Files Civil Rights Lawsuit  
  ‘They Are Taking His Stores Away From Him And Handing Them Over To White Owners’:   February 18, 2021 Edition  
     A civil rights lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Boardman resident and business owner Herb Washington, of Saddlebrook Dr., against McDonalds.
      According to the law firm of Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway, Washington built the largest black-owned McDonalds franchise in America, operating 27 stores. The lawsuit alleges the restaurant chain has targeted him for speaking about its unfair treatment of black owners.
      “To make things worse, they are taking his stores away from him and handing them to over white owners,” says Max Karlin, a media contact for Washington’s case.
      “As part of its effort to drive black franchisees from its system, McDonalds has targeted Washington and has pressured him to sell one store after another to white franchisees,” Karlin said.
      A video conference was slated about Washington’s suit on Tues., Feb. 15 and speakers, according to Karlin were set to be Mr. Washington, as well as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Joseph C. Peiffer, managing partner, Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway; and Kevin P. Conway, a partner in the law firm.
      “If one of the biggest and most powerful corporations in the United States can silence someone with the track record and success of Herb Washington, what black business leader can feel safe speaking out about the mistreatment of African Americans in the business world,” Karlin said.
  FBI Agent Tony Sano  
  ‘We learned to condition our minds and bodies to hard work, and not self-motivation; and to take honest and ethical approaches, with integrity’:   February 18, 2021 Edition  
Tony Sano
     Funeral services were held Fri., Feb. 12 at St. Michael Parish in Canfield for retired FBI Agent Anthony ‘Tony’ Joseph Sano, 59, who passed away on Mon., Feb. 1. Anthony leaves behind his lovely wife of 34 years, Deborah, and a legacy of relationships.
      Law enforcement officers from around the country, including California, Michigan and Florida, as well as local officials, honored Agent Sano with their attendance at his memorial services, remembering him as an agent who went above and beyond the call of duty.
      He was always eager to use his quick wit and humor to bring a smile to anyone’s face. His volunteer work at the church was just as fulfilling to him as it was to those he was serving. It can truly be said by all who knew him that his life was a life well-lived through his kindness, charity, compassion and providing for his family and friends.
      As a deeply religious man, Agent Sano once graced a fellow law enforcement official with a pair of handcuffs adorned with a symbol of St. Michael, the patron saint of police officers.
      “He noticed I had a patch of St. Michael on my entry vest (worn by law enforcement when staging raids or in other dangerous situations). A short time later he made a point to come up to me and give me a pair of handcuffs graced with the symbol of St. Michael. It meant the world to me,” said the law enforcement official.
      Anthony was born on April 3, 1961, in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised in New Brighton, Pa., where he graduated from New Brighton High School in 1979.
      He attended Slippery Rock University and earned a BA degree in Political Science and Public Administration in 1984, while also achieving a national-ranking as a competitive powerlifter. While pursuing his degree, he played rugby and as a member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity where he served as vice president.
      While completing his MBA at Baldwin Wallace University in 1993, he excelled in the fitness industry becoming a general manager at several facilities.
      His greatest career accomplishment was fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming an FBI Special Agent in 1997. He worked in the Detroit field office for the first part of his career and then transferred to the Cleveland field office until his retirement after 30 years of service.
      Upon completion of training at the FBI National Academy, Agent Sano earned the high honor of being selected by his classmates to serve as spokesman for the class at graduation ceremonies, where he spoke of direction he and his classmates were given.
      “We are all committed to a greater cause and while diverse as individuals, we are committed to a common goal, working as a team.
      “We learned to condition our minds and bodies to hard work, and not self-motivation; and to take honest and ethical approaches, with integrity---core principles of the FBI,” SA Sano said.
      While complimenting those who trained his class, Agent Sano recalled “If you only travel when the sun shines, you will never reach your destination.
      “A focus on discipline and professionalism is a driving force to our success. In an environment that breeds tension, keep a cool demeanor [because] criminals are not always obvious…Sometimes they wear a suit and tie, but are equally as dangerous to those who they victimize.
      “It is our duty and responsibility to speak up, not necessarily in words, but in our actions that not always will be the most popular…but will be the right thing to do.”
      He recalled the words of Rev. Herman E. Mueller on the Holocaust---
      “First they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.
      “Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
      “Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Catholic.
      “Then they came for me, and by then, there was no one left to speak up.”
      SA Sano concluded his commencement remarks saying. “If we do the right thing, there will be someone left to speak-up for us.”
      Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth knew SA Sano when both were members of the FBI.
      “I had the honor and privilege of working with Special Agent Tony Sano for several years while with the FBI. He was one of those unique individuals who positively touched the lives of hundreds of people. FBI agents and area law enforcement officers who worked with Tony always held his work ethic, professionalism, and investigative abilities as a standard that we all tried to achieve. Special Agent Sano had a significant impact on Boardman, the Mahoning Valley, and also several other parts of the country where he worked during his career. He will truly be missed, but has left a lasting legacy,” Chief Werth said.
      Following his retirement in 2018, he returned to the FBI as a consultant and established Sano Consulting Group.
      Awaiting Anthony in Heaven with open arms are his parents Alberta (Curry) and Domenic Sano and brother, Michael Sano. Also waiting on the Rainbow Bridge for a long-awaited walk is Lady Liberty ‘Libby’ Sano.
      He leaves behind the love of his life, soulmate and best friend Dr. Deborah (Kiraly) Sano; siblings Domenic (Nona) Sano, Laurie Sano, and Joseph Sano; in-laws Joe (Peggy) Kiraly, Donna (Dale) Bricker, Dr. Elizabeth Kiraly (Dr. John Hamilton), Joe Kiraly, Carolyn (Steve) Kavalec, Blaine Bricker, Scott (Tonya) Bricker and Dale (Angela) Bricker; and cherished nieces and nephews Ty, Katie, Quintin, Elissa, Travis, Meadow, Jacob, Alex, Vivian, Lillian, Marley, Leila, Sophie, Joshua and Caleb
      The family requests that material tributes be given to St. Michael Parish or The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.
  February 18, 2021 Edition  
     Boardman Township
      Civil Service Commission
      Full-Time Entry Level
      Police Officer
      Boardman, OH.
      Annual Salary $38,123.90
      (to include benefits)
      The complete job announcement and application with available bonus points can be viewed on the Boardman Township website: .
      Applications will be available electronically via the Boardman Township Website or by email request to, from Friday, January 15, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021. Office hours are by appointment only, please call (330)726-4177 x 61701 during normal business hours or (330)540-8204 after 4pm, except holidays.
      Completed applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 9-12pm and 2-4pm Monday- Friday until Friday, February 26, 2021 except weekends & holidays. See complete job announcement for specific instructions.
      If you encounter an unforeseeable scheduling conflict, please contact (330) 540-8204 for further assistance.
      The written examination will be administered on Sunday, February 28, 2021, (1pm-3pm) in the banquet hall of the Avion on the Water Banquet Center, located at 2177 Western Reserve Rd, Canfield, OH 44406.
  Woman In Disagreement With Diagnosis Of Her Cat Tells Animal Charity Agency ‘Long Live Donald Trump’  
  February 11, 2021 Edition  
      A disagreement over treatment a veterinarian said was needed for an ill cat resulted in a barrage of profanities directed towards Animal Charity and its veterinarian, as the owner of the cat felt she knew more that the vet.
      Apparently at issue was a $38.50 bill for an x-ray that the cat’s owner refused to pay.
      On Mon., Jan. 25, Tammy Barnes, of 1380 Arbor Dr. SE, Warren, Oh., brought her cat to the animal agency and was advised the feline was seriously ill and would need x-rays and blood work to diagnose the problem.
      According Ptl. Evan Beil, Barnes left Animal Charity without paying for the services she received.
      Barnes told the police officer that she was upset over the price of the x-ray and blood work, and disagreed with the cat’s diagnosis.
      Officer Beil said he advised Barnes that she went to Animal Charity to obtain a service that she knew had a monetary cost associated with the visit, and if she did not pay, Animal Charity was interested in pursuing a theft charge.
      Barnes began screaming at the police officer in a phone conversation, once uttering her “father was a bank robber who would cut holes on the roofs of banks and steal money...that’s theft.”
      While at Animal Charity, Barnes began to spout off, yelling that staff members were “heatless monsters, probably democrats” and “Long live Donald Trump.”
      As a postscript, Officer Beil said that Barnes called Animal Charity several times, demanding the agency return her cat’s stool sample.
      “[Animal Charity] advised me they were unable to return the sample due to it already being disposed of, along with ethical issues in doing so,” the patrolman said.
  Briarfield Place Set To Open In The Spring  
  $12.7 Million Facility Will Offer 58 Private Units:   February 11, 2021 Edition  
Briarfield Place
      Briarfield Place, on Market St. at McClurg Rd. in Boardman is the newest Briarfield location in the Mahoning Valley.
      Construction for the $12.7 million project began in July, 2020.
      The skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility is set to open in May, 2021. The 50,000 sq.-ft. state-of-the-art center will have 58 private units.
      At capacity, Briarfield Place will have about 70 employees.
      Briarfield Place is located at 8400 Market Street in direct proximity to the Boardman/Mercy Hospital campus.
      Strollo Architects, Inc. of Youngstown is the project’s lead architect, and A.P. O’Horo Inc. is the general contractor and EDM Management, Inc. is the developer.
      When complete, Briarfield Place will include a beautifully appointed main dining room, a private dining room for special occasions, a central courtyard, concierge service, resident transportation services, a beauty salon and spa services, and housekeeping and laundry services
      About Briarfield
      Briarfield Health Care Centers prides itself on providing the highest level of rehabilitation, skilled nursing, memory care and senior living services in the Mahoning Valley.
      With over 80 years of combined experience, Ed and Diane Reese, CEO and President of Briarfield, respectively, are proud of their company’s commitment to growth in this area and have assembled a local executive team reflecting that commitment.
      Briarfield locations include Briarfield Manor and Briarfield at Ashley Circle in Austintown, The Inn at Christine Valley in Youngstown, The Inn at Ironwood in Canfield, The Inn at Glenellen and The Villas at Glenellen in North Lima, The Inn at Poland Way in Poland and The Inn at Walker Mill in Boardman.
      For more information, visit
  Former Boardman Police Chief Patrick Berarducci Dies  
  February 4, 2021 Edition  
Pat Berarducci
     Former Boardman Police Chief Pat Berarducci, 70, of Medina, Oh., died Sat., Jan. 30.
      Berarducci served as Boardman Police Chief from Feb. 20, 2007 to Aug., 2009.
      His brief term of chief was pocked by the politics of Trustees Kathy Miller and Robyn Gallitto, who oversaw the elimination of certification from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in the Boardman Local Schools.
      In the face of political upheaval, manpower during Chief Berarducci’s term fell from 63 to 48 officers.
      Upon his resignation, Chief Berarducci said he did all he could to keep patrol cars on the road.
      Chief Berarducci was a graduate of Youngstown Woodrow Wilson High School. Following his graduation he served four years with the Youngstown Police Department, where he gained a strong reputation as an undercover drug agent.
      He left the YPD to begin a 29-year career as an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), before becoming chief in Boardman.
      He resigned his position with the BPD to become police chief in Medina, Oh. He retired from that post in June, 2017, ending a 43-year career in law enforcement.
      In May, 2009, Chief Berarducci was tapped by then Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to serve in the state’s Ohio Elder Abuse Commission.
      In 2013, he received the William French Smith Award for outstanding contributions to cooperative law enforcement from United State Attorney General Eric Holder.
      In addition, while serving as chief in Boardman Township, he joined with the Boardman Ministerial Association to form a Chaplain Corps (now defunct) within the local department.
      Upon his resignation from the Boardman Police Department, Chief Berarducci noted his tenure was crimped by declining manpower.
      “Contact by Boardman Police Department officers with the public they are supposed to serve, is well below the standard of service that was achieved as a professionally-accredited agency just three years ago,” Mr. Berarducci said.
      Chief Berarducci, the son of Raymond and Ann Berarducci, leaves his wife, the former Judith Barrett, a son, Patrick, and a daughter, Megan.
      A son, Justin R. Berarducci, died Sept. 14, 2005. Justin was a lifelong resident of the Hattie Larlham Foundation. No matter what his duties in law enforcement, Chief Berarducci always made time, every week to visit with Justin.
      PICTURED: PAT BERARDUCCI, pictured, who served as Boardman Township Police Chief from Feb., 2007 to Aug., 2009, died Sat., Jan. 30. He was a 43-year veteran of law enforcement, and also served with the Youngstown Police Department, ATF, and ended his career as Chief of Police in Medina, Oh.
  Pair Charged With Identity Theft, Forgery After $4300 Transaction At Huntington Bank  
  January 14, 2021 Edition  
      associate editor
      After a man and woman netted $4,300 during a drive-thru transaction at Huntington Bank, 711 Boardman-Canfield Rd., they were arrested by Boardman police on a variety of charges, including forgery and identity fraud.
      About 4:40 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 7, Ptl. Evan Beil was off-duty, but still in uniform, and stopped at one of the bank’s drive-thru windows before returning home.
      In the lane next to him was a man he recognized as Michael Mele, 33, who has a lengthy criminal history (including forgery).
      The policeman then sent a note through the drive-thru tube, asking the teller if everything was all right; and received a reply saying the drive of the car in the next lane had been drinking and they said bank personnel “didn’t think they are who they say,” adding “They say they have Covid.”
      Officer Beil, who was familiar with the driver, Mele, said that Mele “became extremely startled” when he saw the policeman; and the female, identified as Vicki Raynovich, 31, “looked at me and quickly turned away.” Ptl. Beil then blocked Mele’s car in the drive-thru, as other police came to the scene.
      Neither Mele or Raynovich, who had just been making a transaction at the drive-thru, told police they had any identification on them; as Mele told police the woman (Raynovich) was his mother, Denise Mincher.
      Ptl. Beil said Mele and Raynovich were very nervous when speaking with him…“Mele grabbed a large stack of $100 bills and placed them into his pocket, then began looking through a large stack of credit cards., and then took a stack of $100 bills out of his pocket and put them back on his center console.”
      Initially, Mele told police he and Raynovich had Covid and when asked why they were out in public, Mele said “they needed to cash his check.
      “Mele advised they needed to cash ‘his check’ and they were wearing masks.”
      Mele and Raynovich were advised they were under arrest, when “Mele leaned forward into the passenger side of his vehicle and began to reach into the glove box. Ordered not to do so, Mele was taken from the car by police and handcuffed.
      Boardman police officer Ptl. Nick Newland went to Mincher’s residence at an apartment building at 5014 Glenwood Ave.
      Mincher, 56, told Ptl. Newland she gave Mele her identification and debit card, along with $250 “to make a few purchases at Wal-Mart, but ‘they’ were not to withdraw any money.” She told police that she did not wish to pursue charges, she “merely wanted her money, phone and identification back.”
      Ptl. Beil indicated the check cashed at Huntington could be for unemployment benefits in Mincher’s name.
      “It is unknown at this time, if Mincher filed the unemployment claim that was filled in her name, or if Mele and Raynovich fraudulently submitted the claim using her information,” Ptl. Beil said.
      “In addition to the $4300…Mele claimed there to be an additional $4000 to $5000 in cash throughout the vehicle,” Officer Beil said, adding the Mele told police the money “was his and came from the IRS, stimulus and Covid money.”
      When asked how he received such a large amount of money, he told Ptl. David Jones it was “because of his ex-wife and his kid.” A bit later, Mele told Ptl. Jones he did not have any children, Officer Beil said.
      Mele told police he couldn’t go to jail because of cancer/radiation treatments “first thing in the morning,” then said he couldn’t go to jail ‘this evening’ because he had cancer/radiation treatment.
      “Later he said he did not have cancer treatments,” Ptl. Beil said.
      Mele was advised he would be getting a ride in a police cruiser, to the Mahoning County Jail.
      “Okay, I’ll just claim a medical emergency so I can go to the hospital instead of jail,” Ptl. Beil said, adding ‘just then,’ Mele’s knees buckled and he asked for an ambulance.
      After a phone conversation with Boardman Police Sgt. Jon Martin, “Mele advised he ‘felt better’ and did not want to go to the hospital, Ptl. Beil said.
      During their investigation, Boardman police learned the car Mele was driving had been reported stolen out of Moon Township, Pa., and was owned by Hertz Rentals.
      Police seized the $4300 as well as the car, pending further investigation.
      Mele, of 440 5th St., Struthers, Oh., was charged with receiving stolen property (automobile), forgery, identity fraud, obstruction and resisting arrest.
      Raynovich, also of 440 5th St., Struthers, was charged with forgery, identity fraud and obstruction.
      Ptl. Beil said that Raynovich was released from custody after posting a $9000 bond, and Mele was released after posting a $14,000 bond, and pending an 8:30 a.m. initial appearance in Boardman Court---the same day Mele was scheduled for sentencing in Judge John Durkin’s Common Pleas Court on a forgery-related charge.
      Among many charges Mele has stood before the court on was an Oct. 23, 2019 charge of passing a bad check. He was bound over to the Mahoning County Grand Jury on the charge on Jan. 14, 2020. The record of the court says the case is closed.
      On Aug. 19, 2019, Mele entered a guilty plea on a charge of criminal trespassing at Wal-Mart, He was found guilty, fined $150, 29 days of 30 day jail sentence were suspended and he was ordered to eight hours of community service, as well as stay out of Wal-Mart. He was cited with a probation violation and had eight probation hearings scheduled. Finally, on July 28, 2020, the court said “It was recommended community control be terminated and jail sentence suspended.”
  Santon Electric Memorial Honors All Who Provide Help  
  January 7, 2021 Edition  
      “We haven’t seen anything like 2020,” Dan Santon, of Santon Electric on Southern Blvd. in Boardman said last week.
      Three years ago he was planning to honor police and fire personnel with a respite area and flagpole at the company headquarters.
      “Then the pandemic hit, and we thought it would be best to memorialize not only police and firemen, but also our military personnel, health care workers and all essential workers who have helped-out during the pandemic,” Santon said.
      On Thurs., Dec. 31, brief dedication ceremonies were held at 7870 Southern Blvd. where Santon has erected a flagpole graced with a plaque recognizing the efforts of many who have provided aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      “This special area was created to honor our safety forces, health care workers and all essential workers for their heroic acts of courage during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” reads the plaque.
      In honoring those who have helped others during the pandemic, Mr. Santon noted “When COVID-19 hit, our lives changed drastically. This memorial was created for all of you and what you do everyday. This is a time in our history that should never be forgotten.”
      His remarks were followed by comments from Jan Brown, of Tanglewood Dr., national commander of the AMVETS.
      “Dan Santon had the idea a few years ago to add a flag pole to his business location to honor police and fire personnel who are first responders in times of need. As the pandemic developed, Mr. Santon thought he should honor all persons who respond in times of crisis, including ambulance and medical personnel.
      “In researching the 1918 pandemic that affected the Mahoning Valley, he found there is no permanent remembrance of that event. So Dan decided to change that with this memorial.”
      When completely finished, The memorial will include a flag pole, a fountain, a landscaped area with benches where one can stop and reflect.
  Boardman Park Reservations for 2022  
  January 7, 2021 Edition  
     Boardman Park, your Hometown Park, nestled in the heart of Boardman on 243 acres of natural beauty, has become a very popular place for families to gather and enjoy hosting their favorite events, as well as creating special memories. However, due to this ever-increasing popularity, the Park’s reservable facilities are very much in demand. On January 1, 2021, the Park began taking reservations for 2022, as well as any dates in 2021 that are still available; so, whether you are planning a graduation party, bridal or baby shower, birthday party, reunion, business meeting or a special family function it is highly recommended that you make a reservation as soon as possible after January 1st. The Park offers 4-indoor rooms (heated, air-conditioned and kitchen facilities), which are available year-round, and 5-seasonal open-air pavilions (water and electric provided) to accommodate 40 to 230 guests at an affordable price. If you are planning a wedding, the Gazebo, Boardman’s most prominent Historical Landmark the St. James Meeting House, and the Maag Outdoor Theatre lend themselves as unique and beautiful settings for your most special occasion.
      The Park provides a variety of free outdoor recreational facilities such as baseball fields, playgrounds, walking/hiking trails, tennis and pickle ball courts, sand volleyball courts, green open space, and an 18-hole Disc Golf course, all in close proximity to the reservable facilities for your enjoyment.
      The Park began taking reservations for 2022 beginning January 1 online at, or January 4 through the Park Office by
      calling 330-726-8105 or visiting the Park Office at 375 Boardman-Poland Rd. in the Georgeanna Parker Activity Center.
      Office hours are 8 am- 4 pm Monday –Friday.
  Heaven Gained A Good One---Christine Terlesky, 48  
  ‘She fought ALS with such strength because of the love of family and wanting to be with them as long as she could’:   December 31, 2020 Edition  
Christine Terlesky
      associate editor
      Mrs. Christine Moschella Terlesky, 48, of Boardman, died Sat., Dec. 26, in the arms of her husband after a valiant, seven-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
      She leaves her husband, Brian; two sons, Brian and Tyler; and a daughter, Emma; all of with whom she shared her daily struggles coping with the disease; and her parents, Ron and Judy Moschella; and in-laws, Ted and Mary Ann Terlesky.; as well as two sisters, Jolene Moschella-Ross and Nadine Moschella-Colla. They all joined as one family in helping Christine to fight ALS.
      Mrs. Moschella-Terlesky’s courageous battle was well-known to her many friends and throughout the Boardman community, with whom she often shared straight forward remarks about ALS.
      Christine was diagnosed with ALS on her birthday in 2013.
      “The day I was born, the beginning of life, also represents the day my life changed forever, when I was diagnosed with ALS. It actually changed my entire family.
      “But somehow, life moved on. It is very hard not to dwell on what I lost this day…At the same time, I am lucky that I have a husband who has sacrificed so much for me. I have supportive friends, and I have support from an entire community.
      “I miss my old life. I had dreams I know I will never realize.
      “The life I am living now, may have more purpose. When I [talk] about my disease, I am not looking for sympathy. I want to spread awareness about this mysterious disease and how it affects everyone…Maybe I will help to stop ALS in my own small way,” Christine observed.
      About a year after she was diagnosed, Christine became wheelchair bound.
      The Boardman community rallied around her and helped to build an addition to her home---and a handicap accessible bedroom and bathroom were constructed.
      Christine stayed with her family, and community throughout her fight.
      “Our medical bills tripled because my secondary insurance dropped me. The biggest expense is the breathing machine that I need to live. I am truly humbled by the generosity of this community. We are all living through such tough times. Everyone is dealing with their own individual hardships and yet they still find it in their hearts to help my family....I know for a fact that without the support of this community I would have succumbed years ago. But, I have lived and have been able to watch my children grow up,” Christine said last October.
      She was very candid about ALS on her many social media posts.
      Last September, she was having trouble eating and took to Facebook.
      “I’ll be honest with you, ALS has thoroughly kicked my butt. From the paralysis to the breathing machine---to waking up and drowning in my own phlegm. The pain that comes and goes is constant. Add to that, the isolation…I lost the ability to eat. It’s been three months, lost about 60 pounds, but who cares? ALS takes the ability to swallow, so I can’t even drink a coke without choking…
      “Oh well, if this has taught me anything, it is to enjoy and savor things and as much as I love food, I miss people so much more.
      “The anger on Facebook is out of control and I have to wonder, who are you really angry with?
      “If I can live without spewing hate [while] knocking on death’s door, so can everyone else,” Christine said, adding her usual humor---“Seriously though, for some people on here, therapy might be a good idea.”
      Just before Christmas Day, Christine began her final battle for her life, but not before thanking all who helped her.
      Her last post read “Thank all the people who supported me this year. Merry Christmas!”
      Three days later, shortly after 10:10 a.m. on Dec. 26, her sister, Nadine, posted that Christine had passed away.
      “She lived these last years with joy and grace. She never asked, ‘Why me?’ She used her time to still find joy in the world and make the lives of her children, Brian, Tyler and Emma better. She loved her husband and cherished their life together.”
      While attending Boardman High School, Christine was a four-year letter-winner on stellar Lady Spartan cage teams coached by her Ohio Hall of Fame father.
      Upon learning of her death, teammates recognized Christine, posting “Heaven gained a good one today, Christine Moschella…She was an amazing example of humility, hard work, perseverance, love, patience, kindness and truth…”
      Christine Moschella was born Sept. 8. 1972.
      She graduated from Boardman High School in 1991, earning a basketball scholarship to the University of Akron. She transferred to Youngstown State University where she also played hoops.
      Following her graduation from college, she became a history and government teacher in the Boardman Local School System, where she also served as an assistant basketball coach. At the same time, she earned a master’s degree from Westminster College.
      Her longtime friend, Mrs. Denise Gorski, former teacher, coach and athletic director at Boardman High School, noted that Christine was the “consummate student-athlete, possessing an incredible work ethic who was extremely coachable and a true leader to her teammates.
      “She loved being a teacher and coach and working with young adults.
      “My heart is broken, as many others are, but Christine is not suffering anymore.”
      Mrs. Gorski added that Christine’s best teaching and coaching days were the seven-plus years in her fight with ALS.
      “Christine coached us all to be more resilient, as she withstood very difficult conditions. She taught us never to feel sorry for yourself in the face of adversity, that someone, has it worse than you.
      “Christine taught us to think of others, before we think of ourselves.
      “She taught and coached us through her incredible courage, handling this disease that would certainly frighten many, but she chose to fight it head on. And, she fought it with such strength because of the love of family and wanting to be with them as long as she could.
      “We should all be so lucky to carry these lessons from Christine,” Mrs. Gorski said.
      In line with her pledge that she hoped her fight with ALS might someday benefit others afflicted with the disease, Christine donated her brain and spinal cord for research. Following her death, her body was taken to UMPC.
      When first diagnosed, doctors told Christine she had two or three years to live. She never gave up the fight and doubled that time.
      About a year before her passing, Christine observed, “The human spirit is a mystery. I can’t honestly say I am happy. I know my family doesn’t want to watch me suffer. Maybe selfishly, maybe because of fear, I want to live. And I’ll keep fighting, until God takes me.”
  Carry peace, comfort, kindness, joy, hope and love in your heart:   December 17, 2020 Edition  
      Writing with Gretta
      The Boardman News Dog
      ‘Hi Paws’ to all my friends! All of the heavenly fur-pals are gathered together to ‘Paws’ and wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Howling New Year! Each of you are in our thoughts! This past year has been one of changes and uncertainties from day to day, but we howl, for one thing is for sure, Christmas is a season that will never change! The reason for Christmas will never change! The magic of Christmas will never change! Nothing can take Christmas from our hearts!
      My heavenly fur-pals have finished decorating our Pawprints Paradise Christmas tree. It sits magnificently high atop the meadow hill, overlooking our heavenly Paradise!
      As we come together beneath our Christmas tree, our dog-sense picks up on a peaceful silence floating in the air. The vibrant bright star resting upon the treetop, shines as far as the eyes can see, reminding us of the reason for the season, the gift of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem---Its brilliant light touches our doggy-souls, shining hope, love and peace through our heavenly paradise. Its glow touches every life, as it flows throughout your homes on earth.
      Christmas is a time when we all wish to be with family and friends. Our heavenly fur-pals would love nothing more than to reunite with their fur-families.
      This year many of you will celebrate Christmas with loved ones from a distance. During the Christmas season, our hearts desire to reach out to those whom we cherish and love, and those who are less fortunate. Giving gifts to the special people who share life with us, who walk with us, care for us, and love us, is a piece of our soul. It truly is a season of offering joy, peace and love.
      This year our Paws reach out to every one of you! As many of you have had some ‘ruff’ times, we are reminded how special life is! Life is fragile! Cherish the moments you are given! Comfort others and give hope, give kindness, give love! Discover joy in each day! Grab a leash and take a walk with your fur-pal, smell the fresh air, play and laugh.
      Take the time to love those who surround you. So often, the heavenly fur-pals long for one more day to spend with our dog-parents. We long for the chance to walk with you, to sit by you, to feel your hands stroke our fur, to feel the joy of seeing you after a long day, or to receive one of those yum-yum dog treats. Stop and spend precious time with those you love.
      All of us heavenly fur-pals are howling and barking one last wish---’Paws’ and hold onto the Christmas light this year… carry peace, comfort, kindness, joy, hope, and love, in your heart, sharing with all you meet, throughout the New Year ahead. And, if you feel a strange nudge at your feet this Christmas, know that your heavenly fur-pal is right there with you.
      Happy Howl-i-days from all the heavenly fur-pals in Pawprints Paradise....
      Please give your fur-pals a Christmas treat from us!
      Our tails will be ‘awaggin....!
  Spirit Of The Season  
  December 17, 2020 Edition  
     The Spirit of the Season is especially evident around Boardman Township this year in displays at homes and businesses. Sadly, due to the pandemic, kids can’t sit on Santa’s lap and make their wishes. The light display at Boardman Park, or perhaps a special light display on Wood Ave., (near Rulli Bros.) that was created by 15-year-old Jacob Quade are among the most popular in the township. The Boardman Township Government Center on Market St. is lighted for the holiday season again, thanks to an initial donation provided by Denise DeBartolo and Clarence Smith (pictured above). New this year along township roadways is a display at Santon Electric on Southern Blvd, at right. Three years in the making, the display was set-up in honor of safety forces who pass by the business and serve our community every day.
  Complaint Filed With Ohio Attorney General Takes Issue With Treatment Some Dogs Endured At Animal Charity Agency  
  December 10, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      A former staff veterinarian at Animal Charity, 4140 Market St., filed a complaint with the Office of the Ohio Attorney General/Charitable Law Section in Feb., 2018, decrying the treatment of some dogs and animals in the care of the agency.
      The staff veterinarian at Animal Charity from May, 2014 to June, 2015, and from April, 2016 to October, 2017, claims the agency does not always operate in the best interests of the humane treatment of animals; and as well, questions the role of the agency’s administration in day-to-day operations.
      The vet says a dog named Bella, who was found in deplorable conditions and deplorable health during a drug raid, was brought to Animal Charity “barely recognizable as a dog.”
      Suffering from bacterial and fungal skin infections, as well as advanced ear infection, the vet said that Bella was placed into Animal Charity’s kennel in Canfield for two years “where her medications were not given as needed...Bella went from one cage to another.”
      According to the vet, a dog named Gwinny was brought to Animal Charity in 2016 after her owner had passed away.
      “Gwinny was diagnosed with advanced heartworm disease and thoracic radiographs revealed evidence of heart damage when she was brought in,” the vet said.
      Although Gwinny ended-up going through treatment successfully, the vet said that the dog “was left to suffer needlessly for over a month...from neglect and lack of acknowledgement of [Animal Charity] medical staff recommendations.”
      Sometime in the fall or winter of 2016, the vet said a dog with no tongue, ‘Bubbles,’ was brought to Animal Charity. According to the complaint filed with the Ohio AG’s Office, said the defect was either the result of surgery or a birth defect. A second opinion was obtained that stated the reason for the lack of a tongue was “inconclusive.”
      However, the vet claimed that Animal Charity’s executive director, Lisa Hill, “wanted me to say that this dog had been used for fighting and that his tongue had been maliciously cut out.” The vet said she was ordered to make that claim “for donation reasons and increased media attention.”
      Records of Animal Charity show the agency received three donations in 2017 totaling $638,130; including an $8980 gift from Michael Simon, a $152,676 contribution from the estate of Dolores Falfiani, and a $521,474 gift from the Marie Neag Trust.
      In the complaint, the vet said a puppy, ‘Tahoe,’ had a heart murmur and required an advanced cardiac procedure.
      “While $500,000 had been donated to Animal Charity several months before Tahoe was brought to the agency,” the vet said a Facebook post stated “Tahoe would die without donations since his procedure was so expensive. Meanwhile, more than enough funds were available.”
      In another instance in late 2016, a dog named ‘Chunk,’ that had been hit by a car, was brought to Animal Charity.
      “Chunk was immobile, unable to move any of his limbs. It was determined that he had spinal/head trauma and that a skull scan was needed to fully evaluate his condition, as well as for best prognosis and treatment options,” the vet said, charging that Animal Charity Board President, Mary Louk told her “if he dies, he dies.”
      According to the vet, Chunk’s story had a happy ending, as the pooch made a full recovery.
      In the spring of 2017, Animal Charity seized a puppy, ‘Goofy,’ who had been found tied to a fence post.
      “Goofy had some birth defects, as well as some dental abnormalities which may have been attributed to exposure to distemper,” the vet said, adding “Before I could even explain this, Executive Director Lisa Hill wanted him euthanized.”
      The vet said she proposed to test the puppy for distemper before euthanization and keep the dog in quarantine until the results came back.
      “I took this puppy home and ended-up adopting him once the results came back negative,” the vet said
      Additionally, the vet said that three dogs were put down between April, 2016 and October, 2017 at the direction of Animal Charity’s board president, Mary Louk.
      “Any euthanasia determination is supposed to be made at a consensus of the board president, executive director and staff veterinarian, along with a written recommendation by canine behaviorists,” the vet said, adding “This never happened.”
      The vet said Animal Charity’s directors go against medical advice and force ‘the doctor’ to do what they want, versus what is in the best interest of the animal.”
  Two Persons Robbery Victims While Using ATM And Deposit Machines At Two Local Banks  
  Premier Bank and Huntington Bank:   December 3, 2020 Edition  
     Two persons have told Boardman police they were victims of attempted robbery and were accosted when they went to use ATM and deposit machines at two local banks.
      Shortly before 10:00 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 23, 48-year-old Dawne Cherenique Anderson said she was using the ATM at Premier Bank, 7525 Market St., when a man ran up to her car and grabbed her around the neck as she was attempting to make a withdrawal.
      Anderson said she stepped on the gas pedal and drove away, and the man let go of her.
      On Tues., Nov. 24, about 6:30 p.m., 30-year-old Bobbi Thomas said she went to Huntington Bank, 3960 South Ave., where she wanted to deposit $80 in tips that she had received while working.
      Thomas said a male suspect approached her car from behind and ordered her to give him all the money she had.
      Thomas said the man began punching her in the face and also ripped-out some of her hair. She said she fought back. After netting $60, the man fled on foot.
      Ptl. Mike Manis said that Thomas “as visibly upset and had a highly-inflamed contusion to her head.”
  Lady Spartan Bowling Team Captures Ohio Prep Kick-Off Championship  
  Lexus Petrich Rolls 637 Set For Medalist Honors:   December 3, 2020 Edition  
     On Saturday, Nov. 21 at HP Lanes in Columbus, Oh., the Boardman Spartans girls varsity bowling team took home the championship title at the Ohio High School State Invitational Kick-Off Tournament. The tournament featured some of the top teams across the state of Ohio and consisted of a qualifying round followed by a series of head-to-head best of five baker match-ups until a winner is crowned.
      Boardman took the first seed in the qualifying round in dominating fashion, finishing 216 pins ahead of #2 seeded Ashland heading into match play.
      Facing off against #8 seeded Olentangy in the first round, the Lady Spartan keglers had their first baker game sweep, winning 169-139, 177-168, and 163-158.
      Round two saw the same result against #4 seeded Cincinnati Colerain, with scores of 201-131, 147-145 and 170-153.
      In the final championship round, the Lady Spartans again faced Ashland for the title in what would be a nail-biting, five-game baker series. Boardman and Ashland traded wins, forcing a game five that would see the Spartans emerge victorious, with scores of 193-174, 152-157, 162-154, 180-190 and 172-135.
      “I could not be prouder of or have asked more from this special group of young ladies. There were some moments there where we got ourselves into tough situations, but we fought our way out of them, setting the tone for what I hope will be a very successful season,” said Boardman coach Justine Cullen.
      Lady Spartan Senior Lexus Petrich was the tournament medalist, rolling games of 223, 203, and 211 for a 637 set. Runner-up was her teammate, junior Sam Hoffman, with games of 202, 238, and 164 for a 604 set.
      In sixth place overall was Boardman senior Josalyn Hibbard, with games of 192, 168, and 189 for a 549 set. Finishing in 10th, just five pins short of making the all-tournament team, was senior Fatima Rehman, with games of 165, 235 and 141 for a 541 set. Other contributing members for the winners were senior Destiny Foltz, rolling a 110, and junior Grace Oklota, posting games of 153 and 139.
  School Funding Bill Labeled A Blueprint For The Future  
  November 26, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      A measure currently under consideration in the Ohio Legislature could boost funding and reduce reliance on property taxes for the Boardman Local School District, as well as public school districts across the state of Ohio.
      Ohio Representative John Patterson spoke about the status of the ‘School Fair Funding Movement’ during a forum held last week at the Boardman Performing Arts Center.
      Patterson and Rep. Bob Cupp say they have been studying Ohio’s unconstitutional formula for funding public schools for three years and have proposed House Bill 305 that would create a new financing system.
      “This is a blueprint for the future,” Patterson said at last week’s forum, adding if HB 305 as well as companion legislation in the Ohio Senate is approved “We will move from a formula that is totally broken to one that is predictable.”
      Boardman Local School Supt. Tim Saxton told The Boardman News the Cupp-Patterson proposal, when fully implemented, could add upwards of $4 million into the local district.
      The measure would allow Boardman schools to recoup about $1 million that is funneled to other districts under open enrollment, as well as return upwards of $3.2 million that is lost because state funding is currently ‘capped’ and cannot be increased.
      Rep. Patterson said the current funding formula for public schools is too dependant on property taxes.
      Under the Cupp-Patterson proposal, there would be a ‘blend’ of property taxes and income wealth that would be used to determine a district’s overall wealth.
      Supt. Saxton said “as a capped district, Boardman Local Schools lose about $3 million. We are property rich and income average, and the current formula is not working.”
      William L. Phillis, executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy, says the Cupp-Patterson plan, “in principle, is straightforward and elementary. It identifies the components of a quality education, applies a cost to the components and distributes funding in a way that allows school districts, in combination of state and local funds, to provide quality educational opportunities to students.”
      Phillis says the Cupp-Patterson bill is beneficial to school districts in a variety of ways such as:
       •Charters and vouchers would be funded directly from the state.
       •The funding levels are premised on the costs of the components of a quality education instead of a politically-established number related to what is left over in the state budget after other budget items are funded.
       •Districts will have sufficient funds to offer quality educational opportunities.
       •Reliance on property tax will be reduced.
      If approved, the Cupp-Patterson plan could take upwards of seven years to be fully implemented.
      “The future of Ohio is at stake,” Patterson said at last week’s forum suggesting if approved, the measure would put school districts “on a predictable [tax] levy cycle.”
      Some 66 state representatives have signed-on as co-sponsors of the Cupp-Patterson bill.
      Also giving support to HB 305 is the League of Women Voters (LWV).
      “Students, school districts, and taxpayers all deserve a workable and fair system. Sub. HB 305 is comprehensive and a meaningful blueprint for the investment of public funds. How well it succeeds will depend on the investment the legislature makes during the budget process.
      According to the LWV, here are the merits of passing this bill now:
       •Public school funding is in tatters and school districts are financially vulnerable.
       •Sub. HB 305 is ready for adoption. It was developed over three years through a model process of thorough, informed, and transparent policy making led by education practitioners.
       •Sub. HB 305 is fair. It is driven by a commitment to an inspired vision of what public schools can accomplish, and it is based on the actual cost of providing for a quality education.
       •Sub. HB 305 makes the distribution of state funds more equitable by using a more precise measure of local capacity to pay for public schools.
       •Sub. HB 305 ends funding vouchers, charter schools, and inter-district transfers by deducting those dollars from state aid owed to districts. This ‘deduction funding’ drains resources out of local districts, creates greater funding inequality, fuels greater reliance on local funds, and reduces education opportunities for students, particularly in districts with concentrated poverty.
       •Failure to act would mean chaos going forward.
       •There is no “plan B” or prospect of a solution that could meet the quality of this proposal.
  Former State Senator Schiavoni Takes Oath As County Judge  
  November 26, 2020 Edition  
Joe Schiavoni
     Former State Senator, and Mahoning County Court Judge-Elect Joe Schiavoni, of Boardman, at left, was sworn-in on Tues., Nov. 24 during ceremonies held at Canfield Court. The oath of office was given by Ohio Supreme Court Justice-Elect Jennifer Brunner. Schiavoni is a former state senator, serving Ohio’s 33rd Senate District. He will be the Presiding Judge in Mahoning County Courtroom #3 in Sebring.
  ANNUAL LIGHT DISPLAY:   November 26, 2020 Edition  
     Boardman Park is readying for its annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Display that features over 23 displays along the main drive of the park. Several light displays will be synchronized to a variety of favorite traditional Christmas songs, as well as family favorites. The synchronized display consists of a huge 25-foot lighted tree, four singing Christmas trees and many more, located on and around the Maag Outdoor Theatre. Tune your car radio to 88.9 FM as you enter the park to enjoy the holiday music, with over 20 minutes of music to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to park across from the light show in the Maag Outdoor Theatre parking lot to enjoy the entire show so as not to block traffic on the park drive. The Light Display starts on Sunday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every evening until January 10, 2021. Last week park employees Pete Cordon and Gabe Manginelli were busy testing lights for the annual event.
  November 19, 2020 Edition  
     Tri-State Neuropathy Centers held a grand opening on November 9, 2020, at its newest location at 70 West McKinley Way in Poland. TSN brings its state-of-the-art technology and hope for those suffering with peripheral neuropathy.
      Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs and feet. When damage to the nerves takes place, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. An estimated 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy.
      “We qualify patients to make sure they are candidates for our treatments. With more than 7000 patients we have qualified, we have an over 90 per cent success rate,” said Dr. Shawn Richey, who founded Tri-State Neuropathy Centers. “We are excited to be able to expand throughout the tri-state area to bring relief to more sufferers.”
      Dr. Jared Yevins director of the Boardman office, along with Dr. Shawn Richey and Dr. Michael Scarton, have devoted their time exclusively to develop programs designed to help peripheral neuropathy sufferers to get their lives back.
      Tri-State Neuropathy Centers also has locations in Wexford, Latrobe and Washington, Pa.
      For more information, visit: or call: 330-953-3339.
  Sufficiency Of Evidence Key To Upholding Theft Conviction; And Overturning Traffic Citation In Cases Before Appellate Court  
  November 5, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      In recent decisions, the Seventh District Court of Appeals affirmed a theft conviction on an Aug., 2018 shoplifting incident at the Southern Park Mall; and reversed a trial court decision, tossing out a conviction for failure to stop on the order of a police officer, stemming from a May, 2019 traffic stop that ended in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 1300 Doral Dr.
      On Aug. 28, 2018, Derreka Clinkscale was arrested on a charge of theft at the now vacant Dillards in the Southern Park Mall.
      On Feb. 28, 2019, a trial court found Clinkscale guilty and suspended 150 days of a 180 days jail sentence, and ordered her to 12 months of community control, largely based upon the testimony of a Dillard’s employee, Gina Chepak.
      According to the Seventh District opinion, Clinkscale testified on her own behalf at the trail court and “admitted to being a thief,” stating “She has plenty and can’t even county the number” of previous theft charges to which she pled.
      She admitted Dillards associates tried to stop her on her way out of the store, when she advised the associates, “I don’t have to stop for nobody.”
      Counsel for Clinkscale, Atty. Jan Mostov, argued the trial court erred “because the evidence at trial was insufficient to support conviction.”
      The appellate court decision, written by Judge David D’Apolito, said “When a court reviews a record for sufficiency...after viewing the evidence in the most favor able light to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
      “In this case, the state (prosecution) presented sufficient evidence that [Clinkscale]...knowingly obtained Dillard’s property without its consent, and also by deception...the elements of the theft were proven.”
      Seventh District Judges Gene Donofrio and Cheryl L. Waite agreed with D’Apolito.
      Representing the prosecution was Atty. Ralph Rivera, assistant county prosecutor.
      The same standard of “sufficiency of evidence” was applied in overturning a conviction on a charge of failure to comply with the order of a police officer, when a car driven by James Bares was stopped by Ptl. Dan Baker on May 21, 2019 about 11:45 p.m. in the parking lot of Wal-Mart.
      Officer Baker told the court that he observed a Trans Am traveling at a high rate of speed make a right hand turn from Mathews Rd. onto South Ave., then twice changing lanes, and cutting off a vehicle that had to hit its breaks to avoid a possible collision.
      Abruptly the Trans Am turned into Wal-Mart, eventually coming to a stop in the parking lot of the store.
      However, Officer Baker also noted at no time did Bares speed up, once the officer activated his lights and siren.
      On the failure to comply conviction, Bares was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence, placed on 12 months community control, ordered to attend a remedial driving course, fined $250 and his driver’s license was suspended for 180 days.
      Bares, and his counsel, Atty. John McNally, filed notice of apple on the conviction on July 15, 2019.
      “Officer Baker testified the Trans Am did not speed up after he activated his lights and siren. Additionally the Trans Am did not run any red lights. Further, Officer Baker noted that Bares was cooperative,” an opinion written by Judge Gene Donofrio said.
      The Judge added “When viewing the evidence in light most favorable to the prosecution, it cannot be said that [Bares] willfully eluded or fled from Officer Baker.” Judges Carol Ann Robb and Cheryl L. Waite concurred.
  Pizza Joe’s Observes 40th Year  
  November 5, 2020 Edition  
     Pizza Joe’s started 40 years ago in a 600-square-foot unit with a handful of toppings, homemade tomato sauce, a few sizes of pizza, and a lot of family support.
      The regional chain based in New Castle, Pa. opened its first location on November 10, 1980 next to the childhood home of founder Joseph Seminara, ‘Pizza Joe’.
      “My mother was an excellent pizza maker and I had many family members in the grocery business, as well as an aunt who owned a pizza shop in Youngstown,” said Seminara of his interest in opening his own business.
      Not long after that first shop’s success, Seminara said that community and family support are what drove him to open additional locations within a few short years.
      “I was fortunate to have help from my parents, my wife, and siblings right out of the gate, and once we saw customers returning time and time again we knew we had something special and that additional shops could be a possibility,” he said.
      Four decades later, Pizza Joe’s has 42 locations in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, and Seminara is still working each day in his business.
      “This year especially we are grateful for being in the pizza industry and for our customers,” Seminara said. “We know others in the food industry have not fared as well as those of us in the pizza space, and to be celebrating 40 years in such a tumultuous time makes us extremely humbled.”
      To celebrate and thank customers, all Pizza Joe’s locations are offering throwback pricing dates in November. Each Tuesday throughout the month will feature one menu item at its original 1980 price. Due to the deep discount on items, they are limited two per customer for carryout or dine-in service only, while supplies last. Additionally, every location will give away 40th anniversary prize packs each Friday in November.
      Pizza Joe’s in Boardman at 6810 Market St., is operated by Mario LaMarca.
  Public Schools Cancel In-Class Instruction Every Wednesday Through Jan. 13  
  School Superintendent: In-class instruction five days a week “will collapse if we keep this system going.”:   October 29, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      In tandem with members of the Boardman Spartan football team’s coaching staff; as well as one student-athlete testing COVID-19 positive last week, Boardman Local School announced the system will not have in-class instruction on Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 4 through Jan. 13.
      Boardman High School Principal Cindy Fernback issued a letter via social media on Oct. 19, advising “Three off-staff coaches tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to five, off-staff coaches who have tested positive.
      “We are cooperating with the [county] health department for conducting contact tracing, and as a result of initial contact tracing, we have quarantined an additional four members of the coaching staff stemming from one incident of viewing film over the weekend. The sport impacted is varsity football, and we are cancelling varsity and junior varsity games against Chaney.”
      A day later, Principal Fernback sent another letter, advising ‘We have recently received information that a senior at Boardman High School has tested positive for COVID-19.
      “We have quarantined four additional students primarily related to school events occurring outside of school operations, as well as one athletic practice (ed. note: reportedly boys soccer) We do not expect any additional quarantine at this time.”
      In announcing there will be no in-class instruction in the district on Wednesdays through Jan. 13, 2021, Supt. Tim Saxton in-class instruction five days a week “will collapse if we keep this system going.”
      He said no in-class instruction on Wednesdays “will allow the staff to catch-up on the massive amount of communication coming from students and their families.
      “To be able to collaborate with their colleagues to make sure we are aligning their instruction.”
      The superintendent also said the change “will allow the staff to meet the demands of school instruction” as well as “allow for additional, enhanced daily cleaning cycles for classrooms.”
      Saxton said the decision to move to remote-only instruction on Wednesdays was “not easy. We are aware this places an additional burden on working parents..”
      He indicated during the pandemic, school officials “knew we would be tasked with provide opportunities for students.”
      In addition to the positive COVID-19 cases at the high school, the district says two staff members and one student have tested positive at West Blvd. Elementary School.
      A survey conducted by Boardman Local Schools prior to announcing the remote-only Wednesday instruction drew 1,176 replies in which 514 of those responding, or 44 per cent, said no ‘in-person’ changes were needed; and only 5 per cent, of 56 respondents, favored switching to remote learning; and 889 respondents do not favor such change; while another 226, or 18 per cent, were unsure of switching to remote learning.
      COVID-19 Updates
      On Mon., Oct. 26, high school principal Fernback notified “BHS Families” that two seniors had tested positive for COVID-19, and “at this point we have quarantined approximately 20 students, advising them to stay home and not return to school until Nov. 5.”
      On Tues., Oct. 20, Center Intermediate School Principal Randall Ebie issued a letter stating a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.
      “The teacher has not been in the building since Fri., Oct. 16 and has remained out of school with minor symptoms while awaiting test results...No students need to be quarantined at this time.”
  October 29, 2020 Edition  
     Boardman Trustees will conduct their annual Leaf Pick-Up Program beginning
      Monday, November 2, 2020 and ending Friday, November 20, 2020. All Boardman streets will receive this free service. Leaves must be placed in Brown Paper Leaf Bags and placed by the curb on the appropriate date for your street.
      Brown Paper Leaf Bags can be purchased at local hardware stores.
      Bagged leaves ONLY will be picked-up according to the schedule below:
      MONDAYS Rt. 224 (West Blvd. to Pinewood), 5817 & 5829 Market St., Alburn, Allen, Anthos Court, Aravesta, Arlene, Beechwood (west of tracks), Brookfield (West Blvd. to Park), Brookwood, Buena Vista, Chester, Clifton (west of tracks), Court Way, Crestline, Crestview (West Blvd. to Park), Danbury, Devonshire, Erskine (west of tracks), Ewing (West Blvd. to Park), Fairlawn, Ferncliff, Firnley, Forest Hill, Forest Park Drive, Forest Park Place, Friendship, Gertrude, Glen Park, Glenbrook, Glenwood (Midlothian to Shields), Golfview, Harrington,, Hillman Street, Hillman Way, Homestead (west of tracks), Hudson, Indianola (Market to Southern), Jennette, Kiwana, LeMans, Leighton, Lundy Lane, Maple Drive (west of tracks), Marinthana, Meadowbrook (west of tracks), Melrose (west of tracks), Midlothian (Market to Glenwood), Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek Drive, Newport, Newport Square, Newton, Oak Knoll, Overhill, Pinewood, Plymouth, Prestwick, Reta, Romaine, Ron Joy, Ron Lee, Ron Park, Sciota, Shadyside (west of tracks), Sheldon, Southern Blvd. (Rt 224 to city line), Stanton, Stratford, Stuart, Terrace (west of tracks), Warren Court, West Blvd. (Rt 224 to Glenwood), West Glen, Wilda, Wildwood (West Blvd. to Park), Willow, Windsor, Woodrow, Woodview.
      TUESDAYS Alamosa, Amherst, Angiline, Aquadale, Ardendale, Ayelsboro, Bluebid, Bonnell, Brainard, Brookfield (Market to West Blvs.), Cadillac Blvd., Caribou, Carter Circle, Cathy Ann, Centervale, Claybourne, Colwyn Court, Cranberry Run, Creston, Crestview (Northlawn to West Blvd.), Crystal Drive Deer Path, Dominica, Eastern, Ewing (Market to West Blvd.), Forest Garden, Forest Lake Drive, Garden Gate Court, Gardenridge Court. Garden Valley, Garden Valley Court, Gardenview, Gardenwood Drive, Gardenwood Place, Garver, Gilbert, Glendale, Glenwood (Western Reserve to Shields), Glenwoods Court, Green Bay, Green Garden, Griswold, Hitchcock Rd., Ingram, Jackson Place, Jan Marie Drive, Jaronte, Locust, Longview, Lost Creek, Lost Tree, Maramont, Margaret, Marlindale, Marlyn Place, Mayflower Drive, Melbourne, Midgewood, North Cadillac, Northlawn, Oakley, Old Oxford, Old Shay, Oregon Circle, Oregon Trail, Parkland, Paxton, Pembrooke, Pinetree, Ranier, Redwood, Ridgewood, Roche Way, Rockdale, Rockland, Runnemeade, Salinas Trail, Santa Fe, Shields (Market to West Blvd.), Shorehaven, Sierra Madre, South Cadillac, South Shore, Southwoods, Spartan, Spring Garden Court, Spring Garden Drive, Stilson, Stoney Creek Court, Stoney Creek Dr., Sugarcane, Sugartree, Titus, Trenholm, Vineland, Waggaman, Western Reserve (Market to Tippecanoe), Westview, White House, Wildwood (Market to West Blvd.), Withers, Wolcott.
      WEDNESDAYS Alissa Place, Anderson, Arden Blvd., Augusta Drive, Banbury, Barbie, Baymar, Becky Court, Black Friar, Bob White Court, Bob-O-Link, Bonnie Court, Cascade, Cherrywood, Colleen, Cove Place, Deer Run, Doncaster, Donmar, Dover, Eagle Trace, East Huntington Drive, East Parkside, East Parkside Court, Fawn, Flagler, Flora, Fox Hollow, Fox Run, Fredricksburg, Gillian, Glenmere, Green Glen, Greyledge, Harrow Lane, Harrow Place, Heather Creek Run, Hopkins Rd., Hunters Cove, Hunters Court, Hunters Glen, Hunters Ridge, Huntington Circle, Huntington Court, Huntington Drive, Jaguar Court, Jaguar Drive, Kiowa, Lakeshore Drive, Laverne, Leiskin, Little Johns, Loch Heath, Lockwood Blvd., Loma Vista, Loretta, Lucerne, Macachee Drive, Mary Ann Court, Meadowlark, Mere Court, Midlothian (west), Milltrace, Old Harbour, Oyster Bay, Palmetto, Park Harbour, Pheasant Court, Pheasant Drive, Pierce, Pioneer, Powell, Quail Court, Red Fox Court, Red Fox Drive, Red Grouse, Red Tail Hawk, Risher, Riverside, Robinhood Drive, Robinhood Way, Rosewood, Royal Palm, Sable Court, Sabrina, Schenley, Shadeland, Shadow Creek, Sharon, Shelbourne, Shelby, Shields Rd., (West Blvd. to Tippecanoe), Silver Fox, Squirrel Hill Court, Squirrel Hill Drive, St. Albans, Straley, Stratmore, Suzylinn, Sylvia, Timothy, Tippecanoe Rd., Tippwood Court, Tori Pines, Tracy, Traymore, Traymore Court, Trotter, Truesdale, Turnberry, Valley View, West Blvd. Extension, West Parkside, Westport, Westport Circle, Whipoorwill, Windel Way, Winged Foot, Yakata Doro, Zander
      THURSDAYS Afton, Alverne, Annawan, Argyle, Basil, Beechwood (east of tracks), Border, Brandon, Canavan, Canterbury, Cathy Way, Cheriwood Court, Clifton (east of tracks), Cook, Country Club, Cranberry Creek, Erie, Erskine (east of tracks), Euclid Blvd., Evans, Grover, Halbert, Holbrooke, Homestead (east of tracks), Indianola Rd. (Southern to South Ave), Irma, Island Drive, Jeannelynn, Jochman Court, Johnston Place, Lealand, Lemont, Lemoyne, Lightner, Linger, Lynn, Lynn Mar, Madonda, Maple Dr (east of tracks), Mathews Rd., Mayport, Meadow Lane, Meadowbrook (east of tracks), Meadowbrook (industrial), Melrose (east of tracks), Montrose, Montrose Circle, Moyer, Mulberry Lane, Nellbert, New England, Nova, Oles, Orlo Lane, Palo-Verde, Peachtree Court, Robinwood Drive, Rush Blvd., Rush Circle, Sequoya, Shadyside (east of tracks), Sheridan Rd., Simon Rd., South Ave. (Midlothian to Mathews), Southern Blvd. (east of tracks), Sunset, Tam-O-Shanter, Tara Court, Tara Drive, Terrace (east of tracks), Thalia, Tudor Lane, Velma Court, Waseka, West Street, Wingate, Wolosyn Circle, Woodlawn. Woodward, Yarmouth.
      FRIDAYS Amberwood Court, Amberwood Trail, Applecrest Court, Applecrest Drive, Appleridge Circle, Appleridge Drive, Applewood Boulevard, Aspen Lane, Auburn Hills Drive, Beech, Bev, Bishop Woods Court, Bluebell Trail, Blueberry, Boardman Blvd. Brandt Place, Brazelton, Bridgewood, Buchanan, California, Cedar Way, Charles Avenue, Cherry Blossom Trail, Cherry Hill Place, Chestnut Lane, Cover, Crimson Trail, Daffodil, DeBartolo Drive, Degaulle, Delaware, Doral, East California, East Southwoods, Edenridge, Edgewood Oval, Eisenhower, Elm, Fairfield, Forestridge, Foxridge, Foxwood Court, Franko Court, Glenridge, Greenfield, Havenwood, Helo Place, Hickory Hill Court, Holm Way, Indian Creek Drive, Indian Trail, Ivy Hill, Jasper Court, Karago, Kentwood, Larkridge, Lo, Lynnridge, Maple Avenue, Mapleridge, Marwood Circle, Massachusetts, Mayfield, McArthur, McClurg, McKay, Meadowwood Circle, Midwood Circle, Nevada, Oak, Oakridge, Palestine, Parkway, Paulin, Pearson, Pennsylvania, Pinehill, Presidential, Presidential Court, Raub, Reserve Court, Reserve Drive, Ridgefield, Rose Hedge, Saddlebrook, Sahara Trail, Scotland, Sigle Lane, Silver Meadow Lane, South Ave. (Mathews to Western Reserve), South Commons, Southern Blvd. (Western Reserve to Mathews, Southfield, Southwestern Run, Stadler Avenue, Stadler Court, Stafford, Sugar Creek, Tamarisk, Tanglewood, Teakwood, Terraview, Tiffany, Tiffany South, Tod, Trailwood, Trotwood, Twin Oaks, Walker Mill Rd., Walnut, Washington Blvd., Wendy, Western Reserve (Southern to Market), Westfield Drive, Whitman-Chase, Windham Court, Winterberry, Wood St., Woodfield Court, Yellow Creek, York.
  Handel’s Ice Cream CEO Lenny Fisher Named BCA Business Person Of The Year  
  October 29, 2020 Edition  
     In a virtual community awards ceremony held last week at the Lariccia Family Community Center in Boardman Park, the Boardman Civic Association handed-out its annual community services awards, including recognition given Lenny Fisher, CEO of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt; and to Joyce Mistovich, who was honored as Citizen of the Year.
      Fisher was honored as Business Person of the Year. He became chief operating officer of Handel’s in Mar., 1985.
      Handels was founded in July, 1945 by Alice Handel, who began serving ice cream out of her husband’s gas station in Youngstown. For many years the company operated its business in the Fosterville area of Youngstown, before moving to Boardman.
      Since then, Handel’s has grown to include locations in California, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Oregon. The menu has expanded to include over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream and yogurt. Handel’s success has been documented in many national publications including USA Today, People Magazine, Chocolatier Magazine, and US News and World Report.
      Recently published books “The Ten Best of Everything” and “Everybody Loves Ice Cream” both recognize Handel’s as one of the best ice creams in the world.
      In honoring Mrs. Mistovich, Mark Luke of the Civic Association noted “You really can’t have a comprehensive conversation about Boardman without mentioning the name of Joyce Mistovich.”
      A 2014 recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Boardman High School, Mistovich is a member of the Boardman Park Board of Commissioners and was a charter member of the Boardman Local Schools Fund for Educational Excellence.
      She has served as a supporter and volunteer for many committees in support of capital and levy campaigns for the local park district, as well as Boardman Township and Boardman Local Schools.
      She retired as a teacher in the Boardman Local School District after 37 years, where she also served as program director for the Boardman Schools Television Network (BSTN). Since 2014 she has served as the Director of Education for the Butler Institute of American Art.
      Also recognized at the event were New Building Award, Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates; Refurbished/Remodeled Building Award, Extra Space Storage; Community Service Award, Boardman News/John Darnell; and Past President Award, Stephanie Landers, Boardman Township Deputy Administrator.
  53-Year-Old Man Who Lived At Traveler’s Inn Sentenced In 2019 Incident Where He Fired 2 Shots At Police  
  October 22, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      A 53-year-old former resident of the Traveler’s Suites, 6110 Market St., Stephen B. Wilson, known to have mental issues, received a sentence of up to 23-1/2 years in jail last week from Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge John Durkin, more than a year after Wilson fired two gunshots at police who had attempted to help him in the early morning hours of Sept. 7, 2019 as he was walking in the roadway on heavily-traveled Market St.
      Shortly after midnight on Sept. 7, Ptl. Earl Neff was on a routine patrol when he saw Wilson walking in the middle of Market St., near Gertrude Ave.
      Officer Neff pulled-up to the man and advised him to use the sidewalk, however Wilson continued walking in the roadway and fired a round from a handgun that struck the patrolman’s cruiser.
      Officer Neff immediately got out of his cruiser and ordered Wilson to drop the gun and get to the ground. Wilson ignored police and continued walking on the roadway, eventually being followed by a contingent of at least 10 law enforcement officers, including Boardman police and Ohio State Highway patrol troopers.
      When Wilson reached the intersection of Market St. and Erskine Ave. he fired a second round at police, unleashing a hell-fire response from law enforcement, who returned fire, putting Wilson to the ground as he was struck numerous times.
      Officers kicked his gun away as Ptl. Breanna Jones began to render first aid to Wilson. Wilson was taken to the hospital and survived to stand trial.
      In remarks at Wilson’s sentencing hearing last week, Boardman Police Chief Todd Weth noted “The law enforcement profession has been the focus of much recent debate in our country. The public rightfully expects a lot from the men and women who serve in this capacity in our communities, and we embrace that.
      “An important request in return is that those who would do us harm answer, without excuse, to their conduct. In this case, Mr. Wilson attempted to kill nine police officers and troopers who were working to keep the community, and him, safe that evening.”
      “Mr. Wilson was walking in the roadway and not utilizing the available sidewalks. [Officer Neff] was concerned about Mr. Wilson’s safety, pulled his marked police cruiser up near him and asked him to step over to the side of the road and use the available sidewalk.
      “For background, prior to this encounter there were three recent tragic fatalities in the township where pedestrians were struck by vehicles on heavily-traveled state roads, to include an earlier incident on Market Street. I believe it is important to highlight this because the initial contact by law enforcement with Mr. Wilson was initiated specifically out of a concern for his personal safety,” Chief Werth said.
      “Mr. Wilson’s conduct that evening started with an unprovoked attack on an officer who was concerned about his safety on the roadway. Then, after an extended period of time and distance, Mr. Wilson made the knowing and conscious decision again to attempt to kill a law enforcement officer.
      “The fact that no officer was severely injured or killed that evening is truly a miracle. However, that does not completely overshadow the extreme stress the incident caused those officers, troopers, and their families. Some may say that they willingly or knowingly place themselves in harm’s way through this line of work. However, it does not take away from the fact that ethat evening, with this incident likely weighing on each of them for the rest of their lives,” the chief told the court.
      He also noted “Mr. Wilson was quickly secured and was immediately provided medical care by the officers and troopers he had just tried to kill. This immediate care quite possibly saved Mr. Wilson’s life.
      “Of note is that even though Mr. Wilson remained a direct threat to the officers, troopers, and the public, they showed great restraint and professionalism and only resorted to the use of deadly force as an absolute last resort. They did this even as they were exposed and remained in harm’s way. Without hesitation, they then worked to save his life after he no longer posed a threat.”
  Sheriff Greene Selected To Receive Award For Aid Given To Drug Users  
  October 22, 2020 Edition  
Sheriff Jerry Greene
     Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene, a resident of Boardman, has been tapped to receive CARES Award recognizing frontline workers and leaders who have dedicated their time and expertise to support and serve Ohioans impacted by opioid and other drug addiction.
      Sheriff Greene was selected to receive the recognition from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
      “The CARES Awards are presented to those who demonstrate true compassion along with those who are leading efforts to find new and innovative ways to help address this epidemic and discovering ways to help individuals move toward recovery,” said Cheri L. Walter, CEO of the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities.
      Sheriff Greene was nominated for the award by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board.
      Some of Sheriff Greene’s accomplishments include:
       •All Mahoning County deputies attend mental health first aid training.
       •Sheriff Greene has fully supported the County’s Quick Response Team (QRT) that is instrumental in reaching drug users who experience a non-fatal overdose. The QRT team members will approach the overdose victim in the emergency department, and then visit the person within the 72 hour time frame to increase the likelihood of the drug user entering treatment.
       •Sheriff Greene is also part of the MCMHRB suicide prevention community awareness campaign targeting men.
      “The partnership between The Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and The Mahoning County Sheriff’s department is a true example of outstanding cooperation and team work, and is a true benefit to the residents of Mahoning County ” said Duane Piccirilli, executive director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board
  Six-Tenths Mill Renewal Levy Key To Maintaining The Boardman Park District  
  October 15, 2020 Edition  
     The purpose of Boardman Park’s six-tenths mill renewal issue on the November 3 ballot is to maintain a revenue stream to operate the park. Boardman Park offers a variety of recreational facilities and programs year-round that enhance the quality of life for the community it serves. The Green Oasis is not only a wildlife sanctuary, but also a place where families enjoy 243 acres of recreational greenspace in the heart of Boardman.
      Over the last several years, Boardman Park has experienced a significant increase in the number of visitors, where today, close to half a million people visit the park annually. We believe that the continued increase in the number of visitors clearly demonstrates that Boardman Park is one of the most popular areas for family recreation in the Mahoning Valley. The popularity of Boardman Park can be attributed to our community’s positive response and enthusiastic participation in the diverse and multigenerational programs we offer year-round, as well as our unique footprint of recreational facilities.
      1-Mill Levy 72 Years
      For 72 years, Boardman Park has been operating on the equivalent of a 1-mill levy.
      In 1948 the Park District’s first real property tax levy was approved, which was a 1-mill levy, and today, 72 years later, Boardman Park continues to operate on the equivalent of a 1-mill levy, which consists of two voted levies---three-tenths mill and six-tenths mill, and one non-voted levy of one-tenth of a mill.
      Annually, these levies generate approximately $871,000, which represents 75% of the park district’s annual income. In order to provide this tax revenue, the owner of a $100,000 home contributes approximately $30 per year, or just 5 cents per day to support the mission of the park. While operating on a 1-mill levy, the size of the Boardman Park District has more than tripled since 1947, where today the park provides 60 acres for active recreational purposes and preserves 234 acres as greenspace.
      Only Park in Ohio
      Boardman Park is the only public park in Ohio that has operated on the same tax millage rate for 72 years. Boardman Park is a long-time member of the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA), which has over 2,000 members. Per the OPRA, “OPRA is not aware of any other park or park district in Ohio that has been operating at the same tax millage rate for 72 years.”
      Boardman Preserves What’s Precious…
      The Environment
      Public parks offer countless benefits to the communities they serve. However, there are times when people tend to take the benefits of public parks for granted, as well as the vital role parks play in the quality of life for the communities they serve. While fun, happiness and play are fundamental to growth and development, the expanded role of public parks is more critical than ever. Programs, services, events and opportunities offered by local, state and national parks and recreation agencies positively impact lives and society as a whole.
      It is the mission of Boardman Park to provide a diversity of recreational and educational opportunities in an environment that lends itself to pleasant family experiences, and to preserve areas of natural habitat; however, and perhaps most importantly, during these times of climate change, the Green Oasis provides the following environmental benefits to our community:
       •Boardman Park preserves 294 acres of greenspace that provides critical environmental functions that contribute to many of life’s essentials---mitigating stormwater run-off, cleaning the water and the air and returning oxygen to the atmosphere. There are approximately 38,100 trees within the 254 acres. These trees will intercept 14.5 million gallons of storm water each year; and will remove 6.4 million pounds of atmospheric carbon. The overall environmental benefit to our community is valued at $1.5 million per year, as well as keeping our living environment healthy.
       •Boardman Park preserves 194 acres of natural habitat that protects many native species of plants and animals and is an excellent representative of Ohio’s glaciated Beech/Maple forests and lowland hardwood forests. The natural area provides vegetative buffers to development and preserves habitat for wildlife, facilitates a biodiversity and establishes an ecological integrity.
       •Boardman Park protects over 18-acres of wetlands and McKay’s Run that is a major tributary of the Yellowcreek Water Shed. Wetland habitats serve essential functions in an ecosystem, including acting as water filters, providing flood and erosion control, and furnishing food and homes for fish and wildlife. Wetlands also absorb excess nutrients, sediments, and other pollutants before they reach rivers, lakes, and other waterbodies.
      Although the following benefits are not environmental; they do have a positive impact on our community:
       •Enrich the Quality of Life: Boardman Park’s unique and diverse footprint of recreational and educational opportunities provides a place for children and families to connect with nature and recreate outdoors together. According to research performed at small local parks, spending time outdoors and connecting with nature improves general mood and attitude, reduces stress, improves mindfulness and creativity, and promotes community connections. Community bonds and connection are what holds a community together.
       •Variety of Recreational Facilities: Boardman Park provides sand volleyball, tennis and pickleball courts, practice tennis wall, softball and hardball fields, four-miles of trails, three unique playgrounds, an 18-hole disc golf course and Paws Town Dog Park.
      Just a Small Piece of the Pie
      Keeps the Green Oasis Green
      Recently, a pie chart was developed based on information provided by the Mahoning County Auditor that illustrates the percent allocation of a tax dollar paid in Boardman Township to the following government entities: Boardman Local Schools – 56.44%, Boardman Township – 21.36%, Mahoning County – 16.1%, Mahoning County Joint Vocational School District – 3.1%, Mill Creek Park – 2%, and Boardman Park – 1%. Budget Challenges
      Boardman Park’s budget is severely limited primarily due to operating, preserving and improving the park on essentially a 1-mill levy for 72 years. Additionally, the park’s budget has been further challenged by the following:
       •Dramatic increase in attendance, which has resulted in a 40% increase in operating cost since 2009
       •Reductions in local government funding and reimbursements from the State of Ohio. Boardman Park has lost $185,000 or about 14% of its budget since 2009
       •Boardman Park’s budget has not kept up with the rate of inflation, because there is no inflation factor built into real property tax levies---per the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, prices are 19.4% higher in 2019 than prices in 2009
       •Due to COVID-19, the park district has seen approximately a 15% decrease in its annual income. From mid-March through May, the pandemic forced the park to close its rental facilities and cancel programs, which has severely impacted its internal revenue streams, i.e. rental income represents approximately 17% of the annual income and activity fees represent about 10.5% of the annual income.
      0.6 Mill Renewal Levy = No New Taxes
      On the November 3 General Election Ballot, Boardman Park, asks the community to approve the renewal of an existing six-tenths mill levy. This is a renewal of an existing levy, which means No New Taxes. The levy generates $522,800 per year, which represents 45% of Boardman Park’s annual income.
      Crucial Levy – 45 % of Budget Income
      Last Chance to Renew
      Considering the challenges confronting Boardman Park’s budget, the passage of the six-tenths mill levy is crucial because it is our last chance to preserve approximately one-half of the park’s annual income. approximately $522,800. The small issue on the November 3 ballot is the park’s last chance to renew this levy before it expires. If the levy is not renewed, then the Park will lose 45% of its annual income beginning in 2021. To that end, the passage of the Levy is crucial to efforts in keeping Boardman Park a viable recreational and natural resource for the benefit of the community it serves.
      Dan Slagle Jr. Boardman Park’s executive director, says “We believe that Boardman Park plays a vital role in keeping Boardman “A Nice Place to Call Home.” Please be assured that the Board of Park Commissioners, Trent Cailor, Joyce Mistovich and Ken Goldsboro, and its staff will continue to work diligently to meet the recreational needs of our community and create wholesome opportunities to live and interact with family, friends, and neighbors while serving as prudent stewards of the tax dollars entrusted to them.”
  School Board Approves $22,436 Payment For Title I Services For Students Who Do Not Attend Boardman Local Schools  
  Face Mask Policy Adopted:   October 8, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      During meetings in August and September, 2020, the Boardman Local School Board approved a variety of resolutions for programs and services, including payment of $22,436 for services to students who reside in the Boardman Local School District, but do not attend the Boardman Local Schools.
      Funds diverted from the local system for students who do not attend school in the district included $14,209.97 to Valley Christian School (charter), 4401 Southern Blvd., Youngstown, Oh; $2,991.57 to ALCD School (a private, not for profit school for children with learning difficulties in first through eighth grades; total enrollment at 55 students), 118 West Wood St., Youngstown, Oh.; and $2,991.57 to St. Christine’s School, South Schenley Ave., Youngstown, Oh. and St. Nicholas School in Struthers (both parochial schools).
      The funding was approved by the Boardman School Board through agreements with Supplemental Educational Services Inc. (SES), 3590 South Canfield-Niles Rd., Canfield, Oh.
      According to the agreement between the local board and SES, the agency will provide staff for the delivery of Title I services to “Boardman Local School District” students at the four schools.
      Title I funds are targeted to high-poverty schools and districts and used to provide educational services to students who are educationally disadvantaged or at risk of failing to meet state standards.
      Food Program Participation
      The Boardman School Board also approved an application form and participation in federal and state food services programs.
      According to the application form, for the 2018-2019 school year, the Boardman Local School District provided 171,713 total free lunches, as well as 22,622 ‘reduced price’ lunches. That qualifies the local district for an “extra 2-cents reimbursement rate,” says the application.
      Agreement With Alta Head Start
      The Boardman Board approved an agreement with Alta Head Start that will provide a classroom to the agency at Robinwood Lane Elementary School, 835 Indianola Rd. The school board said it had determined “that a portion...of Robinwood Lane is not needed at this time for its own public school purposes.”
      Alta Head Start/Early Head Start, headquartered on Wilkinson Ave., Youngstown, Oh., is a pre-school program licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services, that is designed to improve the quality of life for children ages birth to 5-years-old and give them a ‘head start’ in education.
      Agreement With Campbell, South Range
      Under agreements with Campbell City Schools, as well as the South Range Local School District, that were approved by the Boardman Local School Board, Boardman Local School District will provide special education services to students in the Campbell and South Range systems at an estimated cost of $19,000 student.
      The services to be performed by Boardman are subject to the following conditions, according to the agreement approved by the Boardman Local School Board---
       1) The services will be performed by an intervention specialist on the staff of and employed by Boardman.
       2) The services will be performed in the classroom and community worksites for intervention services operated by Boardman.
       3) Each Campbell School District and South Range student shall be transported to and from Boardman High School.
       4) Boardman shall prepare and submit... a report of the intervention services provided and related services as delineated on the Individual Education Plans (IEP).
       5) Boardman by and through its intervention specialists and related service providers shall assess the students’ services as delineated in the IEP.
       6) Boardman shall participate in the students’ IEP and ETR meetings offering support for intervention services and related services.
      Agreement With Capstone Academy
      An agreement with Capstone Academy of the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio, located in Mantua, Oh., was approved by the Boardman Local School Board.
      The Capstone Academy program is housed within the Hattie Larlham residential facility. The non profit agency provides medical, recreational, and vocational services to children and adults with significant developmental and physical disabilities as well as profound medically fragile conditions.
      The Academy’s ‘distance learning’ program, provides, according to its contract with the Boardman School District, “the highest quality educational services possible during these unprecedented times. Ohio schools are required to follow current guidance provided from the U.S. Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Education, and consideration of best practices to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for the duration of the pandemic emergency. All schools must provide educational opportunities that meet the state required instructional hours annually. To provide these mandated academic hours, the Capstone Academy 2020/2021 distance learning plan will include a combination of remote learning and direct vices provided in the student’s residential unit at Hattie Larlham. Although the school intends to start the school year following a distance learning/direct services hybrid model, Capstone Academy will be prepared to switch to full remote learning if conditions change.”
      It adds--- “With this consideration, the Hattie Larlham COVID-19 task force has made the judicious decision to lock-down the building and quarantine all individuals onto their residential units. Only essential staff (e.g. direct care workers, nurses, therapy staff) are being permitted on the units. Parents and non-essential service providers are not permitted to have direct interactions with the children.”
      The Boardman Local School Board agreement with Captone says “Intervention Specialists will create videotaped lessons in all core areas (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) for each grade-level. The virtual lessons will support the Ohio Learning Standards – Extended for school-age students and the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards for preschool students. The Capstone Academy Paraprofessionals will assist students in accessing academic videos. Supplemental online content will be provided weekly to support the lessons.
      “The Capstone Academy Art Specialist, Massage Therapist, and Music Specialist will provide virtual lessons in Art, Adapted Physical Activity, and Music. The Hattie Larlham direct care providers will be asked to assist the students in accessing archived lessons and supplemental materials. Our program contracts with the Hattie Larlham therapy staff to provide related services. These professionals are also approved to have interactions with individuals on the living units. As per student IEPs, Occupational, Physical, Speech Language, and Massage therapies will continue to be provided through direct services to the students. Therapy staff will implement IEP goals and collect data.”
      Face Mask Policy
      In September, the Boardman Local School Board approved face mask policy. It reads---
      “During times of elevated communicable disease community spread (pandemic or epidemic), the Superintendent will issue periodic guidance through Board of Education plans/resolution(s) in alignment with public health officials and/or in accordance with government edicts and including any Pandemic Plan developed by the District’s Pandemic Response Team.
      “School settings can be a source of community spread. Wearing face masks/coverings is especially important during these times and can help mitigate the risk of exposure from person to person.
      “As such, during times of elevated communicable disease community spread, the Superintendent may activate this policy by notifying the school community, requiring all school staff, volunteers and visitors (including vendors) to wear appropriate face masks/coverings on school grounds unless it is unsafe to do so or where doing so would significantly interfere with the District’s educational or operational processes.
      “Face masks/shields will be provided by the district to employees. Alternatively, employees may elect to wear their own face coverings if they meet the requirements of this policy as well as any requirements issued by State or local health
      “In addition, the Board may require that students shall wear a face mask unless they are unable to do so for a health or developmental reason. Efforts will be made to reduce any social stigma for a student who, for medical or developmental
      reasons, cannot and should not wear a mask.
      “If face masks/coverings are required, and no exception is applicable, students shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct/Student Discipline Code, and in accordance with policies of the Board
      and/or may be reassigned by the Superintendent to an online/virtual learning environment if the Superintendent determines that reassignment is necessary to protect the health and safety of the student or others.
      “During times of elevated communicable disease community spread as determined by the Board in consultation with health professionals, all students are required to wear masks while being transported on District school buses or other modes of school transportation.”
      Stipends Approved
      The Boardman Board of Education authorized stipends to be paid to the following individuals for the performance of certain business duties for the 2020-2021 school year which are in addition to their regular duties. The stipends will be paid in quarterly payments and shall be reviewed annually:
       •Matt McKenzie, $10,000; Michelle Peters, $250; Timothy Saxton, $5,000; and Robyn Triveri, $1,000.
      The school board approved stipends for employees who are members of the 2020-2021 Local Professional Development Committee. The stipends will be paid out of Title II-A funds:
       •Jared Cardillo, administrator, $750; Amy Carkido, secretary, $750; Randall Ebie, administrator, $750; Michael Gerthung, teacher, $750; Stephanie Racz, teacher, $750; and Jerry Turillo, teacher $750.
      Christopher Clones was awarded a stipend of $2,562.50 for summer additional hours of taping and editing of school productions.
      Kristin Conroy was approved as Title 1 Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year and receive a stipend of $10,600 to be paid with Title 1 federal funds.
      Karen Kannal was approved for four quarterly payments of $2500 for supervising the After School Programs for the 2020-2021 school year. The cost will be paid from the revenue collected from those programs.
      The school board approved resolutions recognized the efforts of McKenzie, as well as Stadium Dr. teachers Beth Bean and Elizabeth Murphy.
      “The Boardman School Board would like to officially recognize Director of Buildings and Grounds Matt McKenzie and his maintenance and custodial staff for their hard work and diligence in preparing the buildings for health and safety under Covid-19 protocols.
      “They sanitized and cleaned, installed more than 400 touchless sanitizers in every classroom across six buildings, moved extra desks, chairs, and other unused items into storage and the biggest job of all, they helped set up and distribute more than 5000 pieces of plexiglass throughout our buildings.
      Beth Bean and Elizabeth Murphy spent the spring and summer in a painting project at Stadium Drive. They transformed the kindergarten hallway into a Dr. Suess storybook.
      Other hallways were also painted with uplifting messages, and other story characters. The murals are life size,and the students and staff love them. One Fish, Two Fish, the Gak and Dogs in Cars, just to mention a few.
      “The project began shortly after Covid-19
      closed all school buildings statewide (in Mar., 2020) for instruction. Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Murphy
      socially distanced as they painted….and used projectors and a lot of creativity to paint all these characters. It took all spring, and most of the summer,” the school board said.
      At their September meeting, the school board approved donations of $100 each, from BJs Restaurant and the Telischak Co. Ltd. for use at Center Intermediate School’s “Where Everyone Belongs” program.
      Worker’s Compensation
      The school board entered into a one year agreement with Tartan Benefit Services LTD., effective September 1. Tartan Benefit Services will provide assistance with Workers’ Compensation claims at a cost of $7,350 and unemployment claims at a cost of $750.
      Mentor Supplemental Contracts
      Supplemental contracts as mentors were awarded to Chad DeAngelo, Holly Gozur, Kelsie Harris, Liz Holter, Stacy Hunter, Traci O’Brian, Mary Jane Marinucci, Michele Prokop, Lisa Rucci and Megan Zimmers.
  40,000 Face Masks Free To Residents  
  October 8, 2020 Edition  
     photo/John A. Darnell jr.
       BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP officials gave away some 40,000 free face masks to residents on Sat., Oct. 3 at the Government Center during a drive-thru event. There was a constant stream of cars during the three-hour the masks were offered. Pictured, Trustee Brad Calhoun offer-up one of the boxes of masks. Funding for the masks was provided from funds awarded to Boardman Township through the CARES Act.
  Ryan: ‘I drink the water you drink. My opponent isn’t even from this district.’  
  October 1, 2020 Edition  
Christina Hagan (L), Tim Ryan (R)
      associate editor
      The Boardman Civic Association held its annual Candidates and Issues Night forum last week at the Maag Outdoor Amphitheater in Boardman Park, where candidates on the ballot in November were featured, as well as issues of particular local interest were featured. About 125 persons attended.
      Engaging in spirited offerings to those in attendance were challenger Christina Hagan (R) and incumbent Tim Ryan (D) who are seeking the 13th District seat in the United States House of Representatives, where Ryan has served for the last 18 years.
      Hagan, 31, who has previously served as the youngest female member ever in the Ohio House of Representatives (three terms), spoke first saying “I am pro-life, pro-second amendment and I stand for working class Americans.
      “It’s time to send someone to Washington, D.C. who represents working class values and doesn’t forgot what they campaign on...It’s time to send a real, working class leader to Washington who fought for, and not against our safety forces.”
      Hagan said the 13th District has lost “year after year after year” in an unparalleled way,” noting the city of Youngstown has the second, highest rate of poverty in the United States, something that is “simply unacceptable.”
      She said her candidacy has been endorsed by President Donald Trump, Sen. Rob Portman and Congressman Bill Johnson.
      Ryan, 47, contended there are “a lot of people trying to shade the issues...trying to pin me as some socialist who is out of touch with our district.”
      Saying that a Georgetown University student concluded he is the second-most, bipartisan legislator in Ohio and the 35-most bipartisan legislator (out of 435) in the United States House of Representatives, Ryan said “I will work across the aisle with anybody...I’ve taken on Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, and I’ve taken on Donald Trump. I get paid to represent you.”
      Ryan agreed with Hagan that the 13th District has been forgotten for a long time, saying he would “take on anybody to see that doesn’t happen.”
      He decried his critics who claim he and Democratcs are anti-police who want to defund law enforcement.
      “I have funded the police,” Ryan said, adding he has used his position as a member of the House Appropriations Committee “to fund almost 100 police officers in this district and dozens of fire-fighters.
      “I’ve brought back tens of millions of dollars to this district so our communities are safe.”
      Ryan said that Hagan, while a member of the Ohio House “led the charge to oppose SB5 that was designed to take away collective bargaining rights for police, fire-fighters, teachers and nurses.
      “If you’re for cops, you are for their collective bargaining rights, which I am.”
      Speaking about economic development, Ryan said he has “brought back $4.6 billion to my communities in the 13th District,” citing the TJX project, Lordstown Motors, the GM/LG battery plant, and including $40 million for Youngstown State University, that have created “thousands of jobs.”
      Ryan charged his opponent does not live in the 13th District.
      “I’ve lived her my whole life. I drink the water you drink. My opponent isn’t even from this district, and two years ago she didn’t live in the district and lost there, and if she loses again, she probably find another one,” Ryan said.
      Ryan and Hagan were given one question to answer, about a ‘zero protection plan,’ that would forgive loans given during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Ryan said “loans need to be forgiven” and he also supports two other measures---one that would provide relief for small, family businesses, and another for relief to the arts and entertainment industry.
      “I think it is absolutely shameful (loan relief legislation) has been put on hold,” Ryan said.
      He concluded rhetorically, “We’re going to put a pause on unemployment insurance and rent help and help for working class people; and no pause for a Supreme Court justice?
      “I think that is putting politics before people.”
      Hagan agreed with Ryan there has been a lack of relief for small business owners...“people at the bottom of the spectrum.”
      She said, however, “When the government incentavises not working, it makes it even more difficult on small business to get through this period.
      “I would make sure small business is supported without the government ‘lording’ over them,” adding “It is time to give money back to the people who earned it, and the government stop redistributing it.”
      PPICTURED: photos/John A. Darnell jr.
       13th DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES, Christina Hagan, left, and incumbent Tim Ryan, at right, opened the Boardman Civic Association’s annual Candidates and Issues forum held last week at Boardman Park. While Hagan said a leader is needed in Washington, D.C. who supports safety forces, Ryan countered, saying he has funded police and fire-fighter positions in the 13th District.
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  Among Six, ‘Local’ Tax Renewal Issues On The November Ballot, One Is Solely For The Boardman Police Department  
      There will be six, tax levy renewal issues on the November 3, general election ballot; all of which were addressed last week at the Boardman Civic Association’s annual Candidates and Issues forum held at Boardman Park. They include three Boardman Township levies, including one that solely provides fund for the Boardman Police Department; two for the Boardman Local School District; and one issue of less than one-mil for Boardman Park’s Green Oasis.
      Speaking on the Boardman Township issues was Administrator Jason Loree, who said renewal of the issues “are very important to our community.
      “These are challenging times for our community,” Loree said, and these levies provide funds for all of our safety forces, as well as the road department and zoning...These are the folks who are doing a heck of a job during a very difficult time.”
      Loree said the 3.85-mil police levy was first approved by the electorate in 2011 and generates about $3.5 million, or about half of the department’s annual budget.
      Other Boardman Township issues include a 2.5-mil issue first approved in 1995 that generates approximately $1.8 million, as well as a seventh-tenths-mil issue that generates $265,000.
      “All totaled, these levies generate about $5.5 million for our township,” Loree said, while also noting there will be a Boardman Park renewal issue on the ballot and urging support for the measure saying “The park is a beautiful place, and let’s keep it that way.”
      Of critical need to Boardman Park is its six-tenths-mil renewal that generates about 45 per cent, or $522,000, of the district’s annual income. “It will cost the owner of a $100,000 home less than $19 a year,” park commissioner Joyce Mistovich said, adding that the park has operated on the same millage (1-mil) for 72 years.
      Boardman Park has 60 acres of land designated for recreational purposes and 183 acres of natural habitat.
      “The Boardman Park Board and staff have never wavered from our mission...and have worked diligently to meet the recreational needs of an ever-growing community, while the board serves as prudent stewards of the tax dollars entrusted to use,” Mistovich said.
      Boardman Local School Superintendent Tim Saxton, now in his fifth year at the helm, said the district will have two renewal issues on the ballot, a 5.9-mil levy, first approved in 1996, that generates $4 million a year; and a 6-mil issue, first approved in 1991, that generates $3 million.
      Saxton said the district has used CARES Act funds to offset the cost of plexiglass barriers needed to operate the system (due to the coronavirus pandemic), as well as masks and other PPE purchases. He said over the last four years the teaching staff has been reduced by 16 teachers; and also noted the district lost some $880,000 “that was removed by the government during the COVID event. We need to work together to keep Boardman Local Schools strong.”
  Schools’ State Report Card Could Have No Value At All  
  Boardman Local School Graduation Rate At 97.8%:   September 24, 2020 Edition  
     The Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) annual schools’ report cards were issued last week, but they didn’t feature any grades for districts or buildings this year.
      The ODE said the 2020 reports cards for districts and buildings do not contain overall grades, individual grades or ratings for given components or performance measures.
      “The report cards also do not include any information about student performance on state tests, the academic growth of students during the school year and the extent to which achievement gaps are being addressed for students. This is in keeping with legislation passed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that also canceled the administration of most state tests for the last portion of the 2019-2020 school year,” the ODE released in a statement.
      The 2020 edition of grades does feature information on graduation rates, Prepared for Success indicators and some other measures.
      The Boardman Local School District’s report card listed enrollment in the system at 3,922 students, noting a four-year graduation rate of 94.1 per cent; and a five-year graduation rate of 97.8 per cent.
      According to the ODE, 1,660 students, or 42.3 per cent of students in the Boardman Local School District are economically disadvantaged.
      The annual report card also shows that 98.8 per cent of students in the third grade met requirements for reading for promotion to the fourth grade.
      “While schools have less information available than in years past, we still emphasize the importance of gauging where students are in terms of academic achievement and using available district data to inform improvement to instruction,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “The education community’s goal is to carry forward the teamwork, collaboration and care we’ve seen since last spring through this new academic year and beyond. We have never been more focused, united and determined to ensure each child is challenged to learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society.”
      The Ohio Education Association responded to the release urging an overhaul to the state’s report card system.
      “These latest school and district report cards shine a spotlight on the major problems with the entire report card scheme,” OEA President Scott DiMauro said. “The fact that the state recognizes that any 2020 letter grades and rankings would be useless without spring testing data proves just how overly-reliant the existing grade card system is on standardized tests. If the essential value of the state’s report card system is standardized test results — which do not accurately represent how a student, teacher or school is performing — the state’s current report card system has no value at all.”
  Candidate For County Prosecutor’s Office Failed To Appropriately Exhibit Six Suitability Dimensions...In Addition To His Composure (Namely His Propensity To Cry) While At FBI Training Academy  
  Martin Desmond’s Inability To Sleep Became Exacerbated:   September 24, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      A candidate for Mahoning County Prosecutor, Martin Desmond, of Ridgely Park, Poland, Oh., once sued the United States Department of Justice after he failed to graduate from the FBI Academy.
      After obtaining a law degree in 2003, Desmond was hired as an assistant Mahoning County prosecutor, but was fired by Prosecutor Paul Gains in Apr., 2017.
      In dismissing Desmond, Gains cited violations of various statutes and rules of professional conduct “by engaging in communications with adverse parties; knowingly making himself a witness to a lawsuit against the county, his superior and a fellow assistant prosecutor, uttering false claims of ethical violations against a fellow assistant prosecutor, causing a grievance to be filed against her,” and other things.
      Now Desmond is running against his former boss in the November general elections, while issues over his dismissal are still being contested in court.
      Gains, of Harrington Ave., Boardman, has served as Mahoning County Prosecutor for 23 years.
      Shortly before he was sworn into office in 1997, in the early morning hours of Christmas Day, 1996, an assassin broke into Gains home and shot him. He survived.
      Reputed Youngstown mobster Lenine Strollo said that he had Gains shot in late 1996 for refusing to cooperate with the mob.
      Desmond also had a close encounter with crime, as he notes frequently---In Dec., 1997, while alone in his mother’s home, he was held at gunpoint and led around his mother’s house by an armed robber, who was later revealed to be the ‘Tommy Hilfiger rapist,’ a man who had raped several women in the area.
      After his attempted assassination, Gains, a former Youngstown police officer, was sworn in as Mahoning County Prosecutor.
      After his encounter with the alleged rapist, Desmond accepted a job as a financial assistant with the FBI in Cleveland; and prior to accepting that position, he applied to become an FBI agent. In Dec., 1999, he was notified he was to undergo training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.
      A court document in Desmond’s suit against the Department of Justice notes while in training, Desmond broke an ankle, and was ‘recycled’ into another training class, where he was informed he would be rated on six ‘suitability’ dimensions, including conscientiousness, emotional maturity, initiative, integrity and honesty and judgement.
      Once training was completed, Desmond told the FBI that he wanted to be assigned to the FBI’s Cleveland office “because he was worried about his mother’s safety in light of the Dec., 1997 incident.”
      Instead, Desmond was slated for assignment to the Chicago FBI office, so he filed a ‘hardship claim’ to be assigned to the FBI’s Cleveland office.
      The FBI denied Desmond’s request, noting it did not qualify under their policy for a hardship transfer.
      In his suit against the Department of Justice, Desmond claimed he had experienced “sleeplessness” since the Dec., 1997 incident, and when he was ordered to go to Chicago, his sleeplessness was exacerbated.
      Desmond told the court that before receiving notification to go to the FBI Academy, he slept an average of three to five hours a night, and after he received the training orders he began to sleep an average of just two to four hours a night; and that “fear, anxiety and guilt, from which he suffered since the...rapist incident grew even stronger upon learning of his orders to Chicago,” apparently to the point that Desmond began to suffer from PTSD.
      According to a federal court document, an FBI agent said that Desmond exhibited a “perceived change in demeanor,” and suggested he seek the aid of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
      Desmond said he had met with the EAP and “received a diagnosis of PTSD.”
      On Sept. 18, 2000, according to a court document, an FBI agent sent a memorandum to Assistant Director Jeffrey Higginbotham, concluding that Desmond “failed to appropriately exhibit the six suitability addition to his composure (namely his propensity to cry), attitude, diligence, maturity, and/or emotional stability in relation to his ankle injury...”
      Ten days later, Higgenbotham recommended Desmond’s removal as an FBI agent, “based upon his lack of emotional maturity and cooperativeness.”
      On Nov. 6, 2000, Desmond was notified he was being removed from the FBI’s New Agents Training Program, and was given the option of returning to his former position as a financial analyst in Cleveland.
      “Should you choose not to return to that position, you are hereby dismissed from the rolls of the FBI,” Desmond was informed in an official letter by Michael E. Varnum, deputy assistant director/personnel officer of the FBI.
      The letter, according to a court document, detailed a number of issues regarding Desmond’s suitability, including his performance as “lax and unreliable” when he was assigned to a switch-board duty at the academy, as well as “his sulking behavior upon receiving his orders.”
      “Several instances were reported to me where your work ethic at the switchboard was not proper,” Varnum said, adding “For example, instead of enhancing your skills on the switchboard, you decided to play solitaire on the computer. You also failed to assist another telephone operator who was busy with at least five, other calls. Rather than helping the operator, you carried on a private conversation with another person at the main desk. During one particular shift, you left the switchboard for a one and a half hour dinner break, however no dinner break was scheduled for that shift. You performed in a lax and unreliable manner by leaving another employee alone to work the switchboard for such an extended period of time.”
      In a federal court action, Desmond claimed he was a victim of discrimination, in violation of the Rehabilitation Action of 1973.
      Desmond argued he had a mental impairment that substantially limited one of his “major life activities...specifically that his PTSD limited his ability to sleep.”
      A opinion by United States District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said that “It should be noted that not only does sleeping comprise a substantial percentage of the average person’s day, it is also necessary for survival. With the indispensable nature of sleep in mind, this court adopts the view...that sleeping is a major life activity.”
      The Judge noted that Desmond was unable to demonstrate that his PTSD substantially limited his ability to sleep, “thus he does not have a disability as defined by the Rehabilitation Act.”
      On Nov. 14, 2000, Desmond resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  CARES Act Funds Will Be Used To Buy 166,750 Disposable Face Masks That Will Be Distributed Free To Residents  
  September 17, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      Boardman Township has received upwards of $700,000 in grant funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.
      Acting within specific guidelines of the act, meeting on Monday night, Boardman Trustees Tom Costello, Brad Calhoun and Larry Moliterno approved expenditure of some $161,000 of Cares Act funds for the police and fire department, and also for the purchase of some 166,750 disposable face masks.
      Acting upon the recommendation of Police Chief Todd Werth, Trustees approved the purchase of a mobile message board and speed trailer for $15,735; as well as the purchase of nine laptop computers for $26,928.
      Acting upon the recommendation of Fire Chief Mark Pitzer, Trustees okayed $68,666 for the purchase of three chest compression systems and three laryngoscopes.
      “These COVID-19 related expenses will be submitted to the CARES Act for reimbursement,” Township Administrator Jason Loree said.
      In another COVID-related matter, Trustees approved an expense of not more than $50,000 for the purchase of 166,750 disposable face masks.
      Currently under consideration in light of the purchase, is a plan to distribute the masks to the pubic, free of charge, perhaps at a drive-thru event at the Government Center.
      “We should get the masks in within two to three weeks, and have discussed handing them out to the public,” Trustee Tom Costello said, adding “We expect to be reimbursed for the expense, under the strict guideline of the CARES Act.
      The CARES Act, is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 116th U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27 in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
      Unrelated to CARES Act funds, Trustees approved the purchase of 27 thermal printers for use in Boardman Police Department cruisers at a cost a $14,850.
      Following multiple public meetings, a community survey and numerous stakeholder meetings, Trustees approved multiple amendments to the township zoning resolution.
      Trustees declared Halloween will be observed on Sat., Oct. 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Boardman Township.
  Moschella Terlesky Golf Invitational At The Lake Club Sept 21:   September 17, 2020 Edition  
     The 5th annual Christine Moschella Terlesky/Lake Club Girls Golf High School Invitational, hosted by Boardman High School, will take place on Monday, September 21 at The Lake Club. 16 teams are entered including Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Canton GlenOak, Green, Howland, and Massillon Jackson in Division I.
      In Division 2, the teams are Champion, Columbiana, Hubbard, Lakeview, Cardinal Mooney, Niles McKinley, Poland, Struthers and Ursuline. Play begins with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.
      Christine is a former history teacher and girls golf coach, and assistant coach in basketball and track at Boardman High School. She attended Boardman High School where she was an All Steel Valley basketball player, and went on to play at Akron, as well as Youngstown State University.
      Over seven years ago, she was suddenly diagnosed with ALS and the battle began. She had to retire from teaching and coaching and had three young children to raise with her husband, Brian. Throughout her battle, Christine has become an inspiration to many in the community, and across the state.
      Five years ago Denise and Dan Gorski, both former Boardman High School teachers and coaches, met with Ed Muransky, owner and president of the Lake Club; as well as Chris Sammartino, chief operating officer; and director of golf Don Confoey to discuss hosting the invitational event and naming it in honor of Christine---for her contributions and dedication to women’s sports in this area and, in particular women’s golf.
      “The tournament has been receiving more and more statewide recognition and there is a waiting list to get into it,” Denise Gorski stated, adding “that is a tribute to Ed and Chris Muransky and the entire Lake Club staff as they run a first class operation and have made this tournament such a special event.
      “From the beginning Ed made it a two-day event with a practice round the day before the actual tournament. An awards banquet took place after the tournament that included a dinner that was spectacular, including food stations. Steve Cocca from Cocca’s Pizza and Shelly LaBerto from Chick-fil-A Tiffany Square Plaza have been annual supporting sponsors by donating dinner after the practice round and lunch on the day of the tournament.
      “But this year obviously due to the pandemic, some things have to be adjusted for the safety of everyone.”
      Local teams have performed very well at the tournament. Canfield won the Division I tournament in 2017, Boardman was second to Green in 2016, and Poland was second to Canton GlenOak in 2018. In Division 2, Poland won in 2016, Beaver Local in 2017, and Cardinal Mooney has won the past two years.
      Individually, former Spartan golfer Jacinta Pikunas (now at the Univeristy oif Akron) and GlenOak’s Jessica Hahn hold the Division I tournament record shooting a score of 69. Canfield’s former golfer Gillian Cerimele is fourth on that list shooting 72 in 2017. And Christine Terlesky’s niece Jenna Vivo (now with Youngstown State lady links team) is tenth on that list shooting a 77 in 2017. In Division 2, Jackie Adler from Hubbard has the Division 2 tournament record shooting a 79 last year. Cardinal Mooney’s Jayne Bernard and Alyssa Rapp are second on the list, shooting 80 and 82 respectively last year.
      All participating teams pay an entrance fee to compete. But the tournament also serves as a fundraiser for the Terlesky family as their incredible medical bills continue to mount. Sponsorships are available at $500 (Gold Level), $250 (Silver Level), and $100 (Bronze Level). All sponsors are recognized the day of the tournament on Monday, September 21.
      If interested in being a sponsor, contact Denise Gorski at
      Gorski summarized the event by saying “Christine was able to come to the first year of the tournament and gave such an inspiring speech to the golfers on fighting adversity and taking every day as a positive day. The next two years she was not feeling well and could not attend.
      “Last year, I and many others were overwhelmed when her husband Brian brought her into the banquet. We all knew how physically hard this was for her and yet she wanted to come meet the girls again that she met years earlier.
      “There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we talked about her story and introduced her with her family. It took her well over a week to recover from going out and she hadn’t been out in months
      “The girls from 16 different high schools asked to have a picture taken with her outside. You can see Christine at the top of the steps with her family and Spartan golfers near her. It was truly a very emotional night for everyone.”
      Christine Terlesky still has the ability to communicate, and does so often on Facebook.
      Some recent posts detail what she deals with on a daily basis---
      “If I can live without spewing hate, knocking
      on death’s door, so can everyone else”
      “We have all been put through the ringer, and yet so many of you dropped what they were doing to help me. I’m so humbled I wish I could repay you all.
      “I’ll be honest with all of you, ALS has recently thoroughly has kicked my butt. From the paralysis to the breathing machine. To waking up drowning in my own phlegm. The pain that would come and go is constant. Add to that the isolation, I haven’t been very pleasant.
      “I fear this one thing will break me... I lost the ability to eat. It’s been 3, months, lost around sixty pounds, but who cares? ALS takes the ability to swallow, so I can’t even drink a coke without choking. I am living in the homemade Italian food mecca in the US, best kept secret in the country plus my mom who was trained by my Grandma who would’ve made Gordon Ramsey cry, is a fantastic cook. yes, this will be the thing that breaks me. My husband caught me looking at pics of food on the Internet. He said I looked at food the same way a 13yr old boy sneaks looking at porn. He’s looking into getting food sites blocked.
      “Oh well, if this has taught me anything is to enjoy and savor things and as much as I love food, I miss people so much more. The anger on facebook is out of control with some, and I have to wonder who are you really angry with??
      If I can live without spewing hate, knocking on death’s door, so can everyone else. Seriously though, for some people on here, therapy might be a good idea.
      “I am paralyzed. I have a feeding tube and a catheter... I am desperate for some relief... I wouldn’t be asking you for help if I wasn’t having this much pain I am dealing with. I just want the pain to stop for a short time”
      I am asking for help. As most of you know I have ALS. As my body deteriorates, my muscles are atrophied, but also freezing in pain. I need a masseuse willing to come to my house to massage and stretch.
      I realize some people are uncomfortable around disabled. So they would have to know that I am paralyzed. I have a feeding tube and a catheter. I have recently lost a lot of weight but still have some muscle left. I am desperate for some relief. My insurance doesn’t cover this, but I am willing to pay,. I also have to stay on my bed for the massage. I also have to keep my oxygen mask on the entirety of it, I also need the masseuse to wear a mask, and to top it off I can barely speak.
      I wouldn’t be asking you for help if I wasn’t having this much pain I am dealing with. I just want the pain to stop for a short time. And I like. Aromatherapy but not a requirement. I know this sounds terrible but I promise I am a nice person.
      Thank you everyone for all the support and generosity.
  WPG Says Southern Park’s $30 Million Improvements, 50th Anniversary Delayed Until 2021 Due To Pandemic  
  New Lifestyle Tenants Will Include Golf Entertainment Center:   September 3, 2020 Edition  
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      The Columbus, Ohio-based Washington Prime Group (WPG) has announced a delay in the final construction of DeBartolo Commons at the Southern Park Mall, and as well, made formal announcement of new tenants and capital improvements at the enclosed shopping complex.
      “I want to keep everybody posted about DeBartolo Commons, our athletic and entertainment venue. While we’ve lost a few months when the wretched coronavirus reared its ugly head, we’re back on track,” said Lou Conforti, CEO and director of WPG. Until the pandemic struck in mid-March, WPG had planned to complete DeBartolo Commons by the fall of this year.”
      DeBartolo Commons is now scheduled to open in 2021.
      “Due to the WPG’s focus on the health and safety of its guests, retailers, employees and community partners during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WPG’s community event celebrating the grand opening of DeBartolo Commons as well as Southern Park’s 50th anniversary, originally scheduled for late 2020, will be postponed to 2021. Details will be announced as circumstances stabilize and return to normal,” Conforti said.
      The DeBartolo Commons, as well as other capital projects at Southern Park are part of an overall plan to pour more than $30 million into improvements and upgrades into the mall, that will be reshaped into a shopping, as well as community entertainment venue.
      “WPG remains committed to executing a first class redevelopment project,” Conforti said.
      Leasing and Development Initiatives
      WPG has executed a lease with Planet Fitness to relocate its existing Boardman neighborhood gym and open a new 28,000 sq-ft location at the Southern Park Mall that will occupy existing space between JCPenney and Buffalo Wild Wings.
      WPG has executed an agreement with Macy’s whereby Macy’s will renovate their store (a project said to cost about $2 million) and extend the term of their lease.
      WPG has executed an agreement with PNC Bank and PNC will renovate their existing location at Southern Park and extend the term of their lease.
      JCPenney has expressed its intention to remain a key tenant at Southern Park Mall.
      WPG has executed a lease for an indoor golf entertainment center. The facility, that will be called The Bunker, will occupy a new 36,000 sq-ft space and will include multiple dining and bar areas as well as an outdoor patio overlooking DeBartolo Commons;
      WPG said The Bunker’s attached restaurant will be called Bogey’s, and will be operated by the owners of the existing Bogey’s Restaurant in nearby Lowellville; and
      The Bunker will include the Ben Curtis Golf Academy, a full service learning and teaching academy run by 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis. Owner and operator of The Bunker will be Boardman native Jonah Karzmer, former golf pro at Tee Up driving range on Southern Blvd. While attending Kent State University, Karzmer was a former Golden Flashes teammate of Curtis on a team that qualified for the national championships. He served a brief term as golf pro at the then Fonderlac Country Club, and later won the club championship at the Lake Club four straight years. A 1999 graduate of Boardman High School and All-Ohio prep golfer, Karzmer is a 2015 inductee into the Boardman High School Hall of Fame.
      “As a lifelong valley golfer, I am very excited to help bring this needed indoor golf facility to our area. With a total of twelve golf simulators and an entire learning center run by a dedicated PGA professional and overseen by major champion Ben Curtis, I am confident this center will be a great facility for our local golf community. From scratch golfers to beginners, from serious league players to those ‘Top Golf’ entertainment seekers, our simulators and learning center will have something for everyone,” Karzmer said.
      The Bunker will partner with the Ben Curtis Golf Academy to offer an indoor golf academy and learning center. The facility will include driving range options with two dedicated launch monitors and golf simulators, a putting green, a dedicated short game area, and a fully integrated classroom for group and individual lessons as well as study opportunities.
      Curtis, a four-time PGA tour winner and member of the winning 2008 United States Ryder Cup Team, is founder of the Ben Curtis Family Foundation and the Ben Curtis Golf Academy. “The opportunity to expand our reach into the golf-rich Mahoning Valley is very exciting. Jonah and I have talked for a long time now about the need to help provide a teaching platform to help grow the game, especially for junior golfers. This center should be a great place for that and more,” Curtis said.
      The planned capital improvement initiatives will build upon previously announced redevelopment activities including---
      The demolition of the former Sears is complete and construction is underway for DeBartolo Commons, a four-acre, outdoor athletic and entertainment green space and event venue. The mall redevelopment project’s centerpiece is named in honor of, and will serve to commemorate the legacy of Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. and the DeBartolo York family. Mr. DeBartolo was a pioneer in the construction of shopping malls in America.
      Steel Valley Brew Works, a local brew and entertainment venue, will sit next to The Bunker and Bogey’s, and will also overlook and connect to DeBartolo Commons. It will feature indoor bocce courts, billiards, pinball, foosball, and other leisure games, providing guests an experience that can’t be found elsewhere in the area. In addition, Steel Valley Brew Works plans to periodically partner with food truck operators to bring the best local food trucks to its Southern Park Mall location.
      “As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve grown to love all things Boardman as well as Greater Youngstown and we’ve promised great things at Southern Park Mall. Well, say hello to our new entertainment and fitness tenants, The Bunker, Bogey’s and Planet Fitness. In addition, we’re excited Macy’s has agreed to renovate their store and extend their lease, as has PNC Bank and, last but certainly not least, JC Penney has expressed its intention to remain,” Conforti said.
      “Josh Langenheim, owner of Steel Valley Brew Works, is one of the most energetic human beings I’ve ever met and is as loyal a Youngstowner you’ll ever meet,” Conforti said.
      “Everybody who calls this area their home deserves only the best in dining, entertainment, merchandise and fitness offerings and I’m really pumped we’re going to deliver,” he added.
      $8 Million Invested To Date
      To date, WPG has invested about $8 million into capital improvements at Southern Park.Improvements made at Southern Park Mall are expected to provide numerous benefits to the Boardman community, including--
       •A first class retail and entertainment hub that will attract businesses and solidify and expand jobs at Southern Park Mall;
       •Expanded real estate property, sales and income tax bases for the benefit of local governments and taxpayers;
       •A first class greenspace – DeBartolo Commons – built to host outdoor entertainment, sporting and other public events and activities throughout the year;
       •A hike and bike path across the Southern Park Mall property that connects DeBartolo Commons to Boardman Park and eventually most residential neighborhoods south of 224, both east and west of Market St.; and
       •Major new storm water facilities on the Southern Park Mall property that will relieve the potential for flooding downstream in Boardman Township south of the mall property.
      Most Important Asset
      The Southern Park Mall is Boardman Township’s largest source of property taxes, generating an annual tax revenue of some $1.719 million. The mall property, including WPG and Cafaro Corp. interests, is valued at some $51 million.
  Youngstown Gets More Than $88 Million In Grants and Entitlements More Than The Entire Boardman Local School Revenue Stream  
      associate editor
      In 2015, under the provisions of House Bill 70, the Ohio Department of Education (DOE) assumed control of the Youngstown City School District. HB 70 allowed a state takeover of the district because Youngstown schools attained the dubious distinction of at least three, straight years with failed report cards and failure to meet state standards.
      In the absence of local control, and under ‘state control,’ the Youngstown City Schools are still regarded as among the worst public school districts in Ohio.
      The state takeover stripped the elected Youngstown School Board of power, and put control of the district in the hands of an appointed commission and CEO. The CEO can close school buildings or, if the schools don’t show improvement, turn them over to a charter school operator. The local school board can still put levies on the ballot, but it has no oversight or say over how the district spends its money.
      Youngstown first appointed CEO, Krish Mohip (who elevated his pay without board approval) from about $105,000 to $170,000 a year) noted when he stepped into his dictatorial role, “What I’ve learned is that when you’re faced with failure such as Youngstown has you should not fear what (a takeover) can do for a district, because at the heart of it it’s really about putting children first.”
      What has the takeover done for the Youngstown City School District and its children? They are still failing.
      The city school district’s new CEO, Justin Jennings says “I still believe, however, that the district is moving in the right direction. We have strong educators, both in the classroom and in administration, who are working hard to help our scholars improve and to make sure we are preparing them for life after high school.” (From the CEO’s Corner).
      But the report cards reflect a totally different picture---For example, on its most recent state report card, the Youngstown City Schools attained an ‘F’ when graded by the Ohio Department of Education on how students are prepared for success.
      Boardman Local Schools didn’t fare much better, attaining a grade of ‘D’ on the state report card that uses its standards (not local standards) when considering how well-prepared students are for future opportunities.
      Speaking about Youngstown City School District’s failing 2016-17 report card, Mohip said the report card “shows that we have a long way to go.”
      Using state audits and Cupp reports, there is widespread disparity between the Youngstown City Schools and the Boardman Local School District.
      For example, at the end of Fiscal Year 2019, the city schools’ annual revenue is $148.637 million, while Boardman Local School District’s annual revenue is reported at $53.316 million, according to the audit reports.
      Some $88.370 million of the total revenues of Youngstown School District’s annual revenue comes from “grants and entitlements,”---that much money in a school district that has only 1200 more students than the Boardman Local School System.
      Boardman Local Schools receive about $14.3 million in subsidies, according to its audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.
      According to the Cupp Report, there are 9,715 school-age children living within the boundaries of the Youngstown City School District. Of that total, only 5,264 students are enrolled in the city schools.
      Boardman Local School District’s enrollment, according to the Cupp Report is 4,044 students.
      While Boardman Local Schools receive $3,388 per pupil in state funding, the Youngstown City Schools receive $19,016 per pupil in state funding, according to the Cupp Report.
      When compared with Boardman Local Schools, the Youngstown City School District appears top-heavy with administrators.
      According to the Cupp Report, there are 28 administrative personnel employed in Boardman Local Schools and their average annual salary is $72,055. Using the same standard of comparison, there are 136 administrators in the Youngstown City Schools, and their annual average salary is $74,213.
      More than 60 per cent of the teaching staff at Boardman Local Schools have ten-plus years of teaching experience, according to the Cupp Report. Only 28 per cent of the teaching staff at Youngstown City Schools have ten or more years of experience.
      Those figures are also reflected in the average teaching salaries of the two school districts. Boardman Local Schools average teachers’ salary is $59,3322 a year; while annual pay for teachers in the Youngstown City Schools is $47,077, despite the fact that total revenue per pupil in Boardman Local Schools is $12,457, and is more than double that in Youngstown schools, where the average annual per pupil revenue is $26,292.
      Local funding received from property taxes paid to Boardman Local Schools is reported at some $32.897 million, according to an audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Using the same audit report, Youngstown City Schools collect only $25.395 million a year in property taxes.
      The dichotomy between Youngstown City Schools and the Boardman Local School District is readily apparent---In Boardman Local Schools there remains local control, fewer administrators, better teaching salaries, and passing grades on the laborious state report cards.
      In Youngstown City Schools, there is no local control, a lot more administrators, lower teaching salaries and continuous failing report cards.
  Police Told Stabbing Victim Was Refused Transport To Hospital  
  August 6, 2020 Edition  
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      Boardman police are investigating a stabbing that happened Thurs., Aug. 30 at an apartment at 3976 South Schenley Ave. 25-year-old Jonathan Vigo was stabbed at least seven times, Det. Greg Stepuk, of the Boardman Police Department, told The Boardman News.
      Authorities learned about the ‘potential’ of a stabbing about 2:50 p.m. and that the victim “was not being allowed to go to the hospital” from an Austintown police officer, who in turn notified a Poland Township officer, who then contacted Boardman police.
      When police arrived at the apartment building, they said a highly-intoxicated Andrea Marusia Soto-Velazco, 31, told them that no one had been stabbed.
      A short time later, Vigo emerged from the apartment building, Ptl. Nick Newland said.
      “Vigo had visible stab wounds to his left bicep, back of his neck and left thigh,” Officer Newland said, adding the man claimed he had been stabbed by Orlando Matos-Carillo, 31, of Homewood Dr., Warren, Oh. Vigo was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.
      Prior to police learning of the assault, Ptl. Newland said that Vigo had called a friend, stating he had been stabbed, adding that Soto-Velazco and one of her neighbors, Ahmed Raza Rajput, 23, of 3976 South Schenley Ave., #1, “did not want to take him to the hospital.”
      Ptl. Newland said when he asked if Rajut tried to take Vigo to the hospital, “Rajput said that he was going to drive Vigo to the hospital, but Soto-Velazco told him to go back to the apartment.”
      Police arrested Rajput and Soto-Velazco on a charge of obstruction and Officer Newland said once the pair were at the Boardman Police Station, “Soto-Velazco became uncooperative and confrontational with officers” and kicked Officer Newland.
      Soto-Velazco was then taken to the floor and handcuffed.
      “She urinated while still on the floor,” Officer Newland said.
      Soto-Velazco, who said she is a secretary at Six Brothers Auto Sales on Wick Ave. in Youngstown, was then lodged in the county jail on a $4500 bond.
      Rajput was booked and then released on a summons.
      The stabbing happened eight days after Soto-Velazco called police expressing concerns that she and her boyfriend, Vigo, had been threatened by her ex-boyfriend, Matos-Carillo.
      In a July 20 police report, Soto-Velazco, born in Peru, told police that Matos-Carillo was the “only” person she knew when she moved to the Mahoning Valley from Idaho.
      Soto-Velazco told Ptl. Stephen Dubos after she began dating Matos-Carillo, “he became very controlling and then emotionally abusive, and ‘two months ago’ she moved from Warren to Boardman to get away from him.”
      Shortly after she moved to South Schenley Ave., Soto-Velazco told police that “Vigo moved from New York City” and had been staying with her.
      “Matos-Carillo has harassed and threatened them ever since, sending messages such as ‘I will destroy you. I will kill you. I will kill him,’” Officer Dubos reported.
      Soto-Velazco told police on July 20, shortly before midnight, Matos-Carillo came to her apartment brandishing a knife.
      Det. Stepuk said Matos-Carillo has been arrested on a charge of felonious assault, and indications are that Vigo has gone back to New York City.custody of Boardman police by authrorites in Lordstown, after he had been arrested during a traffic stop, Boardman Ptl. Evan Beil said.
      “Matos-Carillo claimed that [Vigo] was the aggressor and [Vigo] would not show up in court to testify against him” because he “got onto a train to New York,” Officer Beil said, adding that Matos-Carillo admitted he stabbed Vigo, but it was in self defense.
      Matos-Carillo had an apparent stab wound to his right knee, Officer Beil said.
      Asked why he had not gone to a hospital in the three days since the stabbing, Matos-Carillo told Officer Beil he “was afraid he would go to jail.”
      Matos-Carillo told the policeman he had bonded Soto-Velazco out of jail and if the felonious assault charges went to court, the woman “would testify in his behalf.”
      According to Boardman police reports, after Soto-Velazco bonded out of jail, she returned to her apartment on Aug. 1 and made claims that Vigo stole her cell phone, her United States passport and $350 in cash,
      “She stated she had allowed Vigo to stay in her apartment, even though they are broken-up. She further stated she believes Vigo is heading to Orlando, Fla.,” Soto-Velazco told Ptl. Jeffrey Lytle.
      Matos-Carillo was turned over to the
  Kelly Tomcsanyi Earns PharmD Degree  
  August 6, 2020 Edition  
      KELLY TOMCSANYI, a 2014 graduate of Boardman High School, and a May, 2020 graduate of Ohio Northern University, with a degree in PharmD, is now an officially licensed pharmacist in Ohio and Indiana. She began her professional career with a post-graduate residency program at the University of Cincinnati, focusing on long term pharmacy. She is the daughter of Michael and Sharon Tomcsanyi, of Boardman.
  Kandace Beatty Named County Miss Agriculture  
  July 30, 2020 Edition  
Kandace Beatty
      Kandace Beatty of Boardman, (at right) has been named the 2021 Mahoning County Junior Miss Agriculture USA Queen. Kandace is the 12-year-old daughter of Kelley Beatty and David Collins and she attends Glenwood Junior High School. Her agricultural interests include llamas, horses, chickens and small farms/ gardens. Kandace is a three year member of 4-H and five year member of Girl Scouts. She is also on the Food and Fashion Board. Kandace will be competing at the state level in spring 2021 with the opportunity to continue on to the National Miss Agriculture USA Competition that will be held in Ohio in June 2021. Miss Agriculture USA is a national nonprofit organization that focuses on positively promoting agriculture featuring queens of all ages that promote, celebrate and educate about all the diverse aspects of agriculture.
  Racketeering Allegations Soil Ohio GOP  
  July 30, 2020 Edition  
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      Charges in a federal racketeering conspiracy leveled against Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder by the U.S. Attorney’s Office/Southern District of Ohio have soiled the Ohio Republican Party’s reputation; and to be sure, former State Rep. Don Manning ‘bought’ into the scheme to finance a bailout for nuclear power ‘plants, hook, line and sinker.’
      Manning, of New Middletown, was a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He represented District 59 from 2019 until his death on March 20, 2020.
      Last week, the Speaker, as well as the former chair of Ohio Republican Party and three other individuals and a 501(c)(4) entity were charged in federal public corruption racketeering conspiracy involving approximately $60 million paid Generation Now (a 501(c)(4) entity) to pass and uphold a billion-dollar nuclear plant bailout.
      It is alleged that Householder, 61, of Glenford, Ohio, and the enterprise conspired to violate the racketeering statute through wire fraud and receipt of millions of dollars in bribes and money laundering.
      According to an 80-page criminal complaint unsealed last week, from March 2017 to March 2020, the enterprise received millions of dollars in exchange for Householder’s and the enterprise’s help in passing House Bill 6, a billion-dollar bailout that saved two failing, Ohio nuclear power plants from closing.
      In May, 2019, The Ohio House of Representative approved a bill to gut clean energy standards and subsidize at-risk nuclear and coal plants after a last-minute push from a Trump reelection official to secure its passage, so wrote Gavin Bade in an article in Politico, noting that Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls to at least five members of the Ohio House of Representatives, pressuring them to vote ‘yes’ on the bill.
      “Sources said Paduchik emphasized preserving jobs at the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants, both located in northeastern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie,” Bade said.
      Legislators contacted by Paduchik included Republican Reps. Don Manning, Darrell Kick, Laura Lanese, Reggie Stoltzfus and Dave Greenspan, sources told Bade.
      FirstEnergy Solutions had threatened to shut the plants down if they were not subsidized, and reported Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, and labor union leaders made similar arguments in other 11th hour calls to lawmakers.
      According to, Manning’s campaign for elective office raised some $157,000, including the following contributions---$5000 from the Larry Householder Campaign Committee, $46,949 from the Ohio Republican Party, $3540 from the Ohio Republican Caucus and $1000 from First Energy Corp.
      Manning voted in favor of House Bill 6 and issued the following statement on the issue on June 21,2019:
      “Recently in the Ohio House of Representatives, I voted to pass Ohio House Bill 6. This legislation passed with ten Democratic votes in a rare but important demonstration of bipartisan cooperation. While it seems the two parties in Washington can find little to nothing to work together on, here in Ohio we united on an energy policy that makes sense and will save thousands of Ohio Jobs.
      “Those that call House Bill 6 a nuclear bailout are hiding half of the story. While it’s true that HB6 will create a surcharge of $1 on monthly residential electric bills, the legislation also eliminates two green energy surcharges that total $4.68 each month, on average.
      “It is also worth noting that unless HB6 passes, Ohio’s green energy subsides will continue to grow every year — paid for by taxpayers on their energy bills every month.
      “Now, the math is so simple that any fifth-grader can tell you that it will save customers money on their electricity bills. If we eliminate the $4.68 green energy subsidy and replace it with a $1 surcharge, the average ratepayer will save on average $3.68 per month.
      “Let me be clear, I voted for House Bill 6 because lower electricity prices matter to the people of my district. Electricity costs matter to every Ohioan — homeowners, renters, local elected officials and employers. Cutting costs for working families is important. It is also a priority to protect the small business owners and manufacturers whose bottom lines are driven by energy costs.
      “Saving Ohio jobs, whether they are in my district or the most rural part of the state, is a priority of mine and of the Republicans in the General Assembly. When a bill like House Bill 6 allows us to save 4,300 high-paying jobs, I am going to vote for it, plain and simple. Especially when saving those jobs also means protecting two power plants that generate enough electricity to power 2 million Ohio homes.
      “For more than a decade, Ohio ratepayers have been paying for two green energy surcharges that have accomplished nothing. All the windmills and solar panels combined do not come close to the 2,200 megawatts of electricity the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants produce.
      “If clean-air is really the reason we have sunk millions of dollars into renewable forms of energy, we should have a larger appreciation for the role nuclear energy has in our zero-carbon emission portfolio. After all, 90% of the zero-carbon emission energy that is produced in Ohio comes from those two plants.
      “It is time for Ohio to have an energy policy based on logic and economics instead of virtue signaling and rhetoric.
      “The two green energy surcharges have been here for more than a decade with little to nothing to show for your investment. It is time to focus on what works today and not what may work in ten, twenty, fifty or 100 years down the road.”
      Once HB6 was approved, opponents of the measure sought to put the issue on the Nov., 2020 ballot.
      Those who wanted to see the bailout bill survive didn’t waiting for an election campaign; they spent money to keep an election on the matter from happening. A group called Ohioans for Energy Security sponsored two horribly false television ads and sent misleading mailers urging people not to sign the referendum petition.
      The ads were masterpieces of misdirection, casting the referendum effort as an attempt by the Chinese government to take over Ohioans’ electric power, and falsely claiming Chinese interests were buying power plants in Ohio.
      Once again, Rep. Manning stepped up to the plate in support of HB6, issuing the following statement on Sept. 22, 2019:
      “...You elected me to be a new voice for the [Mahoning] Valley in Columbus. On countless issues, I work to make sure people of the valley are forgotten no longer.
      “Bipartisan legislators and I voted to remove ridiculous green-energy subsidies from electric bills, saving $3.68 per month. These green mandates took money from pockets to prop up an industry that despite massive investment, accounts for less than 10 percent of Ohio’s electricity generation. Regardless of the “Green New Deal” narrative you hear from coastal liberals, wind and solar electric generation simply does not create enough power to be sources of Ohio’s zero carbon emission electricity generation.
      “In passing Ohio House Bill 6, we replaced green energy subsidy with a smaller fee to help stabilize Ohio’s two nuclear power plants that employ thousands of Ohioans and generate 15 percent of Ohio’s electricity and are responsible for 80 percent of Ohio’s zero-carbon electricity. We passed HB6 to remove high subsidies for inconsequential and ill-performing green energy industry.
      “Now, out-of-state interests want to remove your voice in the Ohio House. They are spending millions in deceptive messaging to overturn HB6. A powerful duo of leftist green energy interests and powerful oil and natural gas groups have teamed up to kill nuclear power in Ohio.
      “Their reasoning: Oil and natural gas interests are fine giving billions to green energy companies because they know green energy produces peanuts overall. Gas interests want a bigger market share. They know if nuclear dies, that 15 percent share would be replaced by natural gas.
      “This is about energy monopoly.
      “Another concern is coziness between several large developers in the oil and natural gas industries and banks owned by the Chinese government. We cannot allow the Chinese to have leverage over our energy infrastructure.
      “Soon, you will be approached to sign a petition to overturn House Bill 6. They will lie and pressure you for your name, your address and your signature.
      “If you sign that petition, you are signing away $177 a year in personal energy costs. You are signing to kill over 4,300 Ohio jobs. You are signing up to fund the green new deal and give oil and gas tycoons a near monopoly of our energy grid. You are opening the door to our power grid to the Chinese.
      “Do not sign their petition. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders do not want what is best for the Valley. You elected me to have your back and I always will — especially when it comes to protecting our energy freedom.”
      In 2018, Manning ran for a vacant seat in the House of Representatives, previously held by John Boccieri (D). Manning narrowly defeated Democrat Eric Ungaro, 50.35% to 49.65%.
      Manning never finished his first term in office, when died suddenly on March 20, 2020 of a suspected heart attack.
      Ohio Republicans, led by Speaker Householder, named Canfield resident Allesandro Cutrona as Manning’s replacement, as Cutrona pledged to give $50,000 to the Ohio Republican Party.
      In a statement on the claims of corruption, Cutrona said he is “appalled and dismayed” at the allegations.
      Cutrona bested five finalists for the position, one of whom said during the vetting process for the post, “Believe me, Householder made it very clear when we had our ‘one-on-one,’ about his money and power.”
      Ohio Republican Party Chair, Jane Timkin, has called for Householder’s resignation.
      “I understand and respect the presumption of innocence. All charges filed must be proved in court. These are basic legal rights. However, there is no right to hold public office. This is a privilege by the people of Ohio to officeholders. It’s a higher calling and requires a higher level of responsibility. That is why I am calling on Larry Householder to step down as Speaker of the House and resign as a legislator,” Timken said.
      In Jan., 2019, Timkin was narrowly elected Ohio GOP chair, narrowly defeating incumbent Matt Borges.
      Timken, President Trump’s favored candidate, was elected by the state GOP’s central committee after two deadlocked votes. After closed-door negotiations, Borges agreed to withdraw in exchange for being named chairman emeritus of the party. Her election marked a defeat for former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who had endorsed and lobbied for Borges to remain as party chair.
      Borges, 48, of Bexley, Oh., was also named by the U.S. Attorney’s Office/Southern District of Ohio in the allegations of public corruption.
  Alexis Walters Named WKBN-TV News Anchor  
  July 23, 2020 Edition  
     WKBN-TV 27 announce the promotion of meteorologist and reporter Alexis Walters to the station’s evening anchor desk. Walters has been a part of the WKBN team for three years and will serve as a co-anchor on evening newscasts.
      “Alexis brings objective storytelling to fit the proud tradition of our newscasts. She is a familiar face for our viewers to get to know better as she takes on this new role and continues to report in their neighborhoods,” said Mitch Davis, WKBN news director.
      Walters will join Dave Sess for 27 First News from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. She will also co-anchor with Stan Boney on FOX at 10:00 p.m. and 27 First News at 11:00 p.m.
      “I’m so excited for this opportunity to join the newscasts every night and keep viewers informed on what’s going on in our local community,” said Walters. “I look forward to sharing stories and continuing to call this valley home.”
      Walters is an Ohio native and a graduate of Kent State University, with a degree in journalism and communications. She is also a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in meteorology.
      “Alexis has proven herself to be a valuable part of both our news and weather teams here at WKBN, I look forward to her continued excellence as a part of this award-winning team” said David Coy, WKBN-TV president and general manager.
      Walters will permanently join the Channel 27 anchor desk on Monday, August 10.
  Teen Gets Probation In Case Involving Threat To Shoot Federal Lawmen  
  “I was an immature kid, messing around on-line”:   July 16, 2020 Edition  
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      19-year-old Justin Olsen, of Presidential Dr., Boardman, who said he was “messing around on-line” when he posted “shoot every federal agent on sight,” was ordered for a mental evaluation and was granted three years of probation last week by U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver Jr.
      Olsen was arrested last August shortly after he turned 18-years-old after making on-line posts under the moniker of ‘The Army of Christ.’ In the posts he wrote about mass shootings, attacks on Planned Parenthood, bombing gay bars and supported stocking-up on weapons federal government could possibly ban. The Army of Christ had some 4,000 followers.
      Authorities rushed to arrest Olsen just three days after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas with a Boardman Court prosecutor citing the attacks as a justification for an ‘urgent arrest.’
      Olsen, a 2019 graduate of Boardman High School where he maintained a 3.8 grade average, was arrested on Aug. 7 at his father’s home on Oakridge Dr. and spent the next four and a half months in the Mahoning County Jail until he entered a guilty plea to threatening a federal law enforcement officer and was released to the custody of his mother.
      His sentencing hearing had been postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      “I was an immature kid messing around on-line,” Olsen told Judge Oliver. “I would really like to move on and show people that that’s not who I am.” He also told the judge “The time I spent in the county jail was a harsh awakening.”
      His attorney, J. Gerald Ingram, called his client’s posts “reckless, foolhardy and inappropriate.” He urged leniency, saying Olsen had never been in trouble in the past.
      Ingram said his client has no prior criminal record and hopes to attend college in the future.
      Assistant U.S. Attorney Yasmine Makridis said Olsen had thousands of online followers, and she feared his words could incite violence.
      “It is my sincere hope that he learns from this,” Makridis said.
      In accepting the plea, the prosecution did not have to fight a motion to suppress evidence seized during a ‘protective sweep’ of Olsen’s father’s home on Aug. 7. filed by Atty. Ingram.
      Counsel had claimed the so-called “protective sweep” conducted on Aug. 7 violated his client’s constitutional rights. During that ‘sweep,’ law enforcement authorities found a reported 10,000 rounds of ammunition, as well as guns in a gun safe that belonged to Olsen’s father, Eric.
      “Eric informed all of the law enforcement officers that he was a competitive marksman, and that all of the firearms and ammunition belonged to him,” Atty. Ingram said in the motion to suppress, adding there was a camera on top of the safe that would automatically alert Mr. Olsen if it detected any motion.
      “Eric Olsen never received an alert that Justin was attempting to gain access to the safe,” Atty. Ingram said.
      “Based upon the facts and applicable law, there are no articuable facts the government can present that would warrant a reasonable prudent officer in believing that the area...swept harbored an individual posing a danger to those on the...scene.
      “As a result of evidence improperly viewed during the illegal protective sweep, law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for the Oakridge Dr. property,” defense counsel said, noting “The search violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizures.”
      Atty. Ingram claimed in order for the ‘protective sweep’ in Olsen’s case “to pass constitutional scrutiny,’ the government (prosecution) had to be able to present facts showed someone was at the Oakridge Dr. home who posed a danger to law enforcement.
      Defense counsel said the camera on top of the gun safe shows that no law enforcement official “appears to be fearful for their well-being---the stark reality is much to the contrary.
      “Officers are chit-chatting with one another...and can be heard laughing and joking as they search Eric Olsen’s room.”
  Teachers’ Union, School Board Reach Agreement On 3-Year Pact With No Wage Increase  
  July 16, 2020 Edition  
     The Boardman Board of Education unanimously approved a 3-year contract with the Boardman Education Association at its regular monthly meeting in June.
      The new contract took effect on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2023. It includes no pay raise for the teaching staff. Healthcare premiums will remain unchanged.
      According to the Cupp Report, the annual teacher’s salary in the Boardman Local Schools is $59,332.
      “The value of a teacher was never more evident than what we experienced these last months of the 2019-20 school year. If there was ever a time that they should be rewarded it is these current times. However, the financial state of our district, community, state and country just does not allow it at this time,” said Supt. Tim Saxton., adding “I respect the fact that our employees understand this reality and we were able to work together to complete a collective bargaining agreement that addresses change, but balances the financial health of the district.”
      The Boardman Education Association ratified the agreement at the end of May. Approximately 300 teachers comprise the Boardman Education Association.
      “Our teachers realize the hardships the pandemic has caused for all school districts and our priority will always be to provide the best education possible for our students,” said Boardman Education Association President Bill Amendol.
      Supt. Saxton said the new agreement has minor changes, such as updating language to match changes in Ohio Revised Code or federal law (Family Medical Leave Act, Janus ruling, etc).
      Notable changes, according to the superintendent include:
       •300 sick days (up from 280 days from the prior contract). Note---state law mandates accumulating 15 sick days per year for employees. It would take 20 years of perfect attendance to reach 300 sick days.
       •Raises the compensation from $20 to $25 when a teacher covers another teacher’s class instead of using a substitute teacher.
       •There is no additional cost to the district since it is a 0% base salary increase.
  Boardman Local Schools Working To Finalize Plans For Aug. 31 Reopening Of System  
  In-Class And Remote Learning Options Under Consideration:   July 9, 2020 Edition  
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      Boardman Local Schools are planning to open for the 2020-21 year on Aug. 31, apparently with options for attending classes in school buildings, or offering options for remote learning.
      Supt. Tim Saxton said plans that will be released in July will have “flexibility” in order to accommodate parents who don’t want to send their kids to school.
      “We want to respect that....We want to keep kids in the [Boardman Local School System],” the superintendent said.
      Saxton said the school system doesn’t have all the answers, “but we are working a lot in the background. Our foundational plan is we expect kids to return to school.”
      Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced ‘new guidance’ for resuming school in the fall.
      “We know that each school system, and perhaps each school building, will likely look different in the fall. We also know that Ohio has a long history of local control and that school administrators and teachers know their schools best,” said DeWine. “Working together and consulting with educators and other health officials, we have developed a set of guidelines, backed by science, that each school should follow when developing their reopening plans.”
      A newly-issued guidance report prepared by the Ohio Department of Education advises schools to vigilantly assess symptoms, wash and sanitize hands to prevent spread, thoroughly clean and sanitize the school environment to limit spread on shared surfaces, practice social distancing, and implement a face coverings policy.
      “Just as we have done in the business sector with employees, we are requiring school staff to wear face coverings to reduce the spread of the virus, unless it is unsafe or when doing so could significantly interfere with the learning process.
      “When face coverings aren’t practical, face shields may be considered,” said DeWine. “We strongly recommend that students in third grade and up wear face coverings as well.”
      More details on the new school guidance will soon be available on
      To assist schools in their efforts to implement the guidance, the Ohio Department of Education has created a lengthy (and laborious) document titled, The Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts, that is designed to help teachers, principals, and administrators with solutions to safety challenges.
      Based on advice from school leaders and educators, the planning guide addresses considerations to ensure the health and safety of students, educators and staff once school buildings reopen. This includes measures for assessing student health, practicing physical distancing, sanitizing surfaces, exercising good hygiene, wearing masks and other components relevant to a student’s daily journey—from stepping on the school bus, to learning in the classroom and eating in the cafeteria. The planning guide also will discuss caring— considerations for ensuring equity, social-emotional learning and behavioral health; teaching—approaches for professional development and effective remote learning; and learning—ideas for assessing students’ learning needs and meeting them where they are.
      The planning guide provides “Operating Assumptions” for local school districts.
      The assumptions say “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ohio Department of Health indicate that COVID-19 will be present at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.
      “Also, as has been the experience over the past several months, conditions can change rapidly. District and school planning will need to contemplate various contingencies.
      “As a result, this planning guide operates
      under the following assumptions:”
       • Ohio’s education system must be nimble, flexible and responsive to ensure the health and safety of all students and adults.
       • Schools will need to have the capacity to operate in various modes at different times and, sometimes, with minimum advance notice.
       • When schools are operating with students in the building, they will need to adhere to health and safety guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Health and local health departments. Guidelines may change as circumstances change, which most likely should lead to course corrections throughout the year.
       • The traditional school experience as it was known prior to the onset of the pandemic will be different, as will many of the day-to-day practices of schools.
      The ‘plan’ also addresses Expectations for Achievement---
      “As schools consider plans to return for the 2020-2021 school year, educational considerations should be made to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education. This means the commitment to Ohio’s Learning Standards and the four learning domains described in Ohio’s strategic plan for education must continue to be strong. (Note: The four learning domains are listed at the end of this article).
      “These domains include foundational knowledge and skills, well-rounded content, leadership and reasoning skills and social emotional learning.
      “These expectations have not changed because of the pandemic---rather, schools should renew their commitments to upholding the four equal learning domains even though the learning environment may look different,” says the plan.
      The ‘Plan’ Addresses Equity in Education
      The following is excerpted from the The Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and District.
      Importance of Equity: Each Child, Our Future identifies equity as Ohio’s greatest education challenge.
      Equity in education means each child has access to relevant and challenging academic experiences and educational resources necessary for success across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, family background and/or income.
      COVID-19 did not create equity challenges in education. Those challenges have been recognized in education for some time, yet the pandemic is revealing and exacerbating deeply rooted social and educational inequities. Further, the global crisis highlights the equity connections across education and other social systems, such as health care, housing and the workforce.
      As educators, communities and policymakers rally together in a tremendous response to the pandemic, equity must remain at the forefront of Ohio’s short and long-term responses and supports.
      The process of reopening schools and defining what the future of education will look like is a perfect opportunity to address equity issues head-on. At every step of the planning process, proposed strategies, approaches and actions should be viewed through an equity lens, asking the question, “How does each element of our plan impact equitable access to a quality education and equitable achievement for those who have historically been underserved?”
      The Boardman Local School District’s Director of Instruction, Jared Cardillo, said last week that the system has to be prepared “to provide instruction to our students in different ways. We are working on that.”
      This spring, the local school completed a “Remote Learning Parent Survey,” to which there were 446 respondents. Only some 71 per cent of the respondents said they were satisfied the ‘remote learning’ provided to students after the schools shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      According to Edward Adams, STEAM technology coordinator for Boardman Local Schools, the survey showed that parents want to see teachers ‘more’ during virtual learning sessions, and there is a need for district-wide consistency.
      “Some parents see a disparity in school buildings,” Adams said, while adding survey respondents favored more “streamlined communication.”
      According to the survey conducted by Boardman Local Schools, there were concerns expressed with the quality of instruction provided during the spring shutdown.
      “Many respondents have classified the work their children received as ‘busy work.’ There is great concern that should remote learning continue students are less likely to achieve the desired intellectual milestones,” says the local system’s survey.
      “Our family is making due with remote learning experience, but our children would be better served in a classroom. I would strongly encourage the school board to return to in-class instruction,” one parent said in response to the Boardman Local School survey.
      The Four Learning Domains
      These were developed by the Ohio Dept of Education. Below is their summary....
      The four equal learning domains are the four areas in which the Ohio Department of Education wants each Ohio student to develop knowledge and skills for success beyond high school.
      Foundational Skills and Knowledge
      For our students to be successful in a rapidly changing economy, we must equip them with foundational knowledge and skills that support lifelong learning. Each child must know how to read and write critically (literacy), work with numbers (numeracy) and use technology to take the best advantage of future learning experiences.
      Well-Rounded Content
      Beyond foundational literacy, numeracy and technology skills, students need exposure to a broad range of subjects and disciplines to help them pinpoint their passions and become lifelong learners. These include social studies, science, world languages, arts, health, physical education and career-technical education fields, among others.
      Leadership and Reasoning Skills
      Success depends on more than academic knowledge. Students must be able to show leadership skills. Among other things, these include learning from mistakes and improving for the future, listening to others and working to achieve a common goal, and giving and receiving feedback. Success through reasoning skills means students know how to draw on many disciplines to synthesize information, develop creative solutions and generate new ideas. These reasoning skills include critical thinking, problem-solving, design and computational thinking, information evaluation and data analytics.
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Research shows that being part of a community improves life satisfaction and health. Doing this successfully means understanding the importance of social interaction and personal feelings. Social-emotional learning includes skills like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, collaboration, empathy, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. Social-emotional learning gives children the tools to become resilient and persistent in life.
  Boardman Native Anthony Colella Named To U.S. Army Field Band  
  July 9, 2020 Edition  
      As a youngster while growing up in Applewood Acres, Anthony Colella was always immersed in music.
      It’s a family trait that he inherited from both the paternal and maternal sides of his family.
      The son of David and Sharon (nee Bradley) Colella, who still reside in Applewood Acres, Colella received word recently that he would, in fact, become the fourth member of his family to be part of a military band when he was chosen for the trombone section – he is one of just four trombonists – of the U.S. Army Field Band, an elite 65-member instrumental ensemble that has played in all 50 states, 25 foreign countries and in front of an estimated 100 million persons.
      He went through a grueling national audition of which he prepped day and night for over an eight-week period, a time that he says was well spent.
      “This is truly a dream come true for me, Colella said. “My brother, D.J. and I would spend our summers as my father’s little equipment helpers and we would go to every single gig he had. Anytime we were in the car with him we were listening to the classics.
      “We learned at an early age from such noted musicians as Beethoven, Strauss, Louie Prima, Brahms, Copland and Frank Sinatra. They were the very best of the best and now, being a professional musician, this is all that I ever wanted.”
      To say that music is in Colella’s blood is an understatement.
      He had the best of all possible music worlds in that his father remains an active local musician – he is also a former band director – his brother, D.J. is the current band director for Girard City Schools while five extended family members on his father’s side have been band directors, three of whom were military musicians – two in the U.S. Army and another in the U.S. Navy.
      He said family gatherings during his formative years always had a musical theme.
      “At our family gatherings, those that could would bring their instruments and play various waltzes, mazurkas and polkas,” he added., “It all came from my great-grandmother, Giovanna. She loved Italian opera and loved music. All four of her kids were raised to play music and the tradition never stopped.
      “My mother is also a trained pianist and church organist. She would always accompany me on piano for my solo during high school. I just found her father’s discharge papers from the Navy and it had a section listed for hobbies. They had listed musician, plays clarinet.
      “Everyone on both sides, even if they didn’t go into music as a career, at least played an instrument in high school band. No matter where I went there was always talk of music.”
      While in grade school, Colella took to playing the trombone and he has never looked back.
      “Coming from a very musical background, I got an early start on trombone when I was in second grade,” he stated. “My dad’s brother, Michael, played trombone and I just thought that was the coolest thing. I used to borrow the instrument from him and just practice.
      “Last summer, my uncle gave me the trombone [a 1975 King 3b] that my grandpa, Vito, had bought for him. I play it every day and it remains one of my most cherished possessions.”
      Colella began taking trombone lessons when he was in fourth grade, doing so with his first primary teacher, Michael Niro.
      “My brother and I would go over together and each received a 30-minute lesson from Mr. Niro,” Colella noted. “I can still remember my first lesson with him. To this day, he remains one of my biggest influences and there’s a direct connection from studying with him to playing professionally, like I do now.
      “He would get me so excited about playing the trombone and I loved going to lessons with him. He was always very good to us and still remains a great family friend.”
      Colella said Boardman Schools were the perfect fit for him as he began to hone his craft.
      “Starting at Boardman was really where the perfect storm collided,” he said. “To come from such a musical background, have a head start and then start with a program like Boardman was absolutely fantastic.
      “Every educator was always so encouraging towards me. The performance experiences I would have in high school, whether it be with the band, jazz band or orchestra, were experiences that only a fraction of a percent of high school students could ever receive.”
      Colella’s final three years of high school were very busy as he was playing trombone three times a day while also rehearsing with the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra.
      “From my sophomore to my senior year, I was playing trombone three times a day and loved every minute of it,” Colella added. “The level of playing there was exceptional then on Monday nights, I would rehearse with the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, which was under the direction of Dr. Stephen Gage of YSU.
      “It was there that I was playing with the very best high school students from the Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area. I was the third Colella in the orchestra my first year, my brother was also on trombone and my cousin Victor was on trumpet.
      “Years before my other cousin, Gianna, played clarinet in the orchestra but had graduated by the time I got there. One of the other students in the orchestra, Josh Kauffman, is now lead trumpet with the Army Blues just down the street in D.C. The talent I was around raised my own level of play substantially.”
      The 2012 BHS graduate was the recipient of the Donald V. Clark Memorial Scholarship – named in honor of the BHS band and orchestra member who was killed in a helicopter accident while serving in Iraq in 2008 – and upon graduation, enrolled at Youngstown State University where he studied under the watchful eye of Dr. Michael Crist.
      “I had taken lessons with Dr. Crist in high school so I was already familiar with him,” Colella stated. “He really believed in me and told me that I could do this professionally, if I worked hard enough.
      “I look back very fondly at my time spent at YSU as I was around such great teachers and high-level musicians all the time. Everyone was so passionate and Dr. Crist pushed me to be the best I could be, which I always appreciated.”
      It was during his second year at YSU that Colella’s musical path began to take shape.
      “During my second year at YSU, I received an e-mail from an Ohio National Guard recruiter saying the 122nd Army National Guard Band of Ohio had a few positions open and would be taking auditions,” he noted. “I’m not sure how, but I just knew that this was the right thing for me at that point in my career.
      “I auditioned, was accepted and shipped off to basic training at Ft. Jackson [South Carolina] and the Army School of Music during the summer of 2014.”
      Colella said it was during his stay at the Army School of Music where he met yet another incredibly influential teacher.
      “I studied with Philip Bleinberger while attending the 10-week course in Norfolk, Virginia and told him during my first week that I wanted to play professionally,” he said. “After that week, when I wasn’t getting enough practice hours in, he called me into his office and gave me the kick in the pants that I really needed.
      “When I came back to Ohio that fall, I decided to continue my education at The Ohio State University. It made more logistical sense since the 122nd Army Band worked out of Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus.”
      Colella graduated from OSU with a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance and last August, began work on his MA at Western Michigan University.
      “While at Ohio State, I studied with Professor Joseph Duchi,” Colella added. “I spent six years with the 122nd Army Band and I must say, it was one of the hardest working organizations of which I have ever been a member. They have some of the most dedicated service members in its ranks, were always supportive of my further career goals and would accommodate me any way necessary.
      “Leaving them to go to the Field Band was bittersweet. I then started at Western Michigan University last August and began studying with Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger.”
      To say that his first month at WMU was action-packed is an understatement.
      “During my first month there, the Field Band posted a vacancy for trombone,” Colella stated. “The U.S. Army Field Band is considered a military premier ensemble with just 10 such premier bands across the five services so I was very interested.”
      Auditions for premier ensembles, while fierce and competitive, didn’t deter Colella.
      “After the vacancy is posted, the audition happens one of two ways,” he noted. “The first way is by ‘cattle call’ where everybody who applied for the vacancy shows up on audition day and performs from a set list of excerpts, solos, etudes that were given to the candidates at an earlier time. The audition committee then determines the winner through a series of rounds, eliminating candidates each round until only one remains.
      “The second way is similar, however, the first round is done by tape from an earlier date. The audition committee will put out a list of excerpts, solos, etudes to be recorded and then sent in. They will listen to all the tapes and then send out invitations to those who advanced.
      “On the day of the live audition, it is conducted the same way as a cattle call but there are far less people. This is how the Field Band conducted their last audition. I’ve done both types of auditions with this my fourth for a premier band.
      “It is not uncommon for members in these types of ensembles to go through many more auditions. One member of the Air Force premier band told me that between professional orchestra and premier band auditions, he took 17 before he won so I was very lucky in that respect.”
      The hard work paid off for Colella while the waiting game was nerve-racking.
      “I sent in my tape in last November and found out the first week of December that I had been invited to the live round, which was to be held in February,” Colella said. “A week later, I received the list of excerpts from which we were going to be asked to perform.
      “I later found out that for this audition they received somewhere between 60 and 70 tapes. From those tapes, they sent out six invitations for the live audition with three candidates disqualified through medical processing before the day of the audition, which left three.
      “For the next eight weeks I was obsessed with my preparation. All through college I would practice anywhere from four to six hours a day but this type of preparation was on another level. I was so obsessed with winning and wanted it so bad. It was all I could and would think about.
      “A few weeks before the audition, I started playing the entire list of 22 excerpts for a different person every day. These would be my professors at Western Michigan University, professors at different colleges, fellow students or anybody else that would listen.
      “I think I ended up playing for 20 different people. I would record these performances and when I listened back to the recordings, I would slow them down to half speed and follow along with my music, marking every note that was out of tune, out of time, played with a bad sound or anything else I thought might have been wrong.
      “That’s what I would then practice before playing for the next person. I don’t know how many hours I put into this audition throughout the entire process but by the time the audition was over, whichever way it went I was ready to move on.”
      Colella’s audition was held at the First U.S. Army’s headquarters Ft. George G. Meade, Md. on February 4.
      “I played one round for the committee with a curtain up. That way, the committee didn’t know who was playing,” Colella added. “I think there were seven excerpts, sight-reading and a solo on that round. For the second round the curtain came down, I played six more excerpts and then they had me sit in and play excerpts with the current trombone section to hear how I blended with them.
      “This part of the audition was the most fun. I remember playing with them and the hair standing up on the back of my neck. I’m so very lucky to get to play every day now with the same guys.”
      The second round included an interview.
      “After the second round, I had an interview with the committee where they all took turns asking me different questions,” he stated. “After that interview I had a second interview, a one-on-one with one of the officers in the band. Due to extenuating circumstances, they couldn’t name a winner at that moment as only the commander of the band retains hiring authority. That morning, he was told he had to go to a D.C. for a meeting.
      “They sent us back to the airport and told us to hang by our phones and await a call. I found out I had won around 8 p.m. that night and during my layover in Detroit. It’s somewhat uncommon for prior service military personnel to win these auditions. There are a few reasons for that but the main one is that the competition is so fierce and there are so many great players that aren’t already in the military.
      “Another stroke of luck, I guess, was I finished my semester at Western Michigan, transferred from the National Guard to the Active Duty Component and moved to Fort Meade on June 13 to start work.”
      Colella, who was a Sgt. E-5, is now an SSG.
      “Being a professional musician is all I ever wanted, since I started practicing on my uncle’s trombone in first grade,” Colella noted. “Even with all my advantages, it still took an extraordinary amount of hard work, perseverance and luck to make it happen. I ate, drank and slept audition, morning to night.”
      To say that Colella is appreciative of the opportunity is an understatement.
      “This wouldn’t have been possible without my parents, who sacrificed everything they ever wanted to support their children,” he said. “Also, a special thank you to every teacher that took an interest in me out of the goodness of their heart.
      “Nobody does this alone. I am merely the culmination of so many great people who cared about me, loved me and supported me without ever asking for anything in return. The day after I won my audition, I called all my former teachers to thank them because they all had a hand in my development.
      “There were so many other people that I wanted to call but couldn’t because they are no longer with us. My mother’s father, Jack, was a pipefitter for over 30 years while raising six children. He never took a shortcut or the easy way out.
      “He had a hard life and died young. It’s only because of people like him in my life that I’m able to sit here and do what I do. I owe it to people like him to continue to work hard and do my job to the best of my ability.
      “To be able to do that while serving this great country and playing music is truly a blessing. For that, I consider myself very, very lucky.”
      Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), things are still up in the air as to when Colella will first play while one of the Field Band’s stops, a concert at Boardman Park, already has been cancelled due to the current pandemic.
      “Our tour of the South in the fall has not been cancelled just yet,” he added. “We have, however, put out a lot of on-line content to keep connected with the public.”
  Bill Huzicka Finally Comes Home After Battling Rare, Life Threatening Condition That Began At 2019 Ursuline-Boardman Football Game  
  July 2, 2020 Edition  
      Boardman News Sports
      The day was October 18, 2019 when the Boardman Spartans defeated the Ursuline Fighting Irish, 34-19 at YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium.
      It was a day that Mary Ann Huzicka and her family, of Baymar Dr., will never forget.
      While attending the BHS-UHS grid game that night, Huzicka’s husband, Bill, became sick while sitting in the loge as he watched his cousin, Luke Huzicka, play for the Spartans.
      “I remember Bill looking at me, saying that he was freezing and not feeling well at all,” Mary Ann said. “Bill’s cousin, Jeff, suggested we go to the hospital but we went home where he proceeded to vomit and we thought that he had the flu.
      “He got up, did a tree drop (fell face-flat on the floor) at the stroke of midnight on October 21 that knocked out four of his teeth. We knew then that this was something much more serious.
      “I called the ambulance, that took him to St. Elizabeth Hospital on Belmont Ave. in Youngstown where they kept him overnight. All tests came back negative, they said his electrolytes were off while CT scans, an EKG and MRI ruled out everything we were thinking. By Friday, October 25, his temperature kept rising and he was beet red from his neck up.”
      Her frustration had her turning to her brother, Ed Reese, who along with his wife, Diane, own and operate multiple nursing homes, assisted living and work-out centers in the area.
      “I turned to my brother and sister-in-law because I had no idea as to what was going on,” she added. “We called the Cleveland Clinic ICU, only to find out that they were full so Bill was sent to Hillcrest in Mayfield.
      “The fever continued, he remained beet red and after retiring from the U.S. Post Office three years ago he basically did the things that he enjoyed most, which was be with family and friends. He put on 30 pounds and weighed nearly 200 pounds, only to drop down to 125 pounds during this eight-month nightmare.
      “He’s about 148 pounds now, slowly but surely adding more weight to his frame.”
      Bill’s circuitous journey started last October at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown and included subsequent stops at Hillcrest in Mayfield, Briarfield Manor, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boardman and the Cleveland Clinic ICU. From there he was shipped to Boardman Select, returned to the Cleveland Clinic-Neurology, went back to Boardman Select, was off to Briarfield Manor, back to St. Elizabeth’s in Boardman with his last stop Briarfield Manor, from where he was released this past weekend.
      Doctors had the hardest time pinpointing and diagnosing his health problem.
      “God Bless the doctors who cared for my husband because they never gave up hope,” Mary Ann stated.
      During his first stay at Briarfield Manor in November, Bill’s temperature spiked to 104 degrees with Dr. Jim Demidovich stating Bill needed to get to the hospital. He was then packed in ice and sent to St. Elizabeth’s in Boardman where his family doctor, Dr. David Rich, told Mary Ann that they couldn’t get him regulated.
      “Another doctor then informed me that he had a rash on his neck. Bill called me Thanksgiving morning, everyone in the family was there and he said I’ll bet you never thought I’d be calling you. I cried. He then went crazy, asking me what I was doing to him. They sedated him, sent him to the Cleveland Clinic ICU and after they took him in, doctors told me that he had a very complicated case.”
      The Cleveland Clinic did an MRI, had him tied down and for almost four weeks he was in an induced coma.
      When doctors felt that his bladder cancer spread to his lungs and was Stage 4, Mary Ann’s heart and those of her three daughter’s – Shannon, Bridget and Meghan – just sunk.
      A PET scan confirmed no cancer so new life was breathed by all family members.
      “They then told me that they were going to call the head infectious disease doctor, Dr. Patricia Bartley,” Mary Ann noted. “That’s when things began to unfold. After multiple tests, they went with mycobacterium M bovis and began treating him with a tuberculosis drug. It’s not an antibiotic where you are alright in two or three days. Instead, it takes months.
      “To make a long story short, in January, Dr. Bartley wanted to do a brain biopsy as Bill had hundreds of dandruff-like specs in his brain, bacteria that made it look like a snow globe.
      “She needed to know if it was mycobacterium M bovis, lymphoma or auto-immune disease, noting she couldn’t treat one without knowing about the others. The doctors noted they had never done a biopsy so small on a lesion and after mall the other tests proved negative, Dr. Bartley called me, noting it was, in fact, mycobacterium M bovis and said she can treat this.”
      While Bill made strides, his support team would soon receive the devastating news that the coronavirus (COVID-19) was shutting everything down.
      While no family member could see Bill, the upside was that his physical therapist just happened to be his son-in-law, Mike Draia, who kept Mary Ann and the family posted daily and on top of the situation.
      Fast forward to this past week when Bill was cleared to return home after 241 days away from his own bed.
      “Dr. Bartley told me that Bill was one of just five recorded cases in the world and the only case recorded in the United States. He’s a Cleveland Clinic case study,” Mary Ann said. “Dr. Bartley told me that by next year, you’ll have him totally back.”
      To celebrate Bill’s arrival home, a drive-by parade on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., led by a fire truck, four U.S. Postal Service trucks – he spent 38 years with the USPS, retiring in October of 2016 – and over 100 cars boasting family and friends showed their appreciation for the courageous fight he has put forth. Signs and cards welcomed him back home.
      “It has been a rough eight months for our family,” daughter Meghan added. “His return home on Saturday was emotional but exciting for everyone. He’s been there for everyone over the years, now it was time for everyone to be there for him.”
      Daughter Bridget called the ordeal a challenge for everyone.
      “Obviously, we are happy that dad is finally home but the last eight months have felt much longer that that,” she stated. “The up’s and down’s have been challenging in that he’d take one step forward and two steps back.
      “My father is such a strong family man so to have him home is such a complete blessing. It was very emotional on Saturday but so much fun.”
      Reese had plenty to say about the doctors’ efforts and the places that took care of his brother-in-law.
      “Dr. Patricia Bartley and her staff at the Cleveland Clinic wouldn’t give up on Bill until they got it right,” he noted. “The chance of a Boardman guy to have one of the five documented cases of mycobacterium M bovis worldwide is unbelievable. The treatment continues but it is so great to see the Cleveland Clinic in action and what they have at their fingertips.
      “Being in health care, Diane and I have never witnessed anything like this. Communication from the clinic on down was tremendous while our staff at Briarfield, Dr. Jim Demidovich and the staff at Boardman Select were equally as great. I was proud of the care that he received locally.”
      Like her sisters, daughter Shannon was emotional on her father’s arrival home.
      “It is so great to have our dad back home, it almost feels like a dream,” she said. “There were times we weren’t sure he’d make it home or exactly what his best-case scenario. Our dad is the kindest man and we had so many people praying for his recovery and return home.
      “Our kids really missed ‘Papa Bill,’ who up until his fall in October was still doing a lot of school drop offs and pick-ups for us. For him to be back at home and in his recliner, it feels surreal but we are so happy for him to be back
      “We are looking forward to his continued recovery and the day he is strong enough to once again dance around to the Ohio State University fight song.”
  ‘Drive-In’ Fireworks Display On Tap At Canfield Fairgrounds Sat., July 4  
  June 25, 2020 Edition  
     When the Canfield Fair Board of Directors learned that the organization that typically hosts the popular Fourth of July Fireworks would not be able to do so this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Fair Board sprang into action to make sure that the community would not be without fireworks.
      The board has worked with several sponsors to schedule a fireworks display at the fairgrounds on the evening of Saturday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m.
      Canfield Fair Board President Ward Campbell said “Our community has experienced a few tough months so the board and I wanted to do everything we could to continue the tradition of Fourth of July fireworks at the fairgrounds.” The Canfield Fair/Mahoning County Agricultural Society is organizing the event but it is being underwritten with support by Cornerstone Electric, HD Davis CPAs, ‘Joe’ Dickey Electric, Less Contracting Inc., Horst Meat Packing and Bruno Miletta. The show is produced by Pyrotechnico, of New Castle, Pa. Cost will be $10 per car and details regarding entry times and gates will be announced. Contact the Fair office at 330-533-4107 for additional details.
      July 10-12 will see the popular Fair Food Extravaganza return with a new round of concessionaires for the drive-thru style event. Details on the food vendors and their menus will be announced in early July.
      “We saw over 3500 cars come through the gates during the last extravaganza so the demand is certainly there. It’s the least we can do, not only for the public, but for our concessionaires who have been deeply affected by the cancellations of many fairs and festivals this summer” said George Roman III, director in charge of concessions and entertainment. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all three days.
      “During both the Fireworks Show and the Fair Food Extravaganza, it is recommended that everyone follow best practices for social distancing and proper hygiene to help keep the community safe,” Campbell said.
  15 Students Honored With Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Memorial Scholarships  
  June 25, 2020 Edition  
     The DeBartolo Scholarship Foundation announced 15 recipients of $10,000 college scholarships during a luncheon event held Fri., June 19 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.
      The DeBartolo Scholarship Foundation was established 23 years ago by Edward J. DeBartolo and has awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships during that span.
      This year more than 300 scholarship applications were received by the foundation, which bases the awards on academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.
      The Class of 2020 recipients of the Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarships include:
       •Brooke Briggs, Beaver Local High School, who plans to attend Wheeling University, to study business marketing;
       •Nicholas Clementi, Warren G. Harding High School, who will attend Kent State University to study communications;
       •Emily Hasson, Beaver Local High School; who will attend the University of Akron to study business and financial planning;
       •Julia Hum, Columbiana High School; who will attend Youngstown State University, to study nursing;
       •Kayla Johnson, Brookfield High School, who will attend the University of Pittsburgh to study neuroscience;
       •Dalton Keeley, Southington Chalker High School, who will attend either YSU or Kent State University to study education;
       •Gavin Leek, West Branch High School, who will attend Kent State University, to study mechatronics;
       •Isabella Minotti, Girard High School, who will attend YSU to study nursing;
       •Gina Mondora, Cardinal Mooney High School;, who will attend YSU to study nursing;
       •Johnathan Morris, Struthers High School, who will attend either Lawrence University or Carnegie Mellon to study linguistics;
       •Sophia Neddy, Canfield High School, who will attend either Ohio State University or the sity of Pittsburgh, to study public health;
       •Samantha Plocher, West Branch High School;, who will attend Mississippi State, to study poultry science/pre-vet medicine;
       •Adeline Schweers, Poland High School, who will attend Cleveland State University to study social work;
       •Alexa Senvisky, Ursuline High School, who will attend either YSU or Kent State to study veterinary science;
       •Elizabeth Vennetti, Cardinal Mooney High School, who will attend either the University of Pittsburgh or The Ohio State University to study pre-medicine.
  Boardman Local Schools A 20 Year Comparison  
  June 25, 2020 Edition  
      1999: Total students....................................4,957
      1999: Total certified staff.........................................311
      1999: Total non-certified staff.........................................259
      1999: Total General Fund Revenues.................$30.59 million
      2019: Total students....................................4,044
      2019: Total certified staff.........................................336
      2019: Total non-certified staff.........................................262
      2019: Total General Fund revenues..................$48.15 million
      SOURCES: Ohio Auditor of State, Cupp Report, Boardman Local Schools
  Coaches Proudly Remember Their Dads On Father’s Day  
  June 18, 2020 Edition  
      Boardman News Sports
      The Boardman Spartans and Cardinal Mooney Cardinals each have storied athletic histories.
      Both schools have hired coaches who are passionate about the sports they oversee, care undyingly about their players and programs while remaining excellent motivators and teachers of the game as they impart life’s lessons that their players can use when they have families of their own.
      In turn, those student-athletes show their appreciation by staying in contact with their mentors long after graduation.
      With Father’s Day coming up on June 21, coaches at both schools agree that their father’s have had a tremendous impact on their growth and development, often sharing lessons that they learned from their dads with their sons and daughters as a parent today.
      BHS boys head basketball coach Pat Birch guided his Spartans’ hoops squad to a 22-2 overall mark this past season. They went 20-4 in 2018-19 and are 42-6 over the past two seasons and unbeaten, 18-0, over the last two seasons with two consecutive All-American Conference Red Tier titles during that span.
      His father, Paul “Rick” Birch, is the operations manager for K-Mart Distribution Center.
      At age 64, he never misses a game and his son is arguably his father’s biggest fan.
      “Sports have always tied me and my dad together. My love for competition and passion for sports comes from him,” Birch said. “He is a diehard Cleveland and Ohio State University fan who always had me with him watching and learning. From a very young age I remember attending sporting events together, especially Ohio State football games.
      “Those memories will stay with me forever. Even better than attending games with my dad was him teaching me different sports in the backyard and coaching my various teams while growing up. I learned early on that you must compete hard but compete the right way.
      “There is etiquette with sports that should always be followed. You should work and compete as hard as you can but always be respectful of your teammates, opponents and especially your coaches. I’ll never forget when my dad ‘benched’ me during a YMCA basketball game.
      “I was pouting about playing time and when he told me something, I simply didn’t want to hear it. I talked back, which resulted in me having to go sit by my mom in the stands. It was a teaching moment that I will never forget.”
      There were other teaching moments that Birch’s father taught him, lessons that he still uses today.
      “Another important moment for me came while I was in elementary school,” he added. “I wanted to be a ball boy for the varsity basketball team but wanted my dad to ask the coach on my behalf. Instead, he made me approach the varsity basketball coach, shake his hand and ask him myself. It’s a lesson I find invaluable today.
      “Outside of the passion and respect for sports, my dad taught me that there is a right and wrong way to do things. You may not always get it right at first but your intention should be to try and do the right thing, that you should always carry yourself properly, that you should always look people in the eye and respect what they have to say.
      “I think more than anything else, I have tried to carry those lessons with me as a coach. I don’t always get it right but I always have the right intentions, especially when it comes to working with student-athletes. Part of my coaching philosophy has been to ‘do the right thing by kids and people and things will work themselves out,’ a philosophy that was shaped by my father.
      “As a father of two, I am now trying to instill the same passion, respect and approach to sports with my children. It has only been in the last few years, as my son has started organized sports, that I truly appreciate everything my dad did for me.”
      Spartans’ head football coach Joe Ignazio is a tireless worker, has his BHS football program pointed in the right direction and calls his father, Joe, Sr., who is 69, his hero.
      “My dad is my hero. I am fortunate enough to have him stand on the sidelines when I coach,” Ignazio stated. “I always say that everything I do is to present a great role model for my own children, but also to let my parents know that I am doing right by them. I have always wanted to make them proud.
      “When I think of my dad, I always think of him as a family man. He is a grinder who has always provided for his family. He went from being a Boardman fireman to a self-employed insurance salesman. He has an unbelievable sense of humor, is someone that has been very involved in the community and believes in service above self.
      “We have always shared a love for sports and still play golf and bocce together. I am 45 years-old and without hesitation, I still walk over to him and the first I do is give him a kiss. I feel very blessed to have that type of relationship with my dad. Happy Father’s Day to him and the rest of the dads out there.”
      Cardinals’ head football coach, P.J. Fecko, and several members of his staff shared their thoughts on their fathers and why they were so influential in their upbringing.
      “I am very blessed to have the father I have. He has and continues to be a big part of my life every single day,” Fecko said of his father, Pat, who is a retired lumberyard owner. “My father has taught me so much over the years, both verbally and by example. He’s been a huge support during my athletic and coaching careers.
      “He never missed a game while I was growing up and never missed a game while I was an assistant coach. He has never missed a game for the past 20 years while I have been the head coach, either. My father has been nothing but supportive and engaged in everything that I’ve done so to him I say, Happy Father’s Day, Pat.”
      Fecko’s offensive line coach, Mike Latessa, said his father, Joseph Latessa, Jr., a musician by trade who goes by ‘Little Joe’ when performing, helped mold his athletic career.
      “My love for the game of football came from my father. He is a huge fan and played the game in both high school and college,” Latessa added. “He passed his knowledge and passion for the game on to me as a child and eventually, as a player and coach. Every time I left the house on game day, he would play the fight song on the piano as I walked out the door. Now that he’s 83, I take every chance I get to hear him play those fight songs.”
      Another Fecko assistant, Greg Giannios, has seen the Boardman-Cardinal Mooney rivalry from both sides of the field.
      “My father, also Greg, was a 1971 graduate of Boardman High School where he excelled in sports, especially football,” said Giannios of his dad, who is the owner of Giannios Candy Company in Boardman. “One day when I was little, my grandma showed me his scrapbook and ever since that day I always wanted to play football and be just like my father.
      “My dad has always been there for me. From Little League, where he is an umpire who was selected to work the Little League World Series in 1998, all the way through high school and then when I played at YSU, he traveled to every game. Now that I am a coach, he still goes to games and we always give each other the thumbs up, which started ever since I was little kid.
      “Now that I have a son of my own, I hope that I can be the father to him like my father has been to me. I hope my son will look up to me as I did of my dad so Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I love you.”
      CMHS linebacker coach, Jim McGlone, called his late father, Joseph (1929-2002), who was the national sales manager for Plakie Toys, his hero.
      “The one word that comes to mind in describing my dad is hero,” McGlone noted. “The father of seven, he had few passions, his faith, his family, the Cleveland Browns and Cardinal Mooney High School. It wasn’t until a particularly tough double session my senior year that I found out Pops played semi-pro football
      “He was a humble, quiet man who is missed daily by so many.”
      Cardinal Mooney Cardinals’ boys’ basketball coach, Carey Palermo, had the opportunity as a youngster to watch his father, Joe – who is 73, a U.S. Army veteran and retired from the City of Youngstown where he served as chief enforcement officer of its building department – play fast-pitch and slo-pitch softball while learning from his father the finer points of life and sports.
      “My father always pushed me to be the best I could be,” Palermo noted. “He never allowed me to make excuses or place blame for failure on somebody or something else and I appreciate that lesson today more than ever. He is my biggest critic but also my biggest fan and supporter.
      “I would not want it any other way. He has a way with words, like no other and I appreciate all that he and my mom have done for me over the years.”
      Joe Gabriel serves as Boardman High’s head baseball coach, stating his father, Joe, Jr., always did his best to make things better for his family.
      “My father is a retired police officer and growing up, he worked a ton and worked nights. He did a lot of side jobs as a cop to keep money coming in,” Gabriel said. “My father has always been there for me and showed me exactly how to love a son.
      “He always made me feel comfortable to tell him anything, even if I knew he would not agree with something I did or a choice that I made. When I went away to college, he would always make trips up to school and take me to dinner and the bookstore for some clothes.
      “As a police officer, he introduced me to the ‘real world’ at an early age. That introduction at such an early age has truly helped me as I have gone through life and it helps me more and more every single day. My father has always been there for me my entire life, through good and bad and still is.”
      Cardinals head girls’ basketball coach, Jason Baker, credits his father, Wayne, 65, a painter by trade, for instilling in him a love of sports.
      “I loved sports from a very young age and my father helped me see exactly how important sports can be,” he noted. “I can remember my dad picking me up at lunch from school, then going to Cleveland to watch an Indians afternoon baseball game.
      “My dad would always have a catch with me. As I got older and became a first baseman, I would wait for him to come home and beg him to throw balls to me in the dirt, as hard as he could so that I could scoop them up.
      “Growing up near Columbus, Ohio State Buckeyes football games were extremely important to our families and that is something that still exists today. Without the exposure to sports as a young kid, I would not have been interested in athletics in high school or college and wouldn’t be coaching today.”
      BHS head boys’ soccer coach, Eric Simione, guided his Spartans team to a 10-7-1 overall mark last season, posting back-to-back 10-win campaigns for the first time in 21 years.
      His father, Joe, 71, served in the U.S. Navy (1966-70) as an electrician on a troop transport ship during the Vietnam War and later worked 38 years for Ohio Bell-Ameritech.
      “Without going into too much detail, my father had what we would consider a hard childhood. He was the oldest of five children and lost his father about a week before his 11th birthday,” Simione added. “From there, let’s just say things got worse but, in retrospect, I think that life experience is what shaped his views on family and why he worked so hard to provide the best opportunities for me as well as my brother and two sisters.
      “Certainly, he was involved in many of our activities but always in an appropriate manner. Even when he coached us in soccer, he would never treat us differently than the rest of the team and while he coached each of us, he let others do it as well. Today, I feel that was a lesson I didn’t realize I was being taught at the time. Fathers coaching their sons can be a great bonding experience but you probably shouldn’t be the only coach your son ever has. Being afforded the opportunity to receive other perspectives and styles is important.
      “My father still comes to almost every game and his advice is the only one I take without a grain of salt because he’s the only one giving it who doesn’t have an agenda . I think my brother and sisters would agree that no story about my father is complete without music.,
      “He named each of us after singers – for the record, I am named after Eric Burdon and not Eric Clapton – and throughout our childhood introduced us to all the great stuff, playing songs and telling stories then randomly quizzing us afterwards.
      “Of course, the most important lesson was knowing to never touch his records. I could have robbed a bank and led the police on a high-speed chase across three states and gotten in less trouble than if I had touched my dad’s records.”
      From the Boardman News staff to all fathers in our reading audience, a very “Happy Father’s Day” to everyone with many, many more yet to come.
  Boardman Police Sgt. Glenn Patton Honored As Crisis Intervention Officer Of The Year  
  June 18, 2020 Edition  
Sgt Glenn Patton
     The Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board has announced that Boardman Township Police Department Sergeant Glenn Patton has been selected as the 2020 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer of the year. Sgt. Patton was recently recognized at the Mahoning County Commissioners meeting for receiving the award, and will be formally honored this fall at the Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board’s annual awards luncheon.
      Sergeant Patton’s career with the Boardman Police Department began in Jan., 1997 when he was hired as a dispatcher. In May, 1999, he was hired as a Boardman police officer.
      Prior to beginning his law enforcement career at Boardman, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University in 1997, and completed the Akron Police Academy in 1998.
      In February 2018, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and currently supervises Boardman’s Traffic Unit.
      Sgt. Patton has extensive training in several areas of law enforcement and is assigned additional duties to include arson investigator and crisis negotiator for the department.
      Sergeant Patton graduated from Mahoning County’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in November, 2012. He is routinely called upon by the department to handle the most sensitive matters, and has extensive contacts with area agencies that he readily uses to help people throughout the community.
      Among commendations he has received during his career are in 2014 when he was honored by the Mahoning Valley Chiefs of Police Association for investigative excellence, and in 2015 when he was named Investigator of the Year by the Ohio Auto Theft Investigators Association. He has also been recognized by the Ohio Organized Crime Commission for investigative excellence.
      Sgt. Patton is active in the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and he is also a committee member Troop 60.
      Police officers are frequently called upon to respond to crisis situations, many times involving persons with serious mental illness. Historically officers who respond to these calls often lack any specialized training or knowledge in dealing with the mentally ill and their families. In 1988, The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model emerged in Memphis, Tennessee and is often referred to as the “Memphis Model.” The CIT Program seeks to bridge this gap between police response and mental health care by forming a partnership with behavioral health and human services professionals, consumers, their families and law enforcement. The alliance was the catalyst in developing and implementing a safer, proactive method for resolving explosive crisis situations.
      Sgt. Patton and his wife, Tina, are the parents of three children, Aaron, Brianna and Devin, who are all graduates of Boardman High School.
  YWCA Names New Board Chair, Elected Board Members And Gives Special Recognition At 115th Annual Meeting  
  June 18, 2020 Edition  
     Cryshanna A. Jackson, Ph.D., was elected Chair of the YWCA/Mahoning Valley Board of Directors at the agency’s 115th annual meeting. Dr. Jackson is associate professor, Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University.
      Other officers elected to the board are Elected office holders are Kristin L. Olmi, first vice chair; Sara Daugherty, second vice chair; Chris Gabrick, treasurer; Joy Tang, secretary; and Cheryl McArthur, past chair.
      Newly-elected members named to the YWCA Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning June 2020 are Sandra Kellar, property manager, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority; Susan M. Moorer, development officer, WYSU 88.5 FM, Youngstown State University; Stacy Joy Quiñones, foundation services associate, Youngstown State University Foundation; Stacey R. Schneider, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Northeast Ohio Medical University; and Alexis Smith, co-medical director/radiologist, Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
      Board members re-elected to a second, three-year term inclue Chris Gabrick, principal at Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic LLC; Christine A. Gerst, vice president/financial advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Tang , assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Youngstown State University; and Rhonda Warren, retired, financial verifier, Mercy Health.
      Other board members include Jasmine Bailey, Barbara Brothers, Elizabeth A. Ford, Tanay Hill, Deborah S. Liptak, Dawn Ochman, Melissa Rucci, Jenna Santisi and Olympia C. Scott-Feagins.
      Elected to the 2020-2021 Board Governance Committee are Cheryl McArthur, Sara Daugherty, Joy Tang, Barbara Brothers and Rhonda Warren.
      Kristin L. Olmi received the YWCA Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award; Elizabeth A. Ford received the YWCA Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award; Jeremy Hinzman received the Outstanding Employee of the Year Award; and Ashley Hudzik received the Exceptional Employee Award.
  COVID-19 Has Severe Impact On Budget At Boardman Park  
  June 11, 2020 Edition  
     Boardman Park’s indoor rooms and open-air pavilions have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19. Fees generated from renting these facilities represents approximately 1 per cent, or $220,000, of the park’s annual income. In addition, several of the park’s annual recreational programs have also been cancelled, (for example the Adventure Day Camp)
      Program fees represent approximately 10 per cent, or about $140,000 of the park’s income. Currently, these internal revenue streams are not generating revenue at a sufficient rate in order to meet the budget numbers by the end of the year.
      Rental income for facilities is down by 60 per cent, and program income is down by 75 per cent, resulting in approximately $200,000 of lost income, that is about 15 per cent of its annual income. This will severely impact the park’s budget. Even though the indoor rooms and open-air pavilions reopened on June 8, the lost income cannot be recovered.
      “Income generated by these internal revenue streams play an important role in stabilizing the park’s annual budget, with the understanding that Boardman Park is in its 72nd year of operating on the equivalent of a 1 mill tax levy,” Executive Director Daniel Slagle said.
      Boardman Park’s first tax levy was a 1 mill levy that was approved in 1948, and today, 72 years later the park’s budget is primarily funded by two voted levies---a three-tenths mill and sixth-tenths mill and one (1) inside millage levy of one-tenth mill. Annually, these levies generate approximately $871,000 and account for approximately 65 per cent of the park district’s annual income.
      “Unfortunately, these internal revenue streams are collapsing,” Slagle said.
      Boardman Park’s budget has been further challenged by:
       •1) A dramatic increase in attendance, which has resulted in a 40% increase in operating cost since 2009;
       •2) Reductions in local government funding from the state; specifically, the park has lost $185,000 or about 14 per cent of its budget since 2009, and due to COVID-19 the state is going to further reduce local government funding; and •3) The park’s budget has not kept up with the rate of inflation, because there is no inflation factor built-in real property tax levies.
      “Over the years, in an effort to operate within its budget, Boardman Park has implemented cost reductions, (e.g. reducing employee cost by replacing full-time positions with part-time posts, along with reducing total staff through attrition; eliminating capital improvement projects; and foregoing major repair and maintenance projects,” Slagle said.
      In order to meet the recent challenges as a result of COVID-19, Boardman Park will not fill two recently vacated full-time staff positions, and it will not provide overtime pay or purchase supplies and materials that are absolutely critical to the basic operations of the park.
      Boardman Park will also implement policies to reduce utility cost, in addition to eliminating some programs and events, as well as reducing turf mowing frequency and other landscape maintenance procedures (like annual flower plantings, weed control).
      “It is important to emphasize that Boardman Park is the only park in Ohio that has been operating on the same tax millage rate for the past 72 years. According to the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA), which has over 2,000 members, the OPRA “is not aware of any other park or park district in Ohio that has been operating at the same tax millage rate for 72 years.”
      Moreover, the Mahoning County Auditor has provided information regarding the allocation of the tax dollars paid in Boardman Township that reflects that Boardman Park receives just one per cent (1-cents) of each tax dollar paid in Boardman.
      “In other words, just a small piece of the pie keeps the Green Oasis green,” Slagle said.
      He added, “We believe that the park plays a vital role in keeping Boardman ‘A Nice Place to Call Home.’ Please be assured that the Board of Park Commissioners and its staff are committed to preserving and protecting the Green Oasis and the many benefits it provides to our community. We will continue to work diligently to meet the recreational needs of our community and create wholesome opportunities to live and interact with family, friends, and neighbors while serving as prudent stewards of the tax dollars entrusted to the park.”
  Farm Bill In Ohio Legislature Would Reduce Funding For Water District  
  June 11, 2020 Edition  
     “The proposed language HB 665 is unfair and overly broad, with far-reaching impacts beyond the intended goal of the Canfield Fair.”
      associate editor
      A farm bill currently in the Ohio Legislature, has drawn “profound concerns” from the ABC Storm Water District because, if approved, it will exempt the district from an estimated $17,000 in utility fees.
      Boardman Township Administrator Jason Loree testified a week ago before the Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee about the proposal saying “it is patently unfair to...residents of Boardman and Canfield Townships to enact a law to exempt one of the single in those townships for no reason other than its owner is an agricultural society.”
      Loree told members of the committee that all parcels of land in the ABC District, that stormwater runoffs from the Canfield Fairgrounds drain to local waterways from a surface area of more than two million square feet.
      “The proposed language HB 665 is unfair and overly broad, with far-reaching impacts beyond the intended goal of the Canfield Fair. The change would prevent collection of the fairground’s fair share of the costs of stormwater management and shift the responsibility onto other property owners within the district,” Loree said.
      ABC stormwater fees are monthly utility service fees collected along with property taxes to address significant and persistent flooding problems in Boardman and Canfield Townships and address federal stormwater mandates.
      “We currently have projects going out to bid that have engineering estimates combining to be over $1.4 million. The stormwater district has also authorized over $100,000 in planning for two watersheds within our service area. This includes Indian Run that starts in Canfield Township and encompasses the fairgrounds, crosses and contributes to flooding of State Route 11, and discharges into Boardman Township,” Loree said.
      HB 665 would prohibit a regional water and sewer district from charging water or sewer assessments or other charges against county agricultural society property that is exempt from real property taxation.
      Under continuing law, a regional water and sewer district may charge assessments or other amounts against property within the district that is deemed to benefit from the district’s projects. Property that is exempt from real property taxation can be, but is not necessarily, exempt from such assessments.
      “While it is well understood and accepted that undeveloped properties in agricultural districts are exempt from water and sewer assessments, it is illogical and unfair to exempt developed properties that benefit from such utility charges simply because they happen to be owned by an agricultural society,” Loree told the House committee.
  “Our Response Time Is Excellent”  
  Lanes Life Trans CEO Tells Trustees:   May 28, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      Boardman Trustees heard what Joe Lane, head of Lane’s Life Trans, described as his “State of the Union with Boardman” address at their May 20 meeting, staged via telephone conference due to the coronavirus pandemic.
      “We’ve been able to cover all 9-1-1 calls,” Lane told Trustees. Those calls include almost all of the COVID-19 calls, as Boardman Fire Department EMS have shunned such calls during the pandemic.
      Lane was invited to address Trustees in light of Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer’s oft-made comments suggesting the ambulance company takes too long to answer calls.
      For example, in his April, monthly report to Township Trustees, Pitzer noted that Lanes failed to meet the requirements of its memorandum of understanding with the township, responding to 82 per cent of its ‘first calls’ in under six minutes.
      “I have concerns with these numbers,” Pitzer said.
      Lane told township officials that “working with the Boardman Fire Department and Trustees could have a positive impact.”
      He suggested a public-private partnership that could improve dispatching, as well as the initial response and depth of response to calls given to the ambulance company.
      “Dispatching is an important component,” Lane said, noting that “Not every call is at the same level of emergency...Some calls may not need all the lights and sirens.”
      Lane said his company’s initial response time is “excellent,” and added in some instances all of Lane’s fleet of 12 vehicles are in use and “There may be some times when we need assistance.”
      He suggested a variety of potential partnerships, including with Southern Park Mall and Boardman Township.
      Lane said his crews have responded to 1,778 calls in Boardman this year with an average response time of 5.3 minutes, and said his company is no longer providing patient transfer service to Mercy Health, “so this could free up some vehicles and take stress off the system...and could allow for faster response times.”
  Trustees Seek Cutbacks To Minimize Impact Of State Funding Reductions  
  May 28, 2020 Edition  
     Preparing for possible reductions in state funding due to the coronavirus pandemic, Boardman Township Trustees have asked their department head to reduce their annual budgets by 10 per cent in an effort to save upwards of $1 million.
      “Boardman Township operates on a tight budget and we want to minimize the impact of cuts in funding,” Trustee Larry Moliterno said.
      Trustee Tom Costello said there will be a hiring freeze, as well as non-replacement of personnel and equipment needs.
      He suggested that due to the pandemic, state gas tax revenues will decrease and that could impact the annual road resurfacing program.
      Another impact of cutbacks in state funding could come from reductions in the capital grant program, and the Ohio Public Works program.
      Working with the late State Rep. Don Manning, the Boardman Township had hoped to receive a $1.25 million capital grant this year. Funds from that grant would go towards the creation of a passive park at Market St. Elementary School, and could include funding to raze the now-vacant school building.
      In other matters, meeting last week, Trustees declared several properties of nuisance sites. They included 321 West Midlothian Blvd., 5902 Market St. and 7693 East Parkside Dr.
      Trustees accepted a low bid of $112,057 from R.T. Vernal for Phase 2 of a drainage mitigation project on West Huntington Dr. Work on the project should be completed by the end of June. Work on Phase 2 includes piping, catch basins, road and curb repair.
      Administrator Jason Loree told Trustees there are five projects in the works for the ABC Water District, including pipe replacement projects on Homestead Dr., Glenridge Dr., Buchanan Dr. and Spring Park Dr., as well as a study of Cranberry Run.
  Alone At Boardman Cemetery, Mark Luke Kept Tradition Alive With Memorial Day Address  
  May 28, 2020 Edition  
Mark Luke
     For the first time in 116 years, there was no Memorial Day Parade in Boardman Township. This year’s annual parade, as well as observance in Boardman Park, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Instead, traffic flowed along Market St. to Rt. 224, and cars sped down the roadway, passed Boardman Park, whose entrance is graced by Olde St. James Church, one of the oldest Episcopalian church buildings east of the Mississippi River, dating back to the early 1820’s.
      In Memorial Day’s of the past, that parade time and moments in Boardman Park, were times for fellowship, now regulated by mandates of social distancing.
      Until the time that Boardman Park was developed in the late 1940’s, Boardman’s annual Memorial Day parade began at what is now Center Intermediate School and ended at Boardman Cemetery, where ice cream and fellowship was the feature of the day.
      Longtime Master of Ceremonies for the annual Memorial Day observances, Mark Luke, president of the Boardman Kiwanis Club, wasn’t about to let Boardman Township’s longtime Memorial Day traditions be completely squaffled by the pandemic.
      Promptly at 10:00 a.m., he stood alone in Boardman Cemetery where the township’s 116th annual Memorial Day address was delivered via a conference call. His address was followed by a ‘properly distanced’ call for remembrance by Boardman Local Schools band and music teacher Tim Tuite.
      He spearheaded an outdoor community wide performance in honor of Memorial Day--the likes of which have never happened before-- one instrument at a time.
      He’s gathered his troops...About a thousand Boardman band students from fifth to 12th grade, and asked them to go to their porch, their driveway, or their deck at noon on Memorial Day, May 25 and play taps. Then, he extended the idea to Boardman’s choral music department, and now hundreds of Spartan singers intend to follow taps by singing the National Anthem from their front yards.
      Tuite has pushed the idea through social media, to reach out to other valley band directors and music teachers, as well as music directors across the nation.
      The text of Mark Luke’s Memorial Day address follows:
      I stand here today at Boardman Cemetery, the sight of the first Boardman Decoration Day Ceremony, held on May 30, 1904.
      I ask you now to please stand if you are able, face an American Flag, and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance...
      “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.
      We will now read an Invocation written by our friend, Lauren Johnson. Lauren is the daughter of Rev. Larry and Beverly Johnson. Larry was a longtime Pastor, the Boardman Police Department Chaplain, and a Vietnam veteran. Since her father’s passing in 2016 and in her father’s memory, Lauren accepted the call to continue writing the weekly Boardman News column started by her father, entitled Open Your Bible.
      Let us bow our heads in Prayer…
      Lord God, we come before You on this Memorial Day to thank You for Your mercy, to praise You for Your unending love and to humble ourselves before Your throne. Your Word says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Our prayer today is that we would humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways and that You would heal our land. During times like these, we need to focus on You and trust that You will heal our land and continue to bless this land as You always have. We remember and thank those that gave their lives for this nation. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice and in sincere gratitude, we remember those lives lost and the price that has been paid for this nation’s freedom. May we never take for granted another day, another hour, another minute. We continue to pray for those currently serving and may You continue to bless this nation now and forever.
      In Your Holy Name we pray, Amen.
      Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, and is a day of mourning and remembrance for those who have died in our Nation’s service.
      On May 5, 1868, three years after the United States Civil War had ended, General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic issued General Order 11 - establishing May 30th as “Decoration Day” – a day for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed the date was chosen, because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. The concept was endorsed by the United States Congress in 1871.
      Gen. Logan’s order for his posts to decorate graves in 1868 urged: “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. ... Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors, and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided republic.”
      Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers, who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected, because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.
      The establishment of Decoration Day has a direct connection to the Mahoning Valley. General Logan’s only son, John A. Logan, Jr., met a Youngstown woman named Edith Andrews – of the prominent Youngstown steelmaking family. They married and made their home in Youngstown, living here in the 1890’s. Like his father- John, Jr. was a soldier of distinction – his military service included the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. During that war, Maj. Logan was killed in action on Nov. 11, 1899 at San Jacinto, Philippines and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He is buried in Youngstown’s Oak Hill Cemetery marked by a white marble headstone with gold engravings - signifying those soldiers awarded America’s highest recognition for valor.
      By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30th throughout the nation. It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all America’s wars.
      In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, although it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May.
      Boardman Township
      Decration Day and Memorial Day History
       •May 30, 1904 first Decoration Day Ceremony, held at Boardman Cemetery.
       •1951 (earliest record found) - Ceremony held at Boardman High School (now Center Intermediate School), then a Parade to Boardman Cemetery and a Prayer Service.
       •As Boardman’s population grew, the parade and Ceremony also grew larger. In the early 1970’s the Ceremony was moved to Boardman Park’s Memorial Flagpole along the main drive. The parade route ended in the park.
       •After construction was completed, the ceremony was moved to Boardman Park’s Maag Outdoor Amphitheater.
      Decoration Day and Memorial Day activities organizers and supporters include: Boardman Ex-Servicemen’s Club, American Legion Posts 593 and 565, Patsy Ann Zabel, the Boardman Memorial Day Association, Boardman Township, Schools and Park; Mark Westerman, Jack Darnell, Claude Vasu, Walter Daub, Dallas Heston, Ann Taylor, Paul Luke, Tom Groth, Dan Slagle, John Darnell, John Finley, Tom Ruggeri, George Grim, George Economus, Bill Becherer, Lt. Col. Bill Moss, Earl Coffin and Stephanie Landers. Veteran Don Medicus was the Parade’s Honorary Colors Bearer for many years.
      Speakers: historically, most speakers were local Clergy. In more recent years veterans have been the speakers.
      Speakers military service: both peacetime and wartime; including – WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, War in Afghanistan, Iraqi Freedom.
      In December of 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act”, which encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, for a minute of silence, to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
      Throughout our history – a special breed of individual has always stepped forward to protect the sovereignty of our nation, and our way of life. Many of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice – surrendering their lives upon the alter of freedom. To those of you with us listening today who served, or are serving our Nation, and to those who are no longer with us - We, who now live in this greatest country in the world, say – THANK YOU!
      Special thanks to the Boardman Township Maintenance Staff who have prepared Boardman Cemetery into such wonderful condition – and thank you to the residents and taxpayers of Boardman Township for their support of our Community.
      Special thanks to our Boardman Kiwanis Memorial Day Committee: Stephanie Landers, Roy Wright, Earl Coffin and Matt Cramer.
      Normally at this time in our program we enjoy our incomparable Boardman High School Wind Ensemble playing our National Anthem, a moving Memorial Day Speaker, the playing of the Armed Forces Salute - with Veterans gathering around the flagpole, the laying of the Memorial Wreathes, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps. Then, as the Wind Ensemble plays their rousing rendition John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, scout troops lead the attendees in handshake greetings of thankfulness to each Veteran attending.
      Well, our Memorial Day this year is certainly different than previous years. However, no more of a struggle or challenge than any Veteran ever faced to preserve our freedoms to gather in this way this year.
      And to that end, we look forward to the 2021 Memorial Day Breakfast, Parade and Ceremony. And returning to our beautiful Boardman Park. Our speakers from this year have already committed to speak next year... it will be a different format than previous years, as we will have two Boardman families share with us the impact of losing a family member in military service. We look forward to a message from both the Clark and Eisenbraun families.
      Recently, I was contacted by Boardman Schools Assistant Band Director, Mr. Tim Tuite. He has organized Boardman students, and invites all of you to gather outside your homes today at NOON – where you may hear band member students playing Taps... afterward, please join choir members in signing our National Anthem. Sincere thanks to Tim, and all of our student musicians and singers.
      I don’t have a specific speech for today, but I do have two things for you to ponder: One – a question...WHAT ARE YOUR MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES...? Veterans, Freedoms, Duty, Honor, Courage; learning the meaning of this National Day of Mourning; childhood memories; parades; placing flags on graves at cemeteries; Ceremonies with Veteran or Clergy speakers... our three previous Memorial Day Ceremony speakers: Jim Freeze, Paul Poulas and Christopher Dobozy – all combat Veterans, made special mention by name, of the brothers in arms in their respective units that did not return from combat.
      I challenge you to take time today to reflect upon your Memorial Day memories. And to thank those you have known, and those you have never known, for your memories and Freedoms.
      Second, I will read what has become known as the ‘Bixby letter’. A letter of condolence from President Abraham Lincoln, delivered to Mrs. Lydia Bixby on November 25, 1864:
      Executive Mansion,
      Washington, Nov. 21, 1864
      Dear Madam,
      I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
      I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
      I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.
      Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
      A. Lincoln
      In closing: the changes in our world today are temporary – THIS Memorial Day tradition continues. Our Nation has faced many crises in its history – from threats both foreign and domestic – we approach them all with the same spirit and vigor – as free, optimistic, resilient, problem solving Americans.
      We owe a debt of thankful vigilance to our Nation’s founders, and our Veteran’s both lost and living to preserve this Constitutional Republic, in which we have been so very privileged and Blessed - to be able to live, gather, speak, defend, and Worship.
      God Bless you all - God Bless America - and let us be thankful, free Americans on Memorial Day.
      Thank you for the opportunity to bring this message to you - We are adjourned.
  Boyd Indicted In Shooting Death Of Weisensee  
  May 21, 2020 Edition  
     19-year-old Emanuel Robert Boyd, of 5515 West Blvd., has been indicted by a Mahoning County Grand Jury on seven counts, including involuntary manslaughter, in the Feb. 13 shooting death of his friend, 18-year-old Kane Joseph Weisensee, at Boyd’s home.
      Boyd has been lodged in the Mahoning County Jail since the shooting.
      Shortly after midnight on Feb. 13, Wiesensee’s girlfriend, Sienna Holstein, told police that Boyd shot Wiesensee.
      “Manny (Emanuel Boyd) had this gun and was playing with it” when it discharged, Holstein told police. She said she believed the shooting was an accident.
      Police believe the gun used in the shooting had been stolen during a burglary at a Lockwood Blvd. home on Feb. 9.
      Boyd’s indictment includes a firearm specification that carries a mandatory three-year conviction.
      Boyd was also indicted on charges of burglary, having weapons under a disability, tampering with evidence, grand theft of a firearm, receiving stolen property and falsification.
      Weisensee died of a single gunshot wound to the chest on Feb. 13, according to police reports.
      At the time of the shooting, Boyd told police he and Weisensee were walking along West Blvd. when someone in a black vehicle pulled along side them and shot Weisensee.
      Ptl. Joseph O’Grady said he could not find footprints, or blood in the snow, that could corroborate Boyd’s claim.
      Officer O’Grady said Holstein told him that she was “sleeping on the couch in the living room and heard a loud bang. She awoke to find Weisensee stumbling in and saying he was shot in the chest.”
      Interviewed by police about two hours after the shooting, Holstein told Det. Greg Stepuk “Kane and I were sitting on the couch. I was sitting on his lap. Manny was sitting on the couch next to use.
      “I was facing Kane, talking to him, I heard a loud noise.
      “I looked over at Manny and saw smoke. Kane started screaming ‘call 9-1-1.’
      “Kane collapsed by the couch.”
  Boardman High School Senior Nick Geraci Earns Scholar Award, Gets YSU Scholarship  
  May 21, 2020 Edition  
Nick Geraci
     The National Society of High School Scholars (NCHSS) has selected Boardman High School senior Nick Geraci, son of Tony and Kerry Geraci, as a member in recognition of his scholarship, leadership and community commitment.
      “I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Nicholas has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellance,” said Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.
      “We aim to help students like Nicholas build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them or college and meaningful careers,” James W. Lewis, NSHSS president said.
      Geraci has been a part of the Boardman Schools Television Network (BSTN) for three years. He started as a camera operator for after school events including the football production crew and worked his way up to a manager and director. He was also selected to work alongside Boardman Local Schools Communication Coordinator, Amy Radinovic, to film civic events.
      Geraci is a 4.0 honor roll student and has maintained that average since elementary school.
      He will start at Youngstown State University (YSU) in the fall semester of 2020 pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in telecommunications and media arts.
      Geraci is the recipient of the YSU Trustees’ four year $20,000 scholarship.
  116th Annual Boardman Memorial Day Ceremony  
  Via Conference Call:   May 21, 2020 Edition  
     Mark Luke, President of Boardman Kiwanis, will give a Memorial Day message on Monday, May 25 at 10am via Conference Call, honoring those who are serving, have served or who have given the ultiamte sacrifice while in the military service to our country.
      Dial-in Number: 701-802-5232
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  116th Annual Boardman Memorial Day Ceremony  
  Via Conference Call:   May 21, 2020 Edition  
     Mark Luke, President of Boardman Kiwanis, will give a Memorial Day message on Monday, May 25 at 10am, honoring those who are serving, have served, or who have given the ultimate sacrifice while in military service to our country.
      Dial-In: 701-802-5232
      Access Code: 7516354
  Gov. DeWine Announces Cutbacks That Take $883,000 From Boardman Local Schools  
  May 14, 2020 Edition  
     Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, Ohio Gov. DeWine announced last week $775 million in reductions to Ohio’s general revenue fund for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 that ends on June 30.
      At the end of February and prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, state revenues for the fiscal year were ahead of estimates by over $200 million. As of the end of April, Ohio’s revenues were below the budgeted estimates by $776.9 million.
      Because Ohio is mandated to balance its budget each year, and in addition to identifying areas of savings, the following budget reductions will be made for the next two months:
       •Medicaid: $210 million
       •K-12 Foundation Payment Reduction: $300 million
       •Other Education Budget Line Items: $55 million
       •Higher Education: $110 million
       •All Other Agencies: $100 million
      “Decisions like these are extremely difficult, but they are decisions that are part of my responsibility, as your governor, to make,” said Gov. DeWine, adding “We believe that instituting these cuts now will provide the most stability moving forward, however I am greatly concerned about the cuts we must make in education. We have an obligation to our schools to give them as much predictability as we can, but if we don’t make these cuts now, future cuts would be more dramatic.”
      The cutbacks in education funding will mean a revenue loss of $883,005, according to Nick Ciarniello, treasurer of the Boardman Local Schools.
      Last July, the Ohio Department of Education said the Boardman Local Schools could expect a $410,614 increase in FY20 (7.7%) and a $167,712 increase in FY21 (2.9%), Ciarniello said.
      The impact of statewide budget cuts on Boardman Township government have yet to be determined, according to all three township trustees, Tom Costello, Brad Calhoun and Larry Moliterno.
      However, Trustee Costello did indicate the township could expect decreases in gas tax and license plate fees funds. In addition, there could be cutbacks on Ohio Public Works Commission funding, the annual provides funding for about a third of the township’s road resurfacing programs.
      “We have concerns about the states Capital Budget, yet to be approved. These are the dollars that fund OPWC, our paving program and where we were hoping for funding of the Market Street School Water Project,” Costello said. “We are working and planning to be prepared to cut about $1 million from our budget,” Costello said.
      Meeting in April, the Boardman Local School Board indicated it is interested in selling off some of the frontage at the now vacant Market St. Elementary School.
      The school system has petitioned the Mahoning County Planning Commission and the Boardman Township Office of Planning and Zoing to consolidate the Market St. property into one property and then sell that portion of the land as one parcel of commercial property.
      The school system wants to extend the depth of the lot (currently platted as two lots in a residential area) to 250 feet.
      Some local officials suggest the school board would then be willing to sell off the remainder of the Market St. School property to Boardman Township for $1.
      The township is interested in creating a passive park on the Market St. School property, as part of drainage mitigation efforts.
      Former State Rep. Don Manning reportedly was touting a $1.25 million capital grant that would have funded demolition of the vacant school.
      Since it is unknown if the capital grant will still be available due to the coronavirus pandemic, if township trustees were to accept the Market St. property for $1, there is not funding that is currently available (without grant monies) to demolish the old school.
  Ohio House Committee Interviews 15 Candidates  
  For Seat Held By Rep. Don Manning:   May 14, 2020 Edition  
      COLUMBUS, OH.---Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has announced a selection committee to review candidates seeking to fill the 59th District seat in Ohio House of Representatives, vacated by the recent death of Rep. Don Manning.
      The 59th Ohio House of Representatives district includes most of Mahoning County.
      “Representative Manning loved serving the Mahoning Valley and took great pride in his work as a legislator,” said Householder. “I hope to fill the seat with someone who has that same passion for serving the people they represent.”
      Householder has tapped Representatives Jay Edwards (Chair) (R-Nelsonville), Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton), Tim Ginter (R-Salem), Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland), Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), and Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Paris Twp.) to the selection committee that interviewed candidates on Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12.
      Those who have expressed an interest in the post were expected to be interviewed, Householder said. They include:
       •Joe Alessi: Faculty member in Youngstown State’s Department of History.
       •Perry Alexandrides: Regional liaison for auditor Keith Faber.
       •Jon Arnold: CEO of the J. Arnold Wealth Management Company
       •Tracie Balentine: Co-founder of Mahoning Valley Front Line Appreciation Group (MVFLAG).
       •Atty. Alessandro Cutrona.
       •Holly Deibel: Family owns Boardman Steel, former president of the Mahoning Valley Republican Women’s Club, served 11 years on the Air Force Reserves Council.
       •Steve Kristan: Spent over 36 years business Blue Cross, IBM, and AT&T.
       •Patrick Manning: Brother of Don Manning, has experience in property management and construction
       •Linda Mikula: Works for the Mahoning County Bar Association.
       •Sam Moffie: Poland Village councilman.
       •Jim Murphy: Corrections officer, former campaign manager for Don Manning.
       •Mark Nemenz: Pharmacist with over 20 years of experience in the health care industry
       •Christine Oliver: Former Canfield City councilwoman.
       •Kirk Susany: Owner of Susany Construction.
       •Jason Wilson: Former state senator who recently switched from Democrat to Republican
      Two persons who had expressed an interest in the post, Boardman Trustee Tom Costello and Compco CEO Greg Smith, withdrew their names from consideration, according to Tom McCabe, chairman of the Mahoning County Republican party.
      “We have a lot of good candidates for the post, and I am sure the creme will rise to the top,” McCabe said.
  Dr. Mary Anne Beiting Named Mooney Principal  
  May 14, 2020 Edition  
     Cardinal Mooney High School President Thomas Maj and the Diocese of Youngstown announce the appointment of Dr. Mary Anne Beiting as principal of Cardinal Mooney High School.
      Dr. Beiting has served as interim principal since January 2020.
      In addition to serving in the Office of Catholic Schools for the past four years as Director for Accreditation and Government Programs and the Director of Boards and Secondary Schools, Dr. Beiting served as principal of Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron from 1990-2016, as well as associate principal for two years prior. She taught high school and college French for 12 years before beginning her career as an administrator.
      Dr. Beiting received her Ed.D in Educational Administration as well as her Masters’ Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Akron. In 2014, she received a Certificate in Educational Evaluation and Assessment also from the University of Akron. Earning a Masters of Arts in French from the University of Kentucky in 1986, her undergraduate degree was earned in French and History from Centre College, Danville, Ky. in 1975.
      Dr. Beiting has served nationally on the Board of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and has presented at national and local conferences. She was principal when Archbishop Hoban was named a Blue Ribbon School. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Akron College of Education in 2012.
      “Dr. Beiting has served the Mooney Community well in her interim position, and I am excited that she has agreed to continue that good work into the 2020-21 school year. Her presence in that position will be a positive force as we transition Cardinal Mooney High School into the future,” Dr. Maj said.
      Dr. Beiting is a parishioner and active member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Akron, She and her husband, Michael, have four children and 11 grandchildren.
  Evidence In Murder Investigation Includes Cell Phones And DNA  
  Nicholas Burnett, of Boardman, Was Shot To Death Jan. 26 In Youngstown:   May 7, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      Sometime around 10:00 p.m. or so on Sun., Jan. 26, Nicholas Burnett, 35, of 162 Erskine Ave., became the city of Youngstown, Ohio’s first homicide of 2020.
      Burnett’s bullet-riddled body was found in a Kia Forte registered to his fiance, 36-year-old Katherine Cerimele, in front of 720 Parkview Ave., Youngstown.
      To date, no arrests have been made in the murder, although Youngstown police did obtain DNA evidence in April from an Austintown man, whose criminal record shows a conviction for heroin possession.
      According to reports compiled by the Youngstown Police Department, police recovered perhaps as many as nine, 9mm casings from the Forte, and as well, also took swab’s from Burnett’s fingernails. Evidence in the investigation also includes two cell phones, according to records of Youngstown police.
      On the night of Jan. 26, Youngstown police officers Jacob Short and Ber Fronzaglio were informed possible gunshots were recorded on a shot-spotter near 720 Parkview.
      “Upon arrival, we observed a male [later identified as Nicholas Burnett] laying over the center console (of a Kia Forte) with several, apparent gunshot wounds to his head and body,” Officer Short said, adding several spent shell casings were observed inside the car, and multiple other (casings) outside, leading just west of the vehicle.”
      Officer Short immediately checked the victim and reported he could find no pulse, “nor was there a reaction from the male’s pupils when a light was shown in his eyes.”
      Footprints in the snow leading from the Kia Forte to the front porch of 724 Parkview were observed, Officer Short said. There, police spoke with Timothy Grace and Chassidy Oliveira.
      “Both stated they were sleeping...when they heard a noise that had woken them up,” Officer Short said, adding Grace “stated he heard a knock at his front door, but did not answer due to not expecting anyone at that time of night. Upon them not hearing anything further, Timothy said he looked outside, but did not see anyone, so he went back to laying down.”
      At the crime scene, Officer Short said a man identified as Desmond Duvall approached law enforcement officers and said someone from 724 Parkview had called him stating that someone was knocking on their door.
      “When we asked [Duvall] if he had heard or saw anything, he stated “he did not, and that his bedroom is on the opposite side of the house of where the incident occurred. He added that he did not even think they were gunshots that he heard,” Officer Short reported.
      On Apr. 10, the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office ruled that Burnett’s death was a homicide, and that Burnett died of multiple gunshot wound, “shot by one or more individuals.”
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      Nicholas Burnett was a 2003 graduate of Boardman High School where he played football under Head Coach Garry Smith.
      Even before he graduated, Burnett’s first issues with drugs began when on Christmas Day, 2002, he was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge by the Boardman Police Department.
      It was two years later that he met his fiance, apparently while both were enrolled at Youngstown State University.
      In 2005, Burnett was found guilty of underage possession of alcohol and placed on 12 months probation.
      He was back in court in 2013 on charges of receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card. He was found guilty, but was back in court the following year on a probation violation stemming from the charges.
      At a probation violation hearing, Boardman Court Judge Joseph Houser ordered Burnett to undergo treatment at Meridian Care and extended his community control until all requirements were met.
      The case remained before the local court and in Jan., 2017, Judge Houser ordered Burnett back into a program with Meridian, extending his community control to Jan., 2018. The judge said if Burnett did not comply, he could face up to 119 days in jail.
      With the issues over receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card still clouding his freedom, Burnett was arrested by Boardman police on Aug. 9, 2016 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a drug abuse instrument.
      Those charges came after his fiance reported that she found Brunett unresponsive from an overdose.
      “Cerimele said she left 162 Erskine Ave. about 8:50 p.m. to run and grab a gallon of milk. Returning home at 9:10 p.m. she discovered Burnett in their office unresponsive. Cerimele grabbed one of Burnett’s suboxone strips and placed it in his mouth and called 9-1-1,” Ptl. Pat Klingensmith said at the time, adding “A hypodermic needle and a burnt spoon containing heroin residue were located on the desk where Burnett was found.”
      Seven days later, Burnett was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia after police responded to a traffic accident at the corner of Shadyside Dr. and Southern Blvd.
      “A white male, later identified as Nicholas Burnett, was found passed out in a Chevy Equinox with the vehicle still running and in gear,” Ptl. Nicholas Asimakopoulos said, adding “He had a syringe in his hand and a burnt spoon on the front passenger seat.”
      In Feb., 2017, Burnett was arrested by Youngstown police and a month later was indicted on charges of possession of cocaine.
      He received a court-appointed attorney on the charges, now Youngstown Muni Judge Renee DiSalvo, who promptly filed a motion for treatment in lieu of conviction.
      But Burnett never showed-up in court on the charge until May of 2018 when he pled guilty to the cocaine charge, at the same time when Common Pleas Judge R. Scott Krichbaum denied the motion for treatment in lieu of conviction noting his denial was “a result of the defendant’s whereabouts being unknown since Apr. 26, 2017.”
      But the judge didn’t sentence Burnett to jail, instead ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
      It was on July 16, 2018, with Rashaan Dykes of the Community Corrections Association (CCA) in court, that the prosecution and defense agreed that Burnett be placed on a period of community control for two years to be supervised by the Adult Parole Authority.
      Judge Krichbaum ordered Burnett to complete a Resident Treatment Program provided by the CCA.
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      Three days after Burnett was found on Parkview Ave., his parole officer, Brigitte Lincoln, recommended his community control be terminated, noting Burnett was “pronounced deceased due to gunshot wounds.”
  Southern Park Mall To Reopen May 12  
  May 7, 2020 Edition  
      Southern Park Mall plans to reopen on Tuesday, May 12, with hours of 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.
      Planned reopening dates for individual tenants may vary, so guests are encouraged to call ahead and to follow along on Facebook @SouthernParkMall and Instagram @SouthernPark for the most up-to-date information.
      Southern Park Mall remains focused on providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. In the continued need to address COVID-19, the town center has proactively implemented additions to its ‘Code of Conduct,’ effective immediately and until further notice.
      These additions include the following guidelines:
       •Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people.
       •Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover is recommended.
       •Do not gather in groups.
       •Adhere to each individual tenant’s COVID-19 policies.
       •Adhere to all federal, state and local regulations, recommendations and mandates regarding COVID-19.
      The Code of Conduct is posted on the property and available online.
      In addition, Southern Park Mall’s already rigorous disinfectant and cleaning practices will continue, many times per day,including periodically disinfecting areas most susceptible to the spread of germs.
      Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers are located in highly-trafficked areas and walkways for public use. Center management is meeting with housekeeping on a daily basis and monitoring alcohol-based hand sanitizing product supply to help ensure all units are stocked.
      “We are inspired by the resilience of our community and look forward to safely welcoming back our guests,” said Brian Gabbert, general manager at Southern Park Mall. “We will continue to work with local, state and federal agencies to do all we can in order to contribute to the containment, treatment and prevention of COVID-19.”
      While the Mahoning Valley transitions into reopening, Southern Park Mall is embracing its role as a community partner by finding unique ways to transform its space for social good.
      Blood drives and donation drives are just a few ways that Southern Park is showing its support for the local community during this trying time. Donations of non-perishable food, bottled water, laundry soap, toilet paper and toiletries are being accepted for The Salvation Army. Donations can be dropped off from noon to 5:00 p.m. daily. The donation bin is located outside the food court entrance.
      In addition, Southern Park Mall will host a second blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on May 21 from noon-6:00 p.m. Donors can schedule an appointment online or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
      With the focus on serving the needs of its retailers and community partners across the country during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Washington Prime Group, parent company of Southern Park Mall, is not providing detailed updates on ongoing redevelopment and construction activities at this time. That said, progress is continuing on leasing, planning, and construction at Southern Park Mall, and details will be announced as circumstances stabilize and return to normal.
      For more information about Southern Park Mall and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow Southern Park Mall on Facebook @SouthernParkMall or Instagram @SouthernPark.
      Southern Park Mall is home to more than 120 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options, as well as numerous events and activities throughout the year. For more information, call (330) 758-4512 or visit
  Mr. Darby’s Goes On-Line  
  May 7, 2020 Edition  
      Mr. Darby’s Antique Emporium, 8574 Market St., is opening an on-line site for its customers that will provide a shopping site seven-days-a-week.
      “We had hoped to have this website up by the end of summer. Because of the recent situation with COVID-19 we worked hours to speed up the development and can now say we are online.
      “Two weeks ago, we went live and are growing the site daily. Items can be shipped anywhere in the world or we will do store pickup. All our vendors are adding inventory daily PLUS we are also adding stock from our 14,000 sq. ft warehouse that no one ever gets to shop. Our plans are to have over 1 million items for sale online by the end of the year.,” Bob Neapolitan, owner of the business said this week.
      Here is the link;
      Currently Mr. Darby’s is open by appointment as per Gov. DeWine’s orders. This is to limit the amount of people in the store. Just call from the parking lot, 330-953-3226 and customers will be admitted to the store.
      Mr. Darby’s will be opening May 12 with social distancing and ask that all customers wear masks in the store.
  Teenage Girl’s Plea For Help Results In Arrest Of Two Men At Red Roof Inn  
  April 23, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      Two men were taken into custody last week [on Thurs., Apr. 16] after a 17-year-old girl was found leaving the Red Roof Inn, 1051 Tiffany South Blvd., at 1:50 a.m. yelling “Help me, I am overdosing.”
      Sgt. Glenn Patton said police had received a call from a female who claimed ‘it felt like her heart stopped beating.’
      Ptl. Anthony Ciccotelli arrived at the inn first and said he found Angel Long, 17, “repeatedly grabbing her breasts and saying “It hurts, tell them [to] hurry.’”
      Officer Ciccotelli said he asked Long what she took and the teenager replied “I snorted meth laced with fentanyl.”
      While authorities were dealing with the teenager, two persons were observed leaving the inn on foot. They were stopped and questioned, as by now, six police officers were on the scene.
      One of those questioned was identified as 37-year-old Andrew Vincent Ryan, 37, unemployed, of 2 Main St., Hastings on Hudson, New York.
      Prior to being transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth in Boardman, Long told police she had been in Ryan’s room at the Red Roof Inn.
      According to Sgt. Patton, police learned Ryan had been staying at the inn ‘for a few weeks,’ but his stay would not be extended because Ryan and another patron (in a different room) had “paid in counterfeit cash.”
      Sgt. Patton said police went to Ryan’s room where they observed a cut straw that contained suspected drug residue, as well as a suspected drug pipe in a bathroom.
      Next, police went to the second room that had reportedly been paid for with counterfeit money and knocked on the door where they were greeted by 29-year-old Andre Marquis Morgan, unemployed, as 1334 Miami St., Youngstown, Oh.
      “Morgan explained he had ‘just recently been told to go to the room and hang-out there,’ but could not say for sure whose name the room was in, but it was rented for him so he could have a ‘kind of staycation.’” Officer Patton said.
      Continuing their investigation, police then spoke with a female who claimed she was employed at the Red Roof Inn and had been staying in a room there without the knowledge of her employers.
      The woman then said she had been staying in Ryan’s room, and indicated to police she was going to leave the Red Roof Inn and find another hotel to stay at “because I am fed-up with this,” Officer Patton said.
      “When asked what ‘this’ was, she said ‘the commotion,’” Officer Patton said, noting the woman would not elaborate further.
      Police obtained search warrants for two rooms at the Red Roof Inn.
      According to Sgt. Patton, in the room where Morgan was found, under a mattress, police found “12 items to include sheets of copied or partially copied U.S. currency and paper used to make counterfeit money.”
      When police searched Morgan, they found two meth pipes on his person, Sgt. Patton said, as well as suspected methamphetamine.
      In the room in which Ryan had been staying, Sgt. Patton said police found a cut straw with suspected narcotic residue and a suspected meth pipe, as well as two cell phones.
      Morgan was booked on charges of counterfeiting, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of scheduled drugs.
      Ryan was charged with corrupting another with drugs and counterfeiting. Police confiscated $1,120 in currency from Ryan after one of the bills in his possession matched a copy of a phoney bill police had found in Morgan’s room.
      While the contingent of law enforcement was at the Red Roof, Boardman Ptl. Breanna Jones was assigned to follow-up with the 17-year-old Long at St. Elizabeth Hospital.
      “Medical personnel advised she had to be sedated due to her violent behavior, and I was unable to talk with her due to her sedated state,” Officer Jones said.
      Ptl. Jones said she did speak with Long’s mother, identified as Adelaide Crites.
      “Crites reported that her daughter has not been home since Mon., Apr. 13. Crites explained that Long was supposed to be staying with a female friend (whom she could not identify) and an unknown locating near Boardman,” Officer Jones said.
      When asked if her daughter had a boyfriend, Crites told Officer Jones, “I don’t think so.”
  BOARDMAN POLICE CHIEF: “Orders are in place to limit interaction by people in an effort to slow down the spread of Covid-19”  
  Groups Of 10 People Or More Should Be Dispersed, If Observed:   April 9, 2020 Edition  
     Over the past month Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, have issued several orders that affect businesses and people in our community. Local, county, and state law enforcement, along with the county health departments are tasked with enforcing these orders. The orders are in place to limit interaction by people in an effort to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 illness.
      “During this time, our enforcement of these orders is extremely important. However, this is, and will continue to be very difficult for us based upon the complexity of the problem and the somewhat open-ended orders that are currently in place,” Boardman Township Police Chief Todd Werth said last week, suggesting “My guidance is that we will enforce these orders, but do so in a way that recognizes the strain on the public and our area businesses who are adjusting to a new way of life.”
      Outright enforcement issues to include citations and arrests will be a last resort, but are absolutely permitted at officers/supervisors discretion, the Boardman police chief told his officers, adding “That is after initial attempts have been met with resistance, repeat offenders, or based upon serious violations. Use good judgement to include getting input from supervisors or the on call administrator,”
      Chief Werth said he has had several conversations with the Mahoning County Health Department and the County Prosecutor’s Office about the orders as they apply to businesses in Boardman.
      “They are also sorting through these orders and have provided some guidance as to how to interpret each section,” the chief said, noting he is working through the Mahoning Valley Chiefs Of Police Association to push the state to tighten-up on certain areas.
      “Our enforcement at this time is complaint driven, or if we come across it during the course of our normal duties. The Health Department is also taking complaints and will be redirecting their inspectors to start checking on compliance,” Chief Werth said. The police chief urged people to email complaints ( and refrain from calling into dispatch.
      To date, calls to the Boardman Police Department, as well as complaints, have been substantially declining, as the citizenry hunkers down in larger numbers in self-quarantine.
      In a lengthy memo to his officers, Chief Werth said the following:
      What defines “an essential business” is very open ended, but basically is a business that is essential based upon what they do or service they provide determines if they can still operate. Any essential business still open must adhere to social distancing practices outlined below. On a case by case basis, the Prosecutors Office has provided guidance on some individual businesses. Joann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby, for example, are allowed to remain open under the section that allows, “Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home.”
      Essential businesses must be operated with several practices that facilitate social distancing (remaining at least six feet apart). Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance must include where possible: designate six-foot distances with markings, having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products available to customers and staff, separate operating hours for vulnerable populations, online and remote access.
      Restaurants are closed except for allowing delivery or take out. Ideally, they’ll have areas set up outside to facilitate pick up of orders. But that is not mandatory. People can be in the front part of restaurants waiting on orders (adhering to social distancing spacing). People should not be sitting down at tables, bars, waiting for an order, or drinking/eating.
      Bars are to be closed. If open as a restaurant they have to adhere to the above rules. Again, no “waiting” for your order inside, especially sitting at the bar. We have had reports of bars still being open to regulars and for specific parties. Parking is reportedly either behind the establishment or down the street, with one or two cars picking people up. Patrol should spot check locations and enforce accordingly.
      Parks are open, but people should practice social distancing outside of family groups. For example a family of five walking together is fine. But groups playing sports together, or congregating together is not allowed. Playgrounds, even located in open parks, are closed.
      Parties or gatherings of people of more than ten is not allowed. Private parties, back yard get together’s, etc. with large groups is prohibited. Identify owner/host of event and disperse crowd.
      Churches or religious facilities are considered essential and are allowed to be open. Travel to and from church is permitted. We have gotten several inquiries reference prayer caravans, drive up prayer services, etc. and have tried to discourage them. In these cases I’ve indicated that having less travel is beneficial to everyone. Several churches in the area are conducting virtual services.
      Public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including, but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, playgrounds, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, and country clubs or social clubs shall be closed. Fitness and exercise gyms, spas, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and similar facilities are closed per the order.
      Landscaping companies are permitted to work under the auspices that the services are important to facilitate sanitation and limit overgrowth and increase of pests. Workers should be practicing social distancing requirements.
      Construction, to include existing structure repair and new is permitted. Workers should also be practicing social distancing requirements.
      Travel or leaving the home for Essential Activities is permitted. For purposes of the order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities:
       •For health and safety,
       •For necessary supplies and services,
       •For outdoor activity, For certain types of work (at essential businesses),
       •To take care of others (family members/neighbors by visiting or transporting them for services outlined above).
      Medical procedures are limited to essential and life saving. This includes dental and other medical fields. Any complaints in this area will be forwarded to the Health Department. Treatment facilities and counseling centers are authorized to continue to operate. They are to institute social distancing and other work place practices per the order. BPD will take no action to determine if activities in this area fall within the scope of the order, and rely on the Health Department to enforce.
      Car dealerships fall within the scope as being an essential business supporting transportation. Repair shops are essential. The businesses are to adhere to social distancing and other work place requirements as directed in the order.
      Minimum basic operations for all businesses can continue. This would include functions like maintenance or cleaning personnel operating in a closed business. Or repairs, security personnel, payroll personnel, or other needed functions in order to keep the business viable during any shut down.
      Golf courses fall under outdoor activity as determined by the State Department of Health. Social distancing and other measures and safety practices are required. The Prosecutor’s Office also just advised that tennis is permissible.
      Chief Werth advised his troops. “Group sports, with contact is discouraged. Again, groups of ten or more should be dispersed, if observed.”
  Work Continues On Leasing, Planning And Construction At The Southern Park Mall  
  April 9, 2020 Edition  
     WPG remains committed to executing a first-class redevelopment project at Southern Park Mall, which will feature the DeBartolo Commons entertainment and athletic greenspace venue for the benefit of our guests, tenants, and community neighbors and partners, Kim Green, vice president, investor relations and corporate communications said this week.
      “First, we at Washington Prime Group extend our appreciation for the community’s continued support for Southern Park Mall’s redevelopment as evidenced by the Mahoning County Commissioners’ vote to approve the Community Reinvestment Area agreement, Green said.
      With WPG’s focus on serving the needs of our property teams and community partners across the country during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic...progress is continuing on leasing, planning, and construction at Southern Park Mall, and details will be announced as circumstances stabilize and return to normal, Green said.
      “Second, in the midst of an unprecedented health situation, more than ever, Southern Park Mall is embracing its role as a community partner by finding unique ways to transform its space for social good,” Green noted.
      The below initiatives are a few ways that Southern Park Mall is showing its support for the community:
       •Donation of Pottery Kits to local Nursing Facilities: Southern Park Mall is partnering with local business owner and tenant The Art Café to donate 20 pottery kits to Shepherd of the Valley (both locations in Boardman and Niles) and an additional 40 kits to the Beeghly Oaks Center for Rehabilitation and Healing in Boardman.
       •Providing Drive-Thru Lunch to First Responders and Healthcare Providers: On April 2, Southern Park Mall partnered with Chili’s to provide free ‘to go’ meals to first responders and healthcare providers. A white tent and ‘drive thru’ area was set up in the parking lot near the food court entrance.
       •Salvation Army Donation Site: Southern Park Mall will serve as a donation site for the Salvation Army. Nonperishable food items, bottled water, laundry soap, toilet paper and toiletries can be dropped off daily from noon to 5:00 p.m. The donation bin is located outside the food court entrance.
      Southern Park Mall remains closed at this time, with the exception of the following tenants:
       •BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse (offering delivery and carry out)
       •Buffalo Wild Wings (offering carry out)
       •PNC Bank
       •Firestone Complete Auto Center
      “WPG will continue to work with local, state and federal agencies to contribute to the containment, treatment and prevention of COVID-19,” Green added.
  In This Together Boardman  
  April 9, 2020 Edition  
     As Township Trustees of Boardman, we continue to ask our community to respect the orders set by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and practice social distancing, stay home, help others in need, and be part of the solution. Thank you, to the heroes working to support our
      community, we appreciate the sacrifice you are making to provide the community with essential services.
      On a daily basis, we are witnessing so many acts of kindness towards others. Trustee Brad Calhoun was recently handed a check for $10,000 to present to the Boardman Lions Club to fund the Boardman Schools food banks during this crisis. So many businesses have donated food, cleaning supplies, and personal
      protection equipment to first responders,
      neighborhoods have organized “bear hunts” for family fun, homemade face masks being made and donated, volunteers packing breakfasts and lunches for children, the list of kindness is incredible and we thank you!
      As a we continue to navigate this crisis, rest assured our Boardman Township employees will protect and serve our community.
      “Alone we can do little, together we can do so much.”
      Brad Calhoun, Tom Costello, Larry Moliterno
  Domestic Violence Call At Wagon Wheel Motel Leads To Arrest Of Pair Wanted In Morrow County  
  April 2, 2020 Edition  
     The woman had two severely bruised eyes,
      a small laceration under her left eye, a
      swollen nose and redness around her neck, left ear and wrists...She said she ‘slipped and fell’ in the shower.
      associate editor
      A 42-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested on warrants issued out of Morrow County, Oh. when Boardman police responded to a early-morning call of domestic violence at the Wagon Wheel Motel, 7015 Market St.
      Police were called to the motel at 4:26 a.m. last week on Mar. 24, where Ptl. Earl Neff and Ptl. Angelo Pasquale found a woman who identified herself as 29-year-old Rashonda N. Gray, who said she had been in an argument with her live-in boyfriend whom she identified as Calvin Wilson.
      ‘Gray’ told officers that she didn’t know ‘Wilson’s’ birth date.
      Officer Neff and Sgt. Glenn Patton went to look for ‘Wilson,’ while Officer Pasquale continued to interview ‘Gray,’ noticing the woman had “two severly bruised eyes, a small laceration under her left eye, a swollen nose and redness around her neck, left ear and wrists.”
      “I began to question the female about her injuries, and she stated they occurred when she ‘slipped and fell’ in the shower,” Ptl. Pasquale said.
      ‘Gray’ then changed her story, telling the policeman that the bruising around her eyes happened on Mar. 22 about 8:00 p.m. when ‘Wilson’ and she got into an argument, during which she was punched in the face three or four times.
      ‘Gray’ then told Officer Pasquale on the night of the police call, she was getting something to eat and woke ‘Wilson’ up, angering the man, and starting an argument.
      ‘Gray’ said she ended-up on the bed, pinned-down by ‘Wilson,’ who placed a pillow over her head to squelch her screaming.
      “She further advised that as the pillow was over her face, she was struck two-to-three times with a closed fist on the left side of her face,” Ptl. Pasquale reported.
      ‘Gray’ gave Officer Pasquale consent to search her room, and in plain view, police found a pill bottle bearing the name of ‘Ian Perry.’
      ‘Gray’ told police the bottle belonged to her boyfriend’s father, Officer Pasquale said.
      While Officer Pasquale spoke with ‘Gray,’ Sgt. Patton spoke with the Kanu Patel, manager of the motel, and learned a man used the name of ‘Don Perry’ to rent the room ‘Gray’ and ‘Wilson’ shared.
      “Patel could not remember the suspect’s name, but knew it was not Calvin,” Officer Pasquale said, adding “‘Gray’ finally admitted the man who was in her room was her husband, Ian Perry.”
      And, police were able to determine hat ‘Gray’ was actually Aliea I. Perry, 35, Ian Perry’s wife.
      “Aliea said she lied about her name because she didn’t want to get Ian arrested and she did not want to get arrested,” Officer Pasquale said.
      Aliea Perry was charged with obstruction and also charged on the warrant out of Morrow County (failure to appear).
      Ian Perry could not be immediately located, but about 13 hours later, Aliea called police, saying that her husband had returned to the motel.
      When police arrived back at the motel, Aliea said Ian wasn’t there.
      Ian Perry was found by Ptl. Joseph Olinger hiding in the laundry room at the nearby Boardman Inn about 3:30 p.m. Officer Pasquale said Ian Perry has two prior convictions for domestic violence, enhancing his charge on the local arrest to a felony-3; as well as a failure to appear warrant out of Morrow County
      “It was also determined that Ian Perry is currently set for sentencing in a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Apr. 15 for felony possession of drugs,” Officer Pasquale added.
      Last year the Wagon Wheel was closed for several months following inspections by the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office and the Boardman Fire Department.
      Chirag Enterprises sued Boardman Township over the closure last summer, and at their Dec. 30, 2019 meeting, acting upon the advice of the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, and inspections conducted by the Boardman Fire Department, Chirag and Boardman Township Trustees closed the matter in a journal entry proferred to the court.
      “The parties agree the nuisance has been abated. The Boardman of Trustees will not proceed with the nuisance abatement order,” said the journal entry.
      Since Jan. 1, Boardman police have answered a eleven calls to the Wagon Wheel Motel, the first coming on Jan. 10 when police were told a bad check had been passed at the business.
      That same day, just after 9:00 p.m., Steven Monday, 47, who was staying in room #7, called police claiming man was causing ‘a scene’ at the Wagon Wheel. Police spoke with 43-year-old Darrell McCary, of 150 West Princeton, Youngstown, Oh., who said he owned the motel. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Health in Youngstown.
      Police learned that Monday was wanted on a failure to appear in court warrant on charges of no driver’s license, a seat belt violation and domestic violence. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
      On Jan. 20 at 6:41 p.m., Boardman police were called to the Wagon Wheel to deal with a domestic dispute in room #14.
      Ptl. Nicholas Brent spoke with 20-yar-old Kylee Taylor Hamilton and 38-year-old Derrick Johnson Caston.
      Caston told police there had been no fight, but his girlfriend was upset.
      “Hamilton was highly agitated, and crying, and initially refused to exit the shower,” Officer Brent said, adding she also said there had been no fight and she had “a crazy moment.”
      On Feb. 1, police were called back to the Wagon Wheel on another call of a domestic disturbance between Hamilton and Caston. Both denied there had been any violence and said they had been arguing.
  BPD Chief Says Social Distancing Guidelines Are Being Monitored  
  “It’s Not The Time For Going Shopping”:   April 2, 2020 Edition  
     Boardman Township Police Chief Todd Werth is urging citizens and visitors to follow guidelines issued by federal and state agencies to adhere to social distancing guidelines and practices to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
      “It’s not a time for going shopping,” Chief Werth said this week, urging resident and visitors to Boardman Township to go to store, “get their supplies and return home.”
      In the third week of the pandemic, Chief Werth says his department has relied on the cooperation of the public and businesses in the community in observing social distancing and ‘Stay at Home’ guidelines, citing numerous examples of people and Boardman businesses putting practices into place that work to help limit contact while still providing a service.
      “Travel for work that is considered essential, for medical reasons, to purchase food or medicine, and to check on those in need is permitted. Try and combine trips to limit exposure. Have specific lists prior to going to the store, and limit your time there. Now is not the time to linger, browse, or take families shopping endangering yourself or employees. While away from your home, to include walks, keep a minimum six foot distance from other people. Limiting interaction ultimately helps protect you, your family and the workers, first responders, and health care workers taking care of us,” Chief Werth said.
      The Boardman Police Department has the statutory ability to enforce the Ohio Department of Health orders and is working with the Mahoning County Public Health Department to monitor compliance.
      “In an effort to prioritize emergency calls and the dispatching of emergency personnel, please do not call into the Boardman Communications Center with questions/reports reference the Stay at Home order. If you wish to report a possible violation or have a question about the order, email us at,” Chief Werth said.
  Boardman Local Schools Food Distribution  
  April 2, 2020 Edition  
     IT WAS ‘ALL HANDS ON DECK’ ON MONDAY at Boardman Local School’s free breakfast and lunch meals distribution program at Boardman High School. More than 10,000 meals were distributed to 1,055 families. Pictured, Kathy Fait, administrative assistant in the transportation department, helps direct traffic at the site.
  Neighborhood Police Patrols A Priority  
  “Our patrol officers respond to calls for service, our detectives continue to investigate cases, and our dispatchers stand ready to take your calls.”:   March 25, 2020 Edition  
      Boardman Townsip Police Chief
      The Boardman Police Department is committed to the safety of our community. We continue to actively patrol our neighborhoods and businesses in a proactive manner to deter and respond to criminal activity. Our patrol officers respond to calls for service, our detectives continue to investigate cases, and our dispatchers stand ready to take your calls.
      As every family, business, and organization in our country is doing, we are looking for ways to best navigate this pandemic. The safety and health of the public and our employees is a priority. While we have contingency plans in place, we recognize that we need to have healthy employees available to fill our critical enforcement and first responder role. We will continue to look at ways to be part of the national strategy to mitigate the risks of spreading this virus through limiting contact, while still working to do our jobs on a daily basis
      Our priority remains having uniformed officers patrolling our neighborhoods and community. Anyone breaking the law in any manner trying to take advantage of the current situation is one of our focuses. Additionally, for those criminals who think we are distracted, we will work with the Sheriff’s Department and the Courts to lock up the worst repeat offenders no matter the nature of the violations that may impact our community.
      During this time, continue to look after each other and especially those neighbors and family who are elderly, or may be more prone to victimization. Expect a different twist on frauds that seek to target people either door to door, over the phone, or through the internet. As we identify specific type of threats, whether they are financial frauds or others, we’ll work to put that information out to the public.
      As always, we appreciate everyone’s patience, cooperation, and support. Our goal is to maximize the number of officers who are on the street. To clarify, a routine call of a complaint for something like a barking dog, or an unlocked car that was entered into the night before, etc. are non-emergency complaints/reports. A suspicious person outside, someone actively involved in a crime, a fight or assault, etc. is an emergency call and you should contact us through 911. We will not hesitate to send an officer, especially several, if the situation dictates.
      Our normal and preferred practice is to take all type of reports in person either at the BPD Department lobby (for walk ins) or in person with an officer dispatched to a residence or business. However, until further notice the Police Department lobby will be closed and we’ll take reports by phone.
      Persons who come to the Police Department can use a phone in the outer lobby (8299 Market St.) that will connect to our Dispatch Center. There you will be connected directly to one of our Dispatchers. They will ask for some pertinent information and pass on your phone number to one of our officers. You will be called as soon as one of our officers are free. You can then provide the details of your complaint to the officer who will complete a report. If you call into the Dispatch Center (330-726-4144) to file a complaint or report, the dispatcher will take your contact information and again assign it to the next available officer, who will contact you to take the report. Depending on the matter, it will be assigned to a detective for further investigation and they will be in contact. If you need a copy of the report or other documentation from Boardman Police Records, we will ask to facilitate that through email, fax, or mail.
      We appreciate everyone’s patience and we’ll continue to keep providing updates. Don’t hesitate to call me directly with any questions or concerns at 330-729-2028.
  There Are Opportunities In A Crisis  
  “Help your kids continue to devote daily hours to their learning. Get interested in what they are studying.”:   March 25, 2020 Edition  
      Boardman High School Principal
      It’s been an unusual week to be an educator.
      Each day, we were attempting to plan for a new set of parameters, and even as we planned, like sand, everything was shifting. We would sit in groups and discuss appropriate responses to the current situation, trying to account for all the pieces of our complicated puzzle, write out our messages to our school family, and coordinate our simultaneous release of information.
      Sometimes as we were issuing statements and instructions, the situation was changing yet again which made what we were saying suddenly incorrect or incomplete.
      Back to the planning table again.
      The number one concern when you are an educator is students. Educators love their students. Educators take enormous pride in their teaching craft and the hugely important responsibility of instructing their students. So throughout all of this shifting sand, teachers are trying to create instructional activities that can be delivered remotely without the essential face-to-face interactions that are truly where the magic of learning rests.
      And there I am, trying to encourage and motivate my teachers to create these remote activities, telling them, “you can do this,” and seeing the uncertainty in their faces. But, here’s what gets me every time I have to ask them to do something new and unthinkable, they do it. They jump in, some enthusiastically, some hesitantly, some fearfully. But they roll up their sleeves and get the job done.
      It seems like every year I have to stand in front of these teachers and ask them to face some new and extremely difficult challenge. I have to tell them that they can do it. I tell them that I know they can do it. And I do know they can do it.
      But my heart aches a little even as I tell them they can.
      Teachers were worried about their students. Teachers were wondering how to keep their students attached to the educational process when they are far away. They did their best to create remote lessons to keep students connected to the regular life of school and learning.
      But what about athletics? What about banquets? But what about concerts? But what about state testing? But what about prom? Or commencement? So many questions right now with few answered, unfortunately.
      For right now we know we need help, though. Teachers can’t do the daily work of standing near students and have to rely on parents to carry the torch. Parents, we need your help now. We have always been a team, even if we don’t always realize it. And now we need parents to help us during this strange time.
      Help your kids continue to devote daily hours to their learning. Get interested in what they are studying. Find supplemental information to deepen the experience. Read with them. Watch a related documentary together. Check that they are completing their remote assignments.
      There’s only so much that teachers can do and prepare in such a short time span. Parents can help so much to make the next three weeks as close to authentic learning as possible.
      Remember that this isn’t a snow day. Students have been released from school to prevent social contact. Keep your students home as much as possible and use this time for studies or art or gardening or camping in your backyard.
      Life is strange right now. But there are always opportunities in a crisis. Seek those opportunities with your children and enjoy this strange gift you have been given.
      Your children’s teachers await normal life again with lots of hope for a swift return to school days. Stay safe. Stay healthy.
      (Written on Mar. 14, 2020)
  Anamoly In Shooting Suspect’s Body Determined To Be A Bullet  
  March 12, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      The 19-year-old suspect charged in the Feb. 13 shooting death of 18-year-old Kane Wiesensee at 5515 West Blvd. had a bullet in his stomach when he was booked into the Mahoning County Jail, according to a variety of police sources.
      19-year-old Emanuel Boyd, of 5515 West Blvd. has been bound over to the Mahoning County Grand Jury on a charge of murder. He has been lodged in the jail since the night of the shooting.
      Sources say when suspects are booked into the jail, they must undergo a body scan, and while Boyd was going through the process, the scan detected an anomaly inside his body, that was determined to be a bullet.
      One well-placed police source told The Boardman News that upon discovering the bullet inside Boyd’s stomach, the suspect said a vehicle he been driving had been stopped by police prior to the time of the shooting, and he didn’t want to get in trouble, so he swallowed the bullet.
      The bullet was later recovered and turned over to Boardman police.
      Wiesensee died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, as his girlfriend was sitting in his lap, police said.
      According to police reports, Boyd first said the shooting happened “up the street,” claiming Wiesensee was the victim of a drive-by shooting. Ptl. Joe O’Grady said there were no footprints in the snow-covered ground to back-up Boyd’s claim.
      Wiesensee’s girlfriend, 18-year-old Sienna Holstein, told police she was sitting on her boyfriend’s lap and that Boyd “was playing with a gun” that she believed accidentally discharged.
      “She said she started freaking out and Kane started screaming. She also described feeling heat from the shot,” Officer O’Grady said.
  Boardman Schools Fund For Educational Excellence Reverse Raffle Fundraiser  
  Raises Funds for Mini-Teacher Grants:   March 12, 2020 Edition  
     THE BOARDMAN LOCAL SCHOOL’S FUND FOR Education Excellence held their annual reverse raffle dinner on Fri., Mar. 6 at Avion on the Water. The event raised over $30,000 that will be used for teacher mini-grants that enhance educational offerings to students in the system. Pictured at the event, from left are Don Riccitelli, board member of the Fund for Educational Excellence; Jerry Blasco, raffle winner; Tom Varley, Scott Lenhart and Matt Gambrel, also members of the board. Edie Davidson, not pictured, is president of the fund.
  How The State Took Over Youngstown City Schools  
  March 5, 2020 Edition  
      It was late on a Tuesday in June, 2015 when Ohio State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, of Boardman, got the call from a staffer for Gov. John Kasich (R). It was a courtesy call to let the Democratic minority leader know that Republicans would introduce legislation the next morning to dramatically alter the Youngstown public schools, in Schiavoni’s district.
      The Republicans would offer a 66-page amendment to a pending education bill, and it would be brought before a legislative committee in the morning, and then both houses would vote on it later in the day, the staffer said.
      Schiavoni protested, saying that he and his colleagues needed to read the proposal. Kasich wanted a vote on Wednesday, the staffer said.
      The lawmaker jumped in his car outside his home in northeast Ohio and drove 177 miles to the State House in Columbus, arriving at about 9 p.m. to get a copy of the proposal from Sen. Peggy Lehner (R), the chair of the education panel.
      As he thumbed through it, Schiavoni realized it was nothing like the education bill that had been pending and had received bipartisan backing.
      The Kasich administration’s amendment called for an aggressive takeover by a state-appointed chief executive who would have broad authority over the 5,109-student school system. The chief executive would be able to hire and fire, create budgets, set curriculum and professional development for staff and would have the ability to permanently close schools or contract with for-profits or nonprofits to manage them.
      The chief executive would not need a background in education; the only requirement is a “high level of management experience” in the public or private sector.
      One distinctive aspect of the takeover plan [was] a cash bonus paid by the state to any charter, private, parochial or suburban school system that accepted a student transferring out of Youngstown City Schools.
      One participant in the secret meetings on the takeover was Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, that operates several parochial schools in the city that would be eligible for such bonuses. Murry did not respond to requests for comment.
      Proponents of the plan said that financial incentive was a way to put pressure on Youngstown City Schools to improve rapidly. Critics said it was designed to hollow out the district until it collapses.
      Schiavoni said he told Lehner that he wanted more time to discuss the proposal and have hearings. “She said, ‘Gov. Kasich wants this passed tomorrow,’ ” Schiavoni said. Lehner could not be reached for comment.
      By the next night, the education committee had voted on the amended bill, and Republican majorities in the Ohio House and Senate had passed it, albeit narrowly, with a handful of Republicans joining all the Democrats in opposition. Kasich signed it into law in July.
      Kasich “knew if people read it they would have real questions, and if this was done the right way, with public hearings in the community and Columbus, people would have a lot of questions because of the drastic way it takes all the power from elected officials and puts it in the hands of one CEO,” Schiavoni said.
      A spokesman for Kasich said the governor felt great urgency to do something to improve the Youngstown schools.
      “Gov. Kasich had been vocal about the need to improve the Youngstown School system in light of the fact that they had been failing for nearly 10 years and students were being deprived of the education they deserved,” said Joe Andrews, the governor’s press secretary.
      More than 98 percent of the students in Youngstown are considered low-income. The children start school already behind the curve: 70 percent of kindergartners in 2013-2014 were not on track to read by third grade, an important indicator of academic potential.
      Youngstown City Schools have been hemorrhaging students. About half the school-aged students who live in Youngstown attend other schools---charters or private schools with or without taxpayer vouchers, or they enroll in suburban schools through open enrollment policies in which neighboring communities will accept city residents if they have room. (Editor’s Note: Many Mahoning Valley schools have used open enrollment to boost their budgets and cash flow)
      Schiavoni expressed concern that the new cash bonuses would speed the collapse of the existing school system.
      Asked by reporters about the way the legislation sped through legislature, Kasich said: “Some people said it moved too fast; I think it moved too slow,” he said. “Thank God this has happened.”
      The fast-track passage belies the fact that the Kasich administration had been steadily working to craft the takeover for 10 months behind closed doors with about a half-dozen of Youngstown’s business and community leaders, none of them elected officials.
      About half the group were state officials, including (former) Ohio School Superintendent Richard Ross. Notes taken at the meetings and released by the state show they were operating in secret and were concerned about Youngstown residents learning what they were doing.
      “Dr. Ross begins the conversation by reminding everyone that confidentiality amongst the Cabinet is essential until the plans begins to take place,” the notes from a May 21, 2015, meeting said.
      It was clear that Kasich’s staff wrote the takeover plan; even after the legislature passed the bill, some of the “cabinet” members were asking state officials to explain parts of it, according to the notes.
      But they were mindful about coordinating their public messages, working with a public relations specialist to make sure they were speaking with one voice as members of the Youngstown community, according to the notes.
      Excerpted from an article published
      on Feb. 1, 2016 in the Washington Post.
  Teen Charged In Shooting Bound Over To Grand Jury, Remains Jailed On $250,000 Bond  
  Weapon Sent To Ohio BCI For Tests:   February 27, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      19-year-old Emanuel Robert Boyd, of 5515 West Blvd., was bound over to the Mahoning County Grand Jury last week, charged with murder in the Feb. 13 shooting death of 18-year-old Kane Wiesensee.
      Boardman Court Judge Joseph Houser continued Boyd’s bond at $250,000. Boyd has been incarcerated in the Mahoning County Jail since the shooting.
      Wiesensee was shot in the early morning hours of Feb. 13 at 5515 West Blvd., a home owned by Boyd’s father, who is lodged in the county jail while awaiting trial on child sex-related charges, including rape.
      According to Wiesensee’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Sienna Holstein, shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Feb. 13, Boyd “had this gun and was playing with it” when the weapon discharged.
      Holstein told Sgt. Glenn Patton she was sitting on Wiesensee’s lap when he was shot.
      “She started freaking out, and Kane started screaming. She also described feeling heat from the shot,” Sgt. Patton said.
      Police recovered a Highpoint 9mm handgun from Boyd’s house in a cardboard box, along with a backpack. The backpack was reported to belong to Derek Slipkovich, 19, of 4962 Lockwood Blvd., Det. Ben Switka said.
      The gun’s serial number is reported to have been altered. It has been sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification for ballistic tests, and where its ownership can possibly be traced.
      Boyd and Slipkovich knew each other and were Facebook friends.
      Three days before Wiesensee was shot, Slipkovich’s father, William, 42, reported his home at 4962 Lockwood Blvd. had been burglarized.
      Among the items reported stolen were a Highpoint 9mm pistol and a 50-round box of 9mm ammunition, according to a police report filed by Ptl. David Jones.
      William Slipkovich told police his family left the residence about 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 8, and returned the following day around 3:30 p.m. when they discovered the break-in.
      Slipkovich said the pistol and ammunition were taken from his bedroom and were in a small black bag he kept under the bed.
      “The pistol had a trigger lock on it that was removed by the suspects and left in the bag,” Slipkovich told Officer Jones.
      Police arrived at Boyd’s residence within two minutes of receiving a call of a shooting here.
      Ptl. Joseph O’Grady was the first officer to be at the scene and said he was met at the front door by Emanuel Boyd.
      Officer O’Grady said when he entered the residence he observed blood droplets in the foyer, and saw Wiesensee laying on his back near a couch, being held by Holstein.
      “I could hear the male gasping for breath, however he had a blank stare,” Officer O’Grady said.
      Moments later Sgt. Patton began CPR on Wiesensee, who was placed into an ambulance about 20 minutes later and transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, where he was pronounced dead at 1:48 a.m., Officer O’Grady said. Wiesensee had a single gunshot wound to the left side of his chest, Officer O’Grady said.
      Also, in connection with their investigation into the shooting, police also went to 6102 Glenwood Ave., in connection with a search warrant.
      5515 West Blvd.
      Six days after the shooting, shortly after noon on Feb. 19, police were sent to the Boyd home, 5515 West Blvd., for a reported breaking and entering.
      Officer Jamison Diglaw spoke with Jason Jayne, who said he had been hired by the home’s owner, Robert Boyd, for remodeling projects while Boyd is in jail.
      Jayne told the officer he found a rear door ajar and garage door open, a day after a female had called him to ask if he had a key to the home so she could get some personal belongings.
      “Jayne advised the residence has been vacant for approximately one week,” Officer Diglaw said.
  St. Pat’s Parade Sunday, Mar. 15  
  H. William ‘Bill’ Lawson Grand Marshal:   February 27, 2020 Edition  
     The Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Parade will celebrate its 42nd anniversary when it travels down Market St. on Sun., Mar. 15, from Roche Way to Southwoods Dr. Theme of this year’s parade “Irish Heritage...Rooted Deep in the Valley.”
      Grand marshal this year will be H. William ‘Bill’ Lawson, executive director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Serving as Lord Mayor of Kilkenny will be noted Mahoning County Court Judge Scott Hunter, a veteran of more than 20 years on the bench. Named for the Ockerman Award is Kurt Hilderbrand, who has served as a parade marshal for the annual St. Pat’s celebration since 2004.
      The parade committee is led by venerable local radio and television personality Casey Malone as president; assisted by Robb Kale, treasurer; Sharon Sabatka, secretary; and Joe Illencik, head marshal.
      H. William ‘Bill’ Lawson
      Lawson is Executive Director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Lawson has worked for the Historical Society for 33 years, and served as Executive Director since 1991.
      Lawson is a Mahoning Valley native, and received his primary and secondary education in the Boardman Local Schools. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees in History from YSU. He has researched, written and lectured extensively on the history of the Mahoning Valley.
      Lawson is a former board member of the Ohio Museums Association, and a past board member and President of the Ohio Local History Alliance. He is a 15-year member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Youngstown, the area’s first service club, and a board member of Youngstown CityScape, a development organization focusing on improvements in the central City.
      Lawson and his wife, Joan, a religious education consultant for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, live on the Youngstown’s west side and are active members of St. Patrick Church on Oak Hill Ave. Together they enjoy traveling, hunting for antiques and collectibles, and maintaining a vintage camper trailer and paddling on Guilford Lake in Columbiana County. He has two children: Meghan E. Lawson, a licensed massage therapist at Spinal Care Chiropractic Center in Columbiana County, and Brian W. Lawson, an electroencephalography technician at University Hospitals in Cleveland.
      Judge Scott Hunter, Esq.
      Judge Hunter is a lifelong resident of Mahoning County and a graduate of Canfield High School, Youngstown State University, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
      Currently a resident of Boardman, He has served as Mayor of the City of Canfield and also served as a member of Canfield City Council and as Council President.
      He began his service as a Mahoning County Area Court Judge with his appointment to the position in July, 1999. He was elected to a full six-year term in the fall of 2000 and reelected in 2006, 2012, and 2018, serving the Area Courts located in Austintown, Boardman, Sebring and Canfield.
      Currently Judge Hunter serves as the Administrative and Presiding Judge for the Area Courts. He presided over the Misdemeanor Drug Court from April 2001 until April 2014, where he worked to expand it into a successful rehabilitative Court alternative.
      For his work with the Drug Court, Judge Hunter received the Excellence in Service Award, Volunteer Category from the Mahoning County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board as well as the Hope Has A Home Award from the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic.
      He has maintained a private law practice for nearly 32 years and has been one of the owners of Hunter-Stevens Land Title Agency, Ltd. for over 22 years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mahoning County Agricultural Society and the Canfield Fair Foundation. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of United Community Financial Corporation and Home Savings Bank. He is involved in numerous community, church and civic activities and is a member of the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Land Title Association. He currently serves as Trustee of the Mahoning County Bar Association Foundation.
      Most importantly, he is married to the former Michelle Marino, and father to three daughters, Ashley, Emily (Christopher) Hammond and Katie, his step-daughter, Jessica, step-son, Austin, and grandfather to Hunter Mary.
      Kurt Hilderbrand
      Kurt is the son of Beverly O’Neill Hilderbrand and Robert Hilderbrand and has lived in the Mahoning Valley his entire life. He is a graduate of Poland Seminary High School and a graduate of The Youngstown State University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
      He is married to Donna Slagle and together they have a son Kent (23) who is also involved as a parade marshal.
      Hilderband is a member of St. James Episcopal Church Boardman where he has served as Eucharistic Minister, Reader and served three terms on the Vestry.
      He has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America since 1985, he is an Eagle scout, and is currently serving as District Committee member for the Whispering Pines District Great Trail Council. He previously served as Scoutmaster of Troop 80 North Lima, Ohio for 15 years, and was on the board of directors for the Greater Western Reserve Council, BSA. As a scouter he has been awarded the Order of the Arrow Vigil member, Silver Beaver Award, District Award of Merit, Wood Badge and Wood Badge Staffer.
      Hilderbrand is employed as mechanical project engineer with Primetals Technologies in Canonsburg, Pa. He has been a Parade Marshal since 2004.
      Parade Committees/Marshals
      Other members of this year’s parade committee are, Tom Butler, Joe Calinger, Pat Chrystal, Marilyn Carroll, Julaine Gilmartin, Mark Smith, John Sheridan, Mary Jane Venitti and Grant Williams.
      Serving as marshals will be Bill Leskovec, Jason Calinger, Anthony Sabatka, Terry Coyle, Brian Kelly, Doug Sherl, Mike Timlin, Lenny Sefcik, Jim Doran, Ray Kelly IV, Tom Eich, Tim Kelly, Anthony Wanio, Rob Pappas, Lee Arent, Rich Perrine, Kent Hildebrand, Kelsey Warmley, Nick Mozingo, Alex Mangie, Rob Tamburro, Dante Lewis, Dennis Murphy, Anthony Magrini, David Manion, Ashley Kale, Michelle Rucci, Bob Hankey, Adam Hankey, Kurt Hildebrand, Buzz Kelty, Larry Kacenga and Larry Harwell.
      The Parade
      The Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Parade is one of the largest parades in the state of Ohio. Each year upwards of 25,000 spectators come out to celebrate this beloved family tradition. More than 120 units march in the parade.
  19-Year-Old Boy Faces Charges In Shooting Death Of His Good Friend  
  18-Year-Old Kane Weisensee Was Shot In The Chest At 5515 West Blvd.:   February 20, 2020 Edition  
      associate editor
      A preliminary hearing was set for this week in the Boardman courtroom of Judge Joseph Houser for 19-year-old Emanuel Boyd, of 5515 West Blvd., who was charged with murder in the death of his good friend, 18-year-old Kane Wiesensee, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest from a 9mm handgun about 1:00 a.m. on Thurs., Feb. 13 at the West Blvd. home.
      According to a variety of police sources, the murder charge could be reduced to an involuntary manslaughter charge, or another lesser charge as the sources indicate the shooting is accidental.
      The weapon police believe was used in the shooting was recovered from a cardboard box in the garage of the home.
      Boyd could face charges related to possession of the gun, as he had a juvenile record that prohibited him from having a weapon.
      In addition, police are investigating to determine if the gun had been stolen during some recent home break-ins. Several sources told The Boardman News that Boyd and Wiesensee were considered suspects in those break-ins.
      One police source indicated there was a lack of “adult supervision” at the home at 5515 West Blvd. According to the Mahoning County Auditor’s Office, the home is owned by Robert Boyd, 49, (Emanuel’s father) who is presently incarcerated while awaiting trial after being indicted on Mar. 15, 2018 on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.
      The home is $4,143.76 delinquent in property taxes, according to the Auditor’s Office.
      According to a police source, Emanuel Boyd, Weisensee and his 20-year-old girlfriend were believed to be living at the home.
      Emanuel Boyd could also face an additional charge of obstruction.
      When police arrived at the West Blvd. home last Thursday, they reported that Boyd told them the shooting happened ‘up the street’ when shots were fired from a car with no lights on, as he and Weisensee were walking along West Blvd.
      That claim was disputed when Weisensee’s girlfriend said she was sitting on her boyfriend’s lap while Boyd was playing with a gun that discharged, striking Weisensee in the chest.
      Emanuel Boyd is being held on a $250,000 bond, and was reported to be on probation after his conviction on felony charges as a juvenile.
      According to the Boardman Police Department’s School Resource Officer, Ptl. Phil Merlo, he and Glenwood Middle School Principal Bart Smith went to a home at 5532 Lockwood Blvd. on Jan. 5, 2017 to check on the welfare of an eighth grade student, Emanuel Boyd’s 13-year-old sister, who had not been in school, or reported off of school for two days, and had already incurred a dozen unexcused absences for the 2016-17 academic year.
      When Merlo and Smith arrived at the home, the said they were met by 18-year-old John Ferguson, who said he had ‘just moved-in a few days ago,’ and who directed them to the girl’s brother, Emanuel ‘Manny’ Boyd,’ who was in the family room.
      “I was familiar with Emanuel from prior arrests and had information that he was recently released from court-ordered drug rehabilitation and that he had been attempting to acquire a handgun,” Officer Merlo said.
      SRO Merlo said he asked the then 16-year-old boy why he wasn’t in school, and the teen replied he had moved back with his father, Robert Boyd, on Dec. 21, 2016, and had not yet registered for school.
      The policeman said as he was speaking with Boyd, he observed an empty box of 9mm handgun ammunition on a computer desk.
      “That ain’t mine...I don’t know how that got here...I ain’t allowed no guns,” Officer Merlo said that Boyd responded, adding that police searched the home and found no weapons.
      According to Officer Merlo, Robert Boyd eventually showed-up at the Lockwood Blvd. home near noon and indicated to police that Emanuel’s younger sister “may have been with a friend” at the Traveler’s Inn, 6110 Market St. where a man named Steven Prest, 35, a registered sex offender, resided.
      When police knocked on the door of the room where they believed Boyd’s sister was, Merlo said they were met at the door by an 18-year-old male who claimed to be an eighth grade student at Center Middle School.
      “A strong smell of burnt marihuana was evident,” Officer Merlo said, adding when he asked if Boyd’s little sister was in the room, the teen stated “no,’ and when asked if he, Det. C.F. Hillman Jr. and Det. Rick Balog could check inside the room, the teen replied “no, not really...this ain’t my place.”
      At this point, Officer Merlo said he heard was sounded like someone moving around in the rear bathroom area of the room, and found the 13-year-old girl inside.
      Prest’s parole officer, identified as Dwight Paskovich, was notified of the incident.
      More than a year later, on Oct. 28, 2018, at 11:40 a.m., three Boardman police officers, Sgt. Paul Grimes, Ptl. Jamison Diglaw and Ptl. Mike Calautti were sent to 5515 West Blvd. on a call of a burglary, and where a neighbor was watching the residence due to numerous break-ins at the home.
      As police arrived, Officer Calautti said police found Prest and a 20-year-old woman identified as Kathryn Cooper “walking through the yard.”
      Prest and Cooper told police they had been invited to the home by Emanuel Boyd’s little sister and had spent the night at the house.
      This time, Robert Boyd, who was lodged in the county jail, was contacted by police and asked if anyone was allowed to be there.
      “A deputy advised that no one was to be at the house,” Officer Calautti said.
      On Nov, 9, 2018, three Boardman police officers, Ptl. David Ritz, Ptl. Shawn McClellan and Ptl. Shannon Chaffe were dispatched to 5515 West Blvd. where they spoke with Robert Boyd, who said that earlier in the morning he had been released from the county jail and upon returning to the home. He found it in deplorable condition, and that a safe in the basement had been tampered with.
      According to court records, Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney revoked Boyd’s bond on Jan. 9, 2020 “due to defendant violating the terms of bond” and ordered him to be remanded into custody at the Mahoning County Jail with a jury trial set for Apr. 27 on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
      Emanuel Boyd and Weisensee came to the attention of Boardman police on Aug. 27, 2017 during an investigation of vandalism at 737 Havenwood Dr. where a rock had been thrown through a window. A 19-year-old male at the home said there had been arguments over a boyfriend-girlfriend situation, and identified Boyd and Weisensee as involved in the disagreement.
      The teenage resident of Havenwood said he had received messages over social media, asking him to come out of the house for an “apology.” Shortly after refusing the offer, a rock was thrown through a front window of the home, Officer Tallman said.
  14th Cattle Baron’s Ball Set For Apr. 4 At Lake Club  
  February 13, 2020 Edition  
     On Saturday, April 4, the 14th annual American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball will be held at the Lake Club. The ball is one of the Mahoning Valley’s premiere charity events, with tickets selling out each year, raising dollars to fund the fight against cancer.
      This year’s honorees, chairs and special guests include Pat and Doug Sweeney, honorary chairs of the event; Dr. Thomas J. Chirichella III, medical honoree; Robin Daprile, cancer survivor honoree; Brett Wilcox and Ava Timko, special guests, pediatric cancer survivors; and Carole Weimer and Annette Camacci, co-chairs of the ball.
      “Along with event presenting sponsor Mercy Health, the Cattle Baron’s Ball volunteers and staff are honored to have such a distinguished group of honorees and special guests committed to helping fight cancer,” Weimer said.
      Community philanthropists Patt and Doug Sweeney will serve as the honorary chairs. Doug is the president of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in Boardman, and Patt is recently retired as the health commissioner for Mahoning County.
      Medical honoree is Dr. Thomas J. Chirichella, medical director at the Mercy Health Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Center.
      Survivor honoree Robin Daprile, owner of Robin Daprile Personal Training Services and is a two-year survivor of breast cancer.
      Ava Timko and Brett Wilcox, both 12-years-old, have been past honorees at the event, and they provide hope for the future with their attendance every year as special guests.
      The Cattle Baron’s Ball will offer attendees a lively, western-themed party featuring gourmet cuisine, musical entertainment and dancing, live and silent auctions, and much more. Attendees are encouraged to don their favorite country-western denim and add some glitz for this “Denim and Diamonds” event.
      Entertainment will be provided by Leanne Binder during the 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. cocktail hour, and the K Street Band will provide entertainment for the balance of the evening. Returning this year are Dana Balash from WFMJ as master of ceremonies, and Paul Basinger, as the auctioneer for the evening’s live auction.
      The event is made possible through the support of the presenting sponsor Mercy Health. Additional major sponsors include Gem Young, Hollywood Gaming, Mercy Health Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Center, The Muransky Companies, Simon Roofing, Richard and Susan Sokolov and Komara Jewelers.
      To purchase tickets, provide a sponsorship or auction items, contact the American Cancer Society at 330-318-4107, or visit
      PICTURED: READY FOR CATTLE BARON’S BALL: In front, from left, Annette Camacci, Brett Wilcox, Ava Timko and Robin Daprile In back, from left, Carole Weimer, Dr. Thomas J. Chirichella, Patt Sweeney, Doug Sweeney
  Cardinal Mooney Hall Of Fame Ceremonies Set For Sun., Feb. 16  
  February 6, 2020 Edition  
     Cardinal Mooney High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Ron Stoops Scholarship Dinner will be held at the Lake Club in Poland on Sunday, Feb. 16. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. The buffet dinner and open bar is set from 6:45- p.m. to 8:00 p.m., followed by the induction ceremonies. Tickets are $85/person or $680 for a table of eight. Proceeds will benefit the Ron Stoops Scholarship Fund.
      This year’s inductees include: Kimo DeNiro (football, class of ’86), Katie (Dick) Plus (golf, ’04), Brianne Diorio Alaburda (softball, ’00), Erica Dorbish Vass (soccer, ’01), PJ Guerrieri (baseball, ’92), Jeffrey Hehr (baseball / basketball, ’04), Mike Hughes (football, ’96), Jack Kohl (football, ’82), John V. Mahoney (football, ’84), Paul Palumbo (significant contributions), Lori Patrone Lucas (basketball / track, ’04), Ronald F. Stoops (football, ’04), Patrick Walker (soccer, ’03), and Brian Woychick (football, ’00).
      For reservations, call (330) 788-5113 or go to More information is available by contacting Don Bucci at (330) 788-9879.
  Shortly After Allegations Of Bullying Made In Court Document, Mooney President And School Principal Leave Their Positions  
  February 6, 2020 Edition  
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      Following a hearing in a Mahoning County Common Pleas Courtroom involving allegations of bullying at Cardinal Mooney High School, as well as failure to fully investigate those allegations, the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announced last week the President of Mooney, Mark Oles, and the school principal, Mark Vollmer, were leaving their positions “effectively immediately.”
      Additionally, there have been allegations of a second instance of bullying, but those did not become part of a court case. In both instances, the student-athlete who made the claims, transferred from Mooney to Ursuline High School.
      “We realize that sudden change like this will most likely prompt questions and perhaps, speculation and rumor. We want to emphasize that this change is the result of much discussion, review and reflection about what is best for Cardinal Mooney’s students, parents, teachers, staff and many other supporters,” Diocesan Bishop The Most Rev. George Murry said.
      The claims of bullying surfaced in court documents filed in relation to a complaint for an injunction that was heard in the courtroom of Judge Anthony M. D’Apolito in mid-January. The injunction was sought to prevent the Ohio High School Athletic Commission from ruling a student-athlete at Ursuline, who had transferred from Mooney, was ineligible to participate in a full season of an interscholastic sport program.
      According to the complaint filed by Atty. Justin Markota, one student claimed during the time of his enrollment as a freshman at Mooney in 2017, through Oct., 2019, he was the victim of “ongoing intimidation, harassment and bullying from his classmates.”
      As a sophomore, according to the complaint, the ongoing effects of “intimidation, harassment and bullying...prompted the student to undergo counseling,” and by his junior year, “the intimidation, harassment and bullying...from fellow classmates progressed to the point where he began experiencing diminishing grades, anxiety and overall fear for his safety while attending classes.”
      According to the complaint, the child’s mother informed Vollmer and Oles about the bullying in early October, 2019 and then the child transferred to Ursuline in mid-October.
      “His parents felt...the transfer was necessary for [the child’s] mental and physical well-being, as the bullying was continuous,” the complaint says, adding that following his transfer to Ursuline, “the child remained in the care of a counselor.”
      Atty. Markota told the court “Cardinal Mooney did not formally investigate the bullying allegations...nor did [the school] prepare a written, investigative report” following the child’s transfer to Ursuline.
      Counsel said in the complaint that Vollmer said he was aware of the bullying complaint and told teachers to monitor the school hallways.
      “Vollmer explained he did not interview any students, or prepare a rewritten report of any bullying findings following [the student’s] transfer,” Atty. Markota said.
      Judge D’Apolito granted injunctive relief to allow the student to participate, for now, in interscholastic sports, and set another hearing in the matter in February.
      According to the Diocese, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, Cardinal Mooney CEO Richard Osborne will assume the president’s duties, and Dr. Mary Anne Beiting, director of accreditation and government programs for the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, will assume the role of interim principal at Cardinal Mooney.
      “Both have been working at the school on a daily basis since last November,” the Diocese said.
      Osborne previously served as president at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, overseeing a period of substantial growth in enrollment and fundraising, the Diocese said, adding “Those issues have been his focus since joining Mooney.”
      Beiting served for 26 years as principal at Archbishop Hoban High School and “will continue her work at Mooney on strategic programs and policies to strengthen the school’s academics,” the Diocese said.
      Bishop Murry said an extensive search for the next Cardinal Mooney president and principal will begin soon, noting the school “has a proud, rich tradition of sanctity, scholarship and discipline. We will build on that as we move forward.”
  Seventh District Appeals Court Upholds 2018 Assault Conviction  
  Gabriel Mathews Fell Unconscious At Home Depot:   January 30, 2020 Edition  
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      A decision of the Seventh District Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and seven year jail sentence of a 55-year-old Youngstown man in a brutal assault that happened at Home Depot, 7001 Southern Blvd., on July 14, 2016.
      Brian D. Murray, 59, of 2204 Canfield Rd., found guilty of assaulting Gabriel Mathews, now 60-years-old, on Feb. 26, 2018 in the courtroom of Judge John Durkin.
      According to records of the Boardman Police Department and the court, Murray pummeled Mathews into unconsciousness.
      Murray admitted to the assault, but claimed he had acted in self defense.
      According to a transcript filed by Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Ralph Rivera, about 4:30 p.m. on July 14, 2006, Murray and Mathews were both at Home Depot.
      Mathews, who said he is a self-employed general contractor who specializes in bathroom remodeling, said he was working on a job in Youngstown when he and a man, Lee Otagah, went to Home Depot to get some supplies.
      Mathews said he walked into the store and saw Murray, and claimed when he attempted to “shake hands” with Murray, he was assaulted.
      Otagah told the court that Murray was “very aggressive towards Mathews, hitting him with a closed fist.”
      “You know, it was very aggressive, very violent...It wasn’t really a fight. I would say more or less, it was just [Murray] hitting [Mathews] and it escalated,” Otegah said. He said the confrontation ended outside the store where Murray struck Mathews “one last time and Gabriel fell down and went into an unconscious state.”
      Dr. Amanda Mason, an emergency room physician at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, said when Mathews arrived at the hospital, “he was very confused. His face was very bloody...We immediately treated him as what we call a trauma patient. I think he sustained enough injuries for us to call out all the bells and whistles.” The doctors said that Mathews sustained multiple areas of bleeding inside the brain, we well as skull fractures. He was directly admitted to the surgical intensive care unit.”
      Dr. Donald Tamulonis, a neurologist, told the court that “with the initial assault, [Mathews] had a seizure, which is very common in blunt head trauma. Dr. Tamulonis concluded that Mathews had a skull fracture and bilateral subdural hematoma and intracranial bleeding.
      “It was a life-threatening disorder,” Dr. Tamulonis said, adding that Mathews required prolonged hospitalization based on his injuries.
      “Mathews intracranial hemorrhaging was the major concern, which resulted in a permanent injury,” Dr. Tamulonis told the court, noting that six days after the confrontation, “Mathews was more awake and talking...but he did not remember his name. He was still confused, he thought he was at Wick Park, he thought the month was March.”
      Murray told the court he and Mathews had previously worked together and sometime in Oct., 2015, the two got into an argument where Mathews supposedly told Murray, he would ‘burn his house down and kick his ass.”’ Murray claimed that Mathews had “bragged about a couple of altercations he was in.”
      Murray told the court when he saw Mathews at Home Depot, he thought “this guy is about to hurt me” and “I feared for my life.”
      A witness at the trial in Judge Durkin’s court, identified as David Asher, told the court he saw Murray at a laundromat in Cornersburg, sometime before the confrontation at Home Depot.
      During a conversation between the two men, Asher said that Murray told him “Mathews owed him money and he wants it.”
      Asher claimed Murray told him “If Gabriel don’t pay, he’s going to beat him down.”
      Murray denied ever having that conversation, the court record reflects.
      Murray’s conviction was appealed to the Seventh District Court by his counsel, Atty. Lou DeFabio.
      His appeal was based on claims of three errors at law---That Asher should not have been allowed to testify because the nature of his testimony had not been disclosed prior to trial; that jury instructions were improper; and the jury’s verdict of guilty was against the manifest weight of evidence.
      Seventh District Judges Carol Ann Robb, Gene Donofrio and Cheryl Waite rejected DeFabio’s claims.
      “It is difficult to conclude...that the trial court abused its discretion in allowing David Asher to testify,” the Seventh District decision, authored by Judge Robb said, noting the Murray’s then counsel, Atty. Mike Kivlighan, “clearly had the opportunity to interview Asher and knew the content of his testimony before he testified.”
      Atty. DeFabio argued the semantics of the jury instruction in Judge Durkin’s court, as well as concerns over “trial counsel’s failure to request instruction on aggravated assault, an inferior degree offense to felonious assault.”
      Judge Robb quoted the jury instruction given as “Words alone do not justify the use of force. Resort to force is not justified by abusive language, verbal threats or other words, no matter how provocative.”
      Judge Robb also said that Murray’s trial counsel’s conduct “fell within the wide range of professional assistance” and his failure to request instructions on lesser included offenses “constituted a matter of trial strategy.”
      In rejecting Atty. DeFabio’s claim the jury’s verdict of guilty on a felonious assault charge was against the manifest weight of evidence, Judge Robb said that Murray was convicted of “knowingly causing serious physical harm to another...
      “Considering [the] evidence, we cannot find the jury clearly lost its way when it rejected [Murray’s] claim of self defense...Considering the evidence, whether [Murray] acted in self defense when he repeatedly punched Mathews was a question of fact for the jury to decide.”
      Following the appellate court’s ruling, Atty. DeFabio has filed a request indicating he would like to appeal the Seventh District Court’s decision to the Ohio Supreme Court, saying that Murray is indigent and he will represent Murray as a court-appointed counsel (at public cost).
  Zoning Commission Denies Meijer’s Request For Gas Station  
  January 30, 2020 Edition  
     Meeting last week, the Boardman Township Zoning Commission, by a unanimous vote, denied a proposal by Meijer’s to build a gas station at Lockwood Blvd. and Tippecanoe Rd.
      The firm has proposed building a 3,330 sq. ft. gas station/convenience store on property currently occupied by two homes.
      A Meijer’s spokesman, Real Estate Manager Chris Jones, said the firm has been negotiating to buy those properties, that are located across Lockwood Blvd. from the site of their proposed new facility.
      Zoning Commission Chairman Peter Lymber expressed concerns on traffic flows, as did Boardman Road Superintendent Marilyn Kenner, who lives on Lockwood Blvd. and spoke in objection to the proposal as a private citizen.
      Meijer’s has proposed to build a new facility bounded by Lockwood Blvd. and Rt. 224 on a 39-acre site, 17-acres of which would be developed at a cost of between $20 million to $25 million.
      The zoning commission’s decision last week can now be submitted to Township Trustees, who have heard concerns about increased traffic flows from many residents who live just north of the proposed development.
      Speaking before the zoning commission, Jones said Meijer’s has plans to break ground in February. He said deed restrictions prevent the firm from building a gas station on the 39-acre site.
  County Commissioners Unanimously Approve CRA At Southern Park  
  January 16, 2020 Edition  
     The Mahoning County Commissioners, Anthony Traficanti, David Ditzler and Carol Rimedio-Righetti unanimously to approve a resolution for the creation of a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) at the Southern Park Mall when they met at the Boardman Township Government Center on Thurs., Jan. 16.
      The resolution will be forwarded to the Ohio Department of Economic Development for final approval.
      “By creating a CRA, we will be assisting the mall in its economic redevelopment, Commissioner Traficanti told The Boardman News.
      A CRA designation would encompass all of the mall property, including that owned by the Washington Prime Group, as well as the former Dillard’s Department Store, currently owned by Trumbull County-based Cafaro Corp. interests, The Boardman News was told.
  Registrations For Rental Units Due By March 1  
  January 16, 2020 Edition  
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      Meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, Boardman Township Trustees learned their Planning/Zoning Department is in the process of sending out notifications for property owners of rental units that annual fees are due no later than Mar. 1.
      The township’s rental registration program began last year when some 1,616 buildings encompassing 5300 units were recorded by the Planning/Zoning Department, according to Tricia D’Avignon, assistant director of zoning and development.
      “Rental registrations must be returned to Boardman Township by Mar. 1. After that, late fees will apply,” Krista Beniston, director of planning and zoning told trustees.
      Annual rental fees are $40/unit, and for building over six units, there is a $150 flat fee and a fee of $15 per unit.
      The goal of the rental registration program is to help ensure a clean, safe and sanitary environment for all rental units in the township, Beniston said.
      According to a home rule resolution, all rental properties registered in Boardman Township are subject to inspection, and in addition, rental unit maintenance standards have been established.
      A rental inspection list is available by contacting the Planning/Zoning Department.
      Lukas Darling serves as Boardman Townships certified property maintenance and housing inspector.
  Escape Boardman Hotel Provides Challenges, Can Build Teamwork, And Most Of All, Is A Lot Of Fun  
  January 16, 2020 Edition  
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      Three years ago, Nancy Smith opened a 790 sq-ft ‘escape room’ at Glenwood Ave. and Glendale Ave. Known as Escape Boardman, the business has attracted upwards of 12,000 visitors since that time.
      So popular is the business that Smith and four associates, Ivan Bosnjak, Joe Terlecky, Don Hepler and Jeff Humphrey, have decided to open a second escape business, the Escape Boardman Hotel, encompassing 3,000 sq-ft. of space at the Southern Park Mall.
      While Escape Boardman at Glenwood and Glendale provides visitors with two different challenges (escape rooms), the new facility, when fully completed, will offer five different challenges (escape rooms), as well as a banquet room, suitable for birthday parties, and small group gatherings.
      The Escape Boardman Hotel, when fully completed, will offer challenges in a virtual reality room, an ‘insane asylum,’ an Annebelle room that Smith notes will feature “another dimension,” a car wreck room and an ‘upside down’ room. Currently only the virtual reality and insane asylum room are open. The virtual reality room is especially unique, in that it can provide up to seven different challenges, all revolving around different themes, such as “The Prison,” “Sanctum,” “Mission Sigma,” “Christmas,” Cyberpunk,” “House of Fear” and “Signal Lost.” The Annebelle room plays off a theme of Annabelle – the cursed ‘possessed’ doll that was brought to ‘life’ in a movie.
      The escape hotel at the Southern Park Mall is the second entertainment venue that will be at the mall since the Washington Prime Group announced a $30 million renovation plan at the shopping center.
      Scheduled to open later this year is the Steel Valley Brew Works, put together by Stone Fruit Coffee owner and operator Joshua Langenheim, that will offer a huge selection of local craft beers, specialty coffee, baked goods and a state-of-the-art coffee roasting facility.
      Escape rooms are a phenomenon that have been growing throughout the world. Whether played by teenagers, adults or people in team-building programs, the escape room is a perfect way to test your wits in a race against time. The concept is simple---for anyone who hasn’t experienced an escape room, a group of people are locked into a room and have 60 minutes to find the way out.
      With different themes, intriguing challenges and rooms that give you the feeling that you are actually part of a video game, the escape rooms are a perfect way to spend an hour with friends, testing teamwork capabilities, wit and intuition and last but not least, the amount of fun you can have by playing.
      “Simple… but not too simple. To escape the room, the group must face the daunting task of solving different puzzles and find different clues that are linked, one to the other. By doing this, the group can eventually find the key that will open the door to freedom. If they can’t do it… well, better luck next time,” says Smith.
      “Just last week, we had a group from a local bank try one of our challenges,” Smith said, adding “It can help to build teamwork.”
      Visitors to the Escape Boardman Hotel at Southern Park enter into a ‘hotel’ foyer to register. There they are greeted by Annebelle and provided a short video explaining the challenge they will face.
      For example, when registering for the Insane Asylum, visitors are given this challenge:
      “As an intern at Smith’s Insane Asylum, you discover the patient they are using an experimental drug on is your brother Sam.
      “You contact your friends to help you find the antidote and free him from this dark, psychotic place! As luck would have it, a storms hits right as you give your friends access to get into the building. Some of them are caught and trapped by the evil doctor while the rest of you run and hide. You overhear the doctor state that he will return in one hour and then the experiments on your brother and the intruders will begin! Can you rescue your friends, find the antidote to save your brother and escape before the doctor returns? You have one hour to achieve this or you and your friends may meet the same fate as Sam!”
      Groups entering each escape room are watched by a ‘game monitor,’ who, if problems develop in attempting to find an escape, will provide additional clues to patrons.
      To date, more than 5000 feet of electrical wiring has been installed at the Escape Boardman Hotel to accommodate all the challenges visitors may face.
      “We seen all types of groups enter our escape rooms in the past three years,” Smith notes, saying school groups, high school athletic teams, birthday party groups and bachelorette groups have experienced the challenges.
      “We’ve even had three wedding proposals, where we had to change a few things up, so an engagement ring could be found during the challenge,” Smith said.
      Smith, Bosnjak, Terlecky, Hepler and Humphrey, each provides their input into the creation of the challenges that are offered to patrons.
      “We have all been amazed at the different groups who have participated and enjoyed our escape rooms,” Smith said, adding “Once they figured everything out.”
      To book a room, or to obtain additional information, call 330-707-4660, or check the Escape Boardman website.
      PICTURED: THE LOBBY AT THE ESCAPE BOARDMAN HOTEL at the Southern Park Mall is overseen by Annebelle, a ‘possessed’ doll perched atop a piano. Among five escape rooms planned at the hotel, is one named after the doll.
  Police To Get New Armored Vehicle  
  Trustees Approve Entertainment District For Southern Park Mall:   January 9, 2020 Edition  
     “We ask our officers to do things that are inherently dangerous. Giving them the proper protection while they carry out those tasks directly impacts on their safety and that of our community.”
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      Meeting last week, Boardman Trustees approved the purchase of a $225,000 protective armored police vehicle.
      Funds for the purchase will come from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund (monies seized as illegal assets from criminals, often those involved in illegal drug sales).
      Currently the local police department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) deploys a rebuilt, 1998 Brinks truck during its raids (upwards of 50 per year). Sgt. Mike Hughes leads the NEU.
      The new armored vehicle, the ‘BearCat,’ will be purchased from Lenco Armored Vehicles, of Pittsfield, Mass.
      Lenco Armored Vehicles is the leading designer and manufacturer of armored police vehicles for law enforcement agencies and police and sheriff’s department SWAT teams. Lenco also manufactures armored military vehicles for international police forces, the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force and US Marines. They are also a supplier to the US Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Energy, FBI and other high-profile government agencies.
      Since 1981 Lenco has produced over 6,000 vehicles in over 40 countries around the world.
      The BearCat vehicle provides complete armored protection from virtually any weapon that civilian law enforcement may face in the United States. In addition to protecting law enforcement officers, it is often used in an evacuation role to move civilians to safety. It features an open floor layout with blast-resistant seats accommodating up to 12 outfitted law enforcement personnel. The BearCat is extremely maneuverable and can safely reach highway speeds and operate on roadways in a safe manner. The vehicle has a high ground clearance, off-road performance, and superior maneuverability.
      “We ask our officers to do things that are inherently dangerous. Giving them the proper protection while they carry out those tasks directly impacts on their safety and that of our nity,” Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth said.
      In another matter, Trustees Larry Moliterno, Brad Calhoun and Tom Costello unanimously approved the creation of a Community Entertainment District (CED) for the Southern Park Mall. The measure must also gain approval of the Mahoning County Commissioners. If approved, a CED will allow an additional five liquor permits for businesses at the mall, and enhance Washington Prime Group’s efforts to redevelop the site.
      Trustees adopted a resolution for $25,000 for hire Youngstown-based CT Consultants to provide engineering and construction management services for the West Huntington Dr. drainage project. That project seeks to mitigate surface water issues. Its $250,000 cost is being funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission emergency grant.
      Trustees also endorsed two liquor permit transfers---one from Bruno’s Restaurant, 1984 Boardman-Poland Rd. to VIP 1 Group LLC, at 1984 Boardman-Poland Rd.; and a second for Rite Aid, from 3032 Mahoning Rd., Canton, Oh. to Rite Aid, 307 Boardman-Canfield Rd.
      Following an executive session, Trustees approved appointments to several zoning boards.
      Nancy Terlesky was appointed to the Zoning Commission for the term Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 20424.
      Brian Racz was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the term for the term Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 2024; and Bill Harris was appointed to the Board of Appeals as an alternate for calendar year 2020.
      Appointed to the Site Plan Review Board for terms from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2022 were Edwin Beach and Kedar Bhide.
      The Board of Trustees announced they will conduct regular meetings in calendar year 2020 on the second and fourth Monday of each month, unless otherwise adjusted by public notice. All meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Boardman Township Government Center, 8299 Market St., with the first meeting of 2020 set for Jan. 13.
  D.J. Durkin Back In The Saddle Lands Post With Ole Miss Rebels  
  January 9, 2020 Edition  
D J Durkin
     OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI---Ole Miss head football coach Lane Kiffin continues to assemble his first Rebel staff, announcing last week the hiring of Assistant Coach D.J. Durkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Durkin, of Boardman.
      Durkin is a former national recruiter of the year in addition to helping lead highly-ranked defenses, during his previous collegiate coaching stints.
      Durkin, who spent this season as a consultant for the Atlanta Falcons, brings a wealth of experience, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, where he helped spearhead successful units at Michigan and Florida, among other stops.
      Besides his experience on the field, Durkin has been equally accomplished on the recruiting trail. Durkin, Rivals’ Recruiter of the Year in 2012, has helped ink seven top-25 classes, including five which ranked in the top 10. During his time with the Gators, Durkin helped land four straight top-11 recruiting classes and nine five-star prospects.
      Durkin served as head coach at Maryland for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He doubled the Terrapins’ win total during his first season at the helm and excelled on the recruiting trail, bringing in consecutive top-30 signing classes for the first time in program history during his two seasons in College Park.
      During his first season in College Park, Durkin led the Terps to a 4-0 start, including five wins in their first seven games. After falling in three straight games to nationally-ranked teams, Maryland defeated Rutgers, 31-13, in its season finale to earn a berth in the Quick Lane Bowl.
      Prior to Maryland, Durkin served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Michigan, leading a nationally-renowned defensive unit that ranked fourth in the country. Under Durkin, the Wolverines limited opponents to 17.2 points per game in 2015, in addition to shutting out three consecutive opponents – the longest such streak at Michigan in 35 years.
      Durkin’s immediate impact in Ann Arbor was also displayed in player development. Michigan had nine defensive All-Big Ten honorees, including a pair of first-team defensive backs: Jourdan Lewis and Jabrill Peppers. In addition, three Wolverines (Ryan Glasgow, Lewis and Peppers,) were named semifinalists for national defensive awards in 2015.
      As the defensive coordinator at Florida from 2013-14, Durkin led the Gators to consecutive top-15 rankings in total defense with the 15th-best mark in the country in 2014 (329.0 ypg) and the eighth-best (314.2 ypg) in 2013. Florida’s 2014 team finished the year ranked in the top 10 in the nation in yards allowed per play (4.45), yards allowed per rush attempt (3.16) and yards allowed per pass attempt (5.9).
      In Durkin’s first season as defensive coordinator, Florida finished first in the SEC and seventh in the country in pass defense (171.8 yards per game). The Gators were sixth nationally in first downs allowed (16.1 per game) and 15th in scoring defense (21.1 points per game), while allowing only 27 touchdowns, the sixth fewest in the nation in 2013.
      Prior to Florida, Durkin spent three seasons at Stanford coaching defensive ends and special teams. Under Durkin’s tutelage, Stanford’s defensive ends helped the Cardinal rank 11th nationally in sacks per game in 2007 and 2009. Durkin also helped the Cardinal bring in their highest ranked recruiting class in eight years in 2009.
      As a player, Durkin starred at Bowling Green as a starter at defensive end and outside linebacker from 1997-2000. He led the team in sacks in 1998 and served as a team captain for two seasons. Durkin was honored with numerous team awards, including the Ken Schoeni Award for character and toughness, the Carlos Jackson Award personifying the values of a student-athlete and the Leadership Award. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Bowling Green in 2001 and his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision in 2004.
      “We received consistently strong feedback about Coach Durkin’s strong character and work ethic and his positive impact on the communities and institutions where he was previously employed,” Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter said in a statement. “Once we had the chance to spend time with Coach Durkin, we were even more convinced that he is exactly the type of accomplished coach with strong football credentials who is also a proud and committed family man that will make him a great addition to our new staff.”
      Durkin attended Boardman High School where he was an all-conference and all-Northeast Ohio grid selection. A three-year letterman, Durkin capped off his football career at BHS on a 10-3 team that won the Steel Valley Comference championship and made it to the state playoff semifinals. Upon graduation in 1996 he entered BGSU on a full football scholarship.
  After 134 Days In Jail, Olsen Freed On Bond In Exchange For Guilty Plea On Charge Of Threatening Federal Law Enforcement Officer  
  Faces Sentencing Hearing On Apr. 14:   January 2, 2020 Edition  
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      An 18-year-old who had been jailed since Aug. 7 on a charge of threatening a federal law enforcement officer was set free two days before Christmas in a plea agreement reached between federal prosecutors and his lawyer, Atty. J. Gerald Ingram, of Boardman.
      Justin Olsen, of 465 Presidential Ct., entered a plea of guilty to one count of threatening a federal law enforcement officer, and a second charge was dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea. Olsen initially pled not guilty.
      After spending 134 days in the Mahoning County Jail, Olsen was set free on a $20,000 recognizance bond and next faces a sentencing hearing in a Cleveland federal court on Apr. 14.
      Olsen, who graduated from Boardman High School last spring where he maintained a 3.8 gpa, turned 18-years-old on May 17. He first came to the attention of federal law enforcement officials in February, when FBI agents in Anchorage, Alaska learned someone on a website called iFunny was posting about mass shootings, and for example, making posts that included a picture of a man firing machine guns, that included a caption “Me walking into the nearest Planned Parenthood,” as well as a picture of an explosion with a caption